Staff Accountant

Washington D.C. (US)
$148,878 to $250,334 Annually
19 Oct 2020
02 Nov 2020
Professional / Specialist
Accounting, Finance
Contract Type

This position is in the Office of the Chief Accountant - Accounting Group located in Washington, DC.

If selected, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for participating in complex accounting consultations and overseeing accounting standard setting to promote the development of high quality financial reporting information for investors. This group also engages in accounting policy discussions, rulemaking, and other special projects to support the work of the Commission.


  • Participating in accounting consultations often involving unique, novel, or complex accounting proposals or treatments in registrant financial statements;
  • As part of accounting consultations, reviewing matters raised by other Divisions or Offices, including assisting in the evaluation of enforcement cases against registrants and auditors;
  • Studying proposed standards of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB);
  • Preparing drafts of rulemaking materials;
  • Recommending policy and courses of action, and providing technical advice to the Deputy Chief Accountant and Chief Accountant.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. 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; religious; 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. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


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" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")OR

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. The applicant's background 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 of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement.

SK-16: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-14 level: Specialized experience includes all of the following: 1) developing positions on or reviewing accounting and financial reporting matters and providing advice on these matters to senior executives, attorneys, or regulators; 2) preparing, analyzing and interpreting accounting and/or auditing data, records, and reports for inclusion in regulatory or legal proceedings; 3) developing or reviewing policies, procedures, and processes related to financial operations or financial reporting; and 4) communicating conclusions in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

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