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Announcement Number:
12-FNS-075P
Hiring Agency:
USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
Position Title:
Financial Management Specialist
Open Period:
02/29/2012 - 03/20/2012
Series/Grade:
GS - 0501 11
Salary:
$62758.00 - $81583.00
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
  • 1 Vacancy in Boston Metro Area, MA, US
For More Info:
Applicant Call Center
304-480-7300
FNSINQUIRIES@BPD.TREAS.GOV

Overview

Who May Apply:
U.S. citizens; no prior Federal experience is required. Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, former Federal employees who have reinstatement eligibility, and individuals who are eligible under special appointing authorities may wish to apply under 12-FNS-074.
Duration Appointment:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

This position is located in Boston, MA. The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

Summary:
The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS! 

 


Key Information:


  • Relocation and Recruitment incentives may be available.

  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.  
  • Supervisory Position:
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    Duties

    As a Financial Management Specialist, you will:


  • Serve as a Financial Management Specialist with responsibility for planning, organizing, reviewing, analyzing and monitoring fiscal activity, accounting and internal controls in the Region to provide proper accountability and financial management over Federal funds.

  • Ensure control of assigned areas of the Regional reporting system. Ensure timely, accurate and complete submissions, recommending solutions and resolving independently all reporting problems with the State Agencies.

  • Monitor, analyze, evaluate, recommend, and affect improvements and alternative procedures for effective cash management practices within the scope of assigned programs.

  • Meet independently and as needed with State agency and local agency financial and program personnel.

  • Prepare periodic reconciliations of State Agency letters of credit (at least quarterly), verifying draw downs, entitlements, obligations, outlays and initiating any necessary accounting adjustments.

  • Negotiate with the state officials to closeout State agency accounts are years end; preparing Statements of Accounts, closing Letters of Credit to accurately identify un-liquidated obligations and establishes appropriate accounts payable for future payments.

  • Provide the Section Chief with any information that would assist in improving internal controls in the Regions and States.

  • Counsel and assist the Section Chief or Lead Specialist in Financial Management and Accounting Systems.

  • Participate in dissemination and clarification of policy, through financial regulations, instructions and management circulars and discussions with, and technical assistance to, affected parties.

  • Review State and Local Agency internal control systems.

  • Perform the financial portion of Program Management Evaluations and reviews of State Agency Financial Management Systems including the full range of cash payments and all other internal accounting procedures like A/R, A/P, reports generation.

  • Present findings and prepares comprehensive reports of recommendations to Regional Financial Management Director through the Section Chief.

  • Maintain audits, internal control and management information systems as required.

  • Provide technical assistance and training to Regional and State personnel on financial management and accountability policy and procedures.

  • Investigate audit findings with specific emphasis on internal controls and financial systems and recommends fiscal closure of audits.

  • Review and approve the financial portion of State plans of operations.
  • Qualifications and Evaluations

    Education:
    Requirements:
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    Evaluations:
    Your application includes your: 1. Resume, 2. Responses to the online questions, and 3. Required supporting documents. We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: 1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible. 2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: 

    • Ability to analyze financial data.

    • Ability to review financial information for compliance with policies and regulations.

    • Ability to independently prioritize and plan work.

    • Skill in communicating financial information.


    We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category. 3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. 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 be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority. We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
    Qualifications:
    In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
      

    Minimum Qualification Requirement:


    Specialized Experience: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes organizing, reviewing, analyzing and monitoring fiscal activity and systems to ensure proper accountability of funds and the efficiency of program operations.


    Education: You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: A Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level education leading to such a degree or LL.M. in a related field.


    Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
    Other Information:
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

  • Relocation and recruitment incentives may be available.

  • This is a bargaining unit-designated position.

  • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

  • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, Room 942, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

  • FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.

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    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: 


  • Complete a one-year probationary 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.

  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

  • Travel locally and/or overnight approximately 25% of the time.

  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. FNS provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.


    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips.


    Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

    Required Documents:

    Veterans' Preference Documentation If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veteran's preference, click here.


    CTAP/ICTAP 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. For a detailed list of documents, click here.


    Education Documentation


    If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualifications requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a.


    RECOMMENDED DOCUMENTS:


    In addition, we recommend that you submit the following:


    Performance Appraisal A copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18 months, that includes the final rating.

    What to Expect Next:
    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that 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 communication that could affect your consideration for this position.