Farm Service Agency Administrative Specialist in Columbia, South Carolina
This position is located in the Farm Service Agency, Deputy Administrator for Farm Loan Programs OR Farm Program Office, Administrative Branch, located in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina. The selectee provides support in areas including administrative support, project assistance, tracking of daily correspondence, control of and full responsibility for the Director's and Deputy Director's daily calendars. Responsibilities also involve analyzing/evaluating administrative functions.
Provides a variety of administrative and management services essential to the direction and operation of a division under FSA Headquarters.
Functions include activities related to administrative analysis, facilities management, security, travel, budget, purchasing and invoicing, tracking and project administration.
Manages a variety of administrative processes and ensures that procedures meet office needs and are consistently understood and followed by the staff
Establishes and continually reviews, updates, and develops complex administrative office procedures that affect the orderly and efficient flow of work within the office and with parties and agencies outside the organization.
Conditions of Employment
For the GS-7 level: A bachelor's degree in human resources, social or behavioral sciences or in such fields as business or public administration or industrial management, psychology, labor relations, or education from an accredited college or university with either: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; 2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study; 3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college; 4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies; OR One year of graduate education from an accredited college or university with a major in human resources, social or behavioral sciences or in such fields as business or public administration or industrial management, psychology, labor relations, or education; OR One full-time year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level of the Federal service that demonstrates experience providing administrative support to coordinate priorities, commitments and program goals of an office. This includes providing technical assistance for support services, budget/project tracking, program analysis and skill in using various software packages to prepare reports. OR A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above. For the GS-9 level: Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's, or equivalent graduate degree (LLB, JD, LLM, Ph.D., etc.), from an accredited college or university with a major in human resources, social or behavioral sciences or in such fields as business or public administration or industrial management, psychology, labor relations, or education; OR One full-time year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level of the Federal service that demonstrates experience providing administrative support to coordinate priorities, commitments and program goals of an office. This includes providing technical assistance for support services, budget/project tracking, program analysis and skill in using various software packages to prepare reports; experience includes coordinating the work of others and independently setting procedures and guidelines for others to follow. OR A combination of education and experience as listed above. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement 11/30/2020 including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined. Time in grade: Current federal employees applying for a promotion opportunity must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirement of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp. 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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit with your application package evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately accredited by an accredited body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. Education standards. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process; however, if selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Please refer to the "How to Apply" section for instructions on submitting the transcript.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP or RPL eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized.