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Job: Finance Officer (Cashier)

Position Details

Location: Embassy of Australia, Washington DC

Level: LE4

Position Number: 10022

Status: Full Time

Agency/Branch/Work Unit: DFAT /CMCB/Finance

Salary: $53,380(US)

Security Assessment: Nil

Contact Information

Contact Officer: Specific questions related to the position can be directed to Imed Ben Hamed at Imed.Ben_Hamed@dfat.gov.au

Recruitment Officer: Information about Locally-Engaged positions and Embassy recruitment procedures can be located on our website: https://usa.embassy.gov.au/terms-and-conditions-employment

Email additional questions to: Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of applications for this position is closing of business on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. If you have not been requested to attend an interview within two weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

How to Apply

For details on how to apply, please see our website: https://usa.embassy.gov.au/how-apply

About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the Position

The position is responsible for management of post's financial resources (budget management) ensuring compliance with policy issues and the Financial Management Manual [FMM] and formulating new post-specific policies in line with legislative, departmental and Commonwealth policy. 

Duty Statement

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare and transmit reimbursement claims, salaries, rents and pensions through Electronic Funds Transfer and Checks
  • Manage cash funds and receipts and process daily banking collections of deposits
  • Manage petty cash money and transactions
  • Liaise and resolve banking transaction issues
  • Act as signing officer for cheques drawn against the Embassy's bank account
  • Assist with  ledger and reconciliation functions and accounts payable/receivable duties
  • Manage House Security Deposit overdue debts
  • Maintain filing and archiving system of all claims and related documents.

Selection Criteria


  • Knowledge of contemporary accounting principles and practices and/or recent experience in financial management
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective client service within established instructions and guidelines
  • Demonstrated ability to meet required performance expectations with limited supervision and without compromising accuracy and detail
  • Record keeping and data management skills, including demonstrated ability to monitor and analyse information to solve problems and answer queries from clients and management
  • Proficiency in using computerised information management and office systems
  • Effective oral and written communication ability and liaison skills.


  • Experience or knowledge of SAP.