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Job Title:Administrative Officer

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:DEU-14-1159274-AN

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

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$39,197.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 to Wednesday, July 23, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Brookings, SD View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

As an Administrative Officer for the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Brookings, South Dakota, the incumbent provides leadership in the management of business functions in support of research programs. The incumbent works closely with the management team to efficiently and effectively carry out all administrative operations. Such functions include management advisory services, budget, human resources, agreements, purchasing and contracting, safety, and facilities.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-5 nights per month may be required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Svc., or exemp
  • Subject to favorable adjudication of a background investigation
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period
  • Must have a valid Driver's License


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  • Performs a variety of administrative duties in support of office functions.
  • Provides technical guidance and assistance to employees and management on a full range of administrative functions.
  • Manages all phases of budget formulation, execution, and administration.
  • Informs management and employees of human resources rules, policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Manages the procurement program by anticipating long and short term needs and planning accordingly to procure supplies and services.
  • Supervises employees by assigning and evaluating work, and by defining objectives, priorities, and deadlines.


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Minimum Qualifications for the GS-07 Grade Level: To qualify for this position at the GS-05 level, you must meet ONE of the requirements below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Providing guidance and assistance to employees and managers on a full range of administrative functions.
  • Reviewing current procedures for internal processing of administrative work and recommending improvements to work flow and efficiency.
  • Assisting in phases of budget formulation, execution, and administration.
  • Serving as a liaison for a wide range of human resources issues.
  • Assisting managers and staff with procurement and contracting issues, procedures, regulations, and alternatives.
  • (This experience must be clearly demonstrated in your resume).


Education: One full academic year of graduate level education in finance, business administration, accounting, public administration, or other closely related field. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that information cannot be determined; one year will be defined as 18 semester hours. (NOTE: You must submit copies of your transcripts if using education to qualify).


Superior Academic Achievement (SAA): SAA at the baccalaureate level is fully qualifying for the GS-7 grade level. To qualify for SAA, you must have completed all requirements for a bachelor's degree in finance, business administration, accounting or other closely related field and meet one of the following:

  1. A grade point average of "B" (a GPA of 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
  2. A grade point average of "B+" (a GPA of 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
  3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision.
  4. Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. **If more than 10 percent of your courses were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honorary society** (NOTE: You must submit copies of your transcripts if using education to qualify)


Combination: You may qualify for this position if you have a percentage of the specialized experience described above and a percentage of the graduate education described above such that when the two percentages are added together, they total at least 100 percent. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent. (NOTE: You must submit copies of your transcripts if using education to qualify)

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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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 Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.


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The Federal service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at


  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, surplus or displaced Federal employee must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and be rated and determined to be well qualified. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
  • 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 1-9 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.
  • Position has promotion potential to the next higher level once all legal and regulatory requirements are met to include management’s certification of the continuing need for performance of duties at the higher grade level.


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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 job announcement. We are available to assist you during normal business hours. Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hard copy application packages 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 an as-needed basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

To begin, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register, answer the required questions, create a resume, and submit all necessary documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on “Application Status.” Click on the position title, and then select “Apply Online. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


  • Resume clearly describing your experience related to this position as described in the “Major Duties,” “Qualifications,” and “How you will be evaluated” sections of this announcement.
  • Responses to the on-line Occupational Questionnaire
  • If you are a veteran and you are claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. For competitive service positions, active duty service members expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days: you may be granted tentative preference by submitting a “certification” document in lieu of a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214. This “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of the submission of the certification. Veteran’s preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
  • If you are claiming 10-point veteran’s preference based on service-connected disability, in addition to the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference, plus the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  For more information on veterans’ preference see
  • If you are using education to qualify (or if there is an education requirement) you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. You must submit with your application evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately accredited by an accrediting 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 web site at  You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcripts; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. 
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application.


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You may track progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interview and selection. We will notify you, via your USAJOBS account, of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. Log in to your USAJOBS account at to check your application status. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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