A master's or equivalent graduate degree OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related, may be substituted for the experience requirements at the AP-3 level. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable. Official copies of transcripts are acceptable at this time; however, you will be required to provide official transcripts (if selected) upon entry of duty. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Refer to the Office of Personnel and the U.S. Department of Education websites. Click here for more information. for more information
All supporting documents in the "How to Apply" section must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. All applicants are rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If qualified, you will be placed into a quality category based on how well your background demonstrates examples of the following competencies: attention to detail, critical thinking, problem solving, reading, teamwork, technology application, etc. An automated ranking system, based on the on-line application process, is used. Before a certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed carefully by an HR Specialist to assure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions, (c) the resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position, and (d) copies of any required documents are submitted. Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the applicant assessment questions. 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. If you are found to be one of the top quality candidates or are eligible for special hiring authorities, you may be asked to develop a written response to narrative/essay type questions in the second round of the application process. If this applies to you, you will be contacted by an agency representative. Please keep your records updated with your current email address. The automated system will place applicants in categories based on their responses to the on-line job-related assessment questions, which are based on the duties and competencies required of the position. These categories are "qualified," "well-qualified," and "best qualified." "Best qualified" is the top category. Veterans who meet qualification requirements and have adjudicated veterans' preference will be placed at the top of the category they fall into based on their answers to the assessment questions; this could be one of several categories, however, non-veterans cannot be selected over veterans that are in the same category. Only candidates in the top category are referred to the selecting official, unless categories are merged. Adjudicated veterans are those who meet the requirements for preference and submit legible documentation by the closing date of the announcement. A member 4 copy of the DD-214 must be submitted, or a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran, and in either case, documents must specify discharge under honorable conditions. For disabled veterans, the SF-15 is requested; in the absence of an SF-15, the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and discharge under honorable conditions is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met. For positions other than professional and scientific at or equivalent to the GS-9 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the highest quality category. For professional and scientific positions at or equivalent to the GS-9 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the appropriate quality category for which rated. NOTE: If your position involves the performance of more than one type of work, it is essential that approximate percentages of time be identified in your application for those specific duties you feel describe experience which will qualify you for this position as required by the specialized experience described in this announcement. Failure to provide approximate percentages could impact your qualifications determination for this position.
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