Accountant
Department Of Agriculture - Robbinsville, NJ

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This position is located in Robbinsville, NJ.

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to studies and evaluations of nutrition assistance program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

Key Information:
FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

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KEY REQUIREMENTS

DUTIES:
The following are the duties of this position at the GS-11 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. As an Accountant, you will: Be responsible for all transactions (allowances, obligations, and disbursements) of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office (MARO) with its Grantee agencies. Examines allowance ledgers to insure all transactions are accurate, supported by proper documentation, and pasted to the proper account. Prepares reconciliation of MARO generated Allowance Report and FNS Status of Allowance Report. Reviews and reconciles the Commitment/Obligation Report with all feeder reports. Has responsibility for all accounts payable via direct check payment from Treasury. Develops new micro-computer concepts and programs to simplify reconciliation and tracking procedures. Prepares charts and tables for briefings on status of accounts receivable, MARO debt collection activities, and other financial matters. Prepares interest worksheets and payment schedules for receivables. Prepares subsidiary ledger for the monthly Treasury Report. Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Requirements : Degree: Bachelor's degree in accounting; or a Bachelor's degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term 'accounting' means 'accounting and/or auditing' in the qualification standard. Similarly, 'accountant' should be interpreted, generally, as 'accountant and/or auditor.')
OR
Combination of education and experience--at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:
  • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
  • A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
  • Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
AND

Specialized Experience:
GS-07 level: Fifty-two weeks of experience at the GS-05 level, or equivalent, that

includes professional Knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, and methods sufficient to work using conventional procedures and practices that apply to most situations. Specialized experience includes: assisting in the routine maintenance of automated accounting systems; researching technical directives and policies as well as accounting and other fiscal issues; assisting in reconciling a variety of general ledger accounts; using an automated system ti find, review, or change accounting data in transaction files, ledgers, accounts, summary reports, and financial statements.

OR

EDUCATION: One year of graduate education or superior academic achievement. A description of superior academic achievement may be found at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp .

GS-09 level: Fifty-two weeks of experience at the GS-07 level, or equivalent, that

includes professional Knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, and methods sufficient to work using conventional procedures and practices that apply to most situations. Specialized experience includes: identifying accounting problems such as inadequate maintenance of fund controls, inaccurate records and reports, improper methods for document control, and lack of documentary evidence to support performance of regulatory reconciliations; compiling centrally requested cost reports and reports of variance from standards. Developing reports comparing actual results to plans and budgets; conducting special cost analysis of various operations to determine, for example, if proposals for revised methods or new equipment would affect savings. Performing statistical analyses of agency productivity trends; participating with other accountants in developing cost estimates for in-house projects and contractor proposals.

OR

EDUCATION: Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.

GS-11 level: Fifty-two weeks of experience at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, that

includes professional Knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, and methods sufficient to work using conventional procedures and practices that apply to most situations. Specialized experience includes: operate or inspect accounting systems;

prescribe accounting standards, policies, and requirements; examine, analyze, and interpret accounting data, records, and reports; conduct special studies or specialized projects and assignments.

OR

EDUCATION: Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. equivalent doctoral degree.

Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
1. Resume,

2. Responses to the online questions, and

3. Required supporting documents. We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

1. Minimum Requirements : Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

2. Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

Ability to apply accounting principles, theories, and methodologies.

Ability to operate and maintain automated accounting systems.

Ability to communicate effectively orally to present facts, ideas, and concepts.

We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.

3. Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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BENEFITS:
Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

Relocation incentives are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNS may grant service credit for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service that is directly related to the position being filled. Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information"

To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, Room 942, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Occasionally travel locally and/or overnight.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.

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