Program Support Assistant (OA)
Department Of Health And Human Services - Bethesda, MD

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The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview .

If you have experience in administrative support, AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the National Institutes of Health. This position is located in the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases. For additional information on NIAMS, please visit .


U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.

Position is subject to a background investigation.

This is a Term Appointment NTE two (2) years from appointment.

Must be able to type 40 WPM.

As a Program Support Assistant (OA), you will:
Provide direct administrative and technical support to the CDOB and the CDOB Chief.

Plan and carry out career development and outreach focused initiatives, and multi-faceted administrative duties and reponsibilities.

Handle administrative/clerical aspects of CDOB including, but not limited to the following: prepare technical reports and charts; make meeting arrangements; perform data entry; maintain contact lists; prepare formal and informational correspondence; scan medical and scientific documents; prepare requisitions for the purchase of office supplies and miscellaneous items; maintain various tracking systems and control files; m ake travel arrangements for the office to include transportation, rental car, and hotel reservations.

Maintain the CDOB records and data storage software containing IRP fellows personnel assignments/changes and training progress; help to organize and summarize information related to trainees' activities and feedback regarding programs; and provide logistical and clerical support for NIAMS and NIH-wide meetings and functions.

Minimum Requirements:
You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS- 6 level in the Federal service obtained in either the public or private sector. Examples of qualifying experience include: performing administrative support functions reference human resources, security, travel, training, files management, budget, supplies and inventory, property accountability, or space performance appraisals, and job descriptions.

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Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

Best Qualified - for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
Well Qualified - for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
Qualified - for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

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If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:




Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm of the closing date, Friday, March 09, 2012, to be considered.

The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information .

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

This position requires overnight travel that might be up to 5 times per year.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS 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. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus .

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