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Job Title:General Field Representative (Telecommunications)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Rural Utility Service

Job Announcement Number:DEU-NO-2013-0004

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

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$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, July 09, 2013 to Thursday, July 11, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




5 vacancies in the following location(s):
Phoenix, AZ, USView Map
Modesto, CA, USView Map
Denver, CO, USView Map
Indianapolis, IN, USView Map
Wichita, KS, USView Map
More Locations  (1)


Any United States citizen.


Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America by providing financial programs to support essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. Rural Development promotes economic development by providing loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools, while also assisting communities to participate in community empowerment programs. Join the Rural Development team and make a commitment to America's rural communities.

There are five (5) vacancies.  These positions may be filled at any one of the following locations:  Phoenix, AZ, Modesto, CA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Wichita, KS, Madison, WI.  

Salary will be adjusted to include locality pay (if applicable) for the location(s) each selectee chooses. 

This position is located in he Rural Development Utilities Program.  USDA Rural Development's Rural Utilities Programs provide a variety of loans and grants to build and expand broadband networks.  Access to broadband has become essential for the social and economic benefits it provides to America residences, businesses, governments, and communities.  Broadband is crucial for increased health, educational, and economic opportunities, as well as job and business creation and growth.  As a General Field Representative, you will play a crucial role in the organization in this endeavor by Telecommunications Programs policies and procedures.

This position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion Announcement DC-2013-0012. Applicants who wish to be considered under those procedures must apply to DC-2013-0012.



  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • A one year probationary period is required
  • Relocation and travel expenses will not be paid.
  • Occasional travel is required.


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  • Promote utilities loan and grant programs to include: Information on how to apply for financing opportunities and guidance to loan and grant applicants.
  • Review and score grant applications in accordance with eligibility and scoring guidelines and conduct verification process to determine level of existing service in proposed service areas.
  • Instruct and guide borrower's officials and consultants on the need for and method of developing area coverage surveys, marketing surveys, financial evaluations, economic studies, loan designs, and other required certifications and documentation needed in support of a loan application.
  • Review and analyze completed documentation in support of a loan application, making recommendations on suitability of the loan proposal for financing and perform competitive analysis.
  • Maintain general oversight of borrower's financial and management policies and practices.
  • Investigate actual or potential security situations and recommend solutions.
  • Review and analyze system design, engineering, and construction plans and procedures related to applications for Telecommunication Program financing.


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For GS-12: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11; or its non-Federal equivalent.  There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 level. 

For GS-13: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12; or its non-Federal equivalent. There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-13 level.

NOTE: To be considered for this position, you must all qualification and eligibility requirements for the GS-1101 series set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement. A copy is available at:

Specialized experience is any experience that equipped the applicant with the particular competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-12 level:  Instruct and guide borrowers, officials, and consultants on the need for and methods of developing loan and/or grant designs and other required documentation.  Promote utilities loan and grant programs. Assist with reviewing and scoring grant applications.  Review and analyze completed documentation in support of a loan application based on current and future needs, loan amount, and eligibility for the program financing.

Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-13 level:  Review and score grant applications in accordance with eligibility and scoring guidelines.  Monitor the progress of the grant project to ensure grant funds are expended for approved purposes.  Review and analyze completed documentation needed in support of a loan application based on current and future needs, loan amount, and eligibility for the program financing. Make recommendations on the suitability of loan proposals for financing.  Perform management and certification audits.


Category rating will be used for this vacancy. We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualifications you will be placed in one of three quality categories, 'Best-Qualified', 'Well-Qualified', or 'Qualified' based on your answers to the on-line occupational questions. These responses must be supported by your resume and/or other documentation you provide. Responses that are not supported by your resume and/or other documentation may be changed, which could result in a category change for your application or elimination from consideration.

The occupational questions will evaluate you on the following competencies: Financial analysis and management; Telecommunication engineering and analysis; Oral communication; Written communication.

Names of candidates in the 'Best-Qualifed' category will be sent to the selecting official for consideration.

The description of the categories is as follows:

Best-Qualified: Highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.

Well-Qualified: Competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.

Qualified: An overall basic level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.

Veterans' Preference: Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category, before non-preference eligibles in that category. Preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the Best Qualified category on the referral list. XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category. For additional information on entitlement see:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the Well-Qualified category or higher. For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see

**REMINDER** Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly support the competencies. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted.

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PROMOTION POTENTIAL TO GS-13:  Selection may be made at either the GS-12 or GS-13 level.  Applicant(s) selected at the GS-12 may be non competitively promoted to GS-13 upon satisfactory completion of any required training, demonstrating ability to perform at the higher grade level, meeting qualification requirements, and management's certification of the need for the position/promotion.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: To be eligible for appointment to this position, the preferred candidate or new hire will be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory, and the candidate’s original signature page(s) is/are received.

Within 30 days of entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

 This position may be eligible for Telework.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

E-VERIFY: If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires Rural Development to use the E-VERIFY system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


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Applying to this announcement requires the online submission of basic applicant information, responses to vacancy specific questions, and submission of supporting documentation (see the Required Documents section below). All application materials/documentation will be accepted until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

Step One: Online Resume Applicants must create a user account and at least one resume in USAJobs. This information will be uploaded to the USDA Application System. Applicants must then click 'Apply Online' for this vacancy.

Applicants' resumes must provide sufficient information to determine if qualification requirements are met. Applicants must provide beginning and ending dates (mm/yy) of employment, the position title, pay grade (for Federal positions worked), the average number of hours worked per week, salary and a thorough description of the duties for each position listed on your application or resume. Applicants who perform a mixture of duties should indicate the approximate percentages of time performing different types of work.

Step Two: USDA Application System Applicants will be directed to the USDA Application System, where you will either need to create an account or update an existing account. Please verify all information is accurate. Registered Users should check 'update my information that is on file' for the fax cover sheets. Once information is updated, YOU MUST CLICK 'Apply To This Vacancy'.

Step Three: Vacancy Specific Questions Applicants will be directed to answer a series of questions specific to the position for which applying. Responses to these questions are mandatory. If not completed, your application will not be accepted.  

Step Four: Supporting Documentation Documents may either be uploaded or faxed - fax cover sheets may be printed down. New Users will be directed to a page before and after the vacancy specific questions which will contain a listing of fax cover sheets for all required supporting documentation.

Not all documents are required for every applicant. Documents must be faxed to the fax number on the cover sheet. DO NOT FAX DOCUMENTS TO THE HR OFFICE. Fax documents separately.

Step Five: Review and Submit Your Application Review all information- personal contact information, resume, responses, and documents. APPLICANTS MUST CLICK 'FINISH' to submit your application.

**If you cannot apply on-line, call the number listed under Agency Contact Information prior to the closing date to request a hard copy of the complete application package. Application packages will be mailed to applicant. The completed package along with any required supporting documents must be received in the HR Office by the closing date of the announcement. No extension will be granted.

The DEU prohibits use of Government franked envelopes [18 U.S.C. 1719].


All required supporting documentation must be received by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

Please carefully read the "How to Apply" section for instructions on faxing your supporting documentation.

Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Original documents with light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds will not be legible upon receipt. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.

In addition to submitting your resume and addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:

*Veterans' Preference documentation (DD-214, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate if eligible for veterans' preference). Veterans who have not yet been released from active duty must provide certification from the armed forces that they will be released from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days. Veterans' preference will not be afforded if you fail to submit required documentation prior to the closing date of this announcement.

*ICTAP/CTAP documentation (Copy of most recent performance appraisal, SF-50, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM or your agency documenting priority consideration status if eligible under ICTAP/CTAP priority consideration).



Nancy Fitzgerald
Phone: 314-457-5565
Fax: 314-457-4461
Agency Information:
Washington, DC
Fax: 314-457-4461


You may check your application status by logging into (Select 'My USAJOBS' and click on 'Applications'). Approximately two weeks from the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the resume and information received by the closing date. Qualified candidates will be assigned a rating category, prior to applying appropriate veterans' preference. The Best-Qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

Additional Duty Location Info

5 vacancies in the following locations:
Phoenix, AZ, USView Map
Modesto, CA, USView Map
Denver, CO, USView Map
Indianapolis, IN, USView Map
Wichita, KS, USView Map
Madison, WI, USView Map

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