Qualification Requirements: To qualify, applicants must meet the basic and specialized requirements as described below.
A degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. A copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education must be submitted when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty). AND
Applicants MUST HAVE an active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within six months of appointment. No person pending registration may be retained beyond six months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.
Specialized Experience: In order to qualify, applicants must have one year of professional nursing experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service that involved coordinating and managing subjects in human studies and participating in clinical procedures related to phlebotomy, anthropometry, drawing blood through venipuncture, and handling biological samples. The incumbent must also possess the ability to use a personal computer and office automation software such as Microsoft, Word, Excel and Access to create a variety of written work products and maintain a research database.
Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in nursing, nutrition, and/or obesity or a Master's or equivalent graduate degree in nursing, nutrition, and/or obesity may be substituted for specialized experience provided the course work equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of this position. OR
A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%. (Note: Only graduate education in excess of the first year is creditable.) To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours beyond the first 18, and divide that number by 18. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
This position is open to all US Citizens and Nationals, and Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authority eligibles. You may apply under open-competitive, and noncompetitive procedures, however; you must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to apply as a noncompetitive eligible. Select Occupational Code 002 if you are applying under noncompetitive procedures.
1. A current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago. This includes applicants who have previously held, or currently hold this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this announcement. You must submit the SF-50 that shows competitive service eligibility to be considered.
2. A Veteran applying for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing an honorable discharge to be considered. Eligibility for VRA appointments includes Disabled veterans; Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years. Disabled veterans must provide the SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along with DD-214. NOTE: VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.
3. A 30% or more Disabled Veteran. You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later as proof to be considered.
4. A military spouse. Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. Please submit supporting documentation as proof to be considered.
5. A Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment. Please submit documentation from a State or Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service as proof to be considered.
6. A Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.
7. Interchange Agreements and Miscellaneous Authorities. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Knowledge of professional nursing principles, practices, and procedures required to provide nursing care to research subjects
- Skill in managing, coordinating, and assisting human subjects participating in research studies
- Ability to use a personal computer and office automation software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access to create a variety of written work products and maintain a research database
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.