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Job Title:Business Opportunity Specialist, GS-1101-09

Agency:Small Business Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-330-BC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 06, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1101-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Recent Graduates

JOB SUMMARY:

This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

This is an open continuous announcement.  The first cut off date will be  September 20,2013. 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 HUBZone, which is located in 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).
 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • You must successfully complete a background investigation and credit check.
  • You may be required to service a one-year probationary period.
  • Occasional evening and weekend travel may be required.

DUTIES:

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

 

  • Analyzing business financial statements, reviewing and confirming corporate documents, i.e., stock certificates, by-laws, tax returns, etc.
  • Verifying employment data.
  • Researching and evaluating third party verification reports to determine program eligibility and/or continued program eligibility.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATIONS:   GS-09: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service) obtained in either the private or public sector such as analyzing business financial statements, reviewing and confirming corporate documents, i.e., stock certificates, by-laws, tax returns, etc., verifying employment data, researching and evaluating third party verification reports to determine program eligibility and/or continued program eligibility.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.   Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.  It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


EDUCATIONIf you do not meet the specialized experience requirements, you may also qualify with education.   You MUST submit transcripts (official or unofficial) with this application if you wish to qualify based on education.

GS-09: Posses a Master's or equivalent degree relaed to the position to be filled, or 2 years of progressively higher graduate level education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D., if related. (Degree or course work should be in areas of business, finance, accounting,or a related field. You MUST submit transcripts if you select this answer.

OR

Combination of Experience and Education

GS-09: Combination of education and experience as specified above. For example, an applicant who has 1 full year of Master's level education (i.e. 50% of education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:   Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)   Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.   Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:   http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html   All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. *** For further information, click on:  Foreign Education 

 

REQUIREMENTS:  All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

If you are applying for a special selection priority under SBA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (open to surplus SBA employees only) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (open to surplus and displaced Federal employees), you must submit proof of eligibility. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP .

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS :   A background security investigation may be required for all new hires.   Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.   Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

EVALUATION:  Applicants meeting basic qualification requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire.  To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link: View Assessment Questions. You will be rated based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The occupational questions relate to the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) required to do the work of the position:

 

1. Skill in performing analyses of financial statements and other data to gather information to make logical determinations and recommendations.

2. Knowledge of the theories, principles and techniques involved in owning and operating small businesses.

3. Ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences

 

Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method based on your responses to the assessment questions.  You will receive a score based on the responses to the assessment questions (to view the questions click here View Assessment Questions.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  If you meet basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories: 

1. Best-Qualified: highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume. 
2. Well-Qualified: competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, training, and education as applicable, as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume. 
3. Qualified: an overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training, as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume. 

Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated.  Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.


BENEFITS:

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Working for SBA offers a number of really exciting flexibilities. The Federal government offers a number of other exceptional benefits to its employees. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.  For additional information click here http://www.sss.gov/.

 

Consistent with work requirements and current SBA Policy and all applicable provisions of the collective bargaining agreement with AFGE, the SBA offers employees opportunities to perform work at an alternative location (i.e., home).

 

Telework is available.  For information on Telework visit:  http://www.telework.gov/



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect your rating.    If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 to receive consideration.

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

 

If you need assistance applying on line or by fax, please contact OPM at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1. Your Résumé - must contain the following information: 

  • Name, address, telephone number, email address;
  • Supervisor's contact information, if applicable (indicate if you would prefer to be notified before your supervisor is contacted);
  • Job Title (if Federal Service, provide series and grade; if not in GS plan, provide GS equivalent grade);
  • If qualifying based on related paid/unpaid(i.e. volunteer service) experience: (provide beginning/ending dates (mm/dd/yy to mm/dd/yy);
  • Work Schedule - i.e. Full Time, Part Time(Provide number of hours)

                    Should you submit multiple resumes, only the latest uploaded resume will be reviewed.

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire


3.  In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the occupational questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms, if applicable. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all documents are legible

  • A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing "Tenure" in block 24 and "Position Occupied" in block 34;
  • Transcripts, if qualifying based on education;
  • If you are claiming Veterans status, you must submit a copy of required documents to support your claim (to include copy 4 of your DD 214)    VetGuide
  • To receive consideration for a special appointment authority (severely disabled, Peace Corps, ICTAP, VRA), you must submit all required documentation supporting your claim.  . Special Appointing Authorities

Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 (showing the characterization of service) or other proof of service to receive consideration for veterans preference.   For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is   955674.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Tuesday, December 31, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Bryan K. Clark
Phone: (303)844-7017
Email: BRYAN.CLARK@SBA.GOV
Agency Information:
Small Business Administration
721 19th Street
Denver, CO
80202

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the occupational questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  We expect to make a  selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. 


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Job Announcement Number:

13-330-BC

Control Number:

351091700