Systems Accountant

Recruiter
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location
Huntsville, Tennessee, United States
Salary
USD 30.77 - 49.56 per hour
Posted
16 Sep 2020
Closes
18 Sep 2020
Ref
577855500
Job role
Accountant
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Summary

About the Position:
Serves as a systems accountant in the Directorate of Financial Systems CEFMS II Modernization Division at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Finance Center. As a systems accountant, you will analyze complex, financial management and accounting system requirements involving a high level of responsibility to enable the Corps of Engineers Financial Management System (CEFMS II) to support the wide range of USACE worldwide, critical missions.

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Responsibilities

  • Analyzes business processes, internal controls, governing financial laws, regulations and policies to develop requirements for new or revised financial system accounting
  • Reviews and documents system specifications for additions, corrections or modernization of CEFMS from which system analysts and computer programmers modify the software applications
  • Participates in agile software development, defining requirements or vision, assisting with the product backlog, prioritizing needs, assisting with development stages and testing product progress
  • Prepares test plans, conducts or leads testing to ensure system applications meet the specified requirements and code is void of errors and improper updates.
  • Assists in the installation of new or modified system processes. Develops documentation and training for new system applications and provides to operating activities by personal visits, email guidance or web conferences.
  • Uses Structured Query Language (SQL) queries to extract data from the database for data calls and analysis with minimal assistance.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Business travel 10% of the time

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12
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    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment
    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • Temporary Duty (TDY) or business travel requirement of 10% of the time.
    • Financial Management Level II Certification requirement within 24 months.


    Qualifications

    Position will be filled at the GS-11 or GS-12 Level

    Telework Eligible: Yes as determined by agency policy.

    Who May Apply
    : Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

    • Current Department of Army Civilian Employees
    • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)
    • Domestic Defense Industrial Base/Major Range and Test Facilities Base Civilian Personnel Workforce
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
    • Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473
    • Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible
    • Reinstatement
    • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998


    In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

    Basic Requirement for Systems Accountant:

    A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.
    OR
    B. Combination of Education and Experience: Must include at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:
    (1) Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
    OR
    (2) A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;
    OR
    (3) Completion of the 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 of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; AND (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has 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 A; AND (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

    To qualify at the GS-11, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level GS-9.
    Specialized experience is defined as experience in agile software development, defining requirements or vision and experience assisting with the product backlog, prioritizing needs, assisting with development stages and experience identifying emerging trends for use with automated financial management systems and experience in assisting with design, testing and implementation of new financial system applications and experience with Standard Query Language (SQL) to create queries of relational databases for data calls or experience or experience in extracting data from relational database to create and maintain financial reports.
    OR
    Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Accounting or related field of study.
    OR
    Combination of Education and Experience

    This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service GS-09.

    To qualify at the GS-12, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level GS-11.
    Specialized experience id defined as experience in leading agile software development, defining requirements or vision and experience managing the product backlog, prioritizing needs, and overseeing development stages, and experience in leading design, testing and implementation of new financial system applications; experience in identifying emerging trends for use with automated financial management systems and experience in analyzing business processes, governing financial laws and regulations and experience with Standard Query Language (SQL) to create queries of relational databases for data calls or experience in extracting data from relational database to create and maintain financial reports
    This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service GS-11.

    Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent of all grade levels. For GS-11 you must have held a GS-09 for 52 weeks; GS-12 you must have held a GS-11 for 52 weeks.

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
    • Communications
    • Financial Concepts, Policies, and Principles
    • Financial Management Systems


    Education

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    • applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct deposit of pay is required.
    • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • This is a Career Program (CP) 11 - Comptroller position
    • You may claim military spouse preference (MSP).
    • If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
    • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
    • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.


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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.

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No
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    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Merit Checklist and Proof of Eligibility.

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    1. Your resume:
    • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
    • Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The Proof of Eligibility document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.
    • Time-in-grade documentation: If you are applying for a higher grade and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
    • This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

    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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