<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>The closing date has been extended.</strong> <br /><br />If you are ready to begin your new career, what better place than a top ranked agency in the Partnership for Public Service's 2018 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government? We are looking for the best and brightest recent graduate to join our team of dedicated professionals here at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General. For more information about the Pathways Recent Graduate Program, please click here . <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Assemble, verify, analyze, and determine the accuracy of detailed data, and presenting this information to the audit team. The incumbent will determine the accuracy and conformance with requirements of transactions, statements, records, reports, and procedures, and prepare audit documentation/work papers, summaries, and reports.</li> <li>Makes recommendation to supervisors regarding formulation, development, and revision of audit policies, programs, standards, methods, and procedures affecting his or her assigned program area. Assists in, or lead conferences involving discussion of reports, and conclusions, and provide recommendations related to audit matters.</li> <li>Gathers and analyzes data in support of assignments, prepares written products and makes oral presentations, and applies conventional audit techniques to complete relatively uncomplicated portions of audits and evaluations.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen.</li> <li>You must successfully complete a background investigation.</li> <li>You may be required to serve on a one-year probationary period.</li> <li>Transcripts must be submitted at time of application submission.</li> <li>Must sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for the Pathways Recent Graduate program, one of the following requirements must be met:<br /><br />Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. (Current students may apply if they are in their final semester. Include your expected graduation date on your resume and provide current transcripts. You must receive your degree prior to appointment.) OR<br /><br />Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.<br /><br />In addition to the above requirement, applicants must meet any basic requirements and specialized experience.<br /><br /><strong> Basic Education Requirement </strong>:<br /><br />Degree: Accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor."); OR<br /><br />Combination of education and experience: At least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following: Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; OR<br /><br />A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR<br /><br />Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph 1, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.<br /><br />Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's Qualifications web site.<br /><br /><strong> Specialized Experience Statement </strong>: In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.<br /><br /><strong>GS-7</strong> : To qualify for the GS-0511-07 level, a candidate must have: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-0511-05 level in the federal service which could have been gained as a trainee accountant or auditor performing basic audit and/or accounting tasks or duties, or shadowing a co-worker; OR<br /><br />One full year of directly related graduate level education OR Superior Academic Achievement.<br /><br /><strong>GS-9</strong> : To qualify for the GS-0511-09 level, a candidate must have: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-0511-07 level in the federal service which could have been gained working as a trainee accountant or auditor performing relatively simple audit steps and tasks; OR<br /><br />Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in accounting or a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR<br /><br />Combination of education and experience.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.</strong> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />There is a positive education requirement for this position. Transcripts/certificates must be provided with your application that reflects the requirements of this position. NOTE: Transcripts/certificates must be provided to show proof of education; failure to submit required documents by the close of the announcement may result in an ineligible rating. <br /><br />APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Verify School accreditation . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. *** For further information, click on: Foreign Education .<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background investigation may be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.<br /><br />CTAP/ICTAP APPLICANTS: If you are applying for a special selection priority under SBA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (open to surplus SBA employees only) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (open to surplus and displaced Federal employees), you must submit proof of eligibility. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP.Those new to the federal government will typically be hired at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.<br /><br />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. For additional information visit www.sss.gov .<br /><br />FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: You are required to file a new entrant Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 450 Report).<br /><br />Consistent with work requirements and current SBA Policy, and all applicable provisions of the collective bargaining agreement with AFGE the SBA offers employees opportunities to perform work at an alternative location (e.g. home).<br /><br />Telework may be available. For information on Telework visit: http: www.telework.gov/ <br /><br />Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement if additional vacancies occur within 180 days of the date the certificates were issued.<br /><br /><strong>OTHER EVALUATIONS</strong>: The Small Business Administration is committed to building a high-performing, 21st century workforce that possesses the following core attributes: cultural astuteness, technological proficiency, articulate, strong writing capabilities, superior conflict resolution skills, and exceptional presentation skills. Candidates should be prepared as they may be further evaluated on these attributes throughout the application and selection process. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Applicants meeting basic eligibility requirements will be further evaluated based on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link: https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10536991 . You will be rated based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The occupational questions relate to the following Competencies required to do the work of this position:<br /><br /><ul><li>Auditing</li><li>Oral Communication</li><li>Research</li><li>Writing</li></ul><br /><br />Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method based on your responses to the assessment questions. You will receive a score based on the responses to the assessment questions. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. If you meet basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:<br /><br />1. Best-Qualified: highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume.<br /> 2. Well-Qualified: competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, training, and education as applicable, as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume.<br /> 3. Qualified: an overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training, as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume.<br /><br />Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Moderate Risk (MR) <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />1. <strong>Your Resume – must contain the following information</strong>: <ul> <li>Name, address, telephone number, email address;</li> <li>Supervisor's contact information, if available (indicate if you would prefer to be notified before your supervisor is contacted);</li> <li>Job Title (if Federal Service, provide series and grade; if not in GS plan, provide GS equivalent grade);</li> <li>If qualifying based on related unpaid (e.g. volunteer service) experience, you must provide hours worked per week and beginning/ending dates (mm/dd/yyyy to mm/dd/yyyy);</li> <li>If other than full time you must provide hours worked per week.</li> <li>An integral part of our selection process includes the completion of reference checks. <strong>Please provide the names and telephone numbers of three professional references</strong> (e.g., current and/or former supervisors, college or university professors, managers or coordinators of volunteer activities, etc.) who know your qualifications relative to this position and who we can contact to verify your credentials. Do not list personal friends or relatives.</li> <li><strong>PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE</strong>. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates (mm/dd/yyyy – mm/dd/yyyy) of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.</li> <li><strong>Should you submit multiple resumes, only the latest uploaded resume will be reviewed</strong>.</li> </ul> 2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire<br /> 3. In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the occupational questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms, if applicable. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all documents are legible. <ul> <li>If you are using education as a substitution for experience (the announcement will state whether this is allowed), or if there is an educational requirement for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcripts (unofficial or official) that clearly describes your qualifying education. If selected, official transcripts will be required;</li> <li>If you are claiming Veteran status, you must submit a copy of all required documents to support your claim (to include member 4 copy of your DD-214 showing character of service)–see VetGuide ;</li> <li>Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD-214 (showing the character of service) or other proof of service to receive consideration for veterans' preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit FedsHireVets.gov .</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.