Defense Finance and Accounting Service FINANCIAL SYSTEMS SPECIALIST in Indianapolis, Indiana
Summary Who may apply: Current, permanent DFAS-Indianapolis employees in the competitive service and current DFAS VRA employees (up to GS-11) in the local commuting area and eligible DoD PPP Military Spouse preference applicants. Responsibilities Provide operational support for finance systems at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) through systems analysis, systems modification, data management and enhanced business processes. Create and maintain program designs and specifications that address financial management requirement changes. Review operational capabilities and provide comments and recommendations for proposed changes to determine the best method for accomplishing the system change. Prepare System Change Requests and develop documentation required for configuration control board/configuration management information system overview. Establish conditions and requirements for projects, tests, and timetables, and oversee the testing of system changes and monitor the implementation of enhancements or new products. Advise and inform supervisors and senior managers on system issues, associated risks, functional impact, and data integrity. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To be considered for GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade (GS-09) within the federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required. Specialized experience is defined as: demonstrating knowledge of automated systems design and processing principles, techniques, policies and regulations related to finance and accounting operations; identifying and documenting financial system requirements; testing financial systems to ensure all functional requirements are met. (Examples of specialized experience include: providing maintenance and support for Excel and Access/VBA Applications; creating new applications utilizing Access, Excel, ACL, HTML, Java script, or Cognos; creating ad-hoc reports, as needed using Cognos, OLQs, Access queries, or Excel; and creating training materials and schedule training sessions.) To be considered for GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade (GS-11) within the federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required. Specialized experience is defined as: demonstrating knowledge of automated systems design and processing principles, techniques, policies and regulations related to finance and accounting operations; identifying, documenting and recommending financial system requirements; recommending solutions to issues related to the integration of financial systems; and overseeing projects and teams to accomplish assignments, to include larger scale reviews, system changes, testing and implementation. (Examples of specialized experience include: providing maintenance and support for Excel and Access/VBA Applications; creating new applications utilizing Access, Excel, ACL, HTML, Java script, or Cognos; creating ad-hoc reports, as needed using Cognos, OLQs, Access queries, or Excel; and creating training materials and schedule training sessions; leading projects and gathering requirements for application updates and enhancements; providing general Tech Support to Users of current Access and Excel applications; and problem solving and finding errors in existing applications.) Time-in-Grade: Current or former federal employees who have held a GS position in the preceding 52 weeks, must meet the time in grade requirement. To be considered for GS-11, Applicant must have served 52 weeks as a GS-09 or higher grade in Federal Service. To be considered for GS-12, Applicant must have served 52 weeks as a GS-11 or higher grade in Federal Service. This announcement will be used to fill positions of GS-11 or GS-12 with a target grade of GS-12.The minimum salary for grade GS-11 is $65,190, the maximum salary is $84,752. The minimum salary for grade GS-12 is $78,136, the maximum salary is $101,581. Education GS-11: Three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed higher-level graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. If you are using education to substitute for the specialized experience, you must submit transcripts at the time you apply. To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html). GS-12: Education is not substitutable for specialized experience at this grade level. Additional Information If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. Moving expenses will not be paid. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 makes certain reimbursements/payments taxable. For information on these changes and the Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA), for which some appointees are eligible, click here. For positions where relocation is paid (see Location block of vacancy announcement), you can learn more about relocation allowances and entitlements. Telework availability will be based upon the mission requirements and supervisory determination. We may use this announcement to make a temporary promotion. For some positions, the temporary promotion may be made permanent without further competition. Selections are subject to restrictions resulting from the DoD Program for Stability of Civilian Employment. A two year probationary or trial period may be required. We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 120 days of the closing date. This position is Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. Travel requirement is occasional. This position is covered by a bargaining unit. Retired Civil Service Employee: Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives) This position requires you to obtain and maintain a Level 2 Certification under the DoD Financial Management (FM) Certification Program as a condition of employment. If you are selected, you will have to obtain this certification within two (2) years of your entry on duty in the position unless you are already in a position that requires a Level 2 Certification in which case you must complete the certification within the original 2-year period. Failure to become certified within the required time-frame may be grounds for removal from the position and/or from Federal service. Information about the DoD FM Certification Program is available at http://www.dfas.mil/dam/dfas/careers/pdf/DoDFMCertificationProgram.pdf.