In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution such as an accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum. Note: Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that’s part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
- Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation shall have a 2-year period of eligibility to apply that begins from the date of release or discharge from active duty; however, the veteran’s eligibility period cannot extend beyond 6 years from the date of graduation.
- The Presidential Executive Order for the Pathways Programs was signed 12/27/2010 but the final regulations weren’t issued until 7/10/2012. Because of this delay, individuals who graduated between 12/27/2010 and 7/10/2012 will be eligible to apply under the Recent Graduates Program.
Applicant must possess one year specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-7) or equivalent pay band.
Specialized experience includes experience utilizing a working knowledge of the principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the European Union, other trade and/or investment related agreements and obligations of the United States and its trade partners; experience utilizing regulations and processes of a cross-section of administrative areas; experience prioritizing assignments to meet deadlines while delivering customer service to internal and external stakeholders; experience preparing written reports, memos, other documents and presenting verbally; experience with utilizing various computer applications.
Substitution of Education for Experience for GS-9: 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.
U.S. Citizenship: You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
Selective Service System: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an exemption. If selected, confirmation of registration status is required.
Probationary Period: One year probationary period may be required depending on your government status and requirement of this position.
Security Clearance: This position may require a security clearance. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.
Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. . If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" OF-306, prior to being appointed. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “gold,” “silver,” and “bronze.” However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans’ preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
- Knowledge of the World Trade Organization, the European Union or other trade and investment related agreements.
- Knowledge of a cross-section of administrative areas.
- Ability to advise others on proper procedures.
- Ability to prioritize assignments and meet deadlines.
For more information on category rating, please go to:hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/prod01_009474.pdf
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