Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
04/08/2021 to 06/08/2021
Pay scale & grade
$44,314 to $72,008 per year
This job uses the Court Personnel System (CPS), pay scale; Classification 25.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Yes as determined by agency policy
This job is open to
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.
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.
Occasional travel - To Rochester, NY courthouse or in-district/outside-district for training.
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.
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
How to Apply
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and AO78 Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment (available at https://www.uscourts.gov/forms/human-resources-forms/application-judicial-branch-federal-employment) 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.
Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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