Budget Analyst GS-0560-07/09
Department Of Agriculture - Palmer, AK

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service is "Helping People to Help the Land". Providing leadership in partnership to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

RELOCATION COSTS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION.

Salary includes 24.69% Locality Pay and 5.57% COLA.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

You must submit your complete application and all supporting documents

You will be subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.

Relocation expenses WILL NOT be authorized

You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

DUTIES:
Performs operational program budget execution duties. Performs studies and audits on internal control and use of funds throughout the year. Assures that obligations incurred and resulting expenditures of funds are in accordance with pertinent laws and regulations. Analyzes and evaluates the effects of program plans and budget issues. Continually monitors control point expenditures in relation to planned levels. Prepares reports of analysis, making recommendations for remedial action. Compiles and coordinates the presentation materials for assigned area of the budget.

Reviews historical financial operating data and trends to prepare and/or validate estimates.

Prepares, reviews, and edits justifications for estimates to be used in the presentation of the budget. Assembles and develops background data and documentation in support of requested program budgets for reference and evidence in formulating the organization's operating budget.

Works closely with the Budget Officer to assure complete understanding and compliance with basic requirements.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Qualifications:
Candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements for the GS-0560 series as set forth in the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions. The Federal Qualification Standards for this series is located at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0500/0560.htm

GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-05) in the Federal Service; OR 1 full year of graduate level education; or superior academic achievement.

GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the Federal Service OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

Specialized experience must be at the next lower level or its non-Federal equivalent and must be directly related to the work of the position being filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience specific to the grade level of this position may include:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR THE GS-07 LEVEL: Experience that demonstrated basic knowledge in applying the principles and practices of budget formulation to review, edit, and consolidate budget estimates from support units. Experience may have been gained in work equivalent to monitoring and tracking obligations and expenditures. Demonstrates basic skills in applying the principles, practices, and methods of budget execution AND in identifying, categorizing, analyzing quantitative data.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Skill in applying the principles and practices of budget formulation to review, edit, and consolidate budget estimates from support units. Experience monitoring and tracking obligations and expenditures. Skill in applying the principles, practices, and methods of budget execution. Skill in identifying, categorizing, analyzing quantitative data.

Applicants applying for this position based on education must submit proof of your education with a transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. We will be unable to return these to you. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.

Undergraduate and graduate Education: Major study may include finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations, statistics, or other field related to the position, such as agriculture, agriculture economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology.

College Transcript: 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.

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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of financial management policies, regulations, and procedures.

2. Knowledge of automated systems.

3. Ability to research, analyze, and interpret information.

4. Ability to plan, analyze, coordinate data, devise solutions to problems.

5. Ability to communicate.

All qualification requirements MUST be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all the instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.

For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp .

BENEFITS:
Working for Natural Resources Conservation Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Y ou must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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