GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS- 05 level in the Federal service (but not limited to Federal service) as defined below: GS-9: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS- 07 in the Federal service (but not limited to Federal service) as defined below: Specialized experience is work 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 the work of the position. 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 in the organization. GS-9: Examples of qualifying work include: experience as a compliance inspector, analyst, planner or investigator whose work related to the field of employee benefit plans and/or Federal and/or state financial regulatory statutes; experience conducting financial audits in the employee benefits field using conventional auditing techniques. GS-7 level examples of specialized experience is same as GS-9, but performed with closer supervision.
Qualifications Based on Education: GS-7: Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) is automatically qualifying for the GS-7 level. SAA is based upon one of the following three criteria: 1) Class standing - you must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university or major subdivision based on completed courses; or 2) Grade Point Average (GPA) - you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (out of a possible 4.0) based on 4 years of education or based on courses completed during the final 2 years or a 3.5 GPA in the major field of study completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society OR One (1) full academic year of graduate level education. GS-9: A master's or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) 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.
Spanish Language Fluency Required: This position requires fluency in both the English and the Spanish languages; applicants should be prepared to document their ability to read, write, and speak the Spanish language. Applicants who are otherwise qualified must satisfactorily complete an interview to demonstrate their language proficiency in order to be considered for appointment.
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. Categories 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. Actively listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. 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; demonstrates responsible behavior. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Demonstrates interpersonal skills that support an environment in which constructive communications take place. 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 or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions. Investigations: Knowledge of investigative principles and techniques; ability to investigate and analyze plan operations and practices, financial transactions, and business arrangements, background information and other evidentiary materials; ability to draft clear and comprehensive reports including investigative findings and recommendations for corrective actions. Knowledge and Application of Employee Benefit Plan Law: Knowledge and application of the 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. 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. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
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