GS-4 Time-in-Grade Restriction -Time in Grade applies to advancement to a General Schedule (GS) position in the competitive service by any individual who within the previous 52 weeks has held a GS position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service. You must indicate on your application the time period that you meet these time-in-grade requirements. For example, state "I was employed as a GS-2 in a permanent position for the period (list the period using month/day/year to month/day/year). If you fail to provide this information, this office cannot verify that you meet the time-in-grade requirements and you may be found ineligible for this position.
To be eligible for the GS-4 level, applicants who are current Federal Employess and have held a GS grade at any time the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. These applicants must have held the GS-2 grade or higher within the past 52 weeks in order to meet this requirement for the GS-4 level of this vacancy.The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal Service.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Handbook, Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Clerical and Administrative Support Positions. This standard is available for review in the local HR Liaison Office. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
To qualify for the GS-04, applicants must have 1 year of general experience equivalent to the GS-03 level. Two years of education above the high school level may be substituted for the required general experience.
General Experience is described as: Progressively responsible work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled.
Specialized Experience is described as: Experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position. This is typically in or related to the position to be filled. 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. Examples of specialized experience may include: nonprofessional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical nursing or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aid performing duties such as:
- Providing personal nursing care such as providing pre- and post-operative care.
- Support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus.
- Caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassuranace and encouragement.
- Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0600/0621.htm
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required.
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.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.