Auditor – Human Resources & Support Directorate
US Office of the Inspector General, USPS
Bethesda, MDAPPLY FOR JOB
Posted byUS Office of the Inspector General, USPS
The USPS OIG is seeking qualified applicant(s) to fill our Auditor position(s) for the Human Resources and Support Team in Bethesda, Maryland.
For the GS 12/13 equivalent level the successful candidate must have at least four (4) years’ experience conducting financial, program and/or performance audits. This must include activities such as: (1) providing technical advice and expert guidance on audit related issues (e.g., ensuring compliance with financial or governmental regulatory environment); (2) developing policies, procedures, and strategies governing the planning and delivery of a program, performance, or financial audit program; (3) communicating and corroborating with senior leaders and other external audit agencies; (4) recommending adoption of new or enhanced approaches to program, performance, or financial audit products or services to increase efficiencies; (5) identifying agency risk areas (Enterprise Risk Management) to plan for meaningful and value-added audits for the organization.
The successful candidate must be highly motivated and specifically demonstrate experience and skill in conducting financial, program, or performance audits.
Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency’s needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations at the GS-12 equivalent level.
The employee participates in and makes contributions to management decisions in assigned program areas. Applies a wide range of audit evaluation concepts, laws, policies, practices, analytical, and diagnostic methods and techniques to address substantive technical issues or problems characterized by complex, controversial, and/or sensitive matters that contain several inter-related issues.
- Performs all necessary functions of an audit, individually and as a member of an audit team, with limited oversight in accordance with OIG policies and procedures and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards.
- Plans audits by considering organization objectives, structure, policies, processes, internal controls, and external regulations; identifying risk areas; preparing audit scope and objectives.
- Develops individual audit programs and plans including functional responsibilities; specific project assignments; audit objectives and requirements; advanced field work knowledge, skills and abilities; references; formats for data display and reports; and special instructions covering contingencies.
- Ensures audit plans address the objectives and provide a clear path for developing convincing findings and actionable recommendations.
- Executes data collection efforts, ensuring that evidence collected is reliable, sufficient, relevant, and properly documented in the project work papers.
- Reviews and interprets complex documents such as financial documents, policies, standard operating procedures, and contracts to determine accuracy in accordance with procedures, internal directives and regulatory requirements.
- Selects and applies appropriate quantitative and qualitative analytical methods and tools to collect, arrange, process, and present data, develop conclusions; and make recommendations.
- Uses critical thinking, data analytics, and applied logic to discern meaning of and interpret data, identify risks, evaluate strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, develop novel approaches to problems, and reach insightful conclusions.
- Produces audit documentation such as internal review reports, management agreements, followup assessment reports, findings, corrective and preventive action plans, internal review scopes of work, policies, standard operating procedures, process flow charts, and work instructions, to effectively communicate to internal and external stakeholders.
50% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
- Accountants And Auditors
- Auditors, Field
- Auditors, Internal
- Field Auditors
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must be able to pass a drug screening and medical assessment questionnaire.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Moderate Background Investigation (MBI).
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a government-issued credit card.
- May be required to successfully complete a 12-month probationary period.
QualificationsThe Auditor (0511) occupational series requires:
- A Bachelor’s degree in accounting or auditing, or a degree which included 24 hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law (transcripts required)
- OR certification as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;
- OR (c) 4 years’ experience in accounting, auditing, or a related field.
You must also have at least four (4) years of experience conducting financial, program and/or performance audits in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (or other auditing standards published by recognized standard setting bodies such as the AICPA or CIGIE) to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of programs, functions, and operations. Postal Service specialized experience may be substituted for the 4 years of experience.
A resume review and 2-part structured Interview will be conducted for the top rated applicants to validate your experience meets the critical general competencies at the minimum proficiency level. Part 1 will include a 1-way video interview. For part 2, top rated candidates may be invited to participate in a panel interview. Please ensure your resume contains examples of your knowledge, skill or ability in the following areas:
- Knowledge of auditing theories, practices, methods, and techniques sufficient to plan, conduct, and lead assignments involving interfaces and relationships between issues, programs, functions, and policies.
- Knowledge of Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (or other auditing standards published by recognized standard setting bodies such as the AICPA or CIGIE)
- Ability to work effectively (independently or within teams) across functional areas in a professional and collaborative environment.
- Ability to select and use appropriate data analytics methods and tools applicable to large data sets in order to reach conclusions based on fact.
- Ability to write communications that convey concise and comprehensive information on matters of a complex nature which are appropriate for the targeted audience and require minimal editing.
- Ability to communicate verbally and deliver presentations to convey information and issues of a complex nature, incorporating information obtained through research.
- Advanced degree in accounting or any other related business degree
- Professional certification(s), i.e.: CPA, CIA, CFE, FSCM, CPIM, CFCM, CPCM, etc.
- Experience in TeamMate or eCASE
Career Advancement Opportunities
The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate’s education and professional experience.
This position is being advertised at the Journey Band level, equivalent to a GS-12/13. The salary range for this position is $87,198.00 to $134,798.00 per year. The salary figures INCLUDES locality pay. Non-competitive promotion up to a GS-13 equivalent level is possible through our career ladder program.
The Office of Audit is using this announcement to prepare for anticipated upcoming vacancies which may occur in the next 12 months. As a result those candidates who are selected may not immediately receive a job offer with an effective date however you will be notified of your selection status. Multiple referral lists will be issued throughout the course of this vacancy announcement.
Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred. Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:
Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options.
For more information about these programs visit www.opm.gov/insure.
Retirement and Thrift Savings. For more information about these programs see www.opm.gov/retire and http://www.tsp.gov/.
Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.
Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.
For further information, please refer to our website at: https://www.uspsoig.gov/frequently-asked-questions
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt. (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).
Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Candidates resumes will be evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant’s ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Arithmetic – Performs computations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division correctly.
- Accountability – Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
- Attention to Detail – Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
- Decision-Making – Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
- Flexibility – Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
- Integrity/Honesty – Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others; is trustworthy.
- Interpersonal Skills – Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to individual differences.
- Learning – Uses efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills; uses training, feedback, or other opportunities for self-learning and development.
- Math reasoning – Solve practical problems by choosing appropriately from a variety of mathematical and statistical techniques
- Reasoning – Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
- Self-Management – Sets well-defined and realistic goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
- Teamwork – Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
- A 2-part structured Interview will be conducted for the top rated applicants to validate your experience meets the critical general competencies at the minimum proficiency level. Part 1 will include a 1-way video interview. For part 2, top rated candidates may be invited to participate in a panel interview.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement.
1. RESUME. When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document.
2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. (Required: You must click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process)
3. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS which may include:
For applicants who are referred for a panel interview, a performance appraisal dated within the past 15 months and/or a writing sample may be requested.
- Transcriptsfrom an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant’s name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor’s Degree issued. Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent. For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
- Certificates or Licenses, if applicable. Upload and save as "Other" document.
- Veterans Preference Documentation. If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 (www.opm.gov/forms) and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records, and can download a copy of their VA letter from https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. (If applicable to you, you are required to upload each veterans’ preference document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document")
- Reasonable Accommodation Documentation. If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found at http://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire .
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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.
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.
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This job is open to
Federal employees – Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Federal employees – Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
All U.S. Citizens and Current Federal Competitive Service – Current Career United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, United States Postal Service and United States Postal Inspection Service will not be considered or selected from this vacancy announcement.