Mail Clerk
Social Security Administration - Birmingham, AL

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Additional selection may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

Do you have a desire to:
help SSA manage its Social Security programs?

analyze and solve problems?

help and advise millions of retired and disabled individuals?

Join SSA, one of the top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government!

NOTE: In order to view and/or print the entire announcement, please click "Print Preview", then "Print". Otherwise, you may miss important information that may impact your eligibility for this position.

We accept copies of unofficial transcripts. You must upload it with your application or fax it to the number in the How to Apply Section using the US Government Cover Page. We do not accept mailed in or emailed copies.

What is the position?

Once selected for this important position in SSA, you will affect the Agency's mission through direct and personal service to the public. This includes p erforming a variety of clerical activities involving the receipt, sorting, examining, coding, control, routing and dispatch of claims materials, claims folders, and correspondence going into or going out of the Southeastern Program Service Center (SEPSC).

This position is located in the Birmingham Social Security Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Additional selections may be made.

To be considered for these positions, you must do the following:

1. Submit an application (e.g., resume, etc.) and any supporting documents. ( Click on the link to review the Tips for Applying document ).

2. Complete the online questionnaire ( review your answers to verify you answered every question ).

3. Meet the education/experience requirements in the next section of this announcement. You must submit proof of education by the closing date of this announcement (see Required Documents section).

NOTE: In order to view and/or print the entire announcement, please click "Print Preview", then "Print". Otherwise, you will miss important information that may impact your eligibility for this position.

We accept copies of unofficial transcripts. You must upload it with your application or fax it to the number in the How To Apply Section using the US Government Cover Page. Due to security procedures, we do not accept emailed or mailed in hard copies of resumes, transcripts or any supporting documents.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

Selective Service Registration, if applicable www.sss.gov

Background and/or Security Investigation Required

Selectees are required to serve a 1 year probationary period

Fingerprint clearance required.

DUTIES:
Examines, evaluates, and categorizes correspondence and documents mailed or delivered to BSSC relating to a claim for or the continued payment of Social Security disability, retirement, or survivor benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Processes this material as prescribed in written national or local procedures.

Evaluates incoming claims related material and identifies all for which the claim for benefits has already been processed. Records on a computer database the receipt of this material.

Operates complex high speed and flatbed scanners and attendant personal computers. Adjusts scanner settings as needed to assure that all images are clear and to avoid paper jams. Cleans and re-calibrates the scanners frequently and on a regular schedule. Operates a hand-held bar code reader and package-strapping machine. Notifies supervisory personnel when it is time to re-order scanner cleaning or re-calibration supplies, or strapping material.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement, March 1, 2012. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions .

For GS-5 : One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience include examining, evaluating and categorizing correspondence and documents; sorting mail and forwarding to appropriate operating areas for processing; stocking inventory; payroll/timekeeping; filing; alphabetizing/numericalizing; processing work using a computer; and organizing; OR a bachelor's degree; OR 120 credits towards the completion of a bachelor's degree; OR a combination of college education beyond the first 60 credits/90 quarter hours and the specialized experience described above.

One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

Part-time work is prorated in crediting specialized experience (e.g., If you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period, you will be credited with 6 month os experience.)

Substituting Education

For information on substituting education for experience, visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-cler.asp

If selected for the position, you MUST provide original transcript(s). We accept copies of unofficial transcripts during the application process.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The evaluation you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. These competencies include ability to perform mail handling and other clerical duties, knowledge of problem solving techniques, and ability to operate various mail equipment. Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:
1 - Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.
2 - Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
3 - Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category .

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP/ICTAP and who meet the qualifications requirements for the Well Qualified Category will be placed at the top of this Category and be given selection priority. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of the most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 notating current position, grade level, and duty location.

BENEFITS:
Social Security offers a comprehensive benefits program that you can customize for your individual medical and financial needs. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help you balance life with Social Security to life outside of work . Please visit our Careers website at www.ssa.gov/careers for additional information.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov .

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