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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
National Park Service
Position Title:
Lead Financial Specialist
Open Period:
05/14/2019 - 05/28/2019


GS - 0501 09/11
USD $57,510 - USD $90,461
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Herndon, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Military spouses
• Open to the public
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This position is open to all US Citizens.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:

The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.

To find out more about the National Park Service visit:


Experience Your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service (NPS) as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. 

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available. 

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


This is a full-time position located within the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), Office of the Comptroller, Accounting Operations Center (AOC), Receipt and Debt Management Team (RDMT) and Payment and Travel Management Team (PTMT) in Herndon, VA and serves as a Lead Financial Specialist performing financial management work related to the financial activities of the National Park Service (NPS).

The purpose of this position is to analyze and evaluate financial data to better track and assist NPS management with the efficiency and effectiveness of managing and budgeting their financial accounts. The position also assists higher graded financial analysts, accountants and other bureau financial management employees in providing accounting and financial management services to the NPS. The Accounting Operations Center is the centralized financial headquarters of the NPS. The AOC provides a variety of services to the NPS units, program offices, employees, contractors, and customer/vendors.

At the full performance level (GS-11) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Provides daily operational support to team members and assists higher graded financial analysts, accountants and other bureau financial management employees in providing accounting and financial management services to the NPS.

  2. Recommends adaptation of established procedures to eliminate problems or improve the operations under study.

  3. Analyzes and evaluates financial data to better track and assist NPS management on the efficiency and effectiveness of managing and budgeting of their financial accounts.

  4. Reviews and analyzes financial reports generated by the automated system, identifying problems and discrepancies, and determining if adjustments or corrections are required.

  5. Participates in the preparation of recurring financial management reports, statements, and supporting justifications by performing problem analysis, ensuring data integrity and consistency, preparing related financial documentation, and adapting financial management procedures to satisfy reporting requirements.

  6. Assists Regional and Departmental contacts, and other agencies in resolving financial management issues which may include fielding status calls, answering policy questions, and developing service wide reports.

  7. Evaluating financial system software by preparing test scenarios for new releases, enhancements, and existing features of the software, and by conducting actual testing and documenting results.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Salary Information:

GS-09: $56,233-$73,105 per annum.   GS-11: $68,036-88,450 per annum.  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available. 

Security Clearance Required: You will be required to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Background Investigation if you are selected and hired for this position.

This vacancy is also announced as NPS-19-IB-020(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.

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

This is a permanent career/career conditional appointment.


Qualifications and Evaluations

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See
Key Requirements:
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Education Requirements:

    Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.  

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:


    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver”.  However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Platinum” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.  Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    Leadership – Skill in directing and developing a team, including the ability to plan and schedule work, define and streamline processes, and produce results.

    Financial Management – Knowledge of and the ability to apply financial management concepts, principles, and techniques.

    Analytical – Ability to identify rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyze information and make correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions based on logical judgments.

    Written Communication–Ability to use correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing.

    Oral Communication – Ability to effectively express ideas and facts to individuals; listen to others; facilitate an open exchange of ideas; use body language appropriately.

    If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.


    Minimum Qualification Requirements:
    To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.


    A. To qualify for the GS-09 level, applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service.. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized Experience is experience: 1) monitoring, maintaining or updating financial data and records in an automated system; 2) utilizing a computer system or an application to create, edit, or adjust financial data; 3) assisting in the preparation of monthly reports; 4) reviewing financial data to be used in reconciling customer/vendor accounts and/or account receivables or account payables; 5) updating, revising, sorting, calculating, and manipulating data in spreadsheets;OR,

    B. Education: Completed a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.B. or J.D., if related to the job.  (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED); OR,

    C. Combination of education and experience: Have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)


    A. To qualify for the GS-11 level, applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized Experience is experience: 1) monitoring, maintaining or updating financial data and records in an automated system; 2) utilizing a computer system or an application to create, edit, or adjust financial data; 3) independently coordinating preparation of monthly reports 4) reviewing and analyzing financial data to be used in reconciling customer/vendor accounts and/or account receivables or account payables; 5) updating, revising, sorting, calculating, and manipulating data in spreadsheets; 6) experience communicating with and presenting information to team members and a wide variety of customers or stakeholders regarding accounting/financial issues; and 7) experience leading and guiding a team of accountants and/or financial specialists in performing financial management related assignments; OR,

     B. Education: Completed Ph.D. or equivalent degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree. TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED); OR,

    C. Combination of education and experience: Have a combination of specialized experience and education that equals 100% of the requirement for the GS-11 level. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

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    Other Information:

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report.  In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior.  This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment.  DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity.  Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work.  All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Monster Help Desk by e-mail at or by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

    Required Documents:

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at          

    Your application package must include:  (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript  (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15 (if applicable).

    NOTE: Applicants claiming veterans preference (TP, CP, CPS) must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: OR .

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.  

    Next Steps:
    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.  You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background checks, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.