U.S Department Of The Interior, Office of the Secretary of the Interior
$33,394.00 to $53,773.00
Open & closing dates
$33,394 to $53,773 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 05 - 07
Lower Brule, SD
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
Native Americans or Alaskan Natives with a tribal affiliation.
The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians was established under the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 and is responsible to the Secretary of the Interior for implementation of all aspects and responsibilities assigned under the Act. The Office of Special Trustee (OST) was created to improve the accountability and management of Indian funds held in trust by the federal government. As trustee, the Department of the Interior has the primary fiduciary responsibility to manage both Tribal trust funds and Individual Indian Monies (IIM) accounts.
This position primarily performs non-professional accounting and financial service functions at the field level, including collection of Individual Indian Money (IIM) accounts, verification and maintenance of accounts and accounting data. The incumbent will also provide customer service to walk-in visitors as well as callers and responds to questions of a routine to complex nature regarding various aspect of accounting.
Candidates will be selected to serve in the following field location within the U.S. Department of the Interior; Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians; Deputy Special Trustee – Field Operations; Beneficiary Processing Compliance, Lower Brule, SD.
This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.
GS-05 $33,394 - $43,414 per annum,
GS-06 $37,223 - $48,385 per annum,
GS-07 $41,365 - $53,773 per annum.
First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.
This vacancy is also announced as OST-7800-18-KS-024(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.
Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework and the selectee will not be allowed to telework.
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At the full performance level (GS-07) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
Prepare a variety of complex financial documents for accounting of transactions for assigned area of responsibilit
Maintain accounts which include the preparation and review of financial documents to verify accounting data and necessary entrie
Responsible for scheduled reconciliation of subsidiary accounts to the respective agency control accounts, various types of automated accounting reports, and in turn to general ledger
Packagedocuments to OST headquarters in support of disbursements, collections, internal transfers, investments, and other activities assigned to that organization.
Perform research of current accounts, historical data, source documents, etc., to assist in development and explanation of detailed information not otherwise readily available.
Provides customer service to walk-in beneficiaries, responding to inquiries of a routine to non-routine nature, as well as inquiries from callers.
Occasional travel - 1-5 nights per month
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
This position is open to all US Citizens. This position is subject to Indian Preference.
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
Job family (Series)
0525 Accounting Technician
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
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.
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 http://www.sss.gov/
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience and/or Education for the grade to which you are applying.
A. Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-5, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-4). 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 in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: inputting, reviewing, organizing and analyzing data in an automated database or accounting system.
B. Education: Four full, successfully completed, academic years (120 semester hours) beyond high school at an accredited Institution (business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university). One year of full time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school.
C. Combination: A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience that totals 100% of the experience requirements for the GS-5 grade level. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.
NOTE: If you are substituting education for specialized experience, you must submit your transcripts with your application to verify the education. Failure to submit your transcripts will result in you receiving an “Ineligible Rating.”
Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-06, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the (GS-05) 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 in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: inputting, reviewing, organizing and analyzing data in an automated database or accounting system; classifying and coding of financial transactions such as payment vouchers; and preparing and reviewing financial documents to verify accounting data and necessary entries.
Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-07, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the (GS-06) 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 in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: inputting, reviewing, organizing and analyzing data in an automated database or accounting system; classifying and coding of financial transactions such as payment vouchers; and preparing and reviewing financial documents to verify accounting data and necessary entries as well as creating various types of automated accounting reports; and checking sources of disagreements, including researching the cause of any discrepancies and preparing necessary documentation to correct errors
Please note: The incumbent may be required to travel, using commercial transportation and government/owned leased vehicles, often to remote sites. While on travel, the incumbent may be exposed to inclement weather, varying temperature, and prolonged driving with limited access to rest facilities. While performing outreach or public relations duties, work may be performed outside under a variety of weather conditions. Therefore, the incumbent must possess and maintain a current valid state driver’s license and be able to operate a government owned/leased vehicle in the performance of duties.
Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary with some carrying of heavy boxes and paper ledgers.
Indian Preference Policy: Preference in filling this vacancy is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application prior to the closing date of the announcement, if claiming Indian Preference. Applicants selected under Indian preference from this vacancy will be appointed under the Excepted Service, Schedule A 213.3112(a)(7) appointing authority. Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applications in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligibles.
NOTE: This HR Office uses an automated recruitment system. We query a question labeled “Background Information” in the Occupational Questionnaire to identify applicants claiming Indian Preference. You must answer this question. If you are claiming Indian Preference, you must also submit your valid BIA-4432 form to verify your claim.
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: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
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: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4
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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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:
Technology Application – To utilize accounting software to input and pull data as well as resolve problems.
Written Communication - To prepare memoranda or letters to explain various aspects of accounting in varying degrees.
Accounting – To apply accounting techniques and procedures to make a thorough analysis involving analytical and accounting references.
Analytical – Apply analytical and evaluative techniques to conduct a variety of financial reconciliations, reviews, and account adjustments.
Interpersonal Skills- Skill to tactfully and effectively communicate with representatives of various tribes and individual Indians regarding the status of their account(s).
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.
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Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
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 https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume
Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (4) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15 (if applicable); (5) Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted; (6) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (7) A copy of a valid and current State issued Driver's License
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: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/Jobs/USAJobs-Assistance
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.
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.
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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.
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Agency contact information
Office of the Secretary of the Interior
4400 Masthead Street NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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.
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Sally Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior on April 12, 2013. In nominating Jewell, President Obama said, “She is an expert on the energy and climate issues that are going to shape our future. She is committed to building our nation-to-nation relationship with Indian Country. She knows the link between conservation and good jobs. She knows that there’s no contradiction between being good stewards of the land and our economic progress; that in fact, those two things need to go hand in hand.”