Secretary (OA), ZS-0318-IV (GS 7/8 Equivalent)

Washington D.C.
Feb 21, 2019
Feb 21, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed


  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment
  • Merit applicants must meet time-in-grade/band requirements, as applicable
  • You must be able to type 40 WPM

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.

Basic Requirements:

To qualify for the ZS-IV position, applicants must have one year specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-06 (ZS-III at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience supporting group-level leadership or above; performing secretarial and administrative support such as managing calendars and scheduling meetings, administering time and attendance, arranging travel and related documentation, purchasing and procuring supplies, equipment and services.

IN ADDITION, applicants of either grade must be able to type 40 WPM.

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.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at http:///

Applicants may request reconsideration of their qualifications determination within three business days from the date their applicant status was changed. Applicants should email the Agency Contact listed in this vacancy announcement with their written request listing the announcement number; explaining why the original determination was improper; what factors were not considered; and, should provide any other pertinent information that would enable reevaluation. 

A probationary period may be required.
This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grade with career paths and pay bands. For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, click here.

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

Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. 

Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, salary, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level/pay band.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

Ability to
  * develop and implement office procedures
  * interact with senior level officials
  * schedule and coordinate meetings
  * coordinate with other OU division offices
  * collaborate with and support other OU division secretaries as necessary
  * manage electronic calendars
  * arrange conferences
  * use automated time and attendance system
  * arrange travel plans
  * make micro-purchases
  * reconcile bank card purchase statements 

Skill in
  * using automated software to arrange travel
  * writing, editing, and proofreading correspondence
  * preparing procurement documents

Knowledge of
  * time and attendance policies, procedures and regulations
  * travel policies, procedures, and regulations
  * automated word processing systems
  * acquisition policies, procedures and regulations 

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