Financial Analyst

US Department of Energy - Washington, DC

Full-time | Part-time
Duties
Summary
If you are ready to begin your new career or are looking for a place to make an impact, what better place than a top ranked agency in the federal government? We are looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals here at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where we are ranked in the top 5 in the Best Places to Work in the federal government rankings.

Responsibilities
Our employees gain valuable work experience that provides them with the career boost that they are seeking. We need people like you to help us move the industry forward and continue to shape the future of energy policy.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's role is to oversee various aspects of the energy industry, including transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. We also analyze proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines and license hydropower projects. To help support the modernization of the electric system here in the U.S., we are focusing on issues associated with a smarter grid. Join us and help make a difference!

This position is located in the Office of Administrative Litigation (OAL). As the Commission’s trial staff, OAL seeks to assist entities such as electric utilities, natural gas pipelines and petroleum products pipelines to resolve without litigation disputes regarding rates, terms and condition of service and related issues. Where such resolutions are not possible, OAL develops comprehensive evidentiary records in litigated cases to help assure just and reasonable rates, to promote competitive markets and to obtain other results consistent with the public interest. OAL seeks to settle or litigate cases in a timely, efficient, and equitable manner. The incumbent prepares reports, analyses, and testimony regarding the financial policies reflected in rates, terms and conditions of regulated service of natural gas and oil pipeline companies, hydroelectric projects, and/or electric utilities.

The Major Duties of a Financial Analyst are:
Serves as a financial policy expert in the resolution of cases set for hearing of complex and controversial financial policy issues associated with the regulation of natural gas and/or oil pipeline companies, hydroelectric projects, and/or electric utilities.
Plans, coordinates, conducts, and reports on complex financial policy, public utility standards, principles, and theories applicable to the regulation of natural gas and/or oil pipeline companies, hydroelectric projects, and/or electric utilities.
Testifies as an expert witness at Commission formal proceedings on a wide variety of complex and controversial financial issues concerning natural gas and/or oil pipeline companies, hydroelectric projects, and/or electric utility matters.
Detects deviation from current regulatory principles and Commission policies. Develops recommendations covering all issues as to the appropriate disposition. Resolves moderately complex regulatory problems and issues.
Prepares data requests, settlement proposals, and testimony based on the review/analysis, which contain a discussion of financial and regulatory policy issues as well as related recommendations.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Job family (Series)
1160 Financial Analysis

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen.
Must meet specialized experience.
One year probationary period may be required.
Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service.
A background investigation is required.
Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer. - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

Qualifications
Duties, responsibilities and qualification requirements vary in complexity among grade levels as noted below:

GS:07 - One full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-05 level. Specialized Experience is defined as the collection, analysis, and evaluation of technical and financial information. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word and Excel. Education may be substituted to meet the specialized experience. Education which may be substituted to meet the requirements for the GS-07 is one full year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement (Top third of class ranking, at least 3.0 grade-point average or membership in national honor society). Graduate Education is education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

GS:09 - One full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-7 level. Specialized Experience is defined as collecting and analyzing data from a financial data base, reference materials, and utility reports on the accounting and financial aspects of financial structures, earnings, depreciation, taxes and intercorporate relationships of companies for the purpose of computing financial ratios and cost of capital. Education may be substituted to meet the specialized experience. Education which may be substituted to meet the requirements at the GS-09 is a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience for the grade in which you are applying for in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. If you are substituting education to meet the specialized experience, you MUST submit your transcript with your application prior to the closing of the announcement. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. Credit for Part-time work experience will be prorated based on the number of hours worked. For example, 20 hours of work per week for a 12-month period will be credited as 6 months of work experience. Documents submitted after the closing date will NOT be accepted.

GS: 11 - One full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-9 level. Specialized Experience is defined as using investigative research methods and procedures including data acquisition, analysis, documentation, and presentation to address moderately complex financial policy issues related to calculating the cost of capital and capital structure of companies. Education may be substituted to meet the specialized experience. Education which may be substituted to meet the requirements at the GS-11 is a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience for the grade in which you are applying for in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. If you are substituting education to meet the specialized experience, you MUST submit your transcript with your application prior to the closing of the announcement. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. Credit for Part-time work experience will be prorated based on the number of hours worked. For example, 20 hours of work per week for a 12-month period will be credited as 6 months of work experience. Documents submitted after the closing date will NOT be accepted.

This position is INCLUDED in the bargaining unit.
Please note - only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.

More than one selection for similar positions may be made from this announcement and the program office for that selection may vary. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s).

Education
For additional information on the education requirements of a Financial Analyst, please click the link below:

Financial Analyst

Additional information
FERC is ranked in the top 5 among mid-size agencies in the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings. FERC has consistently ranked number 1 in Work/Life Balance, as well. As a leader in Work/Life Balance FERC is proud to offer telework flexibilities in accordance with agency policy. Telework is not guaranteed and is offered on a case-by-case basis. FERC does not currently have any 100 percent telework positions.

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your resume will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. Please use the following link for additional information: Mythbusters of Federal Hiring Policies.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume, responses to the questionnaire and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies:

Ability to communicate technical and financial concepts.
Ability to research, compile and analyze complex financial data.
Knowledge of the financial characteristics and structure of publicly traded companies.
Knowledge of related professions (e.g., economics, accounting, statistics) to comprehend and correlate pertinent information into regulatory studies.
Knowledge of standard quantitative methods and data commonly required to analyze financial issues.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents
Please note that if you do not provide all required information by the closing of the announcement, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration, for which you may be eligible).

ICTAP PRIORITY PROVISIONS: Current or former Federal employees who are or were on career or career conditional appointments may have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). To receive this consideration, applicants must be well qualified for the position to which applying. You will need to provide the Federal Agency Name and date of your Reduction in Force notice, what your most recent performance rating was and your position, grade level and duty location of your last SF-50. At time of appointment, you will be required to provide a copy of agency Reduction in Force notice, a copy of most recent performance rating and a copy of most recent SF-50. You must provide a statement of eligibility at the point of application.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are Selected for the position and claiming veterans' preference, upon appointment you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. For more information on veterans' preference, go to the Vet Guide at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/.

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

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.