The Accountant is responsible for the detailed and efficient operation and control of day-to-day accounting activities at the facility. Must be experienced in applying professional concepts and methodologies as well as knowledgeable in functional program characteristics and requirements. Also will be responsible to:Maintain all accounting functions under the construction program; Responsible for computing and recording CPAC unbilled accrual, and Bad Debt Allowance; Lead or coordinate activities of the Staff Accountants and Accounting Technicians assigned to the Accounting Section; Interprets and adapts guidelines and work directions for application to specific objectives and devises new methods, techniques, and criteria pertaining to such; Performs analyses of overall accounting system effectiveness, identifying operation deficiencies, and formulating improvements through better controls; Reconcile a wide variety of accounting records including but not limited to suspense accounts, general ledger accounts, accounts receivable, fixed assets, Non-expendable (NX) property accounts and patient funds accounts; Identifies and resolves complex and difficult accounting transactions that create out-of-balance conditions in the financial reports; Communicate effectively with management, both orally or in writing, to advise on accounting operations or to convey suggestions for improvement to current operating procedures; Conduct training of new/old Staff Accountants and Accounting Technicians on non-routine to complex transactions; Certifies the monthly accounting reports ensuring general ledger accounts are in agreement with subsidiary records and prepare journal vouchers and adjust general ledger accounts; Reconcile monthly records of work-in-progress, undeliverable orders, unliquidated obligations, and obligated allowance/project allotment; Process all construction transactions into FMS; Maintain a status of funds for each project and work closely with Engineering in reviewing and monitoring funding to ensure projects do not exceed funding authority; Maintains the accounting records for all construction projects and maintains the FMS Fixed Assets Subsystem, to include Real and Personal property Capitalization.
Basic Requirements1.Degree: 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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.") 2.Combination of education and experience:
1. 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;2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or3.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; (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.Specialized Experience: Must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-7) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.OREducation: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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; religions; 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.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Physical Requirements: No Physical requirements Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 level.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp. VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.