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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:LOAN ASSISTANT (AGRL)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Farm Service Agency

Job Announcement Number:UK1039346-IN-MS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,628.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, January 31, 2014 to Thursday, February 13, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1165-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Warsaw, IN View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA)  is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your career. Be part of our team and support the well-being of American agriculture and the American public. Take part in delivering these essential and critical programs as an Agricultural Loan Assistant/Specialist by making and servicing agricultural loans, evaluating financial factors and credit risks, and providing advice, guidance, and credit counseling. As a team member located in one of our USDA/FSA Offices, you will receive both classroom and on-the-job training intended to further develop your talent, skills, and abilities to successfully administer farm loan programs.

FSA's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FSA offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.

We are concurrently announcing this position under Merit Promotion (applicants with status as current or former Federal employees or applicants eligible under special hiring authority).  Vacancy Announcement Number: UK1037907-IN-MM at the GS-5/7 grade level.  Applicants wishing to be considered for all announcements must submit separate and complete application packages for each vacancy announcement.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US Citizen or National to apply
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable
  • Successful completion of a one year probationary period
  • Meet education and/or experience requirements
  • Complete the Occupational Questionnaire/submit resume/supporting documents

DUTIES:

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This position is assigned to the FSA INDIANA STATE OFFICE, Farm Loan Team, located in Warsaw, Kosciusko County, IN.

Farm Loan Officer's (FLO's) are required to successfully complete all of the requirements of the Farm Loan Training Program. FLO's may be reassigned to another training office during their training program. In addition, upon completion of training program, FLO's may be reassigned, at any time, to a different duty station if workload activity changes or vacancies occur. This position works in a developmental capacity receiving on-the-job and classroom training in the administration of farm loan programs. 

This position assists the Farm Loan Manager in administering farm loan programs in a USDA Service Center serving one or more Counties. Major responsibilities include:

  • Making, servicing and supervising loans;
  • Providing technical advice, guidance, and credit counseling to loan applicants and borrowers;
  • Has delegated loan approval authority to approve loans within a specific limit;
  • Has knowledge of agency farm loan programs and eligibility requirements;
  • Has knowledge of the technicalities of farm financing and credit, financial management concepts and practices, farm operations, land use and value, production and marketing of various crops and livestock, and prices and markets in the serviced farming areas.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 EducationYou 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:

Applications 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 QualifiedWell 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 creativity; 
  • Ability to train and develop others.

We 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.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 80 or above excluding veteran's preference points. 

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. Selective Service

Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.  

E-Verify:  Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. 

This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read all the instructions before you begin. 

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes the following: 

1. Resume. You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or create your own; however, your resume must contain the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications. 
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire.
3. Additional Required Documents i.e., college transcripts, Veterans documents, etc. (see Required Documents section below).

To begin this process, click the "Apply Online" button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Please print your "Confirmation of your Submission to Application Manager" for your records. The online Occupational Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 13, 2014.  Applications are not screened for required documents before determining minimum qualifications. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received in the office by the close of business on or before the closing date of this announcement. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc.


Alternative Method for Submitting Your Application Materials:

If you are unable to apply online, you may fax your application materials to 1-478-757-3144. 

   ·    Click View Occupational Questionnaire to download the questions, and
   ·    Click here to download the OPM Form 1203FX, this form is used to record your responses on, and
   ·    Click here to download the required fax cover page. 

If applying online or faxing your application materials poses a hardship, please contact the servicing human resources office during core business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm central time) prior to the closing date. Requests for hardship will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Make requests in a timely manner to allow enough time to obtain documents and return the completed information to our office.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to your Occupational Questionnaire and Online Resume, other documents may be required.

1) If this vacancy announcement has a basic education requirement and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. 

2) If you are claiming Veteran Preference, submit evidence of eligibility, such as DD-214 (Member copy 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (Standard Form 15) and the proof requested on the form. 

3)  If you are a current or former federal employee please provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, position title, series and grade.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Marcia Shakur
Phone: (816)926-6781
TDD: 800-735-2966
Email: MARCIA.SHAKUR@KCC.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Farm Service Agency
Please do not send mail
Apply On-Line
Thank You, MO
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

What to Expect Next:  Once your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a qualification review of your complete application package has been made, you will be notified as to the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.  We will notify you, via your USAJOBS account, of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. 


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Job Announcement Number:

UK1039346-IN-MS

Control Number:

360502400