Systems Accountant, GS-0510-14 DE

U.S. Federal Government    Alexandria, VA
Job Description
Part-time, OtherDutiesSummary

This position is located in the Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management (BFA), Division of Financial Management (DFM), Financial Systems Branch (FSB). BFA is an office reporting directly to the Director of NSF and is responsible for centralizing and integrating the Foundation s budget, finance, grant and contract awards operations, and fully implements the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Act of 1990 and the Government Management Reform Act (GMRA) of 1994.


The Systems Accountant manages a significant financial system program or function related to the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Foundation s financial system using Oracle Federal Financials Release 12 and internal and external interfaces. This requires the incumbent to define objectives, interpret policy promulgated by authorities senior to the immediate supervisor, and determines their effect on program needs. Specific duties include the following:

Project Management and Execution

  • Develop or coordinate the development of project documentation and plans; including project schedules, risk management plans, communication and change management plans.
  • Conduct project risk assessments and make recommendations to senior management in mitigating project risks.
  • Align project deliverables with strategic business goals and priorities, and develop business case for expending Foundation-wide resources toward the design, development, and implementation of a core financial system and interfaces.
  • Participate in the planning and evaluation of a financial management system and reporting applications.
  • Lead and coordinate the implementation of new technology initiatives, such as Robotic Process Automation.
  • System Implementation and Maintenance

  • Lead cross-functional requirements sessions with system users to develop and/or evaluate functional and technical requirements for the maintenance, upgrade, enhancements and/or replacement of the core financial systems and its interfaces. Translate functional requirements to system specifications. Develop and execute testing plans and scenarios.
  • Design and maintain account code structures of the Foundation s core financial system, and ensure that they meet requirements established by NSF, OMB, and Department of Treasury.
  • Design and/or provide guidance in the design of the chart of accounts of the financial management system in accordance with the Standard General Ledger (SGL) at the transaction level.
  • Develop change management strategies to transition stakeholders from the current financial systems environment to future system environment.
  • Analyze business processes and develop approaches to streamline business processes and address financial management issues. Troubleshoot and analyze complex and critical issues related to financial management systems, and provide solutions and procedures for issue resolution.
  • Conduct research on new systems requirements set forth by OMB, Department of Treasury, GAO, and other regulatory and oversight organizations.
  • Identify accounting needs not met by the financial system, recommend changes or improvements.
  • Provide technical and professional accounting advice on accounting and financial systems.
  • Data Analytics and Quality

  • Lead, develop, and execute data clean up strategies and tactical plans to clean up data in the core financial system and interfaces.
  • Lead, develop and execute data conversion strategies to migrate legacy data from current financial system to the new core financial system.
  • Lead efforts to conduct data quality assessments to determine the health and quality of data in the core financial system and data coming from feeder systems into the core system.
  • Make recommendations to senior management on data clean up strategies, priorities in data clean up, and work with policy lead in DFM to develop policies and procedures to ensure strong data governance over financial data.
  • Provide expert specialized analysis of accounting data, identify issues and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Financial System Policy and Analysis

  • Provide input into financial system policies, and develop procedures for the Foundation s core financial system and its interfaces; and work in partnership with the DFM Senior Policy Advisor to incorporate financial system policies and procedures into DFM s overall policies and procedures framework.
  • Coordinate with DFM Senior Policy Advisor NSF s response to Government-wide exposure drafts on new financial systems policies and procedures.
  • Maintain communication with control agencies (OMB, Treasury, GSA, FASAB, and GAO) regarding changes to Federal financial systems policies and procedures.
  • Oversee or conduct reviews of the Foundation s core financial system and its interfaces to ensure compliance with FFMIA, FISMA, Clinger Cohen, GAO, OMB Circulars, A-123 Appendix D and A-130 and other applicable laws and regulations and to support management s annual assurance statement on financial systems compliance.
  • Review audit reports affecting financial management systems implementation and operations to facilitate timely resolution of findings. Responds to audit requests as needed.
  • Competencies


    Customer service

    Financial System

    Internal Controls

    Oral Communication

    Written Communication

    Problem Solving

    Project Management

    Requirements Analysis

    Systems Life Cycle

    Team Work

    Accounting Operations

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0510 Accounting

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  • Requirements

    RequirementsConditions of Employment
  • US citizenship.
  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • 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; religious; 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. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire. All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position. This position is in the bargaining unit.


    All candidates must meet one of the following basic requirements for accountant positions: 1. A degree from an accredited college or university in accounting and/or auditing or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. May include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. 2. A combination of education and experience - 4 yrs of experience in accounting or a combination of accounting experience, college level education, and training and one of following: 1) 24 semester hrs. in appropriate accounting or auditing courses (can include 6 hrs. of business law); 2) certificate as a Certified Public Acct. or a Certified Internal Auditor, from a written exam; 3) degree that included substantial accounting/auditing courses, (15 sem. hrs.), but less than 24 semester hours.

    In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirement described above, candidates at the GS-14 level must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: utilizing project management principles and best practices to support financial system designs, implementations, enhancements, maintenance and other financial system initiatives; performing business process and system analysis to make recommendations for financial system and business improvements; analyzing reporting requirements; analyzing and interpreting data to ensure data quality and integrity; providing technical and professional accounting advice on accounting and financial systems.


    You must meet the minimum education requirements as described in “Qualifications.

    Additional information

    Relocation Expenses Reimbursed will not be paid. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least “Very Good on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM s Career Transition Resources Veteran s Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15. NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary. For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide . This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation. The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles. Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed: Excellent, Very Good, or Good. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category. Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category. The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the competencies required of this position. Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used. Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or CTAP must meet the agency definition of well qualified. In NSF categories, this means at least “Very Good.

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    Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    All applicants should submit a resume/CV of their choice, and may also submit a cover letter. Additional Documents, if applicable, may include: Veteran s Preference Documentation (DD-214 and SF-15): If you are eligible and claiming 5-point veteran s preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veteran s preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and the documentation required by the SF-15. (Please note: An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing veterans preference will not be accepted as proof of entitlement.) We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey . This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only. You must submit proof of meeting the basic education requirement described in the QUALIFICATIONS paragraph. Therefore, you should submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met. All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

    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.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

    A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation Headquarters is conveniently located across the street from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station, right in Alexandria, VA, a few miles from downtown Washington, DC. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as historic Old Town Alexandria a short trip away. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers: Pre-tax parking Public transportation subsidy Child care subsidy Flexible working hours Telecommuting Physical Fitness Facility on site Health Services Unit on site Employee Assistance Program

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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