GS-07: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service

DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume

must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-7: Experience working with budgets and cost tracking; reviewing and evaluating business or technical documentation; experience writing and presenting informational material; and basic experience with Information Technology (IT) systems.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:

GS-7: 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.
Education must demonstrate the competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Superior academic achievement: Persons who have completed (or expect to complete within 9 months) all the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

a. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or

b. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

All applicants must demonstrate experience in each of the four competencies listed below; the experience does not have to be IT-related.

  1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
  3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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.

This vacancy announcement has an educational requirement. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be recent graduates who within the previous 2 yrs completed, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational/technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans who were precluded from applying due to military obligations, to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2 yr eligibility period described above have 2 yrs of eligibility upon release or discharge from active duty; this cannot extend beyond 6 yrs from the date of completion of the requirements of an academic course of study.

Throughout the program, selectees will participate in job assignments to develop competencies and to enhance their academic career goals.

All eligibility and qualification requirements for the position and the Pathways Recent Graduate program must be met before entering on duty.

PROMOTION: Subsequent promotion to the next higher grade level is permissible without further competition. Promotion is not guaranteed or promised but dependent upon administrative approval and the agency’s continuing need for an actual assignment and performance at the higher level duties.

CONVERSION: After successful completion of all program requirements, the Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent position.

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

--Successfully complete at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.

--Demonstrate successful job performance.

--Meet the Office of Personnel Management’s qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted; and

--Be recommended for conversion by their supervisor.

Please be aware that conversion is neither guaranteed or promised. For more information on the Pathways Programs, please visit:


After the vacancy announcement closes, a review of your application/resume will be made to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements of the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on an assessment conducted using qualification standards, your responses to job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents, if applicable (see the Required Documents section). Veterans’ preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Program. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR 302.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Interviews may be conducted for this position. Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through their resume and responses to the online questions:

--Knowledge of budget and financial practices and procedures sufficient to assist in IT capital planning and evaluating budget and costs of Bureau IT investments.

--Interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills at a level to effectively collaborate in a dynamic team environment and to develop and convey innovative thoughts and ideas.

--Basic knowledge of enterprise level IT systems, applications, and environments in order to understand and evaluate business and technical IT documentation and assist in planning enterprise IT architecture.

--Ability to devote attention to details and apply analytical and critical thinking skills to evaluate complex IT capital planning documentation.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

In addition, applicants that are applying under a special hiring authority will be required to complete the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) occupational assessment questionnaire. Further information will be provided after the closing date of the vacancy announcement for completing the ACWA occupational assessment questionnaire. If you fail to complete the ACWA occupational questionnaire, you will no longer be considered for this position.
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