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Job Title:Eastern U.S. Store Associate

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Commissary Agency

Job Announcement Number:DECA-13-836342-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$17,803.00 to $31,871.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 01, 2013 to Tuesday, April 30, 2013




Part Time - Permanent




Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Fort Detrick, MD United StatesView Map
Robins AFB, GA United StatesView Map
Scott AFB, IL United StatesView Map
Shaw AFB, SC United StatesView Map
Sugar Grove, WV United StatesView Map
More Locations  (88)


United States Citizens


The foundation for success of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) mission is our people. It is DeCA’s goal to have a workforce that is representative of the nation’s diverse cultures and backgrounds. We strive for a work environment of world-class enterprise leaders and an engaged, highly motivated, and capable workforce with a results oriented performance culture.

The DeCA operates a worldwide commissary system that provides quality grocery products at cost to active duty military personnel and retirees, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and their families. The agency employs about 18,000 people and its annual sales exceed $5 billion.


Positions at the commissaries listed below, the LOCATIONS on the vacancy are to the closest city:

Whiting Field NAS, FL - Milton, FL

Forest Glen (formerly Walter Reed), MD - Silver Spring, MD

Charleston NWS, SC - Goose Creek, SC

New River MCAS, NC - Jacksonville, NC

Camp Merrill, GA - Dahlonega, GA

Oceana, VA - Virginia Beach, VA

Harrison Village, IN - Fort Ben Harrison, IN


  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.


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This is a developmental position. Work assignments are progressively complex and intended to broaden your skills and provide you with practical experience to prepare you to perform at the target grade level. At the target grade level the major duties are:

•Assist customers answering questions such as item price or location and handling bulky/ heavy items.
•Operate an electronic checkout system to record unit price, total customer purchase and make correct change.
•Perform a variety of duties in handling, preparing and maintaining stock levels of grocery and produce items.
•Review stock levels and gather inventory data in order to maintain the Computer Assisted Ordering (CAO) system.
•Prepare and maintain a variety of documents to order commissary items, reconcile invoices and submit requisitions.
•Maintain security, safety and sanitation practices and procedures.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must possess:

GS-01:  No experience required.
GS-02:  Three months of general experience or have a High School Diploma or equivalent or have a combination of qualifying experience and education.
GS-03:  Six months general experience or have one year of education beyond the high school or have a combination of qualifying experience and education.
GS-04:  Applicants must possess at least one year general experience or have two years of education beyond the high school level or have a combination of qualifying experience and education.

General experience is progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of Store Associate.

Appropriate education may be substituted for or combined with experience. This education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See for more information.

Transcripts must be provided if you are using education to qualify. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts as long as they contain the applicant’s name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received by this office no later than 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered.

Conditions of Employment:

•Work Schedule: Part Time (hours may vary)
•Tour of Duty: Irregular Schedule including nights, weekends and holidays
•Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Costs: ARE NOT Authorized
•Position Sensitivity: Non-Sensitive
•Security Requirements: Not Applicable
•Overtime: Occasionally
•Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Occasionally
•Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Non-Exempt
•Bargaining Unit Position: Yes; however some locations may be excluded
•Drug Testing: Not Required
•Physical Requirement: Ability to frequently lift, push, pull, carry and handle items weighing between 30 and 40 pounds without assistance.  Work involves prolonged standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, and climbing.  May be exposed to differences in temperatures in storing or obtaining items in refrigerated rooms.  There is a danger of minor injuries such as cuts, scrapes, bruises, heat sealer burns, and slipping on wet floors.
•Selective Service Requirement: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system or exempt from Selective Service. Please visit
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•Obligated Position: As Applicable

Other Notes:

•This announcement establishes a pool of candidates to fill future positions. We accept applications continuously during the open period of this announcement. We review applications and refer candidates for selection consideration as vacancies occur within the organization.
•Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing for up to 90 days.
Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.
•Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
•The salary range listed does not include locality pay or the cost of living allowance (COLA).
•This position may be filled at the GS-01, GS-02, GS-03 or GS-04 grade level.
•If selected at a grade below the target grade of the position, you may be non competitively promoted to the next higher grade when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory and promotion is recommended by the supervisor. Promotion is not guaranteed.


Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
•Ability to provide customer service
•Ability to adhere to safety and housekeeping requirements
•Ability to operate and electronic checkout system
•Knowledge of store operations
•Ability to perform clerical and administrative duties
•Ability to communicate


To determine if you meet the qualifications, requirements and quality of experience required for this position, we review your resume, supporting documents and responses to the questionnaire. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required. If, after this review, we determine that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience we can and will adjust your score to more accurately reflect your qualifications for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating. 

Based on the results of the evaluation process, we place those who apply under delegated examining procedures in one of the following quality categories: 

Best-Qualified: Candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the position’s minimum qualifications, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factors. 

Highly-Qualified: Candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceeds the position’s minimum qualifications. 

Qualified: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and are proficient in some but not all of the position’s requirements. 

We send candidates in the Best-Qualified category to the hiring manager for employment consideration first.  We send candidates in other categories to the hiring manager based on category rating procedures. 

Veterans in the Best-Qualified category who (1) provide all applicable and required documents (See the Required Documents section for more information) and (2) meet all the positions’ requirements are referred before non-veteran candidates. If there are no veterans in the Best-Qualified category meeting these criteria, we refer non-veteran candidates for employment consideration. 


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The federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. You may explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees at


REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

RE-EMPLOYED ANNUITANT: A former federal employee who has retired under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or re-determined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at This position DOES NOT meet the Department of Defense (DOD) criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants. Therefore, reemployed annuitants will not be considered for this position.


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For convenient and timely processing, please use the Application Manager. This allows you to track your progress to a complete application package using the “My Application Packages” checklist and status displays. Your application package status must be complete by Tuesday, April 30, 2013.  To begin, choose one of the following options (To return to Application Manager at any time use

Option A: Application Manager (preferred method)
1. If your résumé is from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, begin by selecting “Apply Online”. Upon selecting “Apply Online”, your résumé will only be attached to the current application package you have completed and submitted. You will need to submit separate applications to each announcement for which you wish to apply. 
2. If your résumé is prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, select this link to begin: Online Questionnaire.

Option B: Fax
If you are unable to use the Application Manager (or you do not have access to the internet), you may use the following steps to complete your application:
1. Print a copy of this job announcement to view the qualifications offline. Also select View Occupational Questionnaire to view and print the questionnaire.
2. Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. To obtain the form you may use the link (, call us at (614)692-7835 or e-mail us at DHRC-DDECAHR@DLA.MIL.
3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), resume, and/or any supporting documents by fax.
•If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.
•If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet ( and be sure it is completed in its entirety and clearly legible. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.
4. In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.


Application packages should include the following documents:
• Resume: Required.  To ensure full consideration of your experience and education we encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to prepare your resume or to guide you in preparing your resume.  See for more information.  For qualifications determinations your resume must contain a description of your duties, the number of hours worked per week and the beginning and ending dates (month/year) for each position.  Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
• Questionnaire: Required.
• Transcripts: If Applicable.
• If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package.  These documents must provide acceptable documentation to verify the type of preference claimed (i.e. 5 point, 10-point, etc.) and the character of the service (i.e. Honorable Discharge).  The member 4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable.  If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form 15 "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference",  If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.
• If you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within the next 120 days:  You must submit written documentation from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date the written documentation is signed.  If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.
• If you are Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible, indicate on your resume that you are applying as ICTAP eligible.  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy you must be well-qualified for the position, and provide (1) a copy of the agency notice, (2) a copy of your most recent performance rating and (3) a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your current position, grade level and duty location.  For more information on ICTAP see
• Additional required supporting documentation: Required documents vary based on the authority under which you are applying (i.e. current permanent Federal employee, military spouse, Schedule A, etc.). See for more information.



DECA EAST Applicant Help
Phone: (614)692-7835
Agency Information:
Defense Commissary Agency
3990 E Broad Street
Building 306
Columbus, OH


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement via email that your submission was successful. Approximately 45 days following the closing date of the announcement, you will receive a notice of rating with the final disposition of your resume.

To check the status of your application, please refer to Application Manager at

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Fort Detrick, MD United StatesView Map
Robins AFB, GA United StatesView Map
Scott AFB, IL United StatesView Map
Shaw AFB, SC United StatesView Map
Sugar Grove, WV United StatesView Map
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