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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:General Field Representative

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Rural Utility Service

Job Announcement Number:DC-2014-0077D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$82,642.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 7, 2014 to Monday, August 18, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1101-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Spokane, WA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles,  Farm Service Agency permanent county employees and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.   

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Agency serves rural communities throughout the country by investing in their communities through housing and utility infrastructure, by increasing economic opportunity, and by improving the quality of life for all rural Americans.  Rural Development provides over 40 loan and grant programs in the Rural Housing and Community Facilities Services, Rural Business and Cooperative Services, and Rural Utilities Service. Rural Development supports a positive work environment and promotes diversity and inclusion for nearly 5,000 employees.

Rural Development is a dynamic organization recruiting for employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those in rural communities and will enjoy working in a fast paced and results driven organization.  Our commitment is to expand economic opportunity and quality of life in all of rural America by providing financial programs to support essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service.  Rural Development offers a friendly and professional working environment and such excellent benefits as: a generous salary, alternative work schedules, 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.

This position is located in the Southern Division, Assistant Administrator-Electric, Rural Development-Rural Utilities Services (RUS). You will serve as the General Field Representative  (GFR) for an assigned geographical area and, as such, will be responsible for a full range of expert and authoritative guidance for RUS electric distribution, generation and transmission borrowers in the assigned territory. 

For US Citizens and Nationals where no prior Federal experience is required.  This position is being concurrently announced under delegated examining procedures announcement DEU-NO-2014-5014.    

This announcement may be used to fill additional or subsequent vacancies that are identified by the organization.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 50% or Greater
  • Extensive travel is required, sometimes overnight.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • Completion of OGE 450 Form is required.
  • Completion of background investigation and /or fingerprint check.

DUTIES:

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  • Provide information and support relating to the Electric Loan programs to a broad range of existing and potential borrowers in assigned area.
  • Participate fully in Departmental activities requiring interagency coordination and cooperation to meet identified Departmental goals and objectives.
  • Instructs and guides borrowers’ officials, staff, and consultants on issues relating to the loan application process.
  • Review and analyze completed documentation in support of a loan application.
  • Make recommendations to the National Office on the suitability of the loan proposal for financing.
  • Conduct civil rights reviews of electric borrowers in order to determine compliance with Federal regulations.
  • Maintain general oversight of electric borrower financial and management policies and practices to assure the security of government loans and enforce mortgage and loan contract requirements.
  • Provide a full range of expert and authoritative guidance as it relates to Electric Program policies, procedures and requirements and provides advice and assistance on the requirements for submitting applications or other financing assistance requests.
  • Maintain general oversight of electric borrower engineering, construction, and technical operations and maintenance practices.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility reqirements by the closing date of the announcement  including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience.

GS-13: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience performing the full-range of duties providing expert and authoritative guidance as it relates to Program policies, procedures and requirements and providing advice and assistance on the requirements for submitting applications or other financing assistance requests; maintain general oversight of borrower engineering, construction, and technical operations and maintenance practices, in order to ensure compliance with the organization’s standards and policies; reviewing and analyzing completed documentation needed in support of a loan or grant applications; making recommendations on the suitability of loan proposals for financing; performing management and certifications audits; plan and conduct formal meetings, presentations, and/or training sessions to provide policy and procedural guidance to borrowers’ officials and staff, board of directors, consulting firms and other interested parties. Demonstrated knowledge of transmission, broadband, switching control, video, data communications, and operations of telecommunications systems.



•  CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.
•  Travel will be required.
•  Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
•  If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
•  To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.  This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.
•  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

  • You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
    • Financial Analysis and Management
    • Electric Utility Engineering and Analysis
    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication
  • We will review your application, including the 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.
  • Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.


To view the application form, visit: https://rus.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=9d23280f-3277-4f59-ae16-a37e0105387d


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

•  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
•  Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
•  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.
•  Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):   If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above.  Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
•  Relocation expenses are not authorized.
•  This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.  Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor. 
•  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • 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 announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents 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 a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.


Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete Application Package must be submitted and received prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date. The following documents are required for your application package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisor's phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 5) other qualifications. 
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient however, if selected; an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. 

Other required documents as applicable:

  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional: Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, federal status, position title, series and grade AND most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement as to why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • Veteran Hiring Authorities: (VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans): DD-214 (Member 4 Copy). Disabled veterans must include your VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. 
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). 
  • Certain Military Spouses under E.O. 13473: Verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage), plus Permanent Change of Station: PCS orders issued within the last 2 years, that: lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; the specific location; and the effective date of the PCS OR Military disability of 100%: verification of the member's release or discharge due to 100% disability (DD-214 and VA Letter) OR Death while serving on active duty: 1) Verification of release or discharge due to death (DD-214). 2) Verification of the member’s death (DD-1300 and Death Certificate. 3) Statement certifying they are un-remarried widow or widower of the service member.
  • Foreign Service: Most recent Foreign Service Notification of Personnel Action, showing that you were/are serving under an unlimited, career-type appointment AND have completed at least 1 year of continuous service without a break of a workday under one or more nontemporary Foreign Service appointments. 
  • CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated.
  • Peace Corps/VISTA Volunteers: Documentation of no less than 24 months (Peace Corps) or 1 year (VISTA) of continuous service and separated within 1 year of completing the qualifying service. 
  • Peace Corps Staff: Documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break in service of 3 days or more and separated within the 3 years of completing the qualifying service.
  • Certain Family Members under E.O. 12721: Most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
  • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems: Documentation of eligibility as listed in interchange agreement.
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the Office of Personnel Management: (Postal Career Service Employees, Postal Service Commission Employees, GAO, US Courts, etc.), Current Notification of Personnel Action (or equivalent) that reflects your eligibility.
  • Other Special Hiring Authorities: If you are claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority, you must submit supporting documents.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Chris Tart
Phone: 202-692-0192
Fax: 202-692-0182
Email: prentice.tart@wdc.usda.gov
Agency Information:
USDA/RD Hdqtrs Pers Svcs Br.
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington D.C.,
20250
United States
Fax: 202-692-0182

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful,  2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and  3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

DC-2014-0077D

Control Number:

377740300