To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
GS-07: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 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: 1) gathering and completing documents, applications, and other information in
order to process and evaluate a variety of claims applications; 2) determining
the applicability of law, regulations, and procedures to evaluate eligibility
and claims; 3) using automated software and systems to enter, edit, verify, and
retrieve data in order to evaluate claims; AND 4) developing, adjudicating,
authorizing, or reconsidering claims for benefits.
Such experience is to be
substantive and relevant and may have been gained in the practice of law or
working with a Federal or state agency, insurance company, retirement,
disability or insurance program.
Applicants may substitute education for the experience required.
GS-07: Successful completion of one (1) full (9 credit hours) year of
graduate level education in an accredited college or university which
demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Applicants may possess an Undergraduate Degree with Superior Academic
Achievement. Completion of a full four-year (120 credit hours) course
of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
in finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance,
engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations,
statistics, or other fields related to the position and meet one of the
following under the Superior Academic Achievement provisions:
Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) is a means of qualifying on the basis
of education, if you are within the area of consideration as stated in the Who
May Be Considered section of this announcement (first page). S.A.A. is based on
(1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
- Class standing--Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating
class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of
Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed
- Grade-point average (G.P.A.)--Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
a. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ('B' or better) as recorded on their
official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as
computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum;
or b. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ('B+' or better) based
on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the
required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the
curriculum. Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For
example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.
- Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society--Applicants
can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic
Applicants cannot claim credit based on their overall G.P.A. if more than 10 percent of their total credit was based on pass/fail. 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-07 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of
required education you have earned. When substituting you can use graduate level
education you have earned beyond a Bachelor's Degree. Then identify the
percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The
total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-07. For
example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e.
50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized
experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the
required experience for the position.
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 interpret and analyze material and make well-justified decisions
from the analysis;
- Skill in writing that reflects organization of subject matter and support
for your position and conclusions;
- Ability to effectively communicate orally;
- Ability to effectively work with others in a team environment;
- Ability to determine priorities and successfully balance conflicting
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job
related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the
knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or be
contacted for an interview.
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.