Job Overview


This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

This is a correction to the original announcement - this announcement is only open to individuals qualifying under the Recent Graduates Program

This is an open continuous announcement.  The first cut off date will be  September 16,2013. Recruitment will continue through the closing date to fill positions as they become vacant.  Certificates of eligibles will continue to be issued only as the need occurs.  It is to your advantage to apply early in the recruitment process.

Become a part of an Agency that touches the lives of every American! We are the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and for over 50 years, we have successfully served the Nation's small business owners.  Consider a career with SBA to assist in managing a range of programs and products to sustain America's small business during this new era of economic responsibility.   We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.   We represent a highly skilled and motivated workforce and welcome those interested in furthering our mission. The SBA offers generous federal government health benefits, flexible work schedules and leave, and promotes a work-life balance.

Location: This position is located at the Small Business Administration, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, Office of Business Development, Office of Certification and Eligibility, which is located in Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA, or Washington, DC.   

Travel and Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses will NOT be paid.   (Any travel transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected Candidates.)

The position is part of the Recent Graduates Program. This program affords developmental experiences in the federal government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.

To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply). Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the federal government. The program lasts for 1 year.

Recent Graduates may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).


You will serve as a Business Opportunity Specialist, and your duties will include the following: 

  • Review incoming initial and continuing certification paperwork from eligible firms for participation in the 8(a) Business Development program. 
  • Provide customer support for internal and external customers via the 8(a) program help desk.
  • Respond to requests for information concerning office programs and functions.
  • Ensure that customers have access to full range of SBA's programs and resources.  

Travel Required

  • Not Required