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Job Title:Veterinary Program Assistant

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24VS-2013-0093

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 to Friday, July 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0303-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Lincoln, NE, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6VS-2013-0101. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)

JOB SUMMARY:

Relocation expenses will not be paid

The duties and factor descriptions below apply the Veterinary Program Assistant positions located in the Nebraska Area Office of Veterinary Services. The position involves performing specialized paraprofessional work associated with (VS) animal health programs as needed. The duties will vary according to the scope of the specific programs, as well as composition and organization of staff within individual Area Offices. However, the factor descriptions remain constant in all circumstances.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship

DUTIES:

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The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.  The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Implements international export of livestock, pets, other animals and animal products, ensuring that correct documentation and procedures are followed.
  • Communicates with brokers, customers, industry, foreign consulates, Staff, Regional, and field personnel with national as well as international implications.
  • Makes independent decisions related to the implementation of international exports of animals and products.
  • Administers the export program by assuring that all files, reference materials, databases, records, directives, and requirements are complete, correct and current.
  • Coordinates and performs import and export activities for the Area.
  • Applying advanced query design and data retrieval techniques gathers and maintains information for specific program diseases.
  • Manages the Veterinary Accreditation Program in accordance with CFR Part 161.1 and other VS policies and guidelines.
  • Processes time and attendance reports. Develops documentation or presentations in support of specific programs.
  • Independently coordinates logistics for meetings and conferences. Assists the Administrative Officer in the areas of budget, procurement and training.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.

EDUCATION

GS-5: Completion of four years of education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts
  • SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5/6/7 GRADE LEVELS: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.

    Examples at the GS-05 and GS-06 Grade Levels:

  • Producing a wide range of documents requiring use of advanced software functions to enhance productivity or meet needs of complex formats, (e.g. ADOBE).
  • Using work processing software to produce a variety of documents (e.g. database or spreadsheet software to enter, revise, sort or calculate, and retrieve data for standard reports). Using graphics software to provide graphic symbols, charts, and graphs.
  • Explaining complex procedures to the general public, how a process works and what they need to do to successfully complete and transmit electronic forms and documents.
  • Establishing clear work flow processes that would allow fellow team members to follow and determine status of a given circumstance.
  • Examples at the GS-07 Grade Level:

  • Independently analyzing submitted documents to evaluate completeness and accuracy, as well as formatting; requesting additional information or changes as needed and/or consulting with technical experts and relaying such information back to submitter.
  • Multi-tasking with multiple priorities from various sources, meeting timeframes and utilizing flexibility for changing priorities, while providing helpful customer service.
  • COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Clerical and Administrative Support Positions

    THERE IS NO EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION FOR THE GS-06 AND GS-07 GRADE LEVELS.


    Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • We understand that accepting a position with Veterinary Services may require the need for spousal career placement assistance. To help you and your family make a successful career transition, Veterinary Services is dedicated to providing information on career placement assistance. Please visit the following web links for more information: http://www.job-hunt.org/jobs/states.shtml http://www.jobhunt.org/state_unemployment_offices.shtml
  • This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
  • HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
      • Ability to use office equipment, computer technology, and automated business systems
      • Knowledge of correspondence, document processing, records, files, and reports including those regulated by the FOIA and Privacy Act
      • Ability to identify priorities, changing work requirements, meet deadlines, and lead others
      • Abiltiy to evaluate and improve clerical and office administration policies, procedures, and practices
      • Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
      • Knowledge of animal import and export requirements including knowledge of required permit and certificate processes and documentation
      • Animal disease eradication, health monitoring, and animal identification program support knowledge
    • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
    • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
    • 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 / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

    To preview questions please click here.


    BENEFITS:

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    Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits

    Salary: 

    Range for GS-5: $31,315 to $40,706 (incl. 14.16% locality pay)

    Range for GS-6: $34,907 to $45,376 (incl. 14.16% locality pay)

    Range for GS-7: $38,790 to $50,431 (incl. 14.16% locality pay)



    OTHER INFORMATION:

  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


  • HOW TO APPLY:

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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions (you will be prompted to complete these questions during the online application process)
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (see links under Required Documents for more information)

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE

    For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:
  • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Preference)
  • ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)
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    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

  • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
  • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
  • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
  • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.
  • AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS
    Phone: 612-336-3345
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Email: Mary.M.Buresh@aphis.usda.gov
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    55403
    US
    Fax: 612-336-3560

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click: Checking My Application Status. No additional correspondence will be sent.


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    Job Announcement Number:

    24VS-2013-0093

    Control Number:

    343869400