To qualify, applicants must one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service; OR Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study above high school with major study in economics, or 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as business law, statistics, algebra, recalculus, calculus, or economics. Equivalent combinations of education and experience is qualifying.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant's ability to perform research or related work that involved collecting, compelling, 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 environments, such as clerks in a large grocery stores and associates in large retail outlets. Specific knowledge of a wide variety of assorted products and or services(s) offered by an outlet. Knowledge of products and service specifications. Real estate experience in selling and public outreach, e.g., open house showings.
Specific knowledge of area sales and housing stock, pricing and customer base. Experience selling items door to door or at house parties.
Education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week or approximately 36 weeks in a business or technical school. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to one year of specialized experience.
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.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, based on your responses to the vacancy questionnaire, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions for the purposes of referral and selection:
Category A: Meets the basic qualifications requirements and has successful experience in the same or similar job that demonstrates superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B: Meets the basic qualifications for the vacancy anouncement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position.
Category C: Meets the specialized experience outlined in the in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies required for this position.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies)All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
- Decision Making and Problem Solving: Employs strategic and critical approaches to decision-making and/or problem solving, e.g. identifying, and considering issues/problems, determining accuracy and relevance of information, as well as generating, identifying, evaluating, and implementing alternative solution approaches, to resolve issues/problems, deliver services and provide value.
- Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness, even with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. Demonstrates effectiveness with sensitivity to the differences of others,e.g. diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
- Self Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of motivation, initiative, effort, and commitment towards timely completion of assignments with minimal supervision.
- Economic Data Management and Analysis: Conducts systematic and objective economic inquiries using the principles, procedures, tools, and activities of economic data management and analysis, such as study design, collection, review, analysis, interpretation of data, and the reporting of results. Keeps current with developments in data management, including micro (individuals & establishments or utlets) as well as macro (estimates) analysis.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is 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 such as an interview, a panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes.
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