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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Travel Assistant

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:DS-2013-0378

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 17, 2013 to Tuesday, May 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2102-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time Non-Permanent - Temporary Non-Status Position: 1 year renewable for up to 4 years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Dunn Loring, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. citizens


"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."


"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."

JOB SUMMARY:

The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide.

Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!

This is a non-status, non-permanent position.   You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position.  This position is located in the Office of Mobile Security Deployments, Training Directorate, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS/T/MSD) in Dunn Loring, Virginia. You will perform travel related functions that involve planning and coordinating and provide advice to employees and managers on the Bureau's travel policies and procedures.  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

DUTIES:

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-Researches and analyzes a wide variety of complex travel and relocation management issues. 

-Analyzes vouchers for accuracy assuring claimed expenses are authorized. 

-Evaluates charges for reasonableness, consistency of estimates, adequacy of justification, validity of receipts, and compliance with prescribed policies and regulations. 

-Coordinates complex government travel arrangements to include planning itineraries, arranging for commercial, Government, or contracted travel executing all administrative functions, including travel authorization and documentation, non-contract carrier verification, audit investigation and response, customer service issue resolution, reserving and ticketing detailed routings with multiple airline carriers, packaging and preparing packages for critical on-time delivery.  

-Accesses visa entry requirements for overseas locations and processing applicable visa requests as necessary for travel, working with other DS office, or local embassies.

-Receives, files, and assists in maintaining office correspondence, reports, and other documents.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

 

Applicants applying for the GS-07 grade
level must have at least 1 full year of
specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06
level in the Federal service which provided you
with the particular knowledge, skills and
abilities to perform the duties of the
position.  Qualifying specialized experience
must demonstrate the following:

-Experience creating and processing travel orders and vouchers.

-Experience coordinating travel arrangements to include customer service issue resolution and preparing packages for critical on-time delivery.

-Experience evaluating travel vouchers for accuracy.

Education Substitution: As a general
rule, education is not creditable at this level
for most positions covered by this standard;
however, graduate education may be credited in
those few instances where the graduate education
is directly related to the work of the
position.




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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

1. Knowledge of travel procedures, regulations, policies, and guidelines to perform the full range of travel and transportation support duties.

2. Ability to evaluate travel regulations to compile and compare travel reports.

3. Ability to utilize a database or spreadsheet software to enter, revise, sort, calculate, and/or retrieve data for standard reports.

4. Ability to process and activate travel requirements in emergency situations.


Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.  In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  This information should be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.  For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100.  

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience.  This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity.  Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.


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BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Diplomatic Security has a program that allows personal services employees to be reimbursed for their health insurance premium costs that they incur during their period of performance.  The program pays up-to-5% of the employee’s base salary or up-to-50% of the insurance premium cost (not to exceed 5% of a GS-15/Step 10 salary equivalent) towards either an individual policy or a family policy.  To be eligible for this Health Insurance Reimbursement Program, the employee must provide proof of insurance coverage and the cost of the premium for which s/he is responsible.

All official international travel will require MEDEVAC insurance prior to departure.  This insurance will be reimbursed in full upon proof of insurance coverage and cost.

Former Military Service and Annual Leave Accrual Rates:

Personal services employees entering on duty with prior military service can credit their years of uniformed military service for higher annual leave accrual rates. Please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 form for consideration of higher annual leave accrual rates.



OTHER INFORMATION:



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.  

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement.  For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET

ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application.  If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Natalie O'Neill
Phone: 571-345-3760
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: o'neillni@state.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
1801 N. Lynn St
SA-20 9th fl
Attn: DS/EX/HRM
Rosslyn, VA
22091
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
 
You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

DS-2013-0378

Control Number:

343849900