Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
There is no positive education requirement.
Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-7/8) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
For the ZA-2 level: Specialized experience at this level includes: Experience evaluating or analyzing program operations, performing administrative and technical support for an organization, (such as, making travel arrangements, preparing conferences), reviewing technical manuscripts/publications to ensure they adhere to regulatory procedures or requirements, assisting with the revision and composition of office policies and procedures.
NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Skill in evaluating program operations to identify organizational inefficiencies.
- Ability to review and provide feedback on ways to improve existing policies an procedures.
- Ability to prepare travel vouchers and authorizations in accordance to travel policies and procedures.
- Knowledge of administrative processes to provide organizational support and guidance to office staff.
- Skill in reviewing scientific publications to ensure they meet specified standards for publishing.
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