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Full-time Financial Analyst

at US Northern District Court of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, IA

The Clerk’s Office of the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Iowa is seeking applications for a full time permanent
Financial Analyst. The incumbent serves as the Financial Analyst and
provides support to the financial operations of the U.S. District Court
Clerk’s Office. The Financial Analyst performs administrative, technical
and professional work related to financial and accounting activities of
the court, including coordinating work to ensure compliance with the
appropriate guidelines, policies and internal controls.  The Financial
Analyst prepares, updates and analyzes a variety of accounting records,
statements and reports and oversees and assists with accounts payable
and accounts receivable activities. The Financial Analyst reports to the
Administrative Manager.
Representative Duties:
 Reviews judgment and commitment orders or other case
documents to obtain required disbursement information
pertaining to special assessments, fines and restitution. Works
closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office Monetary Penalty Unit
(MPU) and the U.S. Probation Office to obtain required
information for disbursement to victims. Utilizes Westlaw and
Lexis Nexis to research victim information in addition to the U.S.
Attorney’s victim database (VNS).
 Maintains the FAS4T Civil Criminal Accounting Module (CCAM)
for all criminal and civil debt collections and disbursements for
the district. Maintains prisoner litigation accounts and works
with the Bureau of Prisons to ensure payments are properly
applied.
 Initiates restitution payments through CCAM. Prepares
disbursement paperwork to ensure accuracy.
 Maintains Court Registry Investment System (CRIS) for all
invested registry funds.
 Reviews collections received by court for accuracy. Imports
receipts into the accounting systems.
 Processes all IPAC credits including BOP, TOP and limited
payability transactions through the accounting systems.
 Maintains a system of accounting for returned checks; take
proactive steps to reissue the funds and make all interested
parties aware.
LOCATION
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
SALARY/TARGET
CL 26
$43,840 - $71,247
Starting salary commensurate
with qualifications and
experience
OPENING DATE
04/28/2017
CLOSING DATE
05/12/2017
ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 17-03
Position Available:
Immediately
 Provides customer service to defendants, victims and other
court staff, including judges’ chambers, the U.S. Probation
Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
 Provides expert guidance to staff and chambers related to travel
planning, cost estimation and voucher preparation.
 Serves a primary role in court travel voucher review and
processing, including obligating travel budgets prior to
commencement of travel.
 Maintains, reconciles and reviews accounting records,
consisting of a cash receipts journal, deposit fund, registry fund
and unclaimed funds, as well as subsidiary ledgers and other
fiscal records.
 Performs accounts payable and accounts receivable duties.
Maintains and reviews the accuracy and accountability of
monies received and disbursed by the court
 Prepares, updates and examines the analysis of a variety of
regular and non‐standard reports as requested by court units,
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, U.S. Treasury, financial
institutions or other organizations or agencies.
 Adheres to appropriate internal controls for collection,
disbursement, transfer, recording and reporting of monies.
 Other duties as assigned.
Required Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
Finance:
 Knowledge of judiciary policies, practices, regulations and
terminology related to court administration of financial
reporting, procurement processes and financial transactions
(such as travel expense reimbursement, victim restitution,
criminal debt management, payments for procured goods and
services). Knowledge of government accounting practices,
procedures and principles. Knowledge of financial systems and
how to use automated systems to perform day‐to‐day activities.
Knowledge of the accounts, procedures, and applicable financial
automated systems of the judiciary. Skill and accuracy in
working with numerical calculations. Ability to understand
relationships among accounts and how financial procedures
relate to the overall business of the court unit. Ability to
troubleshoot errors and their probable causes.  
 Knowledge of the overall fiscal reconciliation process.
Knowledge of standards and objectives of internal controls and
separation of duties. Skill in preparing financial reports. Skill in
monitoring and reconciling accounts and ledgers. Skill in
reconciling invoices, vouchers and records of payment.
Court Operations:
 Knowledge of court operations and functions. Knowledge and
understanding of court documents such as orders, appearance
bonds, judgments and commitment orders. Knowledge of the
use of court automated case management system in order to
obtain or research information needed to perform financial
duties
Judgment & Ethics:  
 Knowledge of, and compliance with, the Code of Conduct for
Judicial Employees and court confidentiality requirements.
Ability to consistently demonstrate sound ethics and judgment.
Written & Oral Communications/Interaction:
 Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) with
individuals and groups to provide financial information and
reports in understandable format. Ability to interact effectively
with others, providing customer service and resolving
difficulties while complying with regulations, rules and
procedures. Ability to provide and exchange accurate and timely
information with individuals within and outside the court.
Information Technology & Automation:
 Skill in the use of automated equipment including word
processing, spreadsheet and database applications, as well as
financial and accounting systems.
QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants must be a U.S Citizen or eligible to work in the United States. High School Diploma or GED is
required.
Minimum Qualifications:
At least two years of general experience.  One year of specialized experience equivalent to work at
CL25.  Attention to detail, ability to take directions from others and be proactive, excellent
organizational skills, computer experience and exceptional customer service skills.  Ability to
communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.  General knowledge of GAAP (Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles).  Skill and accuracy in working with numerical calculations.
Preferred Qualifications:
 Three years of general experience.  Two or more years of specialized experience.   
 Ability to recognize and troubleshoot errors and probable causes. Knowledge of financial
administration.
 Ability to communicate technical information effectively (orally and in writing) to end‐users in a
manner they can understand.  Ability to interact effectively and appropriately with others, providing
customer service and resolving difficulties while complying with regulations, rules and procedures.  
Ability to provide and exchange accurate and timely information with individuals within and outside
the court.
 Skill in the use of automated equipment including Microsoft Word and Excel, Cash Register, as well
as financial and accounting systems.
 The ability to maintain confidentiality is imperative.
General Experience:   
General experience is progressively responsible clerical, office or other work that indicates the possession
of, or the ability to acquire, the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the
position. Education above the high school level may be substituted for required general experience on the
basis of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) equals one year of general experience.
Specialized Experience:
Specialized experience is 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.
BENEFITS
Federal benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, (10) paid holidays, and retirement benefits. Optional
benefits include health and life insurance, disability insurance, dental and vision insurance, and a tax‐
deferred savings plan. Please visit www.uscourts.gov  For additional information.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
Applicants are advised that false statements or omission of information on any application materials or the
inability to meet the aforementioned conditions may be grounds for non‐selection, withdrawal of an offer
of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
All court employees are in the excepted service and are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for
Judicial Employees which is provided to each employee.  
All employees of the U.S. District Court (except Law Enforcement Officers) are considered “at will”
employees and may be terminated with or without cause.
The applicant selected for this position will be required to submit to and successfully complete a full
background investigation which includes fingerprinting, criminal record checks, and a credit check. Every
five years thereafter, he/she will be subject to an updated background investigation similar to the initial
one.  Selectee will be hired provisionally pending a successful completion of the investigation.  
Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.   
This position is subject to mandatory electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
The U.S. District Court provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates wishing to apply must submit an application packet which describes their interest in the position
as well as any relevant education, experience, skills, or abilities that they believe makes them uniquely
qualified for the position, along with a resume and three professional references.
         
To be assured consideration for this position, application packets must contain the following, and  be
combined and emailed as one PDF attachment:
1. Letter of application that describes your interest in pursuing this position and how your                   
experience relates to the stated duties, responsibilities, and skills and abilities of this position;  
2. Completion and submission of the AO78‐Federal Judicial Branch Application of Employment. The
application can be accessed http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/FormsAndFees/Forms/AO078.pdf
3. Resume with references  
All Application documents should be emailed in PDF format to: applications@iand.uscourts.gov
Please note:
The Court is not authorized to reimburse candidates for travel in connection with an interview or to pay
relocation expenses to the successful candidate.  
Only applicants who are interviewed in person will receive a written response regarding their application.
The U.S. District Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw
the announcement without written notice to the applicants.  If a subsequent vacancy of the same position
becomes available within a reasonable time of the original announcement, the U.S. District Court may elect
to select a candidate from the original qualified applicant pool.   


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