Budget Officer
Department Of Agriculture - Libby, MT

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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 serves as a National Forest Budget Officer responsible for all phases of one or more Forest budget programs. The incumbent performs supervisory duties approximately 15% of the time.

Applicants are reminded to attach all copies of transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate education. Applicants should indicate in their resume specific dates of employment and include the grade level and the series for all federal positions listed on their resume.

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.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-1101140000-00994G-FG . 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.

This position is located in Region 1 on the Kootenai National Forest, Supervisor's Office in Libby, MT.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Cami Winslow at cwinslow@fs.fed.us or 406-283-7664. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:

Performs budget analysis functions in budget formulation, budget presentation-enactment, or budget execution.

Checks the accuracy and adequacy of budget justifications submitted by managers in support of budget requests and prepares further justification as needed to support requests.

Interprets, analyzes, explains, and makes recommendations to program leaders and leadership team regarding primary purpose funds and/or legality of actions.

Evaluates data submitted for consistency with historical data, current levels of operations, and anticipated changes in staffing and/or funding levels. Revises data as needed.

Performs rigorous analysis of budget requests by employing techniques like cost benefit analysis, program trade-off, and exploring alternative methods of funding.

Coordinates with program managers to track and monitor budget information in order to provide feedback to program managers, flag areas of concern, and/or identify reprogramming of funds.

Coordinates with other Budget Officers in Region in brokering funds.

Provides information and advice to Forest Supervisor and line officers to make unit budgetary decisions. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

Basic Requirements: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level; OR

Have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such 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.).

Examples of specialized experience are:
The ability to identify the differences between proposed changes to operating system and projected spending for programs

Executing, monitoring and controlling budgets; To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license

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=6906e9f0-8086-4e7a-90a8-a15e00ec7aa7

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is not a bargaining unit designated position.

Government housing is not available.

Forest Service Affiliate daycare facilities are not available.

  • 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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