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Job Title:  Supervisory Economic Development Specialist, GS-1101-13
Agency:  Small Business Administration
Job Announcement Number:  13-004-DB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,664.00 to $116,562.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates



Become a part of an Agency that touches the lives of every American!  We are the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and for over 50 years, we have successfully served the Nation's small business owners.  Consider a career with SBA to help manage the credit and contracts for America's small business during this new era of economic responsibility.  We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. We represent a highly skilled and motivated workforce and welcome those interested in furthering our mission.


This position is located at the Small Business Administration's,  Illinois District Office, which is located in Chicago, IL. This position is ideal for an experienced, mid-career professional seeking enhanced professional development, a teamwork environment and recognition for excellent performance.  The SBA offers generous federal government health benefits, flexible work schedules and leave, and promotes work-life balance. 


Travel and relocation expenses will NOT be paid.   Any travel transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected


This announcement serves as a Merit Promotion and All Source announcement.  You will be asked to determine your eligibility for each during the questionnaire process when you apply online.



  • You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • You must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You may be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period.


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The Illinois  District Office is seeking a motivated, dynamic, and talented individual to join their Business Development team.  You will be responsible for providing effective leadership, management and oversight required to optimize the deployment of SBA programs and services in the District and to achieve assigned goals.  This is an exciting opportunity to assist small businesses directly and help stimulate America's economic growth!


You will serve as the supervisor of Economic Development for the District, responsible for the development and implementation of a viable Strategic Marketing & Outreach Plan (SMOP).   You will spend at least 25% of the time leading journey level, GS-12 Specialists,  providing technical and administrative supervision.  You will plan work, set and adjust short-term priorities and prepare schedules of completion of projects.  You will be responsible for building and maintaining a local network of collaborative partnerships with small business stakeholders such as economic development practitioners in Federal, state, regional and local government organizations.  You will represent the SBA at a variety of public functions through outreach and presentations/trainings in order to educate the small business community.  You will provide assistance through consultative and customer interactions with small businesses, collaborative partners and the general public.


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GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level which demonstrates ability to supervise a team in developing marketing strategy for programs and services; conducting outreach and promotion to successfully deliver events to large and diverse audiences; developing and delivering training presentations to various organizations and small businesses on SBA programs and services, as well as a wide range of business and financial management topics; and in building and maintaining collaborative alliances and partnerships with high level officials from various groups, such as chambers of commerce, economic development officials, government agencies, and educational institutions, to achieve objectives related to counseling individuals on business management. This position requires proficiency in using a variety of software applications and technologies in all aspects of the job.


Education is not qualifying for this position.


Occasional travel is required; occasional evening and weekend travel may be required. 


Current/former Federal employees must meet Time in Grade requirements.



Applicants meeting basic qualification requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire.   To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link:     View Assessment Questions.   You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The occupational questions relate to the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) required to do the work of this position;

1.  Skill in planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to achieve specific project.

2.  Skill in creating and delivering trainings/presentations to a diverse audience using various methods and technologies.

3.  Ability to identify, recruit and effectively work with external organizations for program/mission accomplishment.

4.  Skill in writing to develop information programs for diverse audiences of various levels of understanding and sophistication.

5.  Skill in conceptualizing, preparing and conducting a variety of oral presentations;

6.  Ability to provide technical and administrative supervision to optimize the deployment of programs and services and to achieve goals.


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect your rating.


For Delegated Examining (all US Citizens), your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method based on your responses to the assessment questions.  You will receive a score based on the responses to the assessment questions (to view the questions click here  View Assessment Questions.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:


1. Best-Qualified: highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume. 
2. Well-Qualified: competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, training, and education as applicable, as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume. 
3. Qualified: an overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training, as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume. 

Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated.  Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Merit Promotion and Non-competitive applicants will not be evaluated using Category Rating.  Applicants meeting basic requirements will further be evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Question   To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link    View Assessment Questions  You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the questionnaire.


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Working for the SBA offers a number of really exciting flexibilities. The Federal government offers a number of other exceptional benefits to its employees. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here


Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.   See

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

Under SBA's Merit Promotion and Placement Plan, you must have completed a MINIMUM of 52 weeks in positions not more than one grade lower than the position being filled.  You must meet this requirement by the closing date of this announcement.



If you need reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact, Dianna L. Burrell at (303)844-7791.  If you have a hearing impairment, you may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for assistance in contacting the person named above. 


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé - which must contain the following basic requirements: 

·         Name, address, telephone number, email address;

·         Supervisor's contact information, if applicable.  Indicate if you would prefer to be notified before your supervisor is contacted;

·         Job Title (if Federal Service provide series and grade)

·         Related job experience including beginning/ending dates (mm/dd/yy to mm/dd/yy)

·         Work Schedule - ex. Full Time, Part Time (if part time- number of hours per week)

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID   792209.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Applications will only be accepted online or by fax.   If you are unable to apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.  The vacancy ID is  792209

If you need assistance applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the occupational questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms, if applicable. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all documents are legible.

·         A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing 'Tenure' in block 24 and "Position Occupied" in block 34.

·          If you are claiming Veterans   status, you must submit a copy all required documents supporting your claim. Vet Guide

·         To receive consideration for a special appointment authority (severely disabled, Peace Corps, ICTAP, VRA), you must submit all required documentation supporting your claim. Special Appointing Authorities



Dianna L. Burrell
Phone: (303)844-7791
Agency Information:
Small Business Administration
721 19th Street
Denver, CO


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your rating, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

Once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks), you will receive notice via email or by mail.  If no email address was provided by you during the application process, you will be notified by mail.   


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