Candidates must meet the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standard Requirements for Clerical and Administrative Support positions.
The qualifications for this position are described below and are published in the "Qualification Standards Operating Manual". See http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards
GS-5: One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-4 level in the Federal service OR 4 years of successful completion of education above the high school level. Education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school.
Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements at the GS-5 level.
GS-6: One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-5 level in the Federal service.
GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-6 level in the Federal service.
Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.
GS-5: One or more years of specialized experience comparable to the GS-4 level performing the following duties under general supervision. Examples include: developing a familiarity with agency policy and procedures for specific programs; skill in using computer databases; a basic knowledge of accounting procedures and practices to ensure payments are complete and accurate; review documents for completeness and accuracy of information; and maintain files and records.
GS-6: One or more years of specialized experience comparable to the GS-5 level performing the following duties under general supervision. Examples include: a working knowledge of farm bill conservation programs; advanced computer skills, including utilization of databases related to accounting which requires manipulation of numeric data; a broad knowledge of accounting procedures and practices related to the review of contracts and payments for complete and accurate information; the ability to review documents for completeness and accuracy of information with very little guidance; and maintain files and records.
GS-7: One or more years of specialized experience comparable to the GS-6 level performing the following duties under general supervision. Examples include: Understands and applies agency program rules and regulations related to the administration of applications, payments, and contracting procedures for each Farm Bill program under NRCS responsibility; extracts information from data bases needed to develop reports related to scheduling, program tracking, and balancing of funds committed and spent; utilization of databases related to accounting which requires manipulation of numeric data; an in-depth knowledge of accounting procedures and practices related to the review of contracts and payments for complete and accurate information; ability to independently review documents for completeness and accuracy of information; and maintain files and records.
At the GS- 5 level - education in excess of the first 60 semester hours beyond the second year is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.
As a general rule, education is not creditable above the GS-5 for most positions covered by this standard; however, graduate education may be creditable in those few instances where the graduate education is directly related to the work of the position.
All applicants must meet the education and/or specialized experience requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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 paid 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.
Management has the prerogative to select at any grade level for which this position has been advertised. If you are placed in this position at a grade lower than the target grade 7 ( i.e. the promotion potential grade), you may be promoted to the target grade without further competition. However, there is no commitment or obligation on the part of management to promote you. Your promotion will depend upon the continuing need for the level of work to be performed and your ability to perform the higher level duties.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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.
- Public Law 104-134 requires that all federal employees receive salary payments via direct deposit.
- You must have the ability to use a computer.
- You must submit a complete application package to be considered for this position.
- If selected, must complete a FBI Background and Security Investigation.
- If selected, must serve a probationary period of one year.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you are basically qualified for this position, we will evaluate your application package, using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for the position. We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.
Best Qualified: Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.
Well -Qualified: Applicants possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.
Qualified: Applicants meets the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.
Veterans preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Veterans preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are place in the appropriate category and are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Veteran preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.
The assessment questions are based on the following KSA's:
SKILL IN COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY WITH OTHERS
KNOWLEDGE OF ACCOUNTING AND PAYMENT PROCEDURES AND ACQUISITIONS
KNOWLEDGE OF POLICIES AND PROCEDURES GOVERNING CONTRACTS
SKILL IN UTILIZING COMPUTER SOFTWARE PROGRAMS AND DATABASES
KNOWLEDGE OF FEDERAL FARM BILL CONSERVATION PROGRAMS