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Job Title:  Program Support Assistant (OA)
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  13-DE-851717-NW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,459.00 to $71,873.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 15, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of life and a competitive compensation package? Invest in your career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

The SEC's mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber professionals who share the values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.


The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits:


·         Student Loan Repayment program, up to $10,000/year (60K cap)

·         Paid dental and vision insurance; increased agency subsidy for health insurance that supplements premiums by $25 for self-only and $50 for family coverage

·         Mass transportation subsidy up to $245/month

·         Telework Opportunities

·         Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement program


To find out more, go to


This position is in the Atlanta Regional Office, Administrative Services Branch located in Atlanta, GA.


Salary Ranges:         SK-07:   $42,459 - $64,899

SK-08:   $47,019 - $71,873


This position may also be filled through 13-MP-852307-NW.



  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


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Serves as a Program Support Assistant providing advice and support for a variety of SEC programs to include time keeping, procurement, logistics, facilities, records management, security, and/or health and safety.   Manages timekeeping and travel systems and processes for the Atlanta Regional Office.


Provides services independently, carrying out a wide variety of administrative coordination and operations within the employee’s areas of responsibility with limited guidance and direction.  Under the authority of the supervisor, makes decisions on administrative matters within the employee’s areas of responsibility requiring a thorough knowledge of the organization policies and procedures and application of past practice and sound judgment and discretion.


Develops procedures to improve administrative workflow and efficiency of the office.  Establishes priorities and undertakes work projects on own initiative and evaluation of needs for maintenance of office administrative functions. Executes administrative assignments of a highly difficult and responsible nature which frequently require research and analysis.  Obtains data, facts, and information for use by the Atlanta Regional Office staff.  Combines data from multiple sources into packages usable by staff.


Requests and gathers status reports, compiles information, develops budget requirements for areas of responsibility, identifies necessary improvements to processes, and recommends solutions to the supervisor.  Performs various special, complex, confidential assignments, usually on the basis of only a general outline of what is desired.


Participates in studies and projects related to compliance policies and practices and in other special projects as assigned. Provides support for internal management control programs, ensuring implementation of agency requirements and monitoring organization internal controls to ensure effective and efficient use of resources; and safeguards against waste, fraud, and abuse.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at


SK-07:  Candidate must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-06 level gathering, researching and analyzing data; performing administrative and office support functions; conducting market research; and serving as liaison with individuals and groups both inside and outside the office


SK-08:  Candidate must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-07 level. In addition to the experience described at the SK-07, coordinate administrative functions, prepare statement of work, and analyze and provide guidance on established administrative issues; assist in the development of policy or operating procedures; and identify the impact of new policies and requirements on office operations.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your résumé will be evaluated on the listed KSAs in the occupational questionnaire for this announcement.


·         Knowledge of administrative, clerical and office procedures to organize collect and present information related to current and future programs, and project workloads

·         Ability to complete tasks thoroughly with attention to detail and to extract pertinent information from documents

·         Ability to interpret and apply information for a variety of rules, laws, regulations, procedures and policies

·         Analytical skill to evaluate and develop methods and procedures to improve administrative services

·         Ability to communicate effectively in writing and other than in writing with individuals at all levels

Important Notes:


1. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.

2. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service.  For more information, visit

3. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

4. This position has promotion potential to the SK-08. 

5. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.

6. SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.

7. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.

8. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

9. This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Information for Veterans:  You may be eligible to receive preference in appointment.  For more information please visit:


Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees:  For information on how to apply through the Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP) see  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the Well Qualified criteria of the rating scale for this position.


Schedule A Candidates: For information, please e-mail:


BASIS OF RATING:  Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to the Category Rating Procedures. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veteran preference. Generally, only candidates in the top quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.


Individuals with veteran's preference will be placed ahead of other applicants within the rating category to which they are assigned. Preference-eligible veterans who have at least 10 percent compensable service-connected disability, and who have met the basic qualification requirements, will be placed ahead of other applicants in the highest category.


There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified.


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISSPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) is available to individuals who have special priority selection rights under this plan. Individuals must be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP or ICTAP eligibiles will be considered well-qualified when receiving an adjudicated score of 85 or higher.  Federal employees seeking CTAP or ICTAP eligibility must submit proof of meeting the requirements of CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action notating current position, grade level, and duty location.  You are to annotate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


The SEC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, send an email to  or call 202-551-4158.  To request sign language interpreting services for interviews, send an email to at least 5 business days before the date you will need this service.


TTY/ASCII users should use the toll free Federal Relay Service number: 1-800-877-8339 and provide the SEC number of the office or individual you are calling. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service see:


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package.


All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, March 29, 2013 to be considered.


Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting the Occupational Questionnaire, Résumé, and Required Documents. Please read all instructions before you begin. You are solely responsible for the delivery of your materials. We cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, etc.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 851717.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


For this job announcement the following documents are required:


1. Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

2. Résumé

3. For Veterans: DD-214; For Disabled Veterans: DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later (if you are claiming veterans preference)


Nicole R. Woodard
Phone: (202)551-7466
Fax: (202)777-1028
Agency Information:
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington , DC
20549 Fax: (202)777-1028


After a review of your résumé, required documents and assessment questionnaire is complete, you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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