Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Accountant in Des Moines, Iowa
Summary The Accountant is responsible for the operation and control of day-to day fiscal activities at the Central Iowa VA Healthcare System. Applying professional concepts and methodologies. Knowledgeable in functional program characteristics and requirements. Provides analysis and technical expertise for accounting matters to the Supervisory Accountant, Finance Officer and Chief Fiscal Officer. Responsibilities Duties to include, but are not limited to: -Responsible for the operation and augmentation of a comprehensive accounting system that envelopes the operation of a VA Health Care System. -Examines and studies the constantly changing requirements of VA Central Office and implements them into the operation. -Directs the synchronization of financial, cost, and budgetary accounting records for each program or fund maintained at within an integrated database. -Responsible for the coordination of all accounting input submitted daily to FMS, the correction of errors generated by this input, and the balancing of daily computer print outs and all subsidiary accounting records at the end of each month. -Responsible for the operation of the cost accounting system. -Records must be designed and maintained, data assembled and the costs analyzed for appropriateness of fund, cost center, and budget object code. -Responsible for reconciliation and balancing with subsidiary accounts maintained in other sections and division, such as inventories maintained in Acquisition and Material Management Service as well as directing the reconciliation of cash transactions with the Treasure Department. -Examines and applies internal accounting controls and makes final decisions on technical accounting problems involving the application of a comprehensive knowledge of accounting. -Conducts a variety of Finance internal audits, and renders technical advice to facility staff on all levels with regards to accounting matters. -Examines and surveys various cost and expenditures areas and assists in the development of reporting systems to provide management and operating officials with sufficient financial and statistical data to make timely decisions. -Prepares accounting and cost reports (quarterly needs and excesses) mandated by VA Central Office, VISN and local management. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am-4pm Telework: Regular Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Staff Accountant/PD30188A, PD30189A, and PD30377A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/25/2021. 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 by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS 7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 5. For a GS 9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 7. For a GS 11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 7. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Basic Requirements: 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.") OR Combination of education and experience: 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. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: GS 7: One (1) year of specialized experience related to the duties of this Accountant position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as having the ability to enter simple accounting transactions within the accounting system. Examination of documents, records and accounting reports, to assure conformance with accounting principles and revised regulations and procedures. Participated in decision-making sessions and advises management on regulatory requirements, financial policies, the interpretation of data, and program improvements through analysis or program operations and monthly reports. OR One (1) year of graduate-level education OR superior academic achievement. NOTE: Education needs to be directly related to Accounting. OR a combination of education and experience. GS 9: One (1) year of specialized experience related to the duties of Staff Accountant position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as having knowledge and skill to operate within accounting system using standard operating procedures. Examination of documents, records and accounting reports, to assure conformance with accounting principles and revised regulations and procedures. Participated in decision-making sessions and advises management on regulatory requirements, financial policies, the interpretation of data, and program improvements through analysis or program operations and monthly reports. OR Two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR master's or equivalent graduate degree. NOTE: Education needs to be directly related to Accounting. OR a combination of education and experience. GS 11: One (1) year of specialized experience related to the duties of Staff Accountant position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as having knowledge and skill to maintain an accounting system required on a regular basis. Examination of documents, records and accounting reports, to assure conformance with accounting principles and revised regulations and procedures. Participated in decision-making sessions and advises management on regulatory requirements, financial policies, the interpretation of data, and program improvements through analysis or program operations and monthly reports. OR Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. NOTE: Education needs to be directly related to Accounting. OR a combination of education and experience. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: AccountabilityAccountingCommunicationPrinciples of AccountingPrinciples of Finance 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: 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 principally sedentary. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information 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. Receiving Service Credit or 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. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/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 for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. 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.