To qualify for the GS-13 grade level you must have one full year of specialized experience. You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level

in the federal service. Specialized experience may include one or more of the following:
  • Experience consulting on/collaborating with or preparation of projects for financial assistance from the EDA or other Federal agency
  • Demonstrated experience with federal and state agencies, local governments and universities in preparing economic development assistance applications; addressing application deficiencies; and administering projects emphasizing long-term economic development
  • Experience developing relationships, networks and coalitions with proponents and/or stakeholders to ensure a continuous inventory of potential investment projects that address economic development.
  • Experience analyzing and communicating sound and authoritative recommendations on highly complex and sensitive economic development business/industry issues/policies

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

For GS-13 level: There is no education substitution for this grade level.

Applicants must meet requirements by 11:59pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement.

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.

Security Clearance : Any required investigations must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

Qualification Requirements: Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Standards Handbook, which contains federal
qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at

1. EDA will not provide office space for this position unless the position is assigned to a Regional Office. Consistent with other field-based Economic Development Representatives, field-based EDRs, at their own expense, are expected to establish a residence in the respective state named in this announcement.

2. Travel to and from another residence to the designated duty station will be considered commuting and will not be reimbursed or considered as official duty hours.


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:

  1. Knowledge of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended, particularly in regard to construction projects, revolving loan fund grants, technical assistance and planning projects, and/or capacity building projects involving university center activities or regional strategic transformational studies.
  2. Knowledge of the application of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative evaluative methods, techniques, and related EDA administrative laws, policies, regulations, guidelines and precedents for the analysis and assessment of investment project applications.
  3. Skill in reviewing project data against program data and projections to ensure regulatory compliance of an application and make recommendations to approve/discontinue application processing.
  4. Ability to assess regional economic trends, strengths, and weaknesses in order to identify the highest impact, highest policy-priority projects in development-ready distressed communities.
  5. Ability to build coalitions with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations to reach consensus or achieve common goals.
  6. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

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