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Job Title:  U - Vacancy Unused - Recent Graduate - Librarian
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  13-EX-952750-SLK

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$56,011.00 to $86,870.00 / Per Year
Thursday, September 12, 2013 to Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Full Time - Recent Graduates
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Recent Graduates from qualifying institutions having completed an academic program within the preceding two years. (Note: Veterans who were precluded by their military service obligation from meeting this requirement will have up to six years to apply.)


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The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits in addition to standard federal benefits:

  • Student Loan Repayment program for permanent employees. Up to $10,000 a year (60K cap) in student loan repayments for those who meet program criteria
  • 100% employer paid dental and vision insurance
  • Agency subsidy for health insurance which supplements your health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage, and $50 for family coverage, per pay period
  • Mass transportation subsidy up to $245 per month
  • Telework Opportunities
  • Domestic Partner Health Insurance Reimbursement Program

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This vacancy is for a Recent Graduate - Acquisition Librarian position located at the SEC's headquarters in the Office of the Secretary (OS).

The Recent Graduates 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.

Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

This position is in the excepted service.

Probationary or trial period required.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This is a bargaining unit position.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be recently graduated from a qualifying educational institute.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for federal employment.


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Serves as an Acquisition Librarian within the Office of the Secretary (OS).  Representative duties include:

  • Works to support the information needs of the Library and SEC staff, nationwide;
  • With the guidance from senior library staff, performs procurement and acquisitions activities for print and electronic materials;
  • Serves as a member of the Library's Acquisitions Committee established to evaluate information requests and select information resources for acquisition based agency need and the Library's budget; and
  • Works as a member of a team providing technical assistance and support to the assigned program area.


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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.

Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirement:  Applicants must meet the requirements specified in paragraphs A or B below.

Paragraph A:  Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree; or

Paragraph B:  A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

Note: All applicants must verify completion of the Basic Requirement by submitting a copy of your transcripts.  See the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for more information.

To be eligible for this position you must possess the qualifying experience, education, and/or a combination of both.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, to qualify for this position at the grade 09 level you must possess one of the following:

  1. One year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS/SK-07, which includes working with the principles, concepts and techniques of library science; basic exposure to acquisitions procedures and regulations such as the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); interacting with vendors and staff, in person and in writing, to develop contracts and purchases relating to print and electronic information products and services; creating and maintaining acquisitions records; working with users to develop requirements to fill information needs; and conducting market research to assist in identifying information products and services; or
  2. Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's in library science; or
  3. Possess an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Candidates will be assessed based on basic eligibility requirements (either Agency- developed standards or the OPM Qualification Standards for the position being filled). Veterans' preference applies to selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. Selections must be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR part 302, veterans' preference laws, and OPM guidance.


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Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

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

To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must have:

  • Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
  • Demonstrated successful job performance.
  • Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.

The SEC is not obligated to make an offer of employment, nor is the Recent Graduate obligated to accept an offer of employment.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 90 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:

CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
  2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The SEC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, send an email to To request sign language interpreting services for interviews, send an email to at least 5 business days before the date you will need this service.

To contact the Disability Program Office by phone, call 202-551-4158. TTY/ASCII users should use the toll free Federal Relay Service number: 1-800-877-8339 and provide the SEC number of the office or individual you are calling. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service see:


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at  To begin, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.

To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 952750. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online follow these instructions:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


A complete application consists of the following:

  • Occupational Questionnaire.
  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must also list your educational and work experience including the following information for each employment listed: job title; duties and accomplishments; employer's name and address; supervisor's name and phone number; starting and ending dates formatted in month/day/year; hours worked per week; salary; if the employment was federal: title, series, and grade/pay band. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
  • Education. You must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.
  • Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation . If applicable, see Other Information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Lei Kreft
Phone: (202)551-3316
TDD: 1.800.877.8339
Agency Information:
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington , DC


Please do not call the agency for a status update.  You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Application Status." The four points of notification are:

  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Not Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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