Associate Farm Credit Administration (Bank) Examiner - Recent Graduates
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Recent graduates who are U.S. citizens and have completed a qualifying degree(s) (see qualifications tab of this announcement) within the previous two years by the date of application and students scheduled to receive their qualifying degree no later than June 11, 2018. Veterans precluded from applying due to their military service obligation have up to six years to apply.
Note: Recent graduates with a Bachelor's degree in a qualifying field will have a starting salary of $50,000 per year and recent graduates with a Master's degree in a qualifying field will have a starting salary of $52,000 per year. Locality pay, which is paid in addition to the base salary noted above, is: Bloomington, MN, 17.52%; Irving, TX, 18.12%; McLean, VA, 24.58%; Greenwood Village, CO, 17.81%; and Sacramento, CA, 20.46% (locality rates are subject to change). In addition, selectees are eligible for a recruitment bonus. Applicants may select only 1 location in which to be considered. Thus, please be certain the location you pick is an area in which you are willing to fully relocate. There are up to 15 total positions available across 5 locations.
These positions are being filled using the Pathways Recent Graduates Program. Please ensure you review the qualifications section of this announcement closely for eligibility requirements.
The ideal candidate for the Associate FCA Examiner position is a recent graduate with a Finance, Accounting, or Agricultural Business degree having at least six credit hours in Finance and Accounting and a GPA above 3.0. If selected, you will travel (during the weekday) up to 50 percent of the time and undertake a rigorous 4-5 year training program consisting of proficiency exams during the first 2 years and culminating with a Commissioning Test. You will spend the majority of the time analyzing the financial condition and performance of the financial institutions FCA regulates as well as evaluating individual credit risk, board governance, and management effectiveness. You will document all analytical work with supporting facts and write external reports and present examination findings and conclusions to external parties.
Employment for these positions will begin on or about June 11, 2018.
These positions are being filled at the VH-34 (equivalent to the GS-07) and VH-35 (equivalent to the GS-09) levels with promotion potential to the VH-39 level (equivalent to the GS-13) if converted from the Recent Graduate program.Learn more about this agency
50% or less - See "Key Requirements" for travel details
Relocation expenses reimbursed
- U.S. Citizenship at time of application
- This position requires approximately 50% weekday travel
- This position has a 2-Year Trial Period
- Applicants must be available for employment on or about June 11, 2018
- Applicants must complete degree requirements by June 11, 2018
- Applicants must submit both undergrad/grad transcripts, if applicable
- Must be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program (See Qualifications)
- Creditworthiness Check and Background Investigation – post employment
- Must complete initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required
- Must submit veteran's preference documentation (for veterans only)
All qualification requirements, including completion of education, must be met by June 11, 2018. For those using Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) to qualify, GPA requirements must be met by time of application.
1. ELIGIBILITY FOR PATHWAYS RECENT GRADUATE PROGRAM
- To be eligible for this position, you must be a college graduate from a qualifying educational institution with an undergraduate and/or Master's degree (see required fields of study noted in 2 below), within 2 years of your application.
- Students scheduled to receive their qualifying degree (see required fields of study noted in 2 below) no later than June 11, 2018 are also eligible.
- Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as many as six years after degree completion to apply.
2. DEGREES REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION
Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study - Accounting, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Finance, Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Banking, Business Administration, Commercial/Banking Law, Dairy Science, Economics, Finance, Marketing - or areas of major study directly related to the position.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .
TO QUALIFY AT THE VH-34 LEVEL (GS-07 equivalent), applicants must have ONE of the following:
A) One (1) full year (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) of graduate level study education AND an undergraduate degree by June 11, 2018. Both the graduate work and undergraduate degree are in one of the following fields: Accounting, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Finance, Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Banking, Business Administration, Commercial/Banking Law, Dairy Science, Economics, Finance, Marketing - or areas of major study directly related to the position. (Must submit transcripts with application)
B) A bachelor's degree (in Accounting, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Finance, Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Banking, Business Administration, Commercial/Banking Law, Dairy Science, Economics, Finance, Marketing - or areas of major study directly related to the position) AND have superior academic achievement (SAA) by June 11th, 2018. To qualify for SAA, applicants must have met one of the following:
i. A grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all completed undergraduates courses or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study at the time of application.
ii. A grade-point average of "B+" (a GPA of 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study at the time of application.
iii. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, University or major subdivision.
iv. Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
TO QUALIFY AT THE VH-35 LEVEL (GS-09 equivalent):
A) You must have or will possess a masters or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B. or J.D.) and undergraduate degree by June 11, 2018. Both the graduate degree and undergraduate degree are in one of the following fields: Accounting, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Finance, Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Banking, Business Administration, Commercial/Banking Law, Dairy Science, Economics, Finance, Marketing - or areas of major study directly related to the position. (Must submit transcripts with application)
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other valid proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
Active Duty Service Members - You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veterans' Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. For more information on Veteran Authorities, consult the Vet Guide at: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).
All FCA employees are subject to the conflict of interest laws and Standards of Ethical Conduct imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report.
FCA's supplemental ethics regulations restrict certain FCA employees concerning their direct or indirect interests in, or connections with, Farm Credit System institutions. These rules also require all employees to obtain approval for outside employment or business activities. Please contact the FCA HR Office at 703-883-4135 for additional information on these rules.
You may be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to a term or permanent competitive service position.
The FCA uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The assessments for this job will measure the following competencies:
Assessment Questionnaire Competencies:
- Conscientiousness/Work Motivation
- Interest and Willingness
- Oral Communication
- Researching and Investigating
Online Assessment Battery (once successfully passed the questionnaire):
- Attention to Detail
- Customer Service
- Interpersonal Skills
- Stress Tolerance
- Mathematical Reasoning