Administrative Operations Assistant (OA), GS-0303-5/6/7 (RW-DE)
Interior, US Geological Survey - Menlo Park, CA

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  • Are you an administrative professional looking for a position in the Federal workforce?*Do you have a passion for providing customer service?If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you. Apply today!Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? NoWhy Is It Great To Work For The USGS?Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S.
Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today!As an unbiased, multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology , geography , geology , geospatial information , water , the U.S. Geological Survey is dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us.

The USGS is the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, who collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. For more information about the USGS, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/great.html .What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?There are 2 vacancies that will be filled at the GS-5, GS-6 or GS-7 level. This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.This vacancy is being announced concurrently with PAC-2011-0246 that is open to current and former Federal employees and certain veterans.The salary range above is only reflective of salary progression once in the grade.Starting salary per year GS-5: $37,073; GS-6: $41,325; GS-7: $45,923KEY REQUIREMENTS:Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.Back to top DutiesAdditional Duty Location Info:Menlo Park, CAAs an Administrative Operations Assistant in the Earthquake Science Center some of your specific duties will include:GS-5 -Coordinate and process bankcard statements reconciling and making adjustments of obligations in automated financial management system-Make airline/hotel reservations for travelers; process travel vouchers in automated travel management system-Maintain office supply inventory; order supplies using individual purchase card-Serve as vehicle coordinator; prepare usage reports and maintenance records-Control incoming correspondence and action documents; sort and distribute mail; type correspondence; maintain central files and recordsGS-6/7:-Serve as travel specialist advising on procedures/regulations; prepare routine and foreign travel authorizations and vouchers; monitor travel reports and coordinate/resolve discrepancies-Serve as Center's timekeeper; maintain and process time and attendance using automated time and attendance system-Maintain/oversee bankcards, reconciling daily transactions and payment in automated financial and budget management system (FBMS)-Obligate and process payment via remote data entry to the FBMS; use Basis+ to determine payment status-Receive/review/pay vendor invoices; research and resolve discrepancies; prepare documentation to effect adjustments-Assist with fiscal year-end budget close-out; provide documentation for preparation of accruals and adjustments; ensure proper accounts are charged-Perform a variety of clerical and administrative dutiesThe GS-06 grade level requires performance of tasks similar in nature to those described in the above listing of major duties.

At GS-06 grade level the employee is assigned work designed to further develop and refine knowledge and skills. Assignments will typically combine productive work with ongoing training and instruction. Supervision received at the lower grade level will be closer with oversight and review being provided more frequently.Back to top Qualifications and EvaluationsQUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/0303.html .If you are qualifying based on specialized experience, you must meet the requirements listed below:For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/0303.html .If you are qualifying based on specialized experience, you must meet the requirements listed below:To qualify for the GS-5 based on specialized experience, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience in or directly related to this position that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position that is equivalent to at least the GS-4 level of work in the Federal service. Example of GS-4 level work: Performs a full range of assignments consisting of related steps, processes or methods; responses differ in nature and sequence; requires knowledge of an organization's programs and operations, rules and processes.

Exercises initiative in completing recurring assignments; uses judgment in selecting appropriate guidelines and procedures from among a number of specific references.To qualify for the GS-6 based on specialized experience, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience in or directly related to this position that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position equivalent to at least the GS-5 level of work in the Federal service. Example of GS-5 level work: Performs standard and nonstandard assignments involving different and unrelated processes or methods in varying sequence; work requires extensive knowledge of rules, operations, or business practices. Follows accepted practices in resolving nonrecurring problems and meeting deadlines; completed products are evaluated for effectiveness in meeting goals; extensive guidelines in the form of instructions, manuals, and regulations are applied.To qualify for the GS-7 based on specialized experience, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience in or directly related to this position that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position equivalent to at least the GS-6 level of work in the Federal service. Example of GS-6 level work: 1) Processes a wide variety of transactions subject to different sets of rules and regulations.

Regarded as an expert source of information on processing transactions; completed work is reviewed for conformance with policy and regulatory requirements; numerous and varied guidelines are adapted and applied; 2) Performs a segment of the evaluative work of an administrative function; identifies issues or problems and seeks alternative solutions consistent with applicable regulations. Works independently in completing assignments; completed work is reviewed for effectiveness in meeting goals; guidelines such as regulations, evaluation criteria, and precedents have gaps in specificity.You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and/or grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements.

You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.htmlAre There Any Special Requirements For This Position?A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies:Administrative regulations/proceduresAdministrative supportFinancial management proceduresFederal budget processCustomer servicePlan and organize workTravelOffice automationRegulations/procedural guidanceInterpersonal communicationBasis of Rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above.

Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU MAY BE RATED INELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION IF your resume does not include all of the following information regarding your experience: Job title (include series and grade if a Federal job); starting and ending dates for employment (month and year); hours worked per week; employer's name/address, supervisor's name and phone number; and your duties and accomplishments. To preview questions please click here .Back to top Benefits and Other InfoBENEFITS: Working for the U.S.

Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here . OTHER INFORMATION: Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date.

Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.Back to top How To ApplyHOW TO APPLY: Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C.

time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet.

If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement:1)Click the blue Apply Online button.2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile.3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application.4)Check the Certification box and click the Apply for this position now! button located at the bottom of the screen.5)Address Core profile questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy.6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7)If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk .

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit a DD-214, SF-15 and supporting documents (e.g., official statement from the Department of Veterans' Affairs) within 48 hours of the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to do so, you will only be granted 5-point tentative preference if appropriate. Required documents may be emailed, faxed, mailed or hand delivered to the servicing personnel office (see 'Contact Information'). For more information on veterans' preference, visit:http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.aspRequired documents may be:1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information")2)uploaded directly from your desktop3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information")Please note that the U.S.

Geological Survey will NOT accept supporting documents through the Auto-Requested Fax method. Instructions will appear automatically through the application process but please do NOT utilize this feature.For phone messages, fax, or e-mail correspondence , please specify this vacancy announcement number, PAC-2011-0260(RW-DE) , job title, and location. Hard copy or e-mailed resumes will not be accepted. AGENCY CONTACT INFO:Beverly LedbetterPhone: 916-278-9399Fax: 916-278-9406Email: pacsac2@usgs.gov Agency Information:US Geological Survey3020 State University Drive EastModoc Hall, Suite 2001Sacramento, CA 95819Fax: 916-278-9406WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT: If you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. Back to topGo to section of this Job: Overview Duties Qualifications and Evaluations Benefits and Other Info How to ApplyAgency Information:US Geological Survey3020 State University Drive EastModoc Hall, Suite 2001Sacramento, CA 95819Fax: 916-278-9406Questions about this job:Beverly LedbetterPhone: 916-278-9399Fax: 916-278-9406Email: pacsac2@usgs.govJob Announcement Number: PAC-2011-0260 Control Number: 2159829EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory GuidanceSite Map Contact Us Help/FAQs Employers Privacy Act and Public Burden InformationThis is a United States Office of Personnel Management website.USAJOBS is the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.

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