Pathways Recent Graduate - Save-the-Date - Announcements Opening SOON

Woodlawn, Maryland
Oct 24, 2021
Nov 01, 2021
Full Time


This Notice is to advise you that CMS will be posting Recent Graduate announcements very soon! YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR THESE JOBS VIA THIS NOTICE. Please keep checking our application links in the Students and Recent Graduates website for the projected application opportunities. You must apply through an application link in order to be considered. Inquiries associated with this Public Notice DO NOT count as an application and will not be reviewed.
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  • Management Analyst (343) - (Posting on or about 9/20/21) - Duties may include assisting with correspondence, briefing materials, responses to inquiries, and conducting studies to evaluate the effectiveness of administrative or operational policies.
  • IT Specialist (2210) - (Posting on or about 10/4/21) - Duties may include performing limited-scope, entry-level IT Specialist work that requires you to be equipped with well-established and basic IT principles, theories, concepts, and practices.
  • Health Insurance Specialist (107) - (Posting on or about 10/11/21) for Boston, MA; New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA.
  • Social Science Research Analyst (101) - (Posting on or about 10/25/21) - Duties may include conducting studies or surveys, analyzing data, responding to inquiries, and assisting with development of program policies.
  • Health Insurance Specialist (107) - (Posting on or about 11/15/21) Duties may include reviewing and revising healthcare policies, analyzing data, conducting studies, and assisting team members with projects.
  • As a Pathways Recent Graduate, you will serve in a one-year developmental program, assisting higher graded employees with the work of your assigned team.
  • A huge perk of this program is that upon successful completion of the one-year program, you are eligible for conversion to a position with a GS-12 full-performance level.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel up to 5% for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for this position.
  • You must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • You must meet all program, qualification and education requirements.
  • You will be subject to a background and suitability investigation.
  • You must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement before starting employment.



GPA Requirement: You must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the unweighted 4.0 scale upon completion of your academic degree or certificate program. (GPA 2.95 is rounded to 3.0 and 2.94 is rounded to 2.9.)

To be eligible as a Recent Graduate:
Individuals who within the previous 2 years, completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation, begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which they completed their degrees (or certification).

To be eligible as a Degree Candidate for Fall 2021:

Individuals who are degree candidates for this current semester/term, i.e. Fall 2021, scheduled to complete a qualifying Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, professional, vocational or technical degree or certificate program AND degree/certificate has not been conferred at time of application. Degree must be conferred by January 15, 2022.

You may qualify for these positions based on education, experience, or a combination of the two. Specific qualification requirements will be found on the Students and Recent Graduates website and in our USA Jobs announcements, when we are accepting applications.


There is a basic education requirement for the Social Science Research Analyst but not for the Management & Program Analyst, IT Specialist, or Health Insurance Specialist. See individual announcements for education requirements.

Additional information

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes - 2268
Tour of Duty: Flexible
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure: Not Required

Announcements will be posted in September - November 2021.

CMS understands and supports the value of diversity in improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness. We continually strive to promote a climate of innovation, opportunity, and success that capitalizes on the cultural, professional, and personal diversity of our workforce. CMS has multiple Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), such as Pride ERG, African American ERG, Veterans Assistance Committee, LatinX ERG, and many more!

Salary Range by Location:

Woodlawn, MD - $49,157 - $63,906 (GS-7)/$60,129 - $78,167 (GS-9)

Note: Additional locations MAY be posted in the vacancy announcements for positions at other CMS Offices. CMS offices are located in the following cities: Woodlawn, MD; Bethesda, MD; Washington D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Puerto Rico. Please review the vacancy announcements for specific locations.

For more information about pay based on locality, please visit the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Salaries & Wages Page .

Conversion Eligibility: Recent Graduates MAY be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a career, career-conditional, or term appointment upon completion of the Pathways Recent Graduate program if they complete their program requirements to include training and perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations. The position to which converted may have a full-performance level up to a GS-12.

Additional Forms REQUIRED Prior to Appointment:
  • Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment and the Background/Suitability Investigation - A background and suitability investigation will be required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to the successful completion of the investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. If selected, the Optional Form 306 will be required prior to final job offer. Click here to obtain a copy of the Optional Form 306 .
  • Form I-9, Employment Verification and the Electronic Eligibility Verification Program - CMS participates in the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. If selected, the Form I-9 will be required at the time of in-processing. Click here for more information about E-Verify and to obtain a copy of the Form I-9 .
  • Standard Form 61, Appointment Affidavits - If selected, the Standard Form 61 will be required at the time of in-processing. Click here to obtain a copy of the Standard Form 61 .
Additional selections may be made from this announcement for similar positions within CMS in the same geographical location. For Central Office vacancies, the "same geographical location" includes Baltimore, Maryland; Bethesda, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR THESE JOBS VIA THIS NOTICE. You must apply online via application links on our Students and Recent Graduates website or through USA Jobs , once they become available.

If you visit this website and there are no links to apply, then we are not yet accepting applications for these positions. Please check the website regularly to ensure you do not miss these job opportunities.

If you meet the minimum qualifications and education requirements for this position, your application and responses to the online occupational questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:
  • Well Qualified - for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
  • Qualified - for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of professional or scientific positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

CMS Pathways - Recent Graduate candidates will meet the qualification requirement consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Veterans' preference applies to selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Candidates who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements need not be further evaluated.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR THESE JOBS VIA THIS NOTICE. You must apply online via application links on our Students and Recent Graduates website or through USA Jobs , once they become available.

If you visit this website and there are no links to apply, then we are not yet accepting applications for these positions. Please check the website regularly to ensure you do not miss these job opportunities.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must also list your work experience and education (if applicable) including the start and end dates (mm/yyyy). For work in the Federal service, you must include the series and grade level for the position(s). For resume and application tips visit: .

2. CMS Required Documents (e.g., SF-50, DD-214, SF-15, etc.). Supporting documents may be necessary to be considered for this vacancy announcement. Click here for a detailed description of the required supporting documents . Failure to provide the appropriate documentation WILL result in an ineligible rating OR non-consideration.

3. College Transcripts. Since this position requires specific education, you must submit a transcript attesting to your possession of the required education. You must submit an unofficial transcript at time of application. An official transcript is required if you are selected for the position. If selected, you must provide an original document before the final job offer may be extended.

College Transcripts and Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website. This list, which may not be all inclusive, is for informational purposes only and does not imply any endorsement of any specific agency.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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