Budget Analyst
Department Of Agriculture - Vallejo, CA

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-05510004-01406G-AI. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to Apply

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service

DUTIES:
Duties listed reflect full performance level of the position.

Provides advice and assistance to managers in the development of program and Budget requests and related supporting documentation. Drafts procedural instructions and policy guidance for use by officials in planning and estimating funding needs for staffing, contractual service, equipment, etc., travel, etc. Reviews and edits budget requests submitted by subordinate units to assure that they conform to command and higher headquarters requirements. Analyzes estimates to identify imbalances among program areas, to eliminate duplication of functions and to reconcile estimates with current levels of expenditures and anticipated changes in programs. Conducts annual year-end closing activities and reconciles with accounting records. Consolidates and validates input from field units for presentation of the budget. Prepares detailed obligation plans in conjunction with budget requests. Highlights budget changes and trends from year to year to help senior level management with program budget decisions. Provides advice and guidance to managers on writing budget justification responses in order to obtain and defend funding requests as well as to help prioritize budget requirements. Prepares detailed obligation plans in conjunction with budget requests. Highlights budget changes and trends from year to year to help senior level management with program budget decisions. Provides advice and guidance to managers on writing budget justification responses in order to obtain and defend funding requests as well as to help prioritize budget requirements. Compiles narrative and statistical material and prepares exhibits and related back-ground information concerning assigned appropriations for use in briefings to and by, top officials. Performs similar information-gathering and budget justification tasks in response to requests by customers. Tracks budget expenditures against approved budget plans to ensure that funds are being according to financial limits, laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Tracks, analyzes and reports on actual financial execution data for assigned budgets and programs. Compares actual execution data to approved obligation plans while meeting with functional managers to explain any variances. Develops and maintains automated Financial Management Systems and data bases to track all budget information including estimates, allotments, transfers, obligations, expenditures, and current balances. Incumbent develops a variety of real time budget information reports for mangers to review and identify required actions. Maintains automated budget systems and reports for data base commitment accounting systems, obligated and unobligated funds balance, and uncommitted balance reports. Incumbent reviews funds status and reviews commitment documents to ensure correct funding citations and ensures required signatures are prepared to authorize funds.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualification based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level; or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree or LL.M., if related; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master’s degree, (i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D).

Specialized Experience must include activities such as 1) providing technical advice and interpretations of budgetary/financial policies, guidelines, and directives to customers and/or management; 2) assisting with defining budget requirements for formulation; 3) preparing qualitative and quantitative analysis of annual funding needs for future budget years.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.

Specialized Experience must include activities such as: 1) presenting, developing, and justifying a budget for execution; 2) providing short and long term analysis on budgetary/financial data for determining future needs and requirements; 3) providing authoritative and technical advice and interpretations of budgetary/financial policies, guidelines, and directives to customers and/or management; 4) evaluating and making final determinations on the approval/disapproval of program funding resources.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Requirements:
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; (i.e. the online questionnaire). The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=D5A2DDFE-85F1-4A23-9C15-A10D015E80FC

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

Government Housing is not available

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses are authorized.
This is a bargaining unit designated position.
This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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