This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC).
The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.
This position is located in the Child Nutrition Division; Program Analysis and Monitoring Branch. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!
FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
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The following are the duties of this position at the GS-07 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. As a Program Assistant, you will:
Answer inquiries in the program area concerning correspondence, telephone and walk-in program questions;
Review jackets for procedural and grammatical accuracy and conformance with general policy;
Make arrangements for conferences and meetings, including space, time, people, etc.;
Advise staff regarding travel regulations, policies, and procedures. After travel prepares and types vouchers for supervisor;
Establish and maintain necessary subject matter and other file or records required in connection with the work;
Be responsible for general training of clerical help in proper office procedures; and
Assist higher level employees in the development of special projects.
In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
Minimum Qualification Requirement:
For GS-06 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes performing day-to-day administrative functions such as: tracking correspondence, preparing reports, and reviewing written materials for grammatical accuracy; as well as collecting, analyzing, and reviewing information for special projects.
For GS-07 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes performing day-to-day administrative functions such as: tracking correspondence, preparing reports, and reviewing written materials for grammatical accuracy; as well as collecting, analyzing, and reviewing information for special projects, and making all necessary arrangements for large conferences and meetings such as: accomodations and scheduling .
Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
Responses to the online questions, and
Required supporting documents.
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
Ability to independently provide answers to questions, and respond to information requests regarding program policies;
Ability to prepare and evaluate a variety of written documents to convey information;
Ability to perform varied administrative functions; and
Ability to analyze a variety of data related to work programs.
Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
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Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
This is a bargaining-designated position.
If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.
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. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
Successfully complete a background investigation.
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