DON Recent Graduate Program (Administrative/Technical Specialist)
Department of the Navy - Maryland

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This position is located in the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Administrative Office of the Signatures Department. The incumbent is responsible for supporting the Administrative Office and the Department Head by performing administrative and procedural duties related to human resources, training, time keeping, travel, facilities/space functions, security and budget. This position is fast paced and the incumbent must be able to multi task several projects at a time.


Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.

You must obtain and maintain a security clearance.

You must provide copies of your college transcripts.

You must be a US Citizen

You must meet the eligibility for Pathways Recent Graduate Appointment.

Establish, maintain and monitor databases and spreadsheets to track various programs.

Respond to requests for information.

Prepare statistical reports.

Create and edit documents in the Microsoft Office Suite of applications.

Recent graduates who have completed within the previous two years, or will complete within nine months, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.

As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions .

  • Orientation program
  • Mentorship throughout the Program.
  • Individual Development Plan to assist with career planning, professional development, and training activities.
  • At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the Program.
  • Positions may offer opportunity for career advancement.
Recent Graduates may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).

To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must have:
  • Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
  • Demonstrated successful job performance.
  • Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program, you must also meet the requirements for the position. To qualify for this vacancy you must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree, in an accredited college or university;


You must have 3 years of general experience. General experience is 3 years of progressively responsible experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4, that demonstrates the ability to:

Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions;

Plan and organize work; and

Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or other responsible work may be qualifying as long as it provided evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) necessary to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Experience of a general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other nonspecialized tasks) is not creditable. Trades or crafts experience appropriate to the position to be filled may be creditable for some positions.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, please visit:

Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.

A security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.

You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position based on the information provided in your resume, responses to the Occupational Questionnaire , and your supporting documentation, to determine your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:

Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy will be rated according to the A-C-E Method. This means the candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application responses to the occupational questionnaire. Candidates in the highest quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.
A-C-E Method: You will be rated based on the following categories: Superior Qualified - Highly Qualified - Best Qualified

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 package, or that your resume or application package is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.

May be noncompetitively converted to a term or permanent competitive sevice position.

Must be a United States citizen to be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to the competitive service.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.

Recruitment incentives may or may not be authorized.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .

Federal Annuitant Information:
The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at:

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