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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Program Support Assistant (OA)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:UK932809-ARS-MR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$41,631.00 to $54,124.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 to Monday, August 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0303-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Collins, CO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID.

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) works to ensure that Americans have reliable, adequate supplies of high-quality food and other agricultural products. ARS accomplishes its goals through scientific discoveries that help solve problems in crop and livestock production and protection, human nutrition, and the interaction of agriculture and the environment.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • Meet specialized experience requirement. Must type 40 words per minute.
  • Complete the Occupational Questionnaire/submit resume/supporting documents.
  • Some travel may be required for meetings and/or training purposes.

DUTIES:

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This position is assigned to the the Agricultural Systems Research Unit, Northern Plains Area, located in Fort Collins, CO.  This position serves as a personal assistant to the Research Leader or Center Director and other professional staff, coordinating a wide variety of administrative and clerical tasks essential to the program administration of the Management Unit. This position requires the skills of a qualified typist to perform word processing, and other office automation duties.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Providies technical and procedural advice in support of research program administration by identifying and analyzing issues and taking or recommending action using established guidelines.
  • Serves as the initial point-of-contact for all questions, information and problem resolution in the areas of budget and accounting, agreements, travel, human resources, files management, correspondence preparation and control, time and  attendance, office automation systems, and purchasing/procurement.
  • Assists the Research Leader/Center Director with program management and administrative duties.
  • At least 25% of the time is dedicated to program management and administrative assistance.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Monday, August 12, 2013
You may start at the GS-7 grade level if you have the following qualifications:

  • One full-time year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level of the Federal service or private sector equivalent.  This experience is in or related to the line of work of this position and has equipped you with specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to independently perform a full range of technical and administrative support functions in an office.  Your experience has demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge providing administrative support and program management for budget and accounting, agreements, travel, human resources, files management, correspondence preparation and control, time and attendance, office automation systems, and purchasing and procurement.

  Typing Requirement: You must possess a typing speed of 40 words per minute.

 

 The substitution of education is not qualifying for the GS-7 position.

 


BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

BASIS OF RATING:   You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas:

·         Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with public and peer groups.

·         Ability to research, interpret and apply administrative regulations, procedures, directives and instructions.

·         Ability to analyze and evaluate office operating programs and services.

·         Ability to use various software packages.

·         Ability to exercise initiative in organizing work and setting priorities.

·         Administrative support task.

We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens - If you meet the qualification requirements based on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position and your responses to the automated scoring system, your application will be placed in one of the three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.


BENEFITS:

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Permanent employees are eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave.  For additional information on benefits, click here. 


DIRECT DEPOSIT
:  All federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made  by direct deposit,
click here.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP):   If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 80 or above excluding veteran's preference points.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See http://www.sss.gov/



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read all the instructions before you begin.

 

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes the following:

1.  Resume. You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or create your own; however, your resume must contain the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.
2.
A complete Occupational Questionnaire.

To begin this process, click the "Apply Online" button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Please print your "Confirmation of your Submission to Application Manager" for your records. The online Occupational Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 12, 2013.  Applications are not screened for required documents before determining minimum qualifications. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received in the office by the close of business on or before the closing date of this announcement. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc.


Alternative Method for Submitting Your Application Materials:

If you are unable to apply online, you may fax your application materials to 1-478-757-3144. 

   ·    Click View Occupational Questionnaire
 to download the questions, and
   ·    Click here to download the OPM Form 1203FX, this form is used to record your responses on, and
   ·    Click here to download the required fax cover page.

If applying online or faxing your application materials poses a hardship, please contact the servicing human resources office during core business hours (8:00am to 4:30 pm central time) prior to the closing date. Requests for hardship will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Make requests in a timely manner to allow enough time to obtain documents and return the completed information to our office.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to your Occupational Questionnaire and Online Resume, other documents may be required.
1) If this vacancy announcement has a basic education requirement and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.

2) If you are applying for Veteran Preference, submit evidence of eligibility, such as DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (Standard Form 15), and the proof requested on the form.

3)  If you are a current or former federal employee please provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, position title, series and grade.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FARM SERVICE AGENCY
Phone: (816)926-6781
TDD: 800-735-2966
Email: EXAM1@KCC.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Farm Service Agency
Please do not send mail
Apply On-Line
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a qualification review of your complete application package has been made, you will be notified as to the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.  You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at http://applicationmanager.gov/.  


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Job Announcement Number:

UK932809-ARS-MR

Control Number:

348316500