Financial Analyst

Forest Service
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
USD 16.89 - 33.27 per hour
16 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020


These positions are located in the Albuquerque Service Center of the USDA, Forest Service, is part of the Chief Financial Officer Budget and Finance section of the Center; is responsible for implementing, operating, and maintaining an integrated financial information system responsive to user and customer needs.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Linda Smith at 505-563-7376 or

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  • Duties listed are at the full performance GS-09 grade level.
  • Conducts financial management analysis of complex, interrelated administrative processes; e.g., budgetary, financial, procurement, and property management functions.
  • Develops recommendations for eliminating problems or improving the relevant operation; reviews and evaluates financial systems for effectiveness of internal controls and integrity of the organizations financial information.
  • Reviews and analyzes financial reports generated by the financial system and determines compatibility of each with plans, prior month status, other relevant reports, and the general ledger
  • Analyzes processing flows, integration of external system interfaces and internal subsystem modules, and recommends improvements in control techniques.
  • Identifies problems and discrepancies, determines if adjustments or corrections are required, and takes necessary action to correct and produce reports
  • Reviews and analyzes the effect of new or revised regulatory changes, and assists in developing applicable procedures; and/or reviews financial management policies, practices, techniques, and procedures that guide primary office financial work.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 1-2 days with overnights for training or conference for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)

    0501 Financial Administration And Program
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    Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
    • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit


    You must possess the Basic Requirements Identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Your resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate specialized experience requirements. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirement by the closing date of the announcement.

    The following link provides more information on the qualifications for this position: Financial Administration and Program Series, 0501

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    For the GS-05 Grade: Applicants must have three (3) years of progressively responsible general experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level; OR, Bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree; OR, a combination of education and general experience that together meets the requirements of the position.

    GS-05 Qualifying experience is defined as experience performing routine support work in administration, including answering inquiries, entering data into an automated system, and reviewing requests to ensure all required information has been provided.

    For the GS-07 Grade: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level; OR, one full year (18 semester hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position; OR, a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that together meets the requirements of the position.

    GS-07 Specialized experience is defined as experience providing support for a financial management program by receiving and tracking financial correspondence related to the program; as a basic trainee, reviewing pertinent regulations, policies, and procedures, applying them to limited and routine work assignments in an administrative field; under supervision, performed basic accounting, auditing, or budgeting tasks in support of financial management program.

    For the GS-09 Grade: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level; 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., that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; OR, a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that together meets the requirements of the position (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level).

    GS-09 Specialized experience is defined as experience assisting in validating straightforward data using well- established accounting principles and practices; extracting budget or program data from computer printouts of accounting records, forms, and reports; collecting financial data and making basic computations according to established standards; and/or preparing routine financial reports, fact sheets, or correspondence that provided financial information.

    TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


    See Qualifications Section for education requirements.

    Additional information

    THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. This type of announcement provides the Forest Service with a readily available source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the location and grade for which you applied. Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations can be found at

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), or Reemployment Priority List (RPL): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP or RPL eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status (such as LWOP) is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anything beyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible for providing sufficient information/documentation to determine if the 24 month criteria is met.

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent Country Employees without prior Federal Tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must service a 1 year probationary period.

    Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).

    For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website

    If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed.

    Information on special hiring authorities such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, and individuals with disabilities may be found on the USAJOBS website.

    This is a bargaining unit designated position.

    Government Housing is not available.

    Daycare facilities are not available.

    This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the competencies listed below:

    • Attention to Detail
    • Financial Management
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Technical Competence

    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

    If you meet the qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities must meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action.

    To view a preview of the application question, visit:

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
    • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
    • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
    • Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
    • VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.

    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.
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    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. Learn more about federal 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.