Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Accountant in Las Vegas, Nevada
Primary Purpose: The primary purpose of the position is to independently perform the full range of professional accounting work requiring the application of sound accounting principles, theories, concepts and procedures. Serves as the point-of-contact and subject matter expert for accounting reports and reconciliations.
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Accounting Duties-Administers accounting systems designed to track, reconcile, and report on appropriations for which the agency has legislative oversight responsibility. Performs all duties and completes assignments in compliance with Federal Appropriation Law and so that facility, VISN, and VACO performance measures and financial indicators are met. Reviews the work of Accounting Technicians to assure accuracy and conformity to policy and procedures, instructing them when necessary on proper methods and assigns projects/tasks to be accomplished. Plans, coordinates and performs one-time/recurring comprehensive reviews, special studies and selective internal examinations of finance and accounting functions. Assignments involve verifying reports with source documents and records, reconciling accounts; investigating to determine if transactions are in accordance with pertinent laws and regulations. Assists in designing, developing, and implementing accounting forms and adapting them to meet the requirements of special activities and conditions. Advises personnel on the way data should be submitted and aids in devising procedures for the collection of such data.
Analysis Duties- Analyzes and verifies all financial reports prepared in the accounting section prior to their release to management to ensure the results attained meet all accounting requirements. Applies a professional knowledge of accounting theories, principles, practices, and automated systems. Utilizes a large body of guidelines, regulations and statutory requirements to identify such accounting problems as: inadequate maintenance of fund control, inaccurate records and reports of costing data, and lack of documentary evidence to support the performance of regulatory reconciliations. Makes day-to-day decisions regarding unusual and complex accounting transactions, and is available to consult on solution of management problems and to provide alternatives through sound application of professional knowledge of the accounting system. Analyzes and evaluates current general accounting methods and procedures in terms of adequacy and effectiveness; recommends changes, modifications and improvements in operating procedures.
Work Schedule:M-F 0730-1600 Telework:Not Available Virtual:This is not a virtual position. Position Description: Accountant /PD#: 00340-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not required
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- Accountants And Auditors
- Auditors, Field
- Auditors, Internal
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/05/2018.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: 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 this vacancy, applicants must have held grade GS- 07 or higher for at least a year to be eligible for the GS-09 grade level of this position. The grade must have been held in the Federal service but may have been in any occupation. OR Applicants must have held grade GS- 09 or higher for at least a year to be eligible for the GS-11 grade level of this position. The grade must have been held in the Federal service but may have been in any occupation.
You must meet the following qualification requirements:
Basic/Individual Occupational Requirements: Education: 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" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.") Note to applicant: You must submit transcripts with conferred date of degree for full degree credit. OR Education/Experience Combination: 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: Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR 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.Grade Requirements: In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, you must also meet the following Group Qualification Minimum Requirements listed below for each grade you are applying for.
GS-09: Specialized Experience:You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Preparation of accounting and cost reports mandated by higher headquarters and local management, analyzing trends in accounting system and using available tools and research techniques to define actual and potential problems, Has contact with other employees in Finance, control point officials, service chiefs, and top management at the facility, Responsible for the voucher audit duties assigned to the accounting Section--which involve the auditing and vendorizing of a large variety of documents for payments
Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Note: Such education/coursework must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position (Accounting/Finance).* OR,* Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described above. (To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)
GS-11: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Uses judgment in interpreting the intent of legislation and program objectives to develop accounting policies to be used in the Accounting Section and throughout the facility, Develops standards and guidelines for complex programs, Is considered an expert in accounting, Directs the reconciliation of cash transactions with the Treasury Department, Has contact with VA Central Office, the Austin Finance Center, other VA Medical Centers, and other government agencies. OR, Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a PhD. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Note: Such education/coursework must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position (Accounting/Finance). OR, Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described above. (To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: * Knowledge of policies, practice and regulations and the regulatory provisions and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise for accounting. * Knowledge of decentralized double entry accrual style accounting system with special emphasis on the general ledger costing summaries and transaction classifications. * Knowledge of FMS, IPPS, and IFCAP electronic accounting processing systems and uses computers, software applications, databases, and automated systems to accomplish work. * Ability to analyze complicated accounting transactions and prepared reports for management review and dissemination. * Ability to provide direction and instruction regarding technical financial accounting transactions. * Works and communicates with clients and customers. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending and carrying of items such as papers and books.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
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Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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- Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 10/05/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10307092.
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Las Vegas VA Medical Center 6900 North Pecos Road North Las Vegas, NV 89086 US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510798800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 09/13/2018 to 10/05/2018
Pay scale & grade: GS 9 - 11
Salary: $51,089 to $80,358 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time