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Job Title:Public Utilities Assistant

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Bonneville Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:200187

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$41,390.00 to $53,811.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, December 20, 2012 to Thursday, January 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1101-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent - No time limit

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Seattle, WashingtonView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

BPA has been powering people and careers for 75 years. We provide clean, emissions-free electricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintain a high voltage transmission system to deliver that electricity. We are a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, promoting energy efficiency, renewable wind and hydropower, the smart grid, fish and wildlife protection and initiatives to address climate change. We are a visionary and innovative agency that values diversity and creativity and encourages continuous learning. We are located throughout the Pacific Northwest with opportunities in cities, smaller communities and in the field.

BPA is a not-for-profit federal electric utility. Our high-voltage transmission grid comprises more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. BPA markets more than a third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power is produced at 31 federal dams operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation and one nuclear plant in the Northwest and is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA purchases power from seven wind projects and has more than 4,700 megawatts of wind interconnected to its transmission system.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Bonneville Power Administration applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=WIOCJ.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:

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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Serves as member of a Team led by an Account Executive. Works with team members on customer-specific tasks such as creating or updating utility profiles, checking data through the Customer Data Management system and/or gathering utility-specific information. Enters and retrieves data based on staff or customer requests. Serves as the primary Data Steward for daily spreadsheets tracking utility power usage, outages, forecasts and the billing of utility customers using analytical systems.

Serves as initial point-of-contact with customers. Directly responds to customer requests for information, or assists in preparing responses to customers.

Provides technical and administrative support ; assists in preparing contract actions; prepares contracts, revisions, amendments and general correspondence in final form, ensuring that technical data applicable to specific types of contracts and customers is complete and accurate. Identifies and resolves questionable data. Coordinates sending of all finalized contract actions and general correspondence to customers.

Receives requests for information concerning programs under the Western Power Business Area control. Maintains tracking system of suspense items to ensure timely compliance of scheduled responses or actions. Coordinates work unit responses to time-critical documents. Prepares agenda and conducts periodic management for support resource meetings. Maintains the office calendar and schedules meetings and conferences based on schedule and availability. Identifies and contacts appropriate attendees and briefs them on anticipated problems or concerns. Receives and screens incoming visitors to the office and directs them to the appropriate staff member. Answers incoming phone calls, responds to general or specific questions.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Ability to apply analytical methods to various aspects of assigned program or project areas.

Skill in using office automation systems including computerized systems for contracts, computerized systems for customer information management as well as using an automated system to make travel arrangements

Knowledge of office administrative practices and procedures.

Ability to finalize power sales contracts and to compose relevant non-technical correspondence.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Qualifying experience for the GS-7 level includes one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples are assisting in the development and/or implementation of clerical or administrative procedures for application within a power generation or power transmission program area; or selecting and arranging data and information from files and other resources for use by others in completing larger power industry initiatives and projects.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-7 level may be met by completion of one (1) year of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED IN THE AVUE SYSTEM BY 8:59 P.M. PT (11:59 ET).

Applicants are responsible for reviewing the OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS section of the vacancy announcement. This section can be viewed by navigating to the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement link after you have logged in to the system.

This position is in the Western Customer Service group, organization code is PSW/Seattle.

All United States citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates will be considered under a variety of appointing authorities including Delegated Examining, Merit Promotion, VRA, and VEOA (if applicable).

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

All United States citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates will be considered under a variety of appointing authorities including Delegated Examining, Merit Promotion, VRA, and VEOA (if applicable).

The sensitivity level of this position is designated as 'Low Risk - non sensitive', which requires that the selectee pass a NACI personnel investigation and receive a favorable suitability determination. Under existing OPM regulations, current Federal employees transferring from another department or agency who have successfully passed this level (or higher) personnel investigation will not be subject to re-investigation under OPM suitability regulations. Further, employees with unescorted access to facilities, systems, and equipment, which, if destroyed, degraded, or otherwise rendered unavailable, would affect the reliability or operability of the bulk electric system, or have access to critical cyber assets that are essential to the reliable operation of the bulk electric system will be required to undergo a Special Agency Check every seven years, thereafter (or sooner if for cause.)

How to Apply: Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for BPA applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. Information regarding this position can be accessed at the following URL: www.avuedigitalservices.com/bpa/applicant.html. Use the 'Search Jobs' criteria to search by job title, location, and/or grade of the position.

If your application does not provide all the information requested in the vacancy announcement, you may lose consideration.

Applications must be completed in the Avue system by 8:59 P.M. PT (11:59 P.M. ET).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the ICTAP must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for priority selection. Well qualified for annual positions equates to a score of at least 85; and well qualified for hourly positions equates to a score of at least 80. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

ICTAP: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Interagency_Career_Transition_Assistance_Plan_(ICTAP)

Benefits: BPA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information on BPA benefits can be found at: http://www.careers.bpa.gov/Benefits/

EEO Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement

Legal and Regulatory Guidance: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Legal_and_Regulatory_Guidance

Veterans Information: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

Basis of Rating: Candidates eligible for consideration under Delegated Examining criteria will have their application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Candidates determined to be qualified will be placed in a quality category: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority. Clearly articulating your work experience is critical to determining your qualifications for this position. Please describe your experience and thoroughly address the questions through your resume, cover letter, and/or other supporting material you choose to submit.

Basis of Rating: Candidates eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion criteria will have their application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Candidates determined to be qualified will have their applications rated against the required knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and ranked against other candidates. If your final rating places you among the best qualified, your application will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Clearly articulating your work experience is critical to determining your qualifications for this position. Please describe your experience and thoroughly address the questions through your resume, cover letter, and/or other supporting material you choose to submit.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Bonneville Power Administration applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=WIOCJ.

If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please call Human Resources NHQ-1 5032303230.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources, NHQ-1
Phone: 5032303230
Fax: 5032303149
Email: careers@bpa.gov
Agency Information:
Bonneville Power Administration
905 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
97232
US
Fax: 5032303149

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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Job Announcement Number:

200187

Control Number:

334275700