To qualify at the GS-15 grade level you must possess one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14. Examples of specialized experience include experience planning, organizing and directing the overall functions of a Grants Policy and Finance office; knowledge of and experience with budgeting, financial management, accounting, and reporting concepts; internal management control and accountability processes; knowledge of laws, regulations, rules, policies, procedures and methods governing the administration of grants, cooperative agreements, and awards; developing studies, analyses, and research; applying concepts and methodologies; experience analyzing data from large and complex grants programs; reviewing, analyzing, and proposing laws, regulations, policies, methods, and procedures for grants management issues; experience that demonstrates the ability to communicate complex and politically sensitive budget and fiscal policy issues orally and in writing, identify problems and causes, to develop practical solutions, and explain them to various audiences such as senior Agency, Departmental and Administration officials, and Congressional members and their staff.
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.
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 veteran's 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 competencies:
· Knowledge of research, education, and extension Federal assistance programs conducted at the nation's land-grant institutions.
· Knowledge of Federal financial and administrative oversight requirements
· Skill in rulemaking and policy development for grant programs
· Skill in managerial practices related to team building, internal budget planning, setting goals and developing standards.
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.