Financial Specialist, GS-0501-7/9
Environmental Protection Agency - Washington, DC

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This position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Office of Financial Services (OFS), Payroll Management & Outreach Staff (PMOS), Washington, DC. For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/ocfo.html
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

DUTIES: At the entry level of this position, you will:

Receive oral and written inquires of a clerical / technical nature from within the Agency with respect to time & attendance, payroll, and human resources support.

Analyze incoming information requests and proceed independently with the resolution.

Refer unusual and highly complex problems to the Team Leader, gathering all necessary background information and documentation as necessary.

Assist in training Headquarters employees on various functions and use of the Agency's time & attendance and travel systems.

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-07 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as conducting research and providing feedback to customers in respect to financial systems and policies.

OR

1 full year of graduate level education; or superior academic achievement degree in any academic discipline.

To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as conducting research, analysis, and solutions to financial problems involving pay and travel financial systems.

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; degree in any academic discipline.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Skill in communicating financial systems information to program liaisons; 2) Knowledge of financial system relational databases; 3) Skill in analyzing documents for accuracy; 4) Knowledge of principles of financial management; 5) Knowledge of structured systems analysis principles and approaches; 6) Skill in communicating detailed, technical information in a clear, logical, and concise manner; 7) Knowledge of payroll or other financial management systems; and 8) Skill in providing presentations to a wide audience.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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BENEFITS: Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you 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 addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit
Benefits . To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA .

OTHER INFORMATION: This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm .

EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm .

If you have part-time work experience, read this: ( http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm )

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

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