Pathways Recent Graduate - Financial & Loan Business Specialist

Washington D.C.
Sep 21, 2018
Sep 21, 2018
Analyst, Business, Finance
Full Time

Occasional travel - 1-5 days

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


Placement in the program confers no right to conversion to a career conditional appointment. To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:

• Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position.
• Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
• Have at least 1-year of continuous work experience;
• Receive a satisfactory recommendation by his/her mentor.
• Meet training requirements as specified in the USDA Pathways Programs Training Plan.
• Must sign a USDA Pathways Program Participant Agreement.
• Participants will serve a trial period for the duration of the excepted service appointment.
• Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
•  Perform their job successfully and satisfactory.
•  Must be 16 years of age
•  All requirements must be met by the closing of this announcement.
•  To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.  This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by the grade level.   

For the GS-07 level: Applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level; or its non-Federal equivalent that demonstrates: knowledge of loans, grants, and loan guarantees for the construction and operation of telecommunication systems; ability to apply analytical techniques to identify and resolve basic loan and financial issues and recommend solutions;  knowledge of policies and regulations involving loans, grants, or loan guarantees; ability to monitor reports;  ability to compose routine correspondence to applicants and borrowers; ability to utilize automated systems in processing actions OR completed one full year of graduate level study OR Bachelor’s degree with Superior Academic Achievement (SAA).  Equivalent combination of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

1.  Class standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating   class in the college, university, or major subdivision, based on completed courses.
2.  Grade-point average - Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum; OR 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
3.  Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.

Note: To be considered for this position, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the GS-1101 series set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement.  A copy is available at: .

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.

All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

•  BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
•  Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
•  E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
•  If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
•  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
• This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements under supervisor approval.
•  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
•  This is a bargaining unit designated position.

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

Individuals will be evaluated against OPM qualification standard for the position being filled.  NOTE: To be considered for Pathways Recent Graduate positions, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement. A copy is available at:  http://www.opm .gov/qualifications/index.asp

Each applicant will receive a determination of eligible or ineligible.

We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that minimum qualification requirements are met.

Qualified applicants eligible for veteran's preference will be referred and considered ahead of non-veterans.

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Drug test required No

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