Natural Resources Conservation Service Administrative and Program Support Specialist in United States
Summary This position is located in the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The USDA NRCS is responsible for helping America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners conserve the nation's soil, water and other natural resources. This position provides office management and administrative support to the immediate office and Field offices in the areas of, financial management, human resources management, and contract management services. Responsibilities Manages the purchase card program and provides back-up support to other organizational unites statewide as needed. Provides administrative training to employees and partners on agency operating procedures and requirements, including the use of government vehicles, and accident reporting procedures. Coordinates and manages the vehicle fleet for the Area, making recommendations to the ASTC-FO and State Office personnel on disposition or replacement of vehicles. Serves as subject matter expert for travel policy and the electronic travel system. Coordinates workshops, conferences, staff meetings, and training sessions for a wide variety of subjects. Services as timekeeper and backup timekeeper as needed and is responsible for reviewing the time and attendance information that has been entered into the timekeeper system by all employees. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. 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 (e.g. one year at the GS-07 grade level for consideration for the GS-09 grade level). Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the Federal GS-7 level or higher, that has equipped me with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. For this position, examples of specialized experience must include: Performing duties in support of a variety of business operations, administrative services, and/or management support programs and functions (e.g. leasing, information technology, procurement, purchasing, agreements, access control, training); Gathering information, identifying and analyzing issues and/or participating in activities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency f work operations in support of organizational program objective; and Using automated systems and databases to accomplish work activities, prepare spreadsheets, manipulate data and produce analysis reports and spreadsheet. Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience for the GS-9 level: you must have a master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of graduate-level education and experience, as described above, may be used to qualify for this position. This combination must have equipped you with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy. For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: General Schedule Qualification Standards (opm.gov) 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. Education You must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify all education requirements (i.e. substitution of education and/or basic education requirement). If a relevant course is not clearly qualifying (e.g. special topic, seminar, research, thesis, obscure or misleading course title, etc.), please submit an official course syllabi and/or detailed course description from the university/college for that particular course to ensure you are properly evaluated. Please note that qualifications determinations are based solely on the information submitted for each particular vacancy announcement. You must document all requirements on every vacancy; we cannot use previous determinations as a basis for rating. All required information must be received by the closing date of this announcement, and non-submission of all required documents/documentation will result in non-consideration. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. This information must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Non-submission of these documents will result in non-consideration. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation via this link. All education claimed by applicants will be verified accordingly. Important: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. Click on this link for more information. Additional Information Locality Pay: The salary for each location may vary depending on locality. Locality tables my be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/. 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. Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary, requiring no special physical demands. Work Environment: Work is performed in a typical office setting. PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of filling these positions as efficiently as possible, we are requiring the following: If called for an interview, applicants must be available to interview within 3 business days of being contacted. If a tentative job offer is extended, selectee will have 2 business days in which to accept or decline. This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the position and other flexible work arrangements. Current USDA policy includes telework for an 8 hour work day, 4 days per week; other flexibilities are possible dependent upon availability and/or the position and its associated duties. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor. Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized.