Program Assistant [Kennan Institute]

Washington D.C.
Apr 19, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - Up to 10%

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses may be authorized.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • May be required to complete a probationary period.
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit.
  • All Qualifications criteria must be met by the closing date of announcement.

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet criteria in (1) and (2) below.

    (1) Selective Factor (SF): Proficiency with the Russian language to perform written and oral fluency requirements is mandatory for this position. A selective factor is an essential requirement for successful performance that cannot be reasonably acquired on the job during a customary period of orientation or training. Applicants who do not meet the SF, which must be supported on the résumé, will not be eligible for further consideration for this position.

    (2) Specialized Experience:

    For GS-6: Applicants must have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the Grade 5 grade level in the Federal service providing administrative support functions including arranging travel and hotel accommodations, completing purchase orders, and drafting and proofreading correspondence for correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling in English and Russian.

    For GS-7:
    Applicants must have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the Grade 6 level in the Federal service performing administrative support functions including arranging travel and hotel accommodations; completing purchase orders, coordinating events; and drafting and proofreading correspondence for correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling in English and Russian.

    One year of GRADUATE level education directly related to the work of the position or a combination of relevant education and specialized experience meets the qualification requirements of the position at GS-7.

    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.

    In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

    All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing organization. See REQUIRED DOCUMENTS for details on appropriate forms to submit with your application.

    CTAP/ICTAP: To receive special priority consideration for eligible displaced Federal employees, you must rate a score of 85 or better on the established ranking criteria. Additional information can be found at CTAP/ICTAP.

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

    Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement.

    Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade or higher. For additional information, see Veteran Information.

    Qualifying applications will be placed into one of the following categories:

    1. Gold (Best Qualified)
    2. Silver
    3. Bronze
    Applications in the Best Qualified category will be evaluated to ensure that the Specialized Experience and other eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the résumé and supplemental documents submitted.

    You will be rated based on the following competencies:
    1. Administrative Functions
    2. Oral Communication
    3. Written Communication
    4. Outreach and Media
    5. Event Planning
    6. Travel Regulations
    7. Office Automation

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