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Job Title:Administrative Officer

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agriculture, Rural Housing Service

Job Announcement Number:DEU-NE-2013-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year


Monday, August 19, 2013 to Wednesday, August 28, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Lincoln, NE, USView Map


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.

This position is located in USDA, Rural Development, Nebraska State Office.  The incumbent serves as an integral member of the State Management Team to provide substantial technical administrative advice and support on decisions affecting activities supporting credit, community and rural development projects to relieve the State Director of most administrative matters.  Incumbent provides leadership, direction, and guidance to the administration program support staff personnel and manages all administrative activities.  Major programs include human resources management (classification, position management, recruitment and staffing, benefits, career development and training, employee and labor relations, incentive awards, and performance management), budget, management/program reviews, internal controls, property, leasing, and contractual/business services.

This position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion Announcement NE-2013-0006. Applicants who wish to be considered under those procedures must apply to NE-2013-0006.


  • 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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  • Serves as Administrative Officer and full partner/advisor to the State Director and plans, manages, executes, and evaluates the full range of administrative programs and operations.  The incumbent provides executive leadership, direction, and guidance to the administrative program staff support personnel and manages all administrative activities for the State.
  • Directs fiscal operations and implementation of policies and procedures, including planning, monitoring, and directing the preparation of the overall State Administrative and Program Budget Plans, including making decisions which impact statewide operations.
  • Oversees the human resources management program covering the full range of human resources management functions i.e., positions management, staffing, recruitment, classification, employee development, employee relations, incentive awards, and performance appraisals.
  • Oversees the accountability, use, maintenance, and disposal of Agency property and the management of real property, field office leases and contracts.
  • Supervises a staff engaged in providing human resources management, contracting and procurement, budget and information technology services.
  • Identifies and defines administrative program problems, explores solutions and alternatives, and directs preparation of explanatory materials and documentation necessary for distribution.
  • Communicates Agency policies and regulations through written and oral communications and training programs.


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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 meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the GS-0341 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-13 level: skill in applying a broad knowledge of administrative programs including directing management program/analysis, human resources management, budget analysis and controls, contracting and business controls, and automated data processing.


Category rating will be used for this vacancy. We will review your resume and transcript (if required) 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: Analytical Management; Human Resources; Supervision; Budget, Contracting, and Procurement; Oral Communication; Written Communication.

Names of candidates in the 'Best-Qualified' 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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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.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Human Resources office. The decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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].


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).

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.



Collette McKinley
Phone: 314-457-5541
Fax: 314-457-4461
Agency Information:
Lincoln, NE
Fax: 314-457-4461


You may check your application status by logging into (Select 'My USAJOBS' and click on 'Applications'). Within 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.

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