FINANCIAL SPECIALIST
Department Of Agriculture - Kansas City, MO

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PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID.

THIS IS A NTEU BARGAINING POSITION. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your career. Be part of our team and support the well-being of American agriculture and the American public.

FSA's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FSA offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All interested persons may apply. You need not be a current or former Federal employee to apply.

FARM SERVICE AGENCY (FSA) COUNTY EMPLOYEES: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.

Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

Meet educ/exp requirements. Financial disclosure will be required.

Complete Occupational Questionnaire and submit resume/supporting documents.

DUTIES:
This position is assigned to the KC FINANCIAL SERVICES CENTER PMO, Payment Management Office located in KansasCity, MO.

  • Serves as a Financial Specialist in the Payment Management Office, Payment Operations Group. In this capacity, the incumbent is responsible for the development of standard operating procedures, prompt document and record searches, account data reconciliations, accounting entries, balancing and correction of ADP account data, completing daily, monthly or ad hoc reports as needed, investigative research, and training of other employees.
  • Carries out studies, surveys, analyses, development and testing of new systems, and evaluates ongoing operations, methods and procedures involved in the assigned function of CCC disbursements within the Financial Services Center.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

You may start at the GS-11 level if you have one of the following qualifications:

One full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Knowledge of and skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to identify and determine the impact of missing and/or erroneous transactions or information quickly and accurately in order to effect or recommend corrective actions and advise applicable management levels. Knowledge of applicable software to prepare, update and communicate various documents.

OR

Successful completion of at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in business administration, finance, accounting or other fields directly related to the position to be filled, or a LL.B or J.D.

OR

Combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that qualifies me for this position. Only graduate education beyond the second full year (36 semester hours) may be combined with experience under this standard.

College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the time-in-grade restriction.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint clearance) and a background investigation.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens - If you meet the qualification requirements based on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position and your responses to the automated scoring system, your application will be placed in one of the three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

For Merit Promotion Applicants - If you meet the qualification requirements, you will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. An automated scoring system, based on your responses to the online application process is used to determine the Best Qualified applicants.

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.

BENEFITS:
Permanent employees are eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave. For additional information on benefits click here .

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit. click here .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 80 or above excluding veteran's preference points.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/ .

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