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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Accountant in Bronx, New York

Summary This position functions as the Chief of the Accounting Section in the Fiscal Program of the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, New York. The incumbent is responsible for all aspects of the accounting system related to the Medical Center and all Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and Outreach Centers. Responsibilities Duties include, but are not limited to: Responsible for the validity and synchronization of monetary accounting as well as obligatory cost expenditures, accounts receivable and payable for medical center programs. Supervises a staff of employees to accomplish the work of the organizational unit. Plans and provides for both long-range and short-term training and assists employee's career development. Reviews staffing for planned work requirements, approves annual and sick leave; reviews positions to determine need and accuracy of position descriptions and requests or recommends for retention, promotion, awards, and/or disciplinary actions. Assigns, reviews, and approves work and evaluates employee performance. Supervises, plans, and directs the functions and overall personnel management activities, including positions and pay, selection or participation in the selection of subordinate employees. In the absence of the Assistant Chief of the Fiscal Program, the incumbent must assume all the duties of the Assistant Chief and serve as Acting Assistant of the Chief, Fiscal Program and occasionally may also act in the capacity of Chief, Fiscal Program. Exercise independent judgment of proper and correct accounting practices. Responsible for the validity and synchronization of monetary accounting as well as obligatory cost expenditures, accounts receivable and payable. Exercise professional accounting judgment for the installation, operation, and augmentation of comprehensive accounting system at the Medical Center. Advises, counsels, and instructs staff on both technical and administrative matters. Makes recommendations regarding the staffing of the Section, considers anticipated future needs, and plans for training of employees to fill those needs. Administer, direct, justify, plan, coordinate and/or negotiate in obtaining compliance with the requirements of the Federal accounting regulations. The work involves active participation in conferences, negotiations, hearings or presentations involving issues or problems of significant importance to the Fiscal program and the Medical Center. Performs other related duties, as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: 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. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Supervisory Accountant/PD18241O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job 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 Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/15/2022. 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-12 you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. 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. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree (or higher): in accounting or 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. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR Combination of education and experience: At least 4 years of experience in accounting, or 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 of auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; 2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or 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. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) In addition to meeting the basic education requirements, you must possess the required specialized experience, education, or combination of experience and education as identified below. GS-12 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the Supervisory Accountant. Specialized experience includes but is not limited to: Experience in applying professional knowledge of accounting theories, principles, practices, and automated systems. Experience resolving various problems such as financial peak workloads and end of accounting period close-outs. Experience monitoring accounting subsidiary reports for the medical center. Experience assisting operating officials with information concerning the availability of funds. There is no educational substitution at this grade level. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Administration and ManagementCommunicationPrinciples of Accounting 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 primarily sedentary, requiring some walking, bending, lifting, and filing in addition to the carrying of light items, such as papers and books. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at Education There is no educational substitution at this grade level. 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: 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: Additional Information 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 This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a VA job announcement includes language requiring applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply to this Job Announcement. VA may request information regarding your vaccination status, if selected, for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.