Office Assistant (Office Automation)
Department of Defense - Fort Belvoir, VA

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Department of Defense (DoD)

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) makes the world safer by reducing the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. In the 21st century few tasks are as challenging or demanding. Join this professional team and make a difference. This position is located in the Research Development Enterprise, Chemical and Biological Technologies Directorate, Business Operations in Fort Belvoir, VA.


Must be a U.S. citizen.

Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs ARE NOT authorized.

This announcement is open to All US Citizens and Merit Promotion Eligibles.

As an Office Assistant (Office Automation), you will:
• Provide a range of clerical and office management support and perform procedural, administrative, and program control functions in support of the directorate operations.
• Exercise initiative and discretion in maintaining calendars, scheduling appointments, accepting or declining invitation to meetings, based on knowledge of managers' prior commitments, interests and priorities.
• Assure the propriety of formats, spacing, arrangements, and preparations of material in final form as prescribed in style manuals.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: Any U.S. citizen and Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Eligible Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: or .)

In accordance with the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule (GS) positions under the General Coverage for Clerical and Administrative Support. This position requires 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level.

Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing clerical and office management support, using automated systems, correcting correspondence and preparing travel orders and maintaining suspense logs.

In addition, you must be a qualified typist and self-certify that you can type at least 40 words per minute.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Knowledge of clerical and office management support.
2. Skill in using automated systems.
3. Ability to correct correspondence.

Substitution of Education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for the GS-8 grade level.

Time in grade requirements must be met by the closing date of vacancy announcement.

PCS: Not authorized

OVERTIME: Occasionally
TRAVEL: Not Required

(You must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test for this position. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment.)

SECURITY REQUIREMENTS: Non-Critical Sensitive (Secret)

FLSA: Nonexempt

Other Notes :
Must be a qualified typist and type at least 40 words per minute.

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

How You Will Be Evaluated for Delegated Examining:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. Your total documented experience will also be reviewed to determine whether you should remain in the current category or be placed in a lower category.

Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below.

Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.

Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.

Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outline on the SF-15.

How You Will Be Evaluated for Merit Promotion:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade, time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cutoff/closing date of the announcement .

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:

REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants. NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment.

In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to:
Fax: (478) 757-3144
TDD: 800-750-0750

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