Financial Management Specialist, GS-501-9
Department Of Homeland Security - Washington, DC

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply
  • All U.S. Citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here
  • This position opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion and at the GS-07/09 grade level. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-T0075-TNT-840341MP for additional information.
This position is ideal for an entry level candidate who is interested in providing technical and analytical analysis on a variety of financial and manpower related data points. This position starts at a salary of $51,630(GS-09). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Budget Planning & Analysis Division.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions. Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a Public Trust security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.

DUTIES: Typical work assignments include:

· Performs routine and recurring budget administration and financial management duties.

· Prepares preliminary budget estimates.

· Conducts detailed analyses on budgetary, accounting and financial information related to FEMA’s appropriations.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You qualify for this position at the GS-07 starting salary ($42,209) level if you possess on of the following :

One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access for data manipulation and merging of different data sets; conducting analytics on financial data and assisting in drawing conclusions on results and providing recommendations.

OR

Successfully completed one full year of graduate level education, that has provided you with the knowledge, skills and ability of this position.

OR

Successfully completed a Bachelor’s Degree with Superior Academic Achievement through class standing (upper third of the graduating class); grade point average (a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education or courses completed during the final two years; or a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on required courses in the major field; or election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.

OR

A combination of the education and experience described above. For example, One semester of progressively higher graduate level education and six months of specialized experience.

You qualify for this position at the GS-09 starting salary ($51,630) level if you possess one of the following :

One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access for data manipulation and merging of different data sets,vlookup and conditional formatting; conducting analytics on financial data and draws conclusions and providing recommendations.

OR

A master’s or equivalent degree or two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LLB or JD, if related.

OR

A combination of the education and experience described above.

Selective Placement Factor: In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position: None

The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

Background Investigation : To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

1. Ability to use database software to perform financial analysis.

2. Ability to communicate orally.

3. Ability to communicate in writing.

Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

2. Well-Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

3. Qualified : Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles : If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans : Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional.For more information, please click here .

BENEFITS: DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”

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

For additional information regarding Special Hiring Authorities, please click on the following links: Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , individuals with disabilities .

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