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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:County Operations Trainee (COT)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Farm Service Agency

Job Announcement Number:ADZ778387-MN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,431.00 to $54,028.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 01, 2012 to Thursday, November 22, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

CO-1101-05/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Saint Paul, MN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This is a permanent position open to all sources. The position locations will be determined upon selection of the candidate.

JOB SUMMARY:

PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED

This is a non-civil service position with the local FSA County Office.
Veteran's preference does not apply.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your career. Be part of our team and support the well-being of American agriculture and the American public.

FSA's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FSA offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or national to apply.
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must be 18 years of age or 17 years of age for high school graduates.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

DUTIES:

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The position locations will be determined upon selection of the candidate.

This position serves as County Operations Trainee subject to assignment in any County Office.  Receives 12 months of practical managerial and program training applicable to County Offices and acquires knowledge and experience in the following activities and operations of the FSA organization.

  • Policy, program and operation of FSA organizations.
  • Skills and ability to provide leadership, directions, and coordination in carrying out assigned programs.
  • Capability and experience in meeting clients and speaking effectively before groups.
  • Development and experience in effective methods of communications with both staff members and clients.
  • Training and experience in supervision and subordinates.
  • Development of skills and techniques for motivating people effectively.
  • Ability to participate in local related community affairs and organizations.
  • Skill and experience in working with and getting along with staff members and programs participants.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualifications are in accordance with requirements in Handbook 27-PM.

You must meet all qualification requirements by Thursday, November 22, 2012.

The following are minimum requirements for the possible grade levels of this position.

You may start at the CO-05 level if you have one of the following qualifications:

  • Four years of education above high school in an accredited business, secretarial or technical, junior college, college or university in any field in which high school graduation or the equivalent is a prerequisite:  OR
  • One year of specialized experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled or equivalent office experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level.  Experience that shows your ability to perform progressively more complex, responsible, or difficult duties: and that shows your ability to learn the specific work of this position.    OR
  • Combination of education and experience described above.

You may start at the CO-07 level if you have one of the following qualifications:

  • Four years of education above high school in an accredited business, secretarial or technical, junior college, college or university in any field in which high school graduation or the equivalent is a prerequisite with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale:  OR
  • One year of specialized experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled or equivalent office experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level.  Experience that shows your ability to perform progressively more complex, responsible, or difficult duties: and that shows your ability to learn the specific work of this position.     OR
  • Combination of education and experience described above

You may start at the CO-09 level if you have one of the following qualifications:

  • Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university:  OR
  • One year of specialized experience directly related to the functions of the position to be filled or equivalent office experience in a related activity at the next lower grade level.  Experience in providing program interpretation, and instruction for an agriculture program area or operational phases of farm loan programs.  Such work experience included acquiring data and providing information to producers, farm loan borrowers and farming operations; writing summary reports; assisting staff with policy guidance; arranging and scheduling activities of subordinates to complete technical/clerical review.  OR
  • A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above.  

TRAINING PROGRAM:  Applicants selected as County Operations Trainee's (COT's) must sign an agreement to accept assignment wherever located in the continental United States.  Each COT shall satisfactorily complete a minimum 52-week training program.  COT's who do not satisfactorily complete the required training shall be separated without prejudice.  The District Director, State Executive Director, State Committee, State Training Coordinator, State Office Specialist, and previous CED trainers will evaluate the trainee's performance at the end of the 52-week period.  Based on this review, the trainee will be continued as a CO-5, CO-7, CO-9 or terminated.


College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume.  You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process.  Please refer to the “How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials” section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.

NOTE: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

 

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

HOW TO WRITE A KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA)
All applicants will be considered on the basis of their education, experience, supervisory appraisal, training, awards and education as it relates to the qualification requirements and on the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) listed below.  There are no special forms for these statements.  They may be submitted on plain paper with your name and the announcement number at the top.  You should include specific tasks performed, the dates you performed them, and where you were working at the time.  KSA statements may not be more than 2 single-spaced pages per KSA. 

Candidates who do not submit the supplemental statements will not be considered.

1.  Ability to identify and resolve problems.
2.  Ability to interpret and apply written regulations.
3.  Ability to communicate orally (including public speaking skills).
4.  Ability to communicate in writing.
5.  Ability to plan work and make decisions independently.


BENEFITS:

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Selectee will be eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave. For additional information on benefits, click here



OTHER INFORMATION:

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected.  Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read all the instructions before you begin. 

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes the following:

1. Resume. You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or create your own; however, your resume must contain the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Narrative KSA's. 
4. Additional Required Documents.  i.e., Copy of most recent performance appraisal, Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), college transcripts, Veterans documents, etc.  (See Required Documents section below).

To begin this process, click the "Apply Online" button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Please print your "Confirmation of your Submission to Application Manager" for your records. The online Occupational Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, November 22, 2012.  Applications are not screened for required documents before determining minimum qualifications. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received in the office by the close of business on or before the closing date of this announcement. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc.

Alternative Method for Submitting Your Application Materials:

If you are unable to apply online, you may fax your application materials to 1-478-757-3144.

If applying online or faxing your application materials poses a hardship, please contact 816-926-6781 during core business hours (8:00am to 4:30 pm central time) prior to the closing date. Requests for hardship will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Make requests in a timely manner to allow enough time to obtain documents and return the completed information to our office.

Before being hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application/resume if you have not done this using an application form.  You must answer all questions truthfully and completely.  A false statement on any part of your application may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to your Occupational QuestionnaireOnline Resume and Narrative KSA's, other documents are required if you are a current or former USDA employee.

  1. You must provide the most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
  2. You must submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable.  Do not submit a performance plan. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

JANE A. RAY
Phone: (651)602-7704
TDD: 800-735-2966
Email: JANE.RAY@MN.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
FSA MINNESOTA STATE OFFICE
375 JACKSON STREET
SUITE 400
ST PAUL, MN
55101-1852
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a qualification review of your complete application package has been made, you will be notified as to the status of your application. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further considerations and possible interview. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.  We expect to make a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
At any time during the process you may verify through http://Applicationmanager.gov the status of your application, and documents uploaded or faxed.


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Job Announcement Number:

ADZ778387-MN

Control Number:

330190500