The Technical Career Field (TCF) is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions.
The New Mexico VA Health Care System is seeking an Accountant (TCF) to join the team! The operating accountant is responsible for the detailed and efficient operation and control of day-to-day fiscal activities at the facility. The selected candidate must be experience in applying professional concepts and methodologies.
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The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the field. Individuals selected follow a formal training plan for two years during which they are trained, coached, and supervised by a preceptor. Preceptors are selected annually, through an extensive application process, for their technical expertise, their commitment to training and the suitability of their facility as a training location. Selectees will be required to sign Mobility, Training, Continued Service and Participant Agreements.
This is a developmental position leading to a GS-11, performing assignments intended to broaden skills and provide practical experience leading to progressively more complex assignments performed under progressively less supervision. 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.
The VA Accounting system utilizes a computerized double-entry method of recording transactions in accounts, which are maintained on the accrual basis. The system encompasses the full range of asset, liability, income and expense accounts found in the usual commercial system. These accounts are adapted and augmented to meet the special requirements of a government agency. Accounting systems are decentralized in order that accounts may be maintained adjacent to management where data is useful in day-to-day operations; however, systems are centralized in total using automated data processing equipment with feedback data to local management as well as the agency level. The Financial Management System (FMS) provides the classifying, recording and analyzing of data that enables the incumbent to provide management with valuable information such as (1) a basis for financial planning (2) data for evaluating performance, (3) the cost of carrying out responsibilities, and (4) the status of financial condition and results of operations. FMS is also used to process and record obligation and expenditure transactions for major and minor construction projects. The incumbent provides analysis and technical expertise for accounting matters to the chief, accountant, Fiscal Officer, and upper management.
Work schedule: Monday thru Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm
Telework: Not available.
Position Description Title/PD#: Accountant (TCF)/50122O/50123O
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- Accountants And Auditors
- Auditors, Field
- Auditors, Internal
- Field Auditors
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 a background/security investigation
- Training-Service Agreement and Mobility Agreement required
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program. The program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school. The Internship provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements. It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion. For more information on Internship opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit: https://www.va.gov/EMPLOYEE/pathways-internship-program/.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/30/2019.
Minimum Requirements (Individual Occupational Requirement):
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study 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.")
B. 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; (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 minimum requirements above, you may qualify based on education and/or experience as described below:
- GS-05 qualifications: Must meet Minimum Requirements/Individual Occupational Requirement as described above.
- Specialized Experience GS-07: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Understands accounting principles, theories, concepts and practices as well as related financial accounting regulations, policies and procedures; Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and their application in accordance with Government accounting policies and regulations; Gathers and analyzes data from a variety of sources. These sources include Websites, computer applications and printed documents; Initiates frequent written and verbal communication with internal and external business partners; Utilizes all Microsoft systems and applications efficiently; Utilizes computerized accounting systems. NOTE: Your experience must be fully documented in your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. OR,
- Education GS-07: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have one (1) full year of graduate-level education that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work as an accountant. (One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study.) or Superior Academic Achievement* OR,
- Combination GS-07: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experienc