Accountant, GS-0510-11/12 DE
National Science Foundation - Arlington, VA

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If you are intrigued by the idea of working at a unique federal agency that has a tremendous impact on the funding and advancement of science, engineering and education, then the National Science Foundation is the place for you. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, NSF also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF . This position is located in the Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management, Division of Financial Management, Accounting Operations Branch. The Division is responsible for the development, coordination and direction of financial management policies, programs and operations and for the design and operation of an efficient and effective automated accounting system. The Branch is responsible for the maintenance of the official accounting records for the NSF and, prepares internal and external financial reports to meet the financial requirements of the Foundation.
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DUTIES: The National Science Foundation is seeking an Accountant who maintains, prepares, and presents financial management information on behalf of the Foundation. The Accountant monitors, inputs, corrects, and reconciles financial activity, and evaluates the context, accuracy, and timeliness of the agency's General Ledger and subsidiary accounts. In addition, the Accountant prepares and reports financial information to internal and external stakeholders, including Treasury, OMB, auditors, and trading partners. Specific duties include the following:
  • Prepares both internal and external financial statements and reports, in accordance with federal requirements and accounting standards, to accurately reflect the activities and operations of the Foundation and its programs.
  • Analyzes and reconciles intergovernmental balances, and works with other federal agencies to identify and resolve differences, to support and improve government-wide financial reporting.
  • Determines whether accounting transactions are consistent with prescribed coding and that transactions are processed in accordance with US Standard General Ledger definitions.
  • Reconciles and evaluates the content, accuracy and timeliness of the Foundation's General Ledger and subsidiary accounts.
  • Analyzes and interprets financial data in order to detect trends and identify needed corrective measures and processes to improve systems accuracy and utility.
  • Analyzes and assesses current and historical financial data for the purpose of developing special reports for use in improving the efficiency, accuracy and usefulness of available financial data.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must: 1. Possess a Ph.D. degree OR equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a such a degree that has equipped you to perform the duties of this position. OR 2. Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: use of automated accounting systems to find, review or change accounting data in automated files of transactions, ledgers, accounts, and summary reports and financial statements. OR 3. Have related graduate level education and specialized experience as described above that when combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position. To qualify at the GS-12, you need to have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples include: independently conducting tasks analyzing program operations for impact upon the accounting/financial management system; analyzing program trends/anomalies in accounting system transactions; analyzing specific problem areas arising within the accounting system or program operations and devising solutions; and evaluating the current status of accounting or reporting systems. In addition to meeting the requirements described above, you must meet one of the following basic education requirements for accountant positions to qualify at either the GS-11 or the GS-12 levels: 1. A degree from an accredited college or university in accounting and/or auditing or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. This may include up to 6 semester hours of credit in business law; OR 2. A combination of education and experience that includes 4 years of experience in accounting or a combination of accounting experience, college level education, and training and included one of the following: 1) 24 semester hours in appropriate accounting or auditing courses (can include semester 6 hours of business law); 2) certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, from a written exam; 3) degree that included substantial accounting or auditing courses, (i.e.,15 or more semester hours), but less than 24 semester hours and have worked successfully at the full-working level in accounting, auditing, or a related field and a panel of at least 2 higher level professional accountants or auditors have determined that you demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and related fields. Your application package must include proof of meeting educational requirements.

You must meet the minimum education requirements as described in "Qualifications."

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

You must meet the minimum education requirements as described in “Qualifications."

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles. Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed: Excellent, Very Good, or Good. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least “Very Good.”
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BENEFITS: A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

Pre-tax parking
Public transportation subsidy
Child Development Center on site
Child care subsidy
Flexible working hours
Telecommuting
Physical Fitness Facility on site
NSF Federal Credit Union on site
Health Services Unit on site
Employee Assistance Program

OTHER INFORMATION: Relocation expenses will not be paid. For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide . This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

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