To qualify for the GS-7 grade level, applicants must have one (1) year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: experience scheduling appointments and maintaining a calendar; screening calls and visitors; arranging conferences and meetings; coordinating travel arrangements and processing travel vouchers; reviewing and routing incoming and outgoing correspondence and documents; utilizing automated systems and databases to generate reports and maintain files; and recording time and attendance.
To qualify for the GS-8 grade level, applicants must have one (1) year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: administrative/clerical office support (i.e., typing, filing, greeting visitors, scheduling appointments/meetings, answering routine phone calls, and providing information); ensuring written materials are complete, accurate, and contain correct usage of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and structure; using time management techniques to meet deadlines; collecting, compiling, and/or tracking of data and statistical information; interpreting and applying regulations and procedures; use office automation and related software (eg., Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook) to prepare reports, correspondence, memoranda, and other forms of written communication.
Applicants must be able to type a minimum of 40 words per minute.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Merit Promotion.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following KSAs:
- Knowledge of correspondence requirements to check for proper grammar, spelling and punctuation and to review/edit documents for conformance with formats and procedural requirements.
- Skill in written communication.
- Skill in using office automation and software technology to perform clerical/office support duties.
- Skill in working independently.
- Skill in coordinating administrative duties and support.
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.