Accountant
Department Of Energy - Billings, MT

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Western Area Power Administration - Serving the West with Federal Hydropower. We offer career opportunities in a fast-paced, dynamic electric utility industry. We market federally produced hydropower from more than 50 powerplants across the central and western United States and operate and maintain over 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. The Western Area Power Administration is one of four power marketing administrations within the Department of Energy .

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Where would I be working?

Western Area Power Administration

Upper Great Plains Region

Financial Management B8000

2900 4th Ave. North
Duty Location: Billings, MT

Find out more about living conditions at this duty station . KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a United States Citizen
This employer participates in the e-Verify program
Relocation expenses are not authorized
See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements DUTIES:

This position serves as an accountant responsible for providing a variety of accounting activities for the Upper Great Plains Region (UGP). Provides advice and counsel to the Corporate Services Office (CSO), UGP, and other regional office personnel to interpret accounting data for problem solving and decision-making purposes. As a source of public utility accounting, plant accounting, cost accounting, fiscal accounting, and systems accounting information, the incumbent is responsible for all phases of financial analysis, review, interpretation, and implementation of procedures to insure financial system data integrity. Incumbent assist in managing work flow and coordinates efforts of team members in completion of accounting tasks. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. You may review the qualification requirements here: http://ww2.wapa.gov/sites/western/QuickHire/pages/00510.aspx

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

For GS-11: Experience in all of the following areas: Entering, pulling reports and analyzing information in an automated accounting system; interpreting and apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to business transactions; financial activity reconciliation; financial activity analysis; use of internal control procedures and use of MS Excel to manipulate data.
For GS-9: Experience or course work in all of the following areas: Performing general ledger accounting; performing cost center, job costing, or project accounting; and financial statement analysis.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do NOT provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below.

Knowledge, skill and ability to plan, coordinate and establish work tracking systems to monitor action items and office deadlines.

Knowledge, skill and ability in providing advice to others on questions related to asset capitalization.

Knowledge and ability to use Microsoft software (i.e., Word, Excel, Powerpoint) to create charts for training, briefings, or presentations.
Knowledge and ability to use US Standard General Ledger or Federal Energy Regulatory Council (FERC) Accounting.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

For this position, a degree in accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that was in an accredited college or university and included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting.

You must upload documentation supporting your education claims. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website

. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online résumé/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and above.

If your résumé is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.

Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.
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BENEFITS:
The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits. You may be eligible for some or all of the following:

Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance

Retirement program

Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time

Flexible work schedules and telework

Training and education opportunities

Transit benefit

Flexible Spending Account

Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)

Health and wellness programs

For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page . OTHER INFORMATION:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Some positions may require completion of a probationary period.

If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.

If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.

Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position may require overnight travel of 2 weeks per year.

If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

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