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Staff Accountant


Job Title:Staff Accountant

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:13CS1-CFX0198-0510-14-SP

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, September 16, 2013 to Friday, September 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0510-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens, No Prior Federal Experience is Required

JOB SUMMARY:

WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK?  At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America.  We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today. 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation.  As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today’s global economy.  We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world.  Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in TomorrowWHAT DOES A STAFF ACCOUNTANT DO?  The selectee will serve as a Senior Staff Accountant with responsibility for establishing and applying accounting theories, concepts, principles, and standards to the financial activities of the IRS. This position ensures that financial systems, operations, and reports meet the requirements of law and regulation.WHAT IS THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DIVISION? The IRS Chief Financial Officer(CFO) organization is responsible for the custodial accounting of over $2 trillion in taxpayer payments, as well as for managing the IRS' $10 billion annual operating budget. In addition, the CFO advises the IRS Commissioner and other top executives on issues dealing with financial management, financial systems, strategic planning, performance management, budget formulation, budget execution, and internal controls.Positions are located in the Chief Financial Officer, Financial Management Unit, Office of Financial Reports at 77 K Street NE, Washington D.C.

Sole Survivorship Preference: Veterans released or discharged under honorable conditions from a period of active duty from the armed forces, after August 29, 2008, by reason of a Sole Survivorship discharge (SSP), may be eligible for Veteran's Preference. To receive credit, please update your application to indicate that you are entitled to "Veteran's Preference by reason of Sole Survivorship Discharge" and include documentation to support your claim.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.Opportunities for a flexible work place may be available.Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Moving expenses may be authorized with eligi ble CTAP/RPP letter.This is a non-bargaining unit position. Travel required 1-5 nights/month.U.S. Citizenship will be verified. Must be 18 years of age.

DUTIES:

 As an Accountant you will: Review and interpret federal legislation, rules, standards, and regulations pertaining to accounting financial management. Analyze and evaluate agency-wide accounting operations, policies, procedures, and systems for compliance with standards and internal controls. Design, implement, and assess internal control processes and systems pertaining to agency-wide accounting and financial management activities. Prepare, analyze, interpret, review, and present accounting data, reports, and financial statements. Provide high-level technical support to the financial statement audit. Apply cost accounting methods to agency-wide data and systems, in partnership with business units, to report the cost of major activities for management information purposes.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

QUALIFICATIONS/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the following eligibility and basic qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS REQUIRED EDUCATION:  Applicant's must have a Bachelor's 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. (The term"accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" and should be interpreted,generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")ORA combination of education and experience of 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. Also include 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses, 6 of which can be in business law; a certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor through written exam; degree with substantial course work in accounting or auditing.SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Education Requirements stated above, all applicants must possess one FULL year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.  Duties may include specialized experience in any combination of the following activities:GS-14 LEVEL: Specialized experience includes:1. expert knowledge of accounting standards and practical application to the production of audited federal financial statements and related financial reports (Accounting standards include generally accepted accounting principles, Federal accounting standards, generally accepted auditing standards, and regulatory guidance.  Financial reports include an entity’s general ledger, sub-ledgers, and any other data source relied upon to conduct day-to-day financial operations, perform analysis, prepare work papers and/or prepare financial statements.); 2. knowledge gained from prior work experience in general ledger and subsidiary ledger maintenance, including transactional processing, interfaces, sub-systems, analysis of accounts, adjusting entries, reversing entries, and closing entries; 3. understanding federal government fund accounting and USSGL applicable to the federal sector; 4.  knowledge of budgeting and GTAS requirements; 5. high-level proficiency with large-scale core financial systems, systems interfaces, and financial reporting tools;  6. skill in overseeing operation and maintenance of accounting systems, reviewing output, correcting errors, executing custom and standard queries and reports; and 7. the ability to communicate complex financial issues, potential solutions, and final recommendation(s) for presentation (oral and/or written) to management and personnel both within and outside the organization.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience.  You will respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following competencies: TECHNICAL ACCOUNTING, ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNTING PROCESSES & ANALYSES, ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS & ANALYSES, AND COMMUNICATION.  Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "NOT QUALIFIED" determination for this position.  For tips preparing your resume click http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/ResumeTips.pdf ; for cover letter tips click http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/CoverLetterTips.pdf . You will be tentatively assigned to a category group (A, B, C, etc.) based on your responses to the online questions.  Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, etc.)  Candidates will be considered in category group order.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service –connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their responses to the questions and will be referred for selection before non-preference eligibles with the same category. Applicants are tentatively assigned to a category group pending qualifications validation and/or assessment results.  Your final category assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position(s).  Applicants are referred to the selecting manager in category order (A, B, C). You may be required to participate in a selection interview.  The IRS will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.  If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or Category B or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.  To preview questions please click here.

BENEFITS:

We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair and values diversity.  Our comprehensive benefits are very generous – helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and your family needs. We also offer challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards. For additional information view and learn more about our benefits package at:https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Alex Silcott at 816-291-9350.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: Complete a one-year probationary and/or trial period (unless already completed). If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so. Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation.  Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent. Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 (http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf); one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification.  Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury. Undergo a pre-employment federal income tax verification. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification).  IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.  If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions and an opportunity to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.

HOW TO APPLY:

The application process has 6 STEPS:STEP 1: Create an account at: https://my.usajobs.govSTEP 2: Develop a Resume using the USAJOBS "Resume Builder" or "Upload" your Resume into USAJOBS.STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, go to http://jobs.irs.gov/USAJOBS, copy and enter the announcement number 13CS1-CFX0198-0510-14-SP in the key word search field. Select "Yes", if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click "Search for Jobs." Click "Apply Online" on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click "Apply for this position now!"STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information. Click "Apply to this Vacancy".STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions.STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click "Finish" at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application. WHAT IF I FORGOT TO SUBMIT SOMETHING? Log into My USAJOBS at https://my.usajobs.gov with your user name and password. Click on "Application Status". Click "more information" under the "Application Status" column of the announcement. Click "Review and Update the documents if needed", on the "Application Detail" page. Select "Upload", "USAJOBS", "Fax", or "Reuse existing document" for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided. Click "Finish" to save this change.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION:  For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education for training or experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent.  An official transcript will be required if you are selected.   A college or university degree must be accredited (or pre-accredited) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Please refer to: www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. Note:  If the position has specific education requirements and you are not currently or have not previously been in the series to be filled, please submit a transcript demonstrating you have the basic education required.  If you are qualifying based on foreign education you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to:  http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION:  If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION:  For additional information see link at bottom of announcement. NOTE:  YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION BY 11:59 P.M. ET ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Stephanie Proctor Phone: 816-291-9350 Fax: 000-000-0000 TDD: 816-292-6062 Email: SPEC-Hiring@irs.gov Agency Information:INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE333 West Pershing RoadKansas City, MO64131US Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. If you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile.You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your "My USAJOBS" account and clicking on "My Application".

Control Number: 351698900

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