To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the federal service; experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: use of a variety of automated data processing /PC's software (Access, Excel...etc.) and/or spreadsheet software to design databases and spreadsheets of a less complex nature, revising, sorting calculating and retrieving data for analytical reports; application of the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act requirements for release of Information to requesters; independently, organize assigned tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines; gather, organize, compile research and analyze rules and regulations; and experience in the processing of compensation and pension regulations in order to make determinations of eligibility for benefits and the evidentiary requirements to establish entitlement.Examples of such experience may be gained in fields such as: claims processor/adjuster; legislative/regulatory analyst; benefit administration; insurance; inventory management; Paralegal; and quality assurance, where the applicant had experience working with benefit programs (i.e. education, vocational rehabilitation, loan guaranty, life insurance, disability insurance...etc).
Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-05 level - successful completion of four years (120 semester hours) of education above the high school level from an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide documentation or proof that he or she has met the applicable educational requirements for substitution. Applications submitted without the required supporting documents will not be accepted. An unofficial transcript; statement from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation is acceptable at the time of application. Education submitted must be appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov/.
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position. This training and/or experience MUST be reflected by descriptions of your experience in your resume.
- Ability to communicate in a concise and professional manner in writing.
- Ability to communicate orally in with all types of people from varied backgrounds.
- Ability to work independently, establish priorities and organize work to meet deliverables in a timely manner.
- Ability to read, interpret and analyze correspondence, regulations and data to extract relevant information to route appropriately
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in one of the three quality categories; Best-qualified, Well-qualified, or Qualified. Qualifying Veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. All other qualified veterans will be placed at the top of the appropriate quality group, based on responses to the questionnaire.
Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference, for 5pt (TP) or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP) ...etc, on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required to award preference. (See "Required Documents" section)
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as listed on page two (2) of the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.