Institute of Museum and Library Services Accountant in Washington, District Of Columbia

Institute of Museum and Library Services
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/17/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and serves as an Accountant. The incumbent will serve as an accountant and performs management, administrative and/or program support work, such as research, financial analysis, correspondence control, communication, and/or liaison. The Accountant may also accomplish and/or manage special projects; manage and/or prepare responses to correspondence with organizations; and/or act as a liaison or handle the communication with persons and/or groups within and outside of the organization. This position reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer.

  • Reviews requests from grantees and vendors for payment of funds that have been approved; and processes requests for payment through the financial office. Monitors balances on grantee advance requests and assists in closeout of grant files. Receives requests for vendor payments, maintains vendor payment files and monitors vendor balances and prepares quarterly vendor accrual analysis and coordinates vendor closeouts. Acts as a liaison or handles the communication with persons and/or groups within and outside of an organization or office on routine program issues, such as record keeping requirements, grants administration procedures, and contract administration procedures.
  • Establishes and maintains files and tracking systems within the Office of the CFO and advises staff on proper retention of records and archives records in accordance with government regulations and agency directives within the Office of the CFO. Maintains vendor payment files, and accomplishes special projects, develops reports, written policies and procedures, including office internal (desk level) procedures and records management policies and procedures.
  • Reviews agency Purchase Card and Centrally Billed monthly accounts and transactions. Reconciles all transactions to approved purchase requests and receipts. Prepares monthly reconciliation spreadsheet with budgeted accounting strings for payment. Coordinates the processing of Interagency Agreement Requests for federal entities and agreements for non-federal entities and maintains records for all interagency agreements including quarterly confirmation of balances and the processing of Agency donations and maintains records.
  • Serves as an administrative advisor to the CFO and a liaison between the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and other IMLS offices regarding all administrative management functions.
  • Assists in the preparation of quarter-end reports and conducts account analysis of both proprietary and budgetary accounts in the financial statements. Utilizes experience with the United States Standard General Ledger and Treasury Financial Manual, as well as OMB Circulars A-136 and A-123 in providing operational and technical support to internal stakeholders.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship Required.
  • This position requires a background investigation.
  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • This position may require completing a one-year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: Applicants must have successfully completed a degree in 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 terms accounting and accountant should be interpreted as "accounting and/or auditing" and "accountant and/or auditor" respectively; OR a combination of education and experience of 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.

Applicant's background must include one of the following: 1) 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 2) A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR 3) Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g. 15 semester hours, but does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, 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; AND (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.

In addition to the basic requirement above, your resume must demonstrate the Minimum Requirement for the grade level listed below.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform successfully the duties of the position.

GS-09 Requirements: In addition to meeting education requirements, applicants must also possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector; OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree; OR a combination of superior academic achievement and one year of professional accounting experience. Specialized experience must demonstrate experience using different accounting theories, practices, methods, and techniques to perform financial accounting work including cost accruals and financial statement account analysis and reconciliation. As well as experience using accounting systems to provide customer assistance to program and accounting personnel.

Make sure your resume supports your response that you select and describes your qualifications of experience for the position. Failure to show evidence of this experience will result in disqualification.

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated. You will receive another notification about the status of your application.


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Other Information

Eligible for Student Loan Repayment Program Eligible for Tuition Assistance Program This position is telework eligible

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:

Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses Other Special Appointment Authorities Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.

The referral list developed from this announcement may be used for up to 90 days from the closing date of the vacancy announcement to fill similar jobs.

Salary Range: $53,435.00 to $69,460.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0510-9/9

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Control Number: 452672500

Job Announcement Number: DE-10001826-16-EL