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Accountant

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time
Vacancy ID: 1250811
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.
If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. _The VA is committed to hiring Veterans_ . The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are _I_ ntegrity, _C_ ommitment, _A_ dvocacy, _R_ espect and _E_ xcellence (" I CARE ").
America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go /.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Background investigation may be required. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-09. At the GS-07 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-09. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds
The position is located within the Accounting Section of Fiscal Service at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Manchester, NH. Duties include but are not limited to:
Works closely with systems personnel on the design of automated accounting systems;
Instructs Accounting Technicians on proper methods and assigns projects;
Reviews work of Accounting Technicians to assure accuracy and conformity to policies;
Coordinates/performs internal examinations of finance and accounting functions;
Verifies reports with source documents and reconciles accounts;
Advises management on solutions to accounting issues/problems;
Analyzes accounting methods and recommends improvements to operating procedures;
Develops accounting forms/documents;
Performs research to determine the availability of funds.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8am-4:30pm
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Bachelor's degree or 4 years of education leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in accounting or related field such as business administration, finance or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting (may include up to 6 credit hours in business law). Transcripts required. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: 4 years of experience in accounting, or combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. Your background must also include one of the following:
1. 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality (can include up to 6 hours of business law);
2. A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
3. Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, (15 out of the 24 required semester hours in accounting) provided that (a) you have successfully worked at the full performance level in accounting, auditing or related field; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that your experience demonstrates breadth, depth, level of advancement normally associated with successful completion of a four year course of study in accounting or related field; and (c) your education, training, experience fully meet the specified requirements. Experience must be documented in resume and transcripts required.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENT, GS-7 REQUIRES: 1 year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of an Accountant. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of accounting and financial management; applying accounting procedures related to appropriation funding allotments, obligations and disbursements; knowledge of general ledger and subsidiary accounts; using an automated general ledger and cost system; preparing accounting reports; using Microsoft Office programs to create spreadsheets, reports, correspondence and presentations. Experience must be documented in resume.
OR
GS-7 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: 1 year of graduate education from an accredited institution (18 semester hours is usually equivalent to 1 full year of study) leading to a master's degree in a subject area directly related to the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-7 level. Transcripts required. OR
Superior Academic Achievement at GS-7 level: (SAA) at the baccalaureate level in the coursework detailed above is fully qualifying. Applicants who wish to apply under this provision must submit proof from their educational institution that they meet one of the criteria listed below. To qualify for SAA, applicants must have completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled and meet one of the following: 1. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in college, university or major subdivision. 2. Grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 years of undergraduate study. 3. A grade point average of "B+" (a GPA of 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last 2 years of undergraduate study. 4. Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
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GS-7 COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position is fully qualifying at the GS-7 level. Experience must be documented in resume and transcripts required.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENT, GS-9 REQUIRES: 1 year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of an Accountant. Specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of accounting and financial management; applying accounting procedures related to appropriation funding allotments, obligations and disbursements; knowledge of general ledger and subsidiary accounts; knowledge of reconciliations, compilations, reviews and audits; using an automated general ledger and cost system; recording, coding, balancing and scrutinizing accounts for inaccuracies; preparing accounting reports; using Microsoft Office programs to create spreadsheets, reports, correspondence and presentations. Experience must be documented in resume.
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GS-9 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: A master's degree, equivalent graduate degree or 2 years of education leading to a master's degree from an accredited institution in a subject area directly related to the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-9 level. One year of graduate education is usually equivalent to 18 semester hours. Transcripts are required.
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GS-9 COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position is fully qualifying at the GS-9 level, but only education in excess of 1 year of graduate education can be used to qualify with a combination. Experience must be documented in resume and transcripts are required.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Knowledge of professional accounting concepts and principles
Knowledge of appropriations and funds and their interrelationship
Ability to interpret accounting manuals and comply with accounting regulations, rules, procedures and practices
Knowledge of general ledgers and subsidiary accounts
Knowledge of fund control point procedures
Ability to provide technical assistance and guidance to subordinate accounting technicians, the Agent Cashier/Teller, Voucher Auditor and Travel Assistant
Ability to solve problems within the section and with other services
Ability to prepare, review and analyze accounting and financial reports/ statements
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is mostly sedentary, but does require some walking, bending, stooping, reaching and lifting of file storage boxes. Long periods of sitting at a computer terminal are involved. Because of rigid deadlines in all aspects of the position, the employee works under pressure. The work is performed in an office setting with a controlled environment. Normal safety precautions are to be followed.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
Veteran's Preference : When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed "SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please .
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete theView Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onMonday, November 17, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents : You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is1250811.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found . IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at x6606.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit theVA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website /.
VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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