Printing Services Assistant (COTA)

Falls Church, Virginia
Oct 16, 2017
Oct 16, 2017
Full Time

This is a Career Opportunities Training Agreement (COTA) announcement and can only be filled by reassignment or change-to-lower-grade. You must hold (or have held) a permanent position at or above GS-06, OR Wage Grade equivalent to be eligible under this COTA announcement.

This vacancy is being announced separately for applicants who meet the full-qualifications.
Read the QUALIFICATIONS section before you proceed.
If you already meet the full qualifications, consider applying under SV-10051400 instead.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: SSA employees whose permanent OR temporary duty station is in the Washington, DC/Falls Church, VA Headquarters (including Springfield, VA Mega-Site, Alexandria, VA (Ford Avenue) and Arlington, VA) commuting area and employees filing under the SSA-4100 provision.

The SSA-4100 provision applies to employees whose permanent or temporary duty station is outside of the Washington, DC/Falls Church, VA Headquarters (including Springfield, VA Mega-Site, Alexandria, VA (Ford Avenue) and Arlington, VA) commuting area.

Employees who currently have an Availability for Assignment form (SSA-4100) on file will not be automatically considered for this position. Employees applying under the 4100 process must complete the electronic filing procedures listed in the How to Apply section.

Applications will be accepted from SSA employees in the area of consideration who are currently serving under the following types of appointments: Schedule A, Reg. 213.3102 (U) appointments for individuals with disabilities; Veterans Recruitment Appointments; and time limited appointments for veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Applicants serving under these provisions do not need to submit copies of your disability or Veteran's documentation. However, you must submit a current SF-50 that provides information on the appointment authority under which you were hired. Otherwise, you will not receive consideration.

NOTE: Excepted service employees serving under Schedule A appointments for Attorney positions or Pathways Programs appointments (Presidential Management Fellows, Recent Graduates, and Interns) are not eligible for consideration.

LOCATION: Office of Adjudication and Review, Office of Budget, Facilities and Security, Division of Material Resources, Media Productions Branch, Falls Church, VA.

TOUR OF DUTY: Flextime | Full-time | Alternate work schedules may be available.


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Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Applicants must be in good standing.
  • Applicants must have a fully successful rating of record.
  • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.
  • Applicants will be rated using a 100-point scale and evaluated according to the following criteria:

    • Experience Assessment*: 50 points
    • Performance Appraisal: 35 points
    • Awards: 10 points
    • Career Achievements: 5 point
    *Experience Assessment -- Your SSA-45 should describe actual duties you perform that demonstrate how you meet the following knowledge, skills and abilities
    • Ability to perform administrative tasks. (Maximum 16 Points)
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing. (Maximum 17 Points)
    • Skill in using software applications, such as Word, Excel, etc. (Maximum 17 Points)
    The minimum qualifications for this position have been modified under the Career Opportunities Training Agreement (COTA). Applicants must receive 50% of the total points for the KSAs identified for the position in order to minimally qualify for this position.

    Total Points Possible: 50


    If you meet the full qualifications, you are not eligible under this COTA announcement. Consider applying for this position under SV-10051400 instead.

    FULL QUALIFICATIONS - At least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-5 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes printing and publishing processes and equipment and facility production capabilities; Knowledge and skill to set up, monitor, adjust, and operate equipment and controls; skill in operating scanners and creating images or documents.

    If you do not meet any of the full qualifications above, you may apply under this COTA announcement if you meet the following:

    MODIFIED COTA QUALIFICATIONS - you must hold a permanent position at or above GS-06 or wage grade equivalent AND must have at least 52 weeks of experience performing general duties. *Qualifying duties must be at a level equivalent to GS-5 or above and include using computers and automated systems to complete work assignments, gather and organize information, and maintain records; filing and/or disseminating informational material; and communicating effectively, both orally and in writing. Such experience must be clearly described in your SSA-45.

    Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    This COTA position can only be filled by reassignment or change-to-lower-grade, so there are no time-in-grade requirements. Note that time-in-grade is a separate requirement from 52 weeks of specialized experience.

    Employees who are changed-to-lower-grade into COTA positions will have their salaries set in accordance with SSA Salary Setting Policy (e.g., if your current salary exceeds the maximum salary listed, you will be entitled to pay retention at your current salary).

    Position to be filled under the provisions of the SSA/AFGE Merit Promotion Plan. Additional selections may be made within 3 months of the date of the initial selection.

    Selectee(s) under this vacancy announcement will enter into a Career Opportunities Training Agreement (COTA) - this vacancy announcement can only be filled by reassignment or change-to-lower-grade.

    Applicants who meet any of the full qualification requirements (see Qualifications) for this position should apply under SV-10051400 instead.

    LOCALITY PAY: Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Candidates currently receiving a higher locality pay than the office applied for are advised that should they be selected, they will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay.

    OTHER NOTES: This position is a career ladder leading to GS-7.
    This position is not eligible for telework.
    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    Only 1 vacancy will be filled between SV-10051400 Printing Services Assistant and SV-10051759 Printing Services Assistant (COTA).

    The work requires long periods of standing, frequent bending, stooping and walking during equipment setup, adjustment, operation and maintenance. The incumbent lifts, on a recurring basis, light to moderately heavy objects (under 50 pounds) such as boxes of paper, chemicals, and other equipment supplies.

    The work is performed in a copier/duplicating production center. Moderate risks and/or discomforts occur from paper dust, machine noise, dry ink, glue, etc. Extra safety precautions are required when cleaning jams from the finishing unit and fuse (to avoid burns from extremely hot surfaces).

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants will be assessed using the rating criteria listed in the following link:

    This is a COTA vacancy announcement that will result in selectees being placed into a training program designed to help you meet the full qualifications for the position - you are not eligible for this vacancy announcement if you already meet the full qualifications (see QUALIFICATIONS section). READ THAT PAGE CAREFULLY - if you meet the full qualifications, apply for SV-10051400 instead.

    You are eligible to apply under this COTA announcement ONLY if you hold (or previously held) a permanent position at or above GS-6 OR Wage Grade equivalent AND you do not meet the Full Qualifications stated above.

    Your preliminary rating will consist of the following: first, your eligibility for this vacancy will be verified. If you provide a response to the online questionnaire that indicates you are not eligible, or you are otherwise found ineligible during this part of the review, you will not receive further consideration. Choose your responses carefully!

    Your SSA-45 must also support your answers to the questionnaire. It isn't necessary to address each question individually, but you should provide a clear description of the duties you perform that pertain to the experience needed for this position. If you choose to provide narrative responses to the experience questions, it's suggested that you first complete the SSA-45 (which demonstrates that you have the required experience) and then provide narrative responses in a separate document.

    If you are among the highest-ranked applicants and your SSA-45 clearly demonstrates that you meet the stated qualifications at the indicated grade level, your name will be referred to the selecting official and your applicable documents will be forwarded for further review.

    Please answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. When answering the questionnaire, remember that your experience is subject to verification by the selecting official. You may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience to support your answers or you may be required to verify a response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability to perform a task.

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