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Essential Competencies


Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to perform duties that entail basic budgetary and accounting concepts and principles to understand financial document flow, accounting/funding reports and analysis; gathering data, using accounting reports and performing financial analyses. Work is performed as a trainee with assignments designed for development. Work is closely supervised.

I. Budget and accounting

A. Budgetary and accounting concepts
B. Basic Federal budget process
C. Automated financial systems
D. Financial analysis
E. Gathering/evaluating data
F. Analyze reports/funding projections

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of basic Federal budget process

Basic knowledge of laws, executive orders, and OMB circulares and bulletins governing budget process

Knowledge of basic budget, accounting, and program terminology, concepts, and principles

Knowledge of budget and financial analyses and techniques

Knowledge of proper use of appropriated and other types of funds

Ability to gather data and maintain records

Basic knowledge of internal controls


Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to apply the concepts of performance measures in the budget process; justifying budgets using performance measures, financial, economical, statistical and workload analysis techniques; interpreting and providing guidance on laws, regulations, directives, and policies. Work is performed as an advanced trainee with general reviews.

I. Budget and accounting

A. Performance measures
B. Analysis/problem-solving/presenting alternative and recommendations
C. Research and interpretation

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the NPS budget principles/ procedures and financial system

Knowledge of performance measures

Knowledge of administrative controls of resources, including allocation, inter-and intra-agency reimbursable agreements/funding

Knowledge of Congressional appropriations process

Ability to research, interpret, and apply laws, regulations, directives, and policies

Knowledge of strategic planning process and how it relates to budget formulation

Knowledge of budget, financial, and economic analysis


Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform duties involving monitoring higher-level goals and objectives through action plans, general management reviews; audit resolution activities or FMFIA reporting; negotiating, preparing annual financial statement report.

I.Budget and accounting

A. Short/long-term strategic planning
B. Monitoring goals and objectives
C. Negotiation
D. Decision-making/problem-solving
E. Advisory services

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Expert knowledge of budget formulation, presentation, and execution

Skill in negotiation and conflict resolution

Ability to plan, develop, and integrate strategies to manage and improve financial management of program area

Ability to develop and structure financial processes necessary to carry out goals and objectives

Ability to utilize analytical and problem-solving techniques to accomplish goals

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies

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