Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Thursday, February 13, 2014, including the following experience and/or
education, as identified below:
You may start at the GS-5 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
- A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in finance, business administration, economics, accounting, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, statistics, or another field related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology from an accredited college or university; OR
- Three (3) years of progressively responsible general experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-4, that required (1) gathering and analyzing facts and figures, and presenting the information or conclusions in clear oral and written language; or (2) that provided a knowledge of the principles of financial analysis or of insurance laws, such as contract, property, life, casualty, or marine insurance; OR
- A combination of education and experience as listed above.
You may start at the GS-7 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
- Superior Academic Achievement: A bachelor's degree in finance, business administration, economics, accounting, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, statistics, or another field related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology from an accredited college or university with either: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; 2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study; 3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college; 4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies; OR
- One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level in the Federal service that demonstrates basic knowledge of loan examining and/or servicing principles, procedures and techniques as they apply to investigation, analysis, and evaluation of financial factors and credit risks in relation to granting and servicing of agricultural loans. Experience may have been gained in such work as assisting in reviewing and passing upon applications for agricultural loans; servicing an agricultural loan portfolio of a bank or other loan association; or similar work. In addition, this experience must demonstrate basic knowledge of farm operations, land use and value, production of various crops and livestock, and prices and markets in the farming area where loans are made and serviced; OR
- One year of graduate education from an accredited college or university with a major in finance, business administration, economics, accounting, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, statistics, or another field related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology; OR
- A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above.
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit with your application package evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately accredited by an accredited body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected for this position, you will be required to submit an Annual Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM)
Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet
basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best
Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within
these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive
selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be
determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they
possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):
- Knowledge of credit principles, farm loan program
policies and regulations to make and service loans;
- Ability to research, interpret and apply
agricultural or lending regulations, policies and procedures;
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing with
a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
- Ability to gather and analyze facts and figures;
- Knowledge of agricultural production practices;
- Ability to manage conflict and negotiate;
- Ability to serve the customer;
- Ability to be innovative and demonstrate
- Ability to train and develop others.
will review your application, including an 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. If a determination is made that you have
rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience
and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt
of a lower or ineligible rating. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate
information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected
providing inaccurate/false information on federal documents could also be
grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please
follow all instructions carefully.