GS-9: You qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, to include knowledge of the provisions, laws, regulations, procedures, practices, and documentation related to customs processes for entry and examination of imports; knowledge of the Tariff Schedules of the United States; understanding of the basic principles, factors, and terms used in determination of tariff classification and value, and knowledge of the provisions of federal laws and regulations on prohibited and restricted items and requirements for admittance into the United States and into commerce. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level.
GS-11: You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, to include knowledge of customs laws, regulations, provisions, policies and procedures governing imported transactions; knowledge of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and the classification of goods based on the different subheadings and the General and Additional U.S. Rules of Interpretations (GRI); understanding the basic principles, factors, and procedures used for determining classification, value, and admissibility of imported goods; proficient in screening incoming entry documents for compliance, admissibility and applicability of quota or other import restrictions. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level
GS-9: Successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in an accredited college or university, or a J.D. or LL.B. degree may be substituted for experience at the GS-9 grade level. Such education must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. A course of study in business administration, public administration, or related fields is qualifying. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 36 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 2 years of full-time study requirement.
GS-11: Successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in an accredited college or university, may be substituted for experience at the GS-9 grade level. Such education must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. A course of study in business administration, public administration, or related fields is qualifying. One year of fulltime graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 54 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 3 years of full-time study requirement.
Combining Experience and Education: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience also may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-9 and 11 grade levels. To combine your education and experience, you must convert each to a percentage and then add the percentages. The combined total of your percentage of education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. Add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100%.
You must meet all qualification requirements, including education, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by Friday, July 18, 2014
Training: You may be required to attend and successfully complete seven (7) weeks of Import Specialist training at the Field Office Training Academy in Charleston, SC.
Polygraph Examination: Appointment to this position may require the successful completion of a polygraph examination.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an online self-assessment questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. The knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):
Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in their resume. The KSAOs are:
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
- Knowledge of Federal laws, rules, regulations and precedents that apply to the admissibility, classification and appraisement of imported merchandise.
- Ability to make import-related decisions and judgments and ensure compliance with legal, regulatory and administrative requirements.
- Knowledge of computer software to effectively document and retrieve electronic information to support the decision-making process.
- Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing to explain tariff classification decisions.
- Ability to analyze various kinds of data and information to identify compliance errors and problems and to recommend corrective action.
- Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
- Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
- Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see View Occupational Questionnaire
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/Reduction_In_Force/employee_resources/ctap/Employee-Guideline_CTAP.asp#3a. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Veterans: Veterans with 5 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans' preference, please see: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx