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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Loan Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agriculture, Rural Housing Service

Job Announcement Number:NY-2014-4122

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 30, 2013 to Wednesday, January 08, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1165-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

9

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Schoharie County, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, people eligible under special hiring authorities, and CTAP and ICTAP eligibles in the commuting area.

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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 being concurrently announced under Delegated Examining Procedures on announcement number DEU-NY-2014-4238 open to any US Citizen. Current and former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this announcement NY-2014-4122 to maximize opportunities for consideration since different referral criteria apply to each announcement type. 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel is Required

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Background investigation required
  • Successful completion of a one year probationary period
  • Relocation and travel expenses will not be paid.

DUTIES:

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  • Assists the Area Director in administering, processing, and servicing loans and grants under the direct Single Family program and/or administers loan guarantees under the Single Family Housing Guaranteed loan program. 
  • Analyzes, approves, and processes home-ownership loans, home improvement and repair loans and grants, mutual self-help technical assistance grants, and housing site loans with primary emphasis on loan making and the more complex servicing needs of the geographical area served.
  • Reviews applications for program loan and grants; evaluates financial situations and credit risk factors; and approves or disapproves housing loans and grants.
  • Assists Area Director, and Area Specialists in processing and servicing Community Program loans, grants and Loan guarantees.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Operating Manual applies.  A copy is available at http://www.OPM.gov/qualifications/index.asp .  SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is any experience that is directly related to the position to be filled and which has equipped the candidate with the particular competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

 

To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level by the closing date of the announcement.

 

For GS-09: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07; or its non-Federal equivalent that demonstrates: performing loan making and/or loan servicing duties such as regularly examining loan applications, supporting documents, credit reports, and maintaining servicing activities of somewhat complex loans and/or grants; assisting higher level loan specialists by performing assigned portions of financial credit analysis in connection with more complex loans as a way of acquiring training and competency for more difficult loan examining and servicing assignments.  Including reviewing and passing upon applications for agricultural, municipal and non-profit organizations, bank or mortgage loans; servicing a loan portfolio of a bank or other loan association; performing financial analysis of commercial concerns for investment purposes; and appraising real estate to determine property valuation or similar work.


or masters, 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 a combination of education as described and specialized experience.

 

•  Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
•  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.
•  CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.
•  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 the use of E-VERIFY 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.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

  • You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
  • Knowledge of Housing, Commercial and Community Programs loan and/or grant making requirements.
  • Knowledge of Housing, Commercial and Community Programs Servicing requirements
  • Knowledge of Building Standards, Costs, Specifications and Contracts.
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

  • Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.

Note: 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 / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

 


To view the application form, visit: https://rhs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=60ea1fb5-4113-4820-93f4-a26f00c1d1ee


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/ .

OTHER INFORMATION:

•  Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):   If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 88 or above.  Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
•  Relocation expenses are not authorized.
•  This is a bargaining unit designated position.
•  This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.  Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor. 
•  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notifications to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement.  The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete.  It is your responsibility to be sure all required documents are received within the required timeframes.  Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, system failure or downtime, etc.  Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and email address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and 6) other qualifications.

  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting the basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.  Transcripts are not required if applying to the same series and specialty currently serving or previously served in.

Other Required Documents may include:

  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis, your federal status, position title, series and grade AND the most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is not available. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • VEOA Eligibles: MUST submit Veterans Preference documentation, for consideration: DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veteran's Preference.  Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference.  Veterans who have not yet been released from active duty must provide certification from 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.
    Interchange Agreement with the Other Merit Systems Eligibles: MUST submit documentation of eligibility as listed in each individual interchange agreement.
  • VRA or 30% Disabled Veteran Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your DD214, VA letter, SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference OR if you currently on active duty; a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dates within the last 120 days.
  • Peace Corps Volunteers/Personal Eligibles: MUST submit documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break in service of 3 days or more and separated within the last 3 years.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your Sch A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing your eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the Office of Personnel Management Eligibles: (Postal Career Service Employees, Postal Service Commission Employees, GAO, US Courts, etc.), MUST submit a copy of your current Notification of Personnel Action (or equivalent) that reflects your eligibility.
  • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: RIF Separation Notice; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that the documents you are uploading from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred.  However, once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents.  Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kristen Lombardo
Phone: 315-477-6439
Fax: 315-477-6440
Email: kristen.lombardo@usda.gov
Agency Information:
USDA-Rural Development
441 S. Salina St., Ste. 357
Syracuse, NY,
13202
United States
Fax: 315-477-6440

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful,  2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and  3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

NY-2014-4122

Control Number:

358330500