HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 13-15
Opening date: April 10, 2013
Closing date: May 17, 2013

TITLE: Accountant, IS-510, Grade 9, $51,871 - $67,427/yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
DIVISION: - Financial Management Department
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates eligible to work in the United States.


As an Accountant, works with and supports Financial Management staff by providing accounting assistance in solving accounting issues as well as implementation of new or revised regulations, policies, procedures or systems. Performs accounting activities involved in the maintenance of financial accounting records.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Reviews SI/SAO practices and policies relating to accounts payable vendor maintenance. Recommends solutions to processes to enhance work flow.

Applies a thorough knowledge of the total accounting system and of well- established accounting principles, techniques and regulations to process a wide variety of transactions. Makes recommendations or adaptations to guidelines and procedures to control transactions of an unusual or complex nature. Recommends solutions to processes to enhance work flow.

Uses excellent oral and written communications skills to establish relationships with SAO department and division administrators as well as with SI counterparts to resolve any concerns and discrepancies that may arise.

Analyzes data available in a variety of formats and initiates and executes appropriate cost distribution and allocation transactions using an integrated computerized accounting system and performs analysis leading to account reconciliation and variance resolution..

Provides input to the conception, design, development, documentation and implementation of new automated programs and procedures in the Financial Management Department.

Oversees the SAO accounts payable staff documentation of errors and adjustments. Researches and rectifies problems as they arise and provides explanations to accounts payable staff regarding the actions taken.


This position has a Basic Educational requirement. All applicants must meet the following Basic Educational Requirements: 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").


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 that must also 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;

2. A certificate as 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 that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement mentioned above.

In addition to the basic education requirements, candidates must meet the following specialized experience: One year of full-time experience at the grade 7 level (Federal or private sector) that is close or similar to the work of this job. Qualifying experience may have included the following: reconciliation of accounts, processing journal entries, analyzing expense reports and assisting with audits.


Related master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree, if related.


Have a combination of graduate education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete information about this position and the online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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