Construction Analyst
Department Of Agriculture - Amite, LA

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Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America by providing financial programs to support essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. Rural Development promotes economic development by providing loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools, while also assisting communities to participate in community empowerment programs. Join the Rural Development team and make a commitment to America's rural communities.

This appointment is temporary, not to exceed one year, and may be terminated at any time. If necessary, this appointment may be extended up to one year. This appointment does not confer competitive status.

On this assignment as a Construction Analyst, you will be assigned to the Amite Area Office, Amite, Louisiana. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
Background Investigation is required.
Relocation and travel expenses will not be paid.

Occasional travel is required. DUTIES:
Examines drawings and specifications and monitors construction for proposed structures and facilities to insure such proposals meet Agency requirements.

Recommends corrections to bring proposals in conformance with Agency requirements or recommends rejection if major deficiencies are found.

Prepares technically related reports, specifying changes necessary to meet Agency requirements.

Review all aspects of the proposal including designs, use of materials and equipment, and methods of construction.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
For GS-09: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07; or its non-Federal equivalent OR master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related OR a combination of education as described and specialized experience.

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study --architecture, engineering, building construction, or other fields related to the position.

NOTE: To be considered for this position, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the GS-0828 series 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 .

Specialized experience is any experience that equipped the applicant with the particular competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-09 level: Experience in the preparation or review of plans, specifications, or estimates of materials and costs for the construction, extension, alteration, or repair of buildings. Applicants should have knowledge of the residential construction field, and experience in the development of plans and specifications, and in negotiation work. This experience may have been obtained working as a contractor or as a draftsperson in an architectural engineering firm. However, any drafting experience must have provided an opportunity to acquire technical knowledge. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating will be used for this vacancy. We will review your resume and transcript (if required) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualifications you will be placed in one of three quality categories, 'Best-Qualified', 'Well-Qualified', or 'Qualified' based on your answers to the on-line occupational questions. These responses must be supported by your resume and/or other documentation you provide. Responses that are not supported by your resume and/or other documentation may be changed, which could result in a category change for your application or elimination from consideration.

The occupational questions will evaluate you on the following competencies: Construction Designs and Practices; Contract Administration; Oral Communication; Written Communication.

Names of candidates in the 'Best-Qualified' category will be sent to the selecting official for consideration.

The description of the categories is as follows:
Best-Qualified: Highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.

Well-Qualified: Competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.

Qualified: An overall basic level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.

Veterans' Preference: Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category, before non-preference eligibles in that category. Preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the Best Qualified category on the referral list. XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category. For additional information on entitlement see: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the Well-Qualified category or higher. For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.

**REMINDER** Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly support the competencies. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted.
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BENEFITS:
Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/ OTHER INFORMATION:

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: To be eligible for appointment to this position, the preferred candidate or new hire will 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, and the candidate’s original signature page(s) is/are received.

This position may be eligible for Telework.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

E-VERIFY: If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires Rural Development to use the E-VERIFY system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

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