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Senior Accountant 🔥


Duties

The Senior Accountant (Reporting Compliance and Audit Coordinator) supports management of the agency's reporting compliance and financial statements audit. The incumbent will provide expertise and strategic direction for financial statements audit management and analysis, DATA Act reporting and analysis, and the development and coordination of the annual Agency Management Report. The incumbent provides expertise in managing and maintaining audit related documentation, managing communications with auditors and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), providing training and guidance on preparing documentation in response to auditor requests, and coordinating across AmeriCorps for audit resolution.

As the Senior Accountant, you will perform the following:

Provides leadership in the preparation and review of externally audited financial statements and footnotes for quarterly and year end reporting. Performs fluctuation analyses on major financial statement line items for year-end management reporting.

Performs financial statement audit liaison role by providing guidance to and coordinating with auditees in preparing necessary requested data, answering inquiries, and solving problems. Responsible for accounting and/or auditing policies and practices to ensure that accounting methodologies and policies are appropriately interpreted and implemented. Position serves as the main point of contact with internal/external auditors and with staff at our shared-services provider.

Provides technical expertise in identifying information and documentation necessary to respond to audit requests. Coordinates communications between AmeriCorps and the auditors/OIG as well as communications between AmeriCorps offices. Resolves significant accounting and management issues while ensuring compliance with the audit readiness initiative and assisting customers. Works with Accountants and other office staff members to provide responses to audit inquiries.

Responsible for the preparation of the annual Agency Management Report and quarterly DATA Act Reporting. Monitors and evaluates the completeness and accuracy of reports prepared by internal sources and the shared-services provider prior to submission to Office of Management and Budget, Department of Treasury, external auditors, and others. Reviews and makes revision to reports drafted by others. Works across AmeriCorps to improve the overall quality and timeliness of office work product (e.g., work papers and audit reports).

Supports in developing and maintaining effective internal controls, identifying risks to effective operations, and developing solutions to improve control system effectiveness. Conducts analysis of various accounting activities such as specific work methods and procedures of accounting automated systems, accounting data, transactions, ledgers, accounts, summary reports, and financial statements.

Provides advice to the Director of Accounting and Financial Management Services and the Chief Financial Officer on resolving unusual and difficult accounting system problems. Oversees and directs financial analyses, studies, audits, and/or investigations of major accounting activities. Adapts and interprets various accounting guidelines and regulations related to specific work assignments/projects that have defined approaches and objectives.

Analyzes and evaluates current accounting policies, practices, procedures, and methods used by the organization to learn and recommend areas and types of corrective/improvement action needed, and compile information and/or prepare reports for submission to the supervisor or a Senior staff employee based on factual data.

Research various source documents and data to identify situations and problems and verify information to carry out the successive steps in fact-finding and analysis necessary to complete each phase of assigned work/projects.

Works with staff to implement recommendations and develop corrective action plans. Initiate and track corrective action plan status. Works directly with business process owners on the implementation of internal controls, including business process re-design, policies, procedures, documentation, evidence evaluation, and/or system enhancements.

Provides management with timely and quality work products that adhere to professional, agency financial management policy, and government auditing standards. Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal employees and supervisors.
  • Merit Promotion and internal applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
  • As required by Executive Order 14043, all current and new Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 22, 2021. See the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for more details regarding this requirement.
  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation.
  • Must be telework ready. See the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for more details regarding the agency's current full-time telework status.

Qualifications

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the mid-range of the NY- 3 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to, the GS-13 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Specialized experience includes the following:
  • Managing and maintaining compliance and financial statement audits
  • Managing and maintaining communications with internal/external auditors.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the completeness and accuracy of reports prepared by internal/external sources
  • Coordinating the work of staff and offices involved in the preparation of federal reporting requirements
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.

Education

In addition to meeting the experience qualification above, you must possess education as indicated by meeting A, B, C or D below:

A. College degree from an accredited college/university in accounting, auditing, business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing (may include up to 6 hours of business law).

B. Minimum of 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. In addition, 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses, which may include up to 6 hours of business law.

C. Minimum of 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. In addition, certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination. (A current, unexpired copy must be included with your application or you will be eliminated).

D. Completed requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement listed in response A above, however, successful work at the GS-14 level or equivalent, in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining. (A panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors will review qualifications to determine if candidate demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph and, except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, my education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements).

An unofficial transcript from your college/university must be submitted with your application package or you will not be considered for the position.

You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards.

Additional information

Additional Selections: Additional selections may be made from this announcement or for similar positions across AmeriCorps. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) at AmeriCorps.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As required by Executive Order 14043, all Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 22, 2021, regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), and subject only to such exceptions as required by law. Therefore, even if you are selected for a position on or before November 22, 2021, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency. If you are selected, your offer letter will contain additional information regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation legally required exception from this requirement to the vaccination requirement based on medical or religious factors.

Expanded Telework Status Due to COVID-19: Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you will have the option to temporarily telework on a full-time basis, even if your home is located within the local commuting area of the duty station of your position. Once the agency implements its re-entry plan, you may be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement in the manner and frequency the agency deems appropriate. At this time, the agency is unable to confirm if an expanded telework policy or future remote work policy will be implemented.

Military Selective Service Act: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."

Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

Ethics Requirement: Our Agency is committed to the highest ethical standards and, as an employee you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. 201-209) and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. part 2635). Additionally, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) or Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) within 30 days of your appointment date and on an annual basis thereafter.


  • Benefits

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Oral Communication
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Application


Important Note: Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in elimination from further consideration. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible.

Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:1 - Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.2 - Well Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.3 - Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.

NOTE: Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the agency's Human Resources system which allows for:1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.

Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive. Non-status candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information."

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional);
    • Unofficial transcript (if qualifying based on education):
    • Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5-point preference), if applicable;
    • For Merit Promotion Eligibility: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (must indicate tenure and position occupied), if applicable;
    • Documentation supporting eligibility for Non-Competitive appointment, e.g., Schedule A (severely disabled), eligible veterans (VRA or 30-percent or more disabled), VISTA, Peace Corps, etc., if applicable

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire, which is available to preview here https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11540309, along with submitting the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 07/07/2022.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the Agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    crystal holmes

    Phone

    202-606-6790

    Email

    cholmes@cns.gov

    Address

    AmeriCorps
    250 E Street SW
    Washington, DC 20525
    US

    Next steps

    Once the occupational questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful, however, you must also include a resume and any other documents that are applicable to you under the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy announcement. After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified of your status via email. Please be aware that emails could reside in your "junk," "bulk," or "spam" mail folder, depending on your filters. You will be notified of the final outcome.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional);
  • Unofficial transcript (if qualifying based on education):
  • Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5-point preference), if applicable;
  • For Merit Promotion Eligibility: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (must indicate tenure and position occupied), if applicable;
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for Non-Competitive appointment, e.g., Schedule A (severely disabled), eligible veterans (VRA or 30-percent or more disabled), VISTA, Peace Corps, etc., if applicable

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


Help

This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Federal employees - Excepted service

    Current excepted service federal employees.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Military spouses

  • Native Americans

    Native Americans or Alaskan Natives with a tribal affiliation.

  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

US Citizens and Status Candidates


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