Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Financial Administrative Specialist in Saint Louis, Missouri
Summary The Financial Administrative Specialist serves in the Beneficiary Travel Office Under the Veterans Transportation Program at the VA St. Louis Health Care System (VASTLHCS). The Financial Administrative Specialist is primarily responsible for a wide variety of administrative and financial functions related to the VTS located at the John Cochran Division. Responsibilities The Financial Administrative Specialist supports the Veterans Transportation Program with beneficiary travel expenditures, financial analysis, audits, programmatic oversight, information management, financial feasibility studies, support in strategic planning efforts and contract services and agreements. Major Duties include, but are not limited to: Budget formulation, justification, execution monitoring and analysis, and assessment of support services Performs a wide range of analytical, technical, and advisory functions related to the budgetary processes Reviews and recommends allocation/reallocation of funds to best meet needs Prepares, reviews, and presents a variety of reports related to status of funds, workload, and expenditures Monitors short and long range program goals/expenditures against budget plan Receives and certifies invoices for payment of transportation services Researches and resolves vendor issues, payment history and rejects Validates all modes of transportation Produces and tracks various duty-related reports using software applications Responsible for data entry of all current and outstanding bills Work Schedule: 7:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description #: 9160-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required DUTY STATION: The duty station is the John Cochran Division; however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the health care system. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/26/2021. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education s described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-7 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: conducting or assisting with audits of financial program documentation; completing or assisting with the completion of budget projections for a large department and understanding the organization's accounting system; utilizing computer systems, especially spreadsheets and databases; oral and written communication to be used in budgetary presentations. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have completed a master's or equivalent degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the field directly related to this position or an LL.B. or J.D., if related. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond one year of graduate education. To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 to qualify. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Budget AdministrationCommunicationsComplianceComputer Skills 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; religions; 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required such as periods of standing and walking. In addition, some lifting and stretching is done when working with files, spreadsheets, supplies, etc. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education There is no educational substitution at this grade level. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.