Job Title:Risk Management Specialist (Pathways Recent Graduates Program)
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Risk Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:UK862689-RMA-SMG
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/ Per Year|
|Friday, April 12, 2013 to
Monday, April 22, 2013|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full Time -
|5 vacancies in the following location(s):|
Topeka, KS United StatesView Map
Billings, MT United StatesView Map
Spokane, WA United StatesView Map
Valdosta, GA United StatesView Map
Oklahoma City, OK United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
|See Area of Consideration below.|
PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN.
RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID.
The Risk Management Agency (RMA) serves America's agricultural producers through effective, market-based risk management tools and solutions to strengthen the economic stability of agricultural producers and rural communities by providing World Class agricultural risk management products, tools, education and outreach. RMA strives to be a high-performance and inclusive workplace by promoting an environment of diversity, inclusion and respect. You will receive on-the-job training intended to further develop your talent, skills, and abilities in Federal service.
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Recent Graduates who have completed a qualifying degree within the previous two years. Veterans precluded from applying due to their military service obligation must be appointed within 6 years of receiving their degree.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
- Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
- This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on 4.0 scale.
DUTIES:Back to top
Student Trainee serves as a Risk Management Specialist in the Risk Management Agency, Deputy Administrator for Insurance Services, Risk Management Regional Office located in one of the duty locations listed in the vacancy announcement.
As a participant in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, selectee will be expected to:
- Accomplish work to improve the crop insurance program throughout the region by working with higher graded Risk Management Specialists and other Agency staff members;
- Accomplish technical work by assisting higher graded Risk Management Specialists and other units in the review of prospective and/or revised insurance products;
- Attend focus group meetings and/or listening sessions to gain experience by effectively working and communicating with contractors, approved insurance providers, crop insurance participants and partners on RMA issues and policies;
- Review crop fact sheets, policies, handbooks, and procedures for specific crops and pilot programs;
- researches and assembles actuarial materials (rates, coverage levels, prices, program dates and codes) for use and/or review by higher graded Risk Management Specialists.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Student Status: Applicants must have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctoral or technical/vocational degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years. Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these Veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree (or certification) was completed..
Pathways Participant Agreement: All Recent Graduates are required to sign the Pathways Program Participant Agreement which outlines program requirements and noncompetitive conversion eligibility.
Applicants must meet minimum qualification requirements by Monday, April 22, 2013.
You may start at the GS-5 if you meet the following:
- Completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in an agriculture related field; OR
- One year of professional work experience providing financial or operational assistance to a crop insurance or agricultural business; OR
- Three years of general experience that demonstrates knowledge of agricultural business management practices, ability to analyze facts, oral and written communication skills.
You may start at the GS-7 if you meet the following:
- Completed at least one full year of graduate level study (18 hours) with a major in an agriculture related field; OR
- Superior academic achievement: Completion of all academic requirements for a bachelors degree from an accredited university with a major in an agriculture related field. Additionally applicants must meet one of the following: 1. Class standing: A standing in the upper third of the graduating class or major subdivision, such as a school of agriculture or school of business at the time of application; 2. Grade-point average (GPA): A grade point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (B or better) as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; or a grade point average of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (B+ or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of curriculum. 3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (other than freshmen societies) that meet the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies; OR
- One full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level in Federal service. This experiece includes planning, organizing, directing, and controlling and agricultural or insurance business enterprise; or providing financial, operational, or managerial assistance to an agricultural or insurance business including a farm or ranch; or reviewing and analyzing agricultural market studies.
College Transcript: You must submit a copy of your college transcript that lists date your degree was conferred as well as all classes taken towards degree. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your application materials to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic requirements on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The Occupational Questionnaire is used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.