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The GS-5 level requires one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which is in the Economic Assistant field or a related occupation which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying experience may include: Significant experience in retail sales, cold-calling sales, real estate sales or management, survey or marketing work, interviewers or in-take workers, jobs or volunteer experience that required detailed record keeping, jobs or volunteer experience that required oral persuasion skills, jobs or volunteer experience that involved public contact. Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant's ability to perform research or related work that involved collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data. Direct contact with, and direct sales to, the public is a plus. Examples of specialized experience include: - experience in retail sales - specific knowledge of a wide variety of assorted products and/or service(s) offered by retail stores and businesses to the consumer; - knowledge of products and service specifications; - real estate experience in selling and public outreach, - specific knowledge of area sales and housing stock, pricing and customer base. - General knowledge of constantly changing consumer marketing practices. - Knowledge of consumer product and service terminology and characteristics. - Familiarity with state, federal and local laws as they relate to consumer products/services especially prices, (i.e., licensing requirements, state taxes, excise taxes, labeling regulations, etc.). - Using good skill in communicating, both orally and in writing. - Using personal computers and application such as windows-based software applications, email, and the internet.
Education may be substituted for the required specialized experience for the GS-05 entry grade level of this position. (See assessment questions) For the grade 5: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with major study in economics, OR 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as business law, statistics, algebra, precalculus, calculus, or economics.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education
- Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.
The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability
to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education
for more information.
There are no special requirements for this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
DECISION MAKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING: Knowledge and ability to use strategic and critical approaches to decision-making and/or problem solving. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS: Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. SELF MANAGEMENT: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of motivation, initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner. TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION AND MANAGEMENT: Uses machines, tools, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format. WRITING: Uses Correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information (for example, facts or messages) in a clear, succinct and organized manner. ECONOMIC DATA MANAGEMENT & ANALYSIS: Knowledge of the principles, procedures, tools, and activities of economic data management and analysis in conducting systematic and objective inquiries, such as study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and the reporting of results. PROGRAM PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE: Understanding and applying the relevant design, data, processes, standards, systems and outputs of the economist's assigned program area, and knowledge of statistical and/or mathematical support processes.
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The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
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