Veterans Benefits Administration Financial Administrative Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)1984012

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. We provide many services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to }

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

For more information on the "Who may apply"eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration, Support Services Division (SSD). The incumbent serves as a Financial Administrative Specialist working independently with internal and external customers on operational matters and on exercising program responsibility.

Major Duities:

  • Examines, certifies and audits vouchers submitted for payment on behalf of the Regional Office to include Vocational Rehabilitation and Education (VR&E;) program expenses and reimbursments and special payments
  • Evaluates accounting programs, payment functions, computerized data output, fiscal internal controls and performs Systematic Analyses of Operations
  • Advises staff members and customers on determining courses of action on accounting processes and procedures, payment functions, financial audits and related laws and regulations
  • Reviews correspondence related to Veternas' accounts and decideds what action is needed based on information submitted, status of account, and Veterans Affairs and/or other applicable regulations

Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Position Description Title/PD#: Financial Administrative Specialist - PD# 37539

This is a bargaining unit position.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Eligible Current/Former Competitive Service Federal Employees; Transfer and Reinstatement Eligibles, Persons with Disabilities - Schedule A, 30% or more disabled, VA CTAP or Interagency CTAP Eligibles)VEOA,VRA

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by Friday, July 21, 2017

Time-in-grade: 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.

GS - 09: 52 weeks at the GS - 07 level.


Specialized Experience:

Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Analyzing problems to identify significant factors, gathering pertinent data, and recognizing solutions, technical experience performing financial duties and assignments such as voucher examination, budget projection, and accounting and account management, experience evaluating accountng programs, payment functions, computerized data output, fiscal internal controls and performing Systematic Analyses of Operation.


Applicants may substitute education for the experience required at the GS-09: A masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressivley higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. if related.


Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned. When substituting you can use graduate level education you have earned beyond a Bachelor's Degree. Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-09. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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 works 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

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; religion; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

PLEASE NOTE: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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. * 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. *

Physical Requirements: This position is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items (eg. folders, claims files, etc.)

This position has a position-sensitivity level of Public Trust—Low Risk. Selections made under this announcement are conditioned upon favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check with written Inquiries (NACI) per VA Handbook 0710. An investigation will be conducted after the effective date of the selection. An individual currently holding the appropriate clearance does not require additional investigation. An individual receiving unfavorable adjudication is ineligible to remain in this position.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your resume and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility may be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM'sCareer Transition Resources website

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.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-21

Salary: $54,812 to $71,259 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 09

Series: 0501 Financial Administration And Program

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: 301-17-50-1984012-EXT

Control number: 473830300