Applicants may qualify based on either education or experience as described below. Qualifications Based on Experience: For GS-9: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal service (but not limited to Federal service) as defined below: Specialized experience is work experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of qualifying work include: experience as a compliance inspector, analyst, planner or investigator whose work related to the field of employee benefit plans and/or Federal and/or state financial regulatory statutes; experience conducting financial audits in the employee benefits field using conventional auditing techniques. Candidates who apply on the basis of education must submit their college transcripts with the online applications.
At the GS-11 One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service (but not limited to Federal service) as defined below: Qualifying specialized experience for this position is work experience that provided a knowledge of ERISA rules, regulations and enforcement and regulatory policies and procedures, as well as of Federal criminal statutes and the Federal rules of evidence. In addition, knowledge and experience in investigative techniques and methods of financial examination in order to obtain the necessary information to assess employee benefit plan operations, fiduciary conduct and individual transactions.
OR for the GS-9: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Qualifying graduate work would include public administration, business administration, finance, economics, political science, statistics and accounting. For the GS-11: Education substitution for specialized experience: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., in one of the following fields related to the position: accounting, finance, business administration, insurance, banking, securities, law or economics. If you are using education to substitute for specialized experience, transcripts MUST be submitted, otherwise you will be rated ineligible.
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 either the specialized experience or education described above in order to qualify for the position.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
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):
Communication Skills: Clearly and effectively conveys information (orally and in writing) to individuals and groups, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Actively listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Persuades others to accept recommendations. Individual Effectiveness: Organizes work and sets realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Demonstrates interpersonal skills that support an environment in which constructive communications takes place. Technology Application: Uses computers and computer software applications. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; determines accuracy and relevancy of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and make recommendations. Identifies rules, principles or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions. Knowledge and Application of Employee Benefit Plan Law: Knowledge and application of the laws, regulations, court proceedings, precedents, interpretations, and exemptions governing the employee benefit plan community. 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 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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