Financial Specialist Job in BUFFALO, NY

Vacancy No. 21-07 Department U.S. Courts
Salary $44,314.00 to $72,008.00 Grade 25 to 25
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 4/8/2021 Close Date 6/8/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 04/08/2021 to 06/08/2021

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    CL 25

  • Salary

    $44,314 to $72,008 per year

    This job uses the Court Personnel System (CPS), pay scale; Classification 25.

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Buffalo, NY
Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This is a sensitive position within the Judiciary. Employment will be considered provisional pending successful completion of an Office of Personnel Management background check and a favorable suitability determination.

Announcement number


Control number


  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    Financial Specialists perform financial transactions and maintain required records, in accordance with court policies and approved internal controls.

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    • Perform the accounting of all monies paid into the Court.
    • Maintain and analyze accounting records, journals, subsidiary ledgers and other records necessary to account for the revenues and expenditures of the Court.
    • Maintain cash register, count monies received, process receipts, and balance cash drawer daily.
    • Maintain non-cash collateral and manage disposition of same.
    • Analyze and maintain accurate records relevant to the Court's debt collection system.
    • Conduct case research of all Bureau of Prison and Treasury Offset Program accounts receivable payments, as well as prisoner litigation partial filing fees.
    • Draft orders of payment and/or deposit for judge's signature.
    • Process vouchers and payments for Criminal Justice Act panel attorneys and experts, employee travel, restitution, other case-related payments, and attorney admission fund disbursements.
    • Research and process all debit vouchers and Treasury Intra-Government Payment and Collection credits for undeliverable checks and check cancellations.
    • Prepare reports and forms by compiling information. Use accounting software and systems to record, store, and track information.
    • Comply with established guidelines, procedures, and policies.
    • Perform backup financial duties in the absence of the other financial specialists, and other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - To Rochester, NY courthouse or in-district/outside-district for training.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    26 - Promotion potential to Court Personnel System (CPS), Classification 26, without further competition, based on eligibility and needs of the office.

  • Job family (Series)

    0505 Financial Management

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment

    Employees must adhere to a Judicial Employee Code of Conduct. The Court provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Veterans' preference is not a factor used in Judicial Branch appointments. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents seeking U.S. citizenship. Positions with the U.S. Courts are excepted service appointments, which are "at will" and may be terminated with or without cause. Employees are required to use electronic funds transfer for payroll deposit.

    Specialized Experience - Progressively responsible clerical or administrative experience that provided knowledge of the rules, regulations, practices and principles, of financial administration and/or accounting; and involved the routine use of automated financial and accounting systems or other computer based systems and applications such as word processing, spreadsheets or databases. Eligibility for the CL25 requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to CL24 work.

    Preferred Qualifications/Court Preferred Skills
    • Proficiency with a wide range of technology, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and SharePoint.
    • Experience using CGI Momentum or similar accounting/financial systems is a plus.
    • Prior government accounting experience helpful.
    • Candidates must demonstrate a strong work ethic, initiative, and dependability.
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize work assignments.
    • Superior oral and written communications skills.
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with excellent analytical skills.
    • Ability to think logically, research matters, and solve problems.
    • Ability to handle a large volume of work while consistently producing accurate, thorough, and high-quality work products.
    • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
    • Personal integrity and exceptional judgment.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive material.
    • Professional demeanor and appearance appropriate in a Court environment.
    • An attendance record that indicates reliability and commitment.

    A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university.

    Additional information

    Interviewed candidates must travel at their own expense.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants who meet the mandatory qualification requirements will be rated and ranked based on the extent to which they meet or exceed the competencies and knowledge, skills, and abilities as identified in the vacancy announcement, including any court preferred qualifications or skills.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    Cover letter, resume, and AO78 Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment (available at

    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.

  • Benefits

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    Please submit a cover letter, resume, and AO78 Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment (available at as a single PDF attachment by email to:

    subject line "Financial Specialist, Reference No. 21-07." When saving your documents as one PDF, it is important to name the file using only your firstname_lastname.

    Agency contact information Human Resources Human Resources

    US District Court, Western District of New York
    2 Niagara Square
    Buffalo, NY 14202
    Learn more about this agency

    The United States District Court is seeking a Financial Specialist to support the Court. This opportunity offers an excellent career path within the Federal Judiciary. The professional administrative position encompasses the management of Judiciary resources and helps keep the Court operational. This key position performs and coordinates administrative, technical, and professional work related to financial, accounting, and budgetary activities of the Court. Excellent organizational, customer service, and exceptional communications skills are essential. To apply, please visit:

    Next steps

    Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

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