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Job Title:  Repayment Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-UC-2013-15 (DE-rb)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 to Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Grand Junction, CO   View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals.


About the Agency

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Repayment Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Would you enjoy preparing and administering repayment and water service contracts/agreements within the jurisdiction of the Western Colorado Area Office (WCAO)? Responsibilities include negotiating contracts, monitoring repayment status, providing technical guidance in contract matters for the WCAO, etc.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

You can progress from $47K to $57K in 2 years! Year 1 - $47,448 (GS-9) and Year 2 - $57,408 (GS-11). Promotion to the next grade/salary level is neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.


For living conditions in Grand Junction, CO go to:


  • Occasional Travel
  • This position requires frequent travel (weekly) within Area Office boundaries, and occasional overnight travel.


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointments or reinstatement eligibles.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National;
  • Must apply online, submit resume & supporting documents; (See How to Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents;
  • Must file "Annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report" OGE-450.


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- Gathers necessary data and analysis for incorporation in various types of contracts;
- Develops and coordinates activities associated with water allocation, reallocation, or water transfer applications and stock subscriptions;
- Develops draft agreements and contracts related to the Recovery Implementation Program for Endangered Species and other projects;
- Coordinates with the various interested parties (water districts, attorneys, state and federal managers);
- Administers technical proposals, which includes processing requests for payments, extensions, etc.;
- Develops and uses tracking systems in order to monitor water service and operation and maintenance contracts, cooperative and grant agreements, etc.;
- Operates record management systems related to water issues and actions;
- Serves on the ARC (Application Review Committee) to evaluate financial assistance grant applications and administers awarded grants;
- Monitors the Water Management Group budget.


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Applicants must meet Office of Personnel Management (OPM) minimum qualification requirements set forth in the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Administrative and Management Positions.

-- To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must possess a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related -OR- at least one year of specialized experience (described below) equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-7 level of the position in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and experience.

-- To qualify for the GS-11 level, you must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related -OR- at least one year of specialized experience (described below) equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-9 level of the position in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and specialized experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant has been equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work to be performed.

For the GS-9, examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Experience administering or assisting in administering Operations & Maintenance repayment contracts, water service contracts, water reallocations, grants or cooperative agreements, and ensuring terms of contracts are met; OR experience, utilizing computer drafting, mapping, database or GIS software for legal parcel descriptions, land area determination, and contracts and records management, and communicating effectively in writing and in person.

For the GS-11, examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Experience independently administering Operations & Maintenance repayment contracts, water service contracts, water reallocations, grants or cooperative agreements, and ensuring terms of contracts are met; OR experience independently negotiating and developing contracts and agreements and experience, utilizing computer drafting, mapping, database or GIS software for legal parcel descriptions, land area determination, and contracts and records management.

If you do not meet the qualification requirements listed above, you will be determined not qualified for this position.

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

To qualify for the GS-9 level by substituting education for experience, you must possess a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

To qualify for the GS-11 level by substituting education for experience, you must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.


Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Knowledge of repayment policies, regulations, concepts, principles and practices in order to identify appropriate repayment schemes, negotiate and administer contracts and agreements successfully within such frameworks, identify problems, recommend remedial action, and serve as technical advisor.
2. Ability to communicate effectively in order to establish a collaborative working relationship with stakeholders to ensure that their needs are heard and addressed.
3. Skill in technical writing in order to prepare a variety of applications, notices, contracts, agreements, and related documents.
4. Ability to use computer tracking systems (e.g., Access database, Excel spreadsheets) to monitor contracts and agreements, as well as budget.
5. Knowledge of data base techniques and operation systems (AutoCAD, ArcMap, Maptech, GIS) in order to determine and map acreage and parcel descriptions classified to receive project water.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Benefits URL above.


Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.

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 more information visit:

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.


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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 6107 (UC-552), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand-deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7402 (UC-552), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138.  Be sure to include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months),an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following Supporting Documents, as appropriate:

-- DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
     -- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
     -- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

--For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

--CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: 


Lyn Lacson
Phone: 801-524-3631
Fax: 801-524-3187
TDD: 888-735-5906
Agency Information:
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-552
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 801-524-3187


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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