Financial Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Urbandale , IA 50323

Posted 2 months ago

  • Duties

HelpDuties Summary

This position exists in the Financial Operations Division (FOD), Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Administrator. FOD is responsible for financial policies and functions related to conference planning, employee relocation, foreign, local and temporary duty travel and travel advances, employee pay, and the billing/collection of reimbursable services.

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This is a pivotal position in the Financial Service Center; in this position:

You will serve as staff specialist responsible for analyzing and making recommendations with respect to initiatives and issues related to FSIS financial services; such as, Travel, Accounts Receivable and Payable, and other financial transactions performed by FOD. You will develop sources of information, identify and perform in-depth analyses of issues, and will analyze the consequences of adopting various proposals and policies, and will develop guidelines, forecast developments potentially affecting programs, develop options and alternatives, and will coordinate findings.

You will prepare and deliver written and oral presentations, and serve as an expert in the program area to which assigned. You will engage in analyzing procedural methods and techniques involved in the financial document processing work of the Unit, both independently and as a member of teams organized to assess comparable issues of the Branch, and will develop short and long term methods of analysis for use in assessing work methods, data collection and input, and system procedures.

Document types include, but are not limited to: Billing documents, Collections, Export certificates, Travel authorizations and vouchers for temporary duty, various reimbursements to employees, Bi-weekly payroll time and attendance documents, forms for State agencies with cross-utilization agreements, and payments subject to the Prompt Payment Act.

These documents are normally time sensitive and subject to tight deadlines. Your duties also include analyzing the Unit's interaction with automated financial data input systems in developing and recommending alternative data capturing methods and systems. Additionally, you will serve as a subject matter expert within FOD for proper operating procedures on travel accounts receivable, accounts payable, and other financial transaction activities, and will develop and review standard operating procedures and instructions.

You may provide training to FOD personnel and provide assistance to program officials on the Departmental and Treasury requirements relating to billing, collection, or payables matters.

You will design, review, and analyze reports generated using data from the Agency financial system and internal tracking applications. As an expert, you will verify and provide information for outside reporting to OCFO and other agency customers, and will effectively handle difficult customer contacts, negotiating and resolving controversial financial issues of considerable significance in a professional manner.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Less than 5% travel reqiured.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0501 Financial Administration And Program

  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check required.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

  • If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

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

  • If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade:

Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade.

For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-9 or 10 level) that demonstrates:

Specialized experience at the GS-11 level is defined as financial work that required knowledge of the policies, precedents, goals, objectives, regulations, and guidelines of a financial program area to analyze financial activities. Examples of specialized experience at this level include: analyzing samples of financial data for proper authorizations, preparing reports from automated financial systems, researching and resolving standard financial issues, and interpreting/explaining financial policies, rules, and regulations. Typical experience at this level would be gained in a field of finance (Budget, Accounting, Auditing, Tax) for a financial institution or program area.


Candidates may qualify at the GS-11 level based on the completion of three full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university.

Specialized experience for the GS-12 level:

To meet the specialized experience requirement, you will need to have completed at least 52 weeks of progressively responsible specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level.

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience for the GS-12 level is defined as financial work that required applying knowledge of the policies, precedents, goals, objectives, regulations, and guidelines of a financial program area to analyze financial activities. Examples of specialized experience at this level include: analyzing data from financial systems to prepare reports, researching and applying financial laws, regulations, and policies to provide guidance to other financial specialists, applying knowledge of financial systems or techniques to modify and adapt policies and procedures, and/or advising program managers.

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:

(Financial Administration and Program Series, 0501)

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.


Candidates may qualify at the GS-11 level based on the completion of three full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university.

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