Financial Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Urbandale , IA 50323

Posted 7 days ago

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This position exists in the Financial Management Division (FMD), Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and Office of the Administrator. FMD is responsible for financial policies and functions related to conference planning, employee relocation, foreign, local and temporary duty travel and travel advances.

Salary range above is the Rest of U.S. for Urbandale, IA

Washington D.C. Salary rate for GS-13: $96,970 to $126,062

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Processing of financial documents that are many varied forms and often not system ready, requiring research and contacts with employees and management at various echelons within the agency as well as outside contacts with other government agencies and vendors. Document types include, but are not limited to: 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.

You will participate with the Branch Chief in the development of annual and multi-year budget estimates for FMD, and will engage in continual assessment of the processes, methods, and procedures used by FMD to perform the processing work, which includes adapting, modifying, or creating new work methods to accommodate changes in regulation, funding, or processing requirements.

You will develop project plans, and direct the acquisition and analysis of factual data, and the development of optimal financial systems for providing financial processing support in accordance with regulatory requirements.

You will design, review, and analyze reports generated using data from financial systems, and internal tracking applications, and will review for the accuracy and completeness of information and applicability to an established need or ad hoc use.

You will participate in developing directives for use nation-wide on document submission/processing procedures, and will provide FMD staff with informational memoranda and instructions to keep them apprised of new developments and initiatives.

You will provide technical direction and guidance on the day-to-day operations of processing documents, reviewing records and reports, and coordinating/participating in the year end closing activities that affect the financial account statements. Participate in the preparation of new and revised notices, bulletins, and directives on matters related to accounts payable and receivable and travel.

Additionally, you will manage the relocation program budget, performs trend analysis and reconciliation of travel and relocation accounting transactions and/or other assigned travel programs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Less than 5% travel is required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    0501 Financial Administration And Program

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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 (e.g. one year at the GS-12 grade level for consideration for the GS-13 grade level.)

For the GS-13 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that demonstrates:

Examples of creditable specialized experience includes solving complex travel related problems, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating financial/management data, developing new methods or strategies to implement systems for various travel programs, providing technical direction and guidance to obtain efficiency and economy of operations. Must include experience: Leading and/or considered expert developing new or revised processed and procedures for a financial/travel program or department. Leading and/or considered expert with modifying financial/travel processes and procedures based on analysis of significant developments in the program area.

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(Series 0501 Financial Administration and Program Series)

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.


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Financial Specialist

Department Of Agriculture