Administrative Specialist
Department Of Agriculture - Huron, SD

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NOTE: We are also concurrently announcing this vacancy under:
Delegated examining (All citizens) Vacancy #UK798392SD-AD at the GS-7.
Merit Promotion (Internal status applicants) Vacancy #UK797978- SD -DT at the GS-7.
All Sources (Internal/external applicants) Vacancy #UK798014-SD-DT at the GS-9.
Persons wishing to be considered for all announcements must submit separate application packages.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your career. Be part of our team and support the well-being of American agriculture and the American public.

FSA's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FSA offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All interested persons may apply. You need not be a current or former Federal employee to apply.

FARM SERVICE AGENCY (FSA) COUNTY EMPLOYEES: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.


You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.

Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

Meet educ/exp requirements. Financial disclosure will be required.

Complete Occupational Questionnaire and submit resume/supporting documents.

This position is assigned to the Executive Officer , Administrative Branch, located in Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota.

The selectee:
Assists the Executive Officer in planning, coordinating, and monitoring a variety of administrative management services provided to the State and County Offices. Major responsibilities include a variety of areas.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

You may start at the GS-9 level if you have the following qualifications:

Successful completion of 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree with a major in social or behavioral sciences or in such fields as business or public administration or industrial management, psychology, or education; OR
One full-time year of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-7 level in the Federal service that demonstrate competence in administrative work. Experience that demonstrates a fundamental knowledge in administrative specialties such as management analysis, training, support services such as leasing and property managerment, procurement, travel, and work measurement/internal controls; OR
A combination of education and experience as listed above.

College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the time-in-grade restriction.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint clearance) and a background investigation.

We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, 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 (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens - If you meet the qualification requirements based on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position and your responses to the automated scoring system, your application will be placed in one of the three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

For Merit Promotion Applicants - If you meet the qualification requirements, you will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. An automated scoring system, based on your responses to the online application process is used to determine the Best Qualified applicants.

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.

Permanent employees are eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave. For additional information on benefits click here .

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 80 or above excluding veteran's preference points.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .

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