Grants Management Assistant
Department Of Agriculture - Golden, CO

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position will serve as a Grants Management Specialist performing duties related to grants and agreements for the Rocky Mountain Region. This position is located in the Regional Office, Grants and Agreements staff in Golden, Colorado.

For more information about the duties of this position, please contact the supervisor, Monica Cordova at 303-275-5068 or mcordova@fs.fed.us.

This position is being concurrently announced under the MERIT Announcement 13-0200-0852G-SSP which will also open on 01/04/2013 and close on 01/18/2013. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a United States Citizen in order to Apply.

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES:
Duties and Responsibilities below are based on the full performance level of the position, GS-07, and they include but are not limited to:

Provides a full range of grants and agreements support to the regional Grants Management Specialists, including monitoring, reviewing, tracking all grant and agreement actions to include reports, payments, closeouts, and all other required documentation.

Assists Grants Management Specialists, in the preparation of grants and agreements modifications and administrative actions.

Documents grants and agreements transactions and keeps necessary case files/records/reports for each individual transaction.

Serves as first point of contact for inquiries on various grants and agreements issues including data or financial processing issues. Contacts program managers, grantees/cooperators and other related officials to obtain required information and to resolve technical and financial problems associated with the grants/agreements management information system.

Uses several types of software such as spreadsheets, templates, electronic databases, word processing documents, publishing and graphics applications to generate specific grants management working documents and forms.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify at the GS-06 grade level in the 1101 series, the applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level; OR 6 months (Approximately 9 Semester Hours) of graduate education (above a Bachelor’s degree) in coursework that is directly related to the work of the position and has given the applicant the knowledge and skills required by the position; OR a combination of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience.

To qualify at the GS-07 grade level in the 1101 series, the applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 grade level; OR 1 Year (Approximately 18 Semester Hours) of graduate education (above a Bachelor’s degree) in coursework that is directly related to the work of the position and has given the applicant the knowledge and skills required by the position; OR a combination of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience.

Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled and has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of Specialized Experience for this position may include: Reviewed and monitored grants and agreements documents which could include reporting or financial information. Worked with program managers and grantees to obtain required information to input grant and agreement information into electronic databases or spreadsheets. Prepare grants and agreements reports.

The Education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university by the U.S. Department of Education and demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=617174b0-3ac1-4994-901a-a13c009cc548

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
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OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

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 or guaranteed.

The full performance level of this position is GS-07. If the incumbent is selected at the GS-06 grade level, they will be non-competitively promoted to the GS-07 grade level after completing time-in-grade, specialized experience and performance requirements. Typically this occurs after 12 months (52 weeks) at the lower grade level, but can vary based on individual circumstances.

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.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check our website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs for general information on the Forest Service.

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