Grade 05: Qualifying experience for the GS-5 level includes 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples are providing general clerical support (i.e., greeting visitors, maintaining files, and typing routine correspondence); or gathering program data or information following routine search procedures.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-5 level may be met by completion of a bachelor's degree or four years of education above high school.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet the total experience requirements.
Grade 06: Qualifying experience for the GS-6 level includes one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples are receiving and processing documents and data/statistical information in accordance with established procedures; reviewing documents and reports for completeness and entering information into an automated tracking system; or performing database file searches.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-6 level may be met by completion of 6 months of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service, and professional association activities on the same basis as for unpaid experience. To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.
Once the application process is complete and the job announcement closes, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line questions, specialized experience documented in your on-line resume, and college transcripts. Upon evaluation, under the Federal Services Category Ranking procedures you will be placed in one of three categories in descending order:
Best Qualified: Applicant possesses all of the job related competencies identifies as important for successful job performance.
Well -Qualified: Applicant possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.
Qualified: Applicant meets the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.
After the vacancy announcement closes, applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available. The Selecting Official determines with a merger of listing is needed to add more qualified candidates for their consideration.
If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. All the information you provide may be verified by a review of your resume and questionnaire responses. Background checks, reference checks and other means, such as the interview process may be used to validate eligibility and scoring. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for removal after employment begins.
As part of the application process, applicants will be required to complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following compentencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). You do not have to respond to the KSA's separately, but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the KSA's.
1. Knowledge of specific and differing program principles in order to collect, interpret, categorize information.
2. Knowledge of a range of automated systems in order to provide support .
3. Skill in working and communicating effectively with others orally.
4. Skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques in gathering and reviewing information.
Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.