U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Vacancy Details

About

Announcement Number:
CA-DEU-2019-0045
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Financial Specialist
Open Period:
08/19/2019 - 09/03/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0501 09
Salary:
USD $55,851 - USD $72,602
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-09
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Sacramento, CA, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Tawnya Beecher
916-978-4472
tbeecher@blm.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

BLM California’s State Office is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as an Financial Specialist.

The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Summary:

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.


For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.


This position is located in Sacramento, California.  Information about Sacramento and the surrounding area can be found here at the City of Sacramento Website.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Travel may be required for training and work related situations.

Duties

The incumbent for this position will serve as a Financial Specialces for the Bureau of Land Management in California. 


• Conducts reviews and analyses of the state, district, and field offices on all aspects of the accounting function from collections, billings, and adherence to regulations, to the handling of cash funds and credit cards.


• Prepares all bills for collection, (timber contract sales, trespasses, cost reimbursements, oil and gas assessments, right of-way grants, mineral materials, and employee debt) computes interest and
administrative handling charges. Prepares and signs demand letters on all overdue bills.


• Provides technical and managerial support, (via telephone, e-mail, onsite, and in the state office) to District and Field Office personnel responsible for, or directly involved in, the daily collection activities,
preparation of journal vouchers, refund schedules, reconciliation of accounts receivables, debt collection, and preparation of yearly age analysis.


• Researches all accounting problems that arise involving all case types with major emphases on lands and minerals activities, (mining claim redecoration, oil and gas, geothermal, mineral conveyances).


Physical Demands: The work requires no special physical demands. It may involve some walking, standing, bending, or carrying of light items such as files, computer reports, or office supplies. 


Work Environment: Work is preformed in an office setting with adequate light, heat, and ventilation. Some travel may be required.  

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 


SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

May require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.



    • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. 

    • Ability to apply financial management concept, principles and techniques.  

    • Knowledge of bill preparation and debt collection.

    Qualifications:

    Specialized Experience:


    Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level. Examples of specialized experience include knowledge of general accounting practices, data entry into the Bureau’s
    Collections and Billings System (CBS) and into the LR2000 records system. The ability to work effectively with management, filed office accounting staffs, other agencies, and our public customers.


    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.

    Substitution of Education:

    In lieu of specialized experience, applicants may substitute their education. Qualifying education at the GS-09 level includes 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's
    or equivalent graduate degree. A combination of both graduate education and experience may be qualifying at either grade level provided that graduate level education is in excess of the amount required for the next lower
    grade level.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.  


    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year.  If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are no suitable for telework.


    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.


    This is a Bargaining Unit position.


     

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact Tawnya Beecher at 916-978-4472 and tbeecher@blm.gov.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

    Required Documents:

    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).   You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).   If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education


    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.



    • For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference. 

    • 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.


    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax:  allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS:  instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.  Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    Next Steps:

    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.