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  • 9800 Savage Road
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  • Brittany Bolster

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Accountant / Finance & Accounting Analyst - Entry Level

National Security Agency (NSA) • Fort Meade, MD

Posted 14 days ago

Job Snapshot

Full-Time
Degree - 4 Year Degree
Government - Civil Service
Accounting, Finance

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Job Description

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation.  The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.  The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. 

The National Security Agency employs a wide variety of business professionals who play a critical role in protecting our nation's security every day. The Audit, Accounting and Financial Services organization is responsible for all facets of financial reporting for the National Security Agency.  We rely on the skills of our accounting and financial analysis professionals to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies.

Description of Position

ACCOUNTANT 

As an Accountant at the NSA, you will be instrumental in administering and potentially remediating a wide array of critical accounting work streams, using the PeopleSoft financial system. Responsibilities of an Accountant include, but are not limited to:

- Authorizing, recording, classifying, and summarizing economic events 

- Recording and analyzing complex non-routine transactions 

- Monitoring financial systems operations for legal compliance and internal control purposes 

- Preparing reports on financial status and operations for external oversight authorities

- Using managerial accounting systems to help decision makers manage cost and measure performance

Strong preference given to applicants with a major in Accounting

FINANCE & ACCOUNTING ANALYST

As a Finance and Accounting Analyst at the NSA, you will process financial transactions to include computing entitlements such as pay, travel and contractor invoices.  Responsibilities of a Finance and Accounting Analyst include, but are not limited to:

- Preparing vouchers to authorize payment

- Issuing checks or Electronic Funds Transfer payments 

- Posting certified execution documents to the NSA Finance and Accounting system 

- Analyzing financial transactions 

- Certifying availability and accountability of funds as well as entitlement for payment of claims and invoices

- Preparing and certifying periodic reports on the status of appropriated funds. 

Strong preference given to applicants with a major in Finance or Accounting

Skills

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and strong communication, problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills, and using the Microsoft Office Suite.

Job Requirements

Accountant:

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. 

Degree must be in Accounting or a Business-related field with at least 24 semester credit hours of accounting.

Experience in recording and analyzing financial data and transactions and/or working within the accounting career field is desired

Finance & Accounting Analyst:

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. 

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree must be in Business or a related field (e.g., Accounting, Economics, Finance, Statistics, Mathematics, Business Administration, or Public Administration) with at least 24 semester credit hours in accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial marketing, marketing, quantitative methods, and/or organizational management.

Relevant experience must be in financial management (e.g., accounts payable, accounts receivable, disbursements, reviewing and certifying funds, payroll and travel accounting).

Qualified candidates should possess:

A bachelor's degree in accounting or a bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, economics, public administration or computer science that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting.  Advanced degrees in these fields are desirable as are professional certifications such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM).

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary Range:  $45,972 - $73,105 (Entry/Developmental)

On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).

How To Apply - External

To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page.  After completing the application and clicking the 'Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email.  Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically.  Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from [Click Here to Email Your Resumé].

***PLEASE NOTE: 

U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants.  Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate.  NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.  All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you will be asked a series of questions and your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application.  Your responses will assist in determining your eligibility for the position.  Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position.  Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.'

DCIPS Disclaimer

The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS).  All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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