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Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:AN735823

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 10, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012




Full Time - Recent Graduates




Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Charleston, SC United StatesView Map
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Recent Graduates


The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide. Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!

This announcement will close Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 11:59pm (EST) OR the day the 150th application has been received at 11:59pm (EST), whichever comes first.

As a Human Resources Specialist at the U.S. Department of State, you will provide support to the functions of staffing and recruitment; workforce development; classification and position management; pay and compensation; leave administration; benefits; performance management; and information systems. 


Positions will be filled under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. Recent Graduates who have completed a qualifying degree or certificate program within the previous two years may apply (Veterans precluded by their military service obligation, will have up to six years). ***See provision in Qualification section below.


Position is Excepted Service - Excluded from the Career Transition Program.


Special Requirements:

A Top Security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.


The program duration is approximately one year and upon successful completion of the program requirements, the incumbent may be converted to a permanent appointment.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



  • U.S. Citizen
  • Meet Recent Graduate Eligibility Requirements
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of the announcement
  • Background and security investigation is required


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·         Processes and verifies personnel actions and employee benefit changes.

·         Reviews employee performance plan information to justify award nominations.

·         Calculates Service Computation Dates (SCD) for agency employees.

·         Researches employee questions and responds in a timely manner.

·         Assists with drafting vacancy announcements and develops crediting plans.


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To qualify for this Human Resources Specialist GS-07 under the Pathways Program you must have recently graduated within the previous two years (Veterans precluded by their military service obligation will have up to six years).

In addition to the recent graduation within the previous two years, you must also possess one of the following: 

At least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in Federal service) that included preparing staffing and recruitment documents; assisting with benefits and compensation of employees; researching established policy and regulations to ensure personnel actions are awarded appropriately; and analyzing recruitment requests to prepare vacancy announcements and develop crediting plans.


One full year of graduate level education.


Meet the requirements under the superior academic achievement provision.


Have a combination of education and specialized experience.  Applicants must possess a percentage of the required specialized experience and a percentage of the required level of education such that, when the percentages of the required education and specialized experience are added together, they equal 100%. (Only graduate education and only professional experience equivalent to the GS-05 or higher is creditable). You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education to support your claim.

TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.  You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.


Foreign Education:If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For further information, click on foreign education.

All qualification requirements must be met by midnight (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

The application must be received no later than 2 years after the date the individual completed all requirements of an academic course of study leading to a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctoral, or technical/vocational degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution or requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution on or after December 27, 2010, and before July 10, 2012 (eligibility under this provision expires July 10, 2014).

Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility from veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree (or certification) was completed.


Once the job opportunity announcement closes, your résumé and supporting documents will be reviewed and compared with your assessment questionnaire responses to determine whether you are qualified for this position. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications, you may lose consideration. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Candidates will be assessed based on the Assessment Questionnaire. Pathways candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled.  Veteran's preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.  Because candidates are further evaluated using category rating process, qualified veterans will have absolute preference within the appropriate category.

For Pathways Applicants/All U.S. Citizens:  Eligible candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Candidates in the highest category will be referred to the hiring agency.

Application of Veterans' Preference:  Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

·          Human Resources Policies and Procedures

·          Process Personnel Actions

·          Prepare Staffing and Recruitment Requests

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link:
View Assessment Questions


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Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15  (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see . Hiring Authorities for Veterans

Hiring Authorities:

Reasonable Accommodations: For additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website -

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit .


  • Orientation program
  • Mentorship throughout the Program
  • Individual Development Plan to assist with career planning, professional development, and training activities
  • At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the Program
  • Positions may offer opportunity for career advancement


  • Recent Graduates may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).
  • To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must have: Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program; Demonstrated successful job performance; Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.



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Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: and click on Vacancy ID:  735823.

If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to:  1-478-757-3144.

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., résumé, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.

Please do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying on-line.


  • Résumé
  • Qualifying Transcript(s)
  • Completed Assessment Questionnaire

Other Supporting Documents: (Submit if applicable to you)

  • Veterans' Preference documentation (Copy of DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15 if applicable)




Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
Mid Atlantic Svc Branch Norfolk
OPM Federal Building
200 Granby Street
Suite 500
Norfolk, VA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

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