Accountant
Employment and Training Administration - Boston, MA

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About the Agency

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Labor ( DOL ), Employment and Training Administration ( ETA ), Division of Financial Management & Administrative Services ( DFMAS ), and performs a variety of accounting duties, utilizing a professional knowledge of accounting principles and procedures in carrying out assignments.

This position has promotion potential to GS-12.

This position is inside the Bargaining Unit. TRAVEL REQUIRED
25% or Greater
Subject to frequent travel. RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
No KEY REQUIREMENTS
U.S. Citizenship.
Must be at least 16 years of age.
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Requires a valid drivers license - frequent travel required. DUTIES: Back to top
GS-09: Duties typically performed include assisting in the following:
  • Formulating a variety of financial reports;
  • Serving as a member of a management team for organizations serviced and recommending the establishment of policies and procedures affecting the accounting system;
  • Advising management on regulatory requirements and changing program operations
  • Devising accounting structures and procedures to satisfy regulatory or legislative changes;
  • Assisting management in applying financial data and recommending alternatives to resolve difficult problems;
  • Reconciling cash, accounts receivable and payable, and other general ledger accounts;
  • Correcting all differences between the subsidiary ledger balances and the control account balance in the general ledger;
  • Providing accounting information and guidance to program officials;
  • Assisting with financial analyses, fiscal reviews, and/or investigations of grantee financial management systems;
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and validating financial and statistical data.
GS-11: Duties typically performed include the above with greater independence. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top
All applicants MUST meet the Basic requirements: Degree: accounting; or a 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 this 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 nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

GS-09: In addition to "basic education requirement," 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service is required. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Examples of GS-09 specialized experience include:
  • Professional experience with accounting principles, practices, methods and techniques.
  • Experience analyzing accounting systems in order to modify, adapt accounting practices to solve a variety of accounting problems.
  • Experience in accounting principles to analyze financial data.
GS-11: In addition to "basic education requirement," 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal Service is required.

Examples of GS-11 specialized experience include the same examples at the GS-09 level and should demonstrate application of similarly complex Federal or State financial regulatory programs.

If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you MUST submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

To be creditable, the education MUST have been completed at an accredited college or university. Such education MUST be related to the position being filled. Copies of transcripts MUST be submitted.

GS-09 substitution of education for experience: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in the fields listed below.

GS-11 substitution of education for experience: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in the fields listed below.

COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT AND EVALUATION OF FOREIGN EDUCATION - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you MUST show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
Applicants MUST meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying the critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical Financial Management: Prepares,justifies, and/or administers the budget for program areas; plans, administers and monitors expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs and policies; assesses financial condition of an organization.

Interpersonal Skills: Ability to show understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern, and politeness to others; relates well to different people from varied backgrounds and different situations.

Communication (Oral/Written): Expresses information, ideas, or facts to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; produces written information, which may include technical material; uses correct English grammar, punctuation and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner.

Project and Program Management: Principles, practices, and techniques required to manage projects and programs.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
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BENEFITS: Back to top

You can review our benefits at:
http://www.dol.gov/oasam/doljobs/BenefitsPermanentVacancies.htm

OTHER INFORMATION: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

The Department of Labor does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION , PROBATIONARY PERIOD , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
HOW TO APPLY: Back to top Follow the 5 steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

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