To qualify for the GS-9 position, you must satisfy one of the requirements described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. One year of specialized experience is that which has 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 filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience may have been gained in government pension or health benefit plan administration, a consulting firm, actuarial or accounting firm, labor union, health and pension trade association, bank trust department, insurance company or investment firms. Such experience should demonstrate skill in conducting professional interviews to obtain essential information and assess competency. Experience must demonstrate knowledge of complex laws, rules and regulations pertaining to benefits entitles and the ability to perform investigative work.
EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Masters or equivalent degree directly related to the position being filled.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: You can meet total qualifications for this job by combining specialized experience and appropriate education according to the following formula: (a) your total months of full time specialized experience as a percentage of a 12 month total; PLUS (b) your total number of qualifying graduate semester or quarter hours as a percentage of two years of graduate study leading to a Masters or equivalent degree. The total of the two percentages must equal at least 100 percent.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work normally involves mental rather than physical exertion. The work is primarily sedentary; however, there may be some walking, standing, and carrying of light items such as papers, books, claims folders, and files from one desk to another or for returning to storage. Carts are utilized to carry large number of claims folders. This will require the incumbent to push or pull the cart from one area to another.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Applicants must possess training and experience that clearly demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities. This training and/or experience MUST be reflected by descriptions of your experience in your resume.
- Ability to read, understand, interpret and apply pertinent laws, regulations, and procedures. This includes the ability to read, understand and interpret legal and medical terminology.
- Knowledge of all pertinent laws, regulations, forms and procedures concerning benefits and services available through other state and federal agencies.
- Skill in courteously interviewing or questioning people to obtain information and solve problems persuading them to accept facts or situations and adapting questions and language used to varying levels of understanding in stressful or potentially hostile situations.
- Ability to independently identify and evaluate relevant facts, recognize inconsistencies, draw reasoned conclusions and make onsite decisions.
- Ability to work independently, with limited supervisory oversight that would ensure the completion of audits and accounts in sufficient numbers to meet production goals.
- Ability to work with attention to detail and with minimal re-work or errors.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***
FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must submit original official college transcripts from an accredited educational institution that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on three quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job.
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying Veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified 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.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided. Documentation to support designated preference for 5pt (TP) or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP) ...etc is required to award preference. (See "Required Documents" section.) For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.