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.
Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: 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. Demonstrated experience in examining and interpreting laws, regulations, or other directives determining their applicability benefits; experience in conducting professional interviews to obtain essential information in order to make valid decisions; experience in the development, examination and authorization of claims for benefits (such as education, life insurance, pension, or compensation); experience in communicating with a variety of individuals with diverse backgrounds; and experience maintaining pertinent files/documents electronically in the claims process.
Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-07 level.
GS-07: Successful completion of one (1) full year of graduate level education in an accredited college or university which demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Undergraduate Degree and Superior Academic Achievement. Completion of a full four-year 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.
1. 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 courses.
2. 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.
3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society--Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies.
Regarding the Superior Academic Achievement provisions, if more than 10% of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, you can qualify only on the basis of your class standing or membership in an honor society.
If you qualify based on your education, you must upload or fax a copy of your college transcript(s) along with your application. If you are selected for the position, an official college transcript(s) will be required at your start date.
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. 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 level.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- Ability to interpret and analyze material and make well-justified decisions from the analysis. · Skill in writing complex and technical material.
- Ability to communicate orally on a variety of technical subjects, with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to work independently or in a team environment under stressful conditions.
- Ability to determine priorities and successfully balance conflicting demands.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information.
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 does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***
FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must submit original official college transcripts from an accredited educational institution that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on three quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying Veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best-qualified group. The best-qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided. Documentation to support designated preference for 5pt (TP) or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP) ...etc is required to award preference. (See "Required Documents" section.) For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.