One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to work of the position to be filled.
Specialized experience may have been gained in government, pension and health benefit plan administration, or a consulting firm, law firm, actuarial or accounting firm, labor union, health and pension trade association or research service, bank trust department, brokerage firms, insurance companies or investment firm.
GS-9: Some examples of qualifying experience include: experience that demonstrates the ability to provide assistance and educational information to individuals, employers, special interest and other groups in the employee benefits field. Additionally, work that included knowledge of ERISA, collective bargaining trends; insurance, investment and other financial transactions; experience researching and analyzing complex factual situations, making interpretations and applications of law and regulation and exercising independent judgment in reaching conclusions and determining action to take; experience conducting negotiations in order to secure voluntary compliance.
GS-9: A master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B., or J.D., if related College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors (competencies) noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions.
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies required for this position.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
Communication Skills: Clearly and effectively conveys information (orally and in writing) to individuals and groups, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Persuades others to accept recommendations. Individual Effectiveness: Organizes work and sets realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; is motivated to achieve; and, demonstrates responsible behavior. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, and concern; develops and maintains effective working relationships both within and outside the organization; and, maintains current knowledge of and works to achieve organizational and programmatic goals. Technology Application: Uses computers and computer software applications. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; determines accuracy and relevancy of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and make recommendations. Identifies rules, principles of relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions. Customer Relations: Identifies and understands stakeholder problems. Under close supervision, attempts resolution of identified customer problems through provision of accurate technical information gained through analysis of regulatory and plan provisions and clear, concise explanation of benefits due. Knowledge and Application of Employee Benefit Plan Law: Knowledge and application of laws, regulations, court proceedings, precedents, interpretations, and exemptions governing the employee benefit plan community.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview, a panel review, written test, writing sample, etc. To preview questions please click here.
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category "B" or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes.
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