PROGRAM SUPPORT ASSISTANT (OA), GS-0303-6/7
Department Of The Interior - Anchorage, AK

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

PROGRAM SUPPORT ASSISTANT (OA), GS-0303-6/7

#3700071A, Alaska Region, Deputy Director-

Native Services, Transportation, Anchorage, Alaska

GS-06: $38,126 - $49,562 Per Annum (Plus 5% COLA)

GS-07: $42,368 - $55,083 Per Annum (Plus 5% COLA)

NOTE : DUE TO THE URGENCY IN FILLING THIS POSITION, THE LENGTH OF ADVERTISEMENT HAS BEEN SHORTENED. TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED. ANY RELOCATION EXPENSE ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY IN THIS POSITION WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

KEY REQUIREMENTS

US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.

A BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.

APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.

APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.

DUTIES:
NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
Incumbent assists in the review, preparation, and completion of various program tasks, responsibilities and special projects.

Maintains the official office calendar, coordinates meetings, ensures attendance and provides timely reminders.

Serves as primary contact for the coordination/transfer of contract requisitions; receives, reviews and processes all incoming contract and contract modification documents.

Assist with the coordination and conduct of meetings, conferences, special projects, and other key organizational activities.

Serves as primary record keeping point of contact; creates and updates the office file plan.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Clerical and Administrative Support Positions, GS-0303).

GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service which involved preparing and reviewing all correspondence; maintaining official office calendar, coordinate meetings, conferences, special projects; primary record keeper; ensures that all requests for action or information are acted upon and due dates are met. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to summary of duties for specialized experience).

GS-6: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service which involved preparing and reviewing correspondence; making travel arrangements and processing vouchers; arranging for conferences, meetings, and training sessions; processing time and attendance records; and maintaining office filing systems. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to summary of duties for specialized experience).

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the experience or education requirements, applicants must show possession of typing and office automation skills. Applicants may meet the typing requirement by passing the appropriate test, presenting a certificate of proficiency from a school or other organization authorized to issue such certificate by the Office of Personnel Management local office or by self-certifying their proficiency.

COLA (COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE) : Government employees in Alaska receive a cost of living allowance presently equivalent to 5% of the base salary. This allowance is tax free for federal income tax purposes. The COLA is subject to annual OPM Review. Survey results may determine that the COLA could possibly be reduced or eliminated at specified times.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment 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.

OTHER: Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FEDERAL FINANCE SYSTEM (FFS).

KNOWLEDGE OF FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES.

KNOWLEDGE OF BIAM 16 AND FEDERAL RECORD KEEPING.

KNOWLEDGE OF OFFICE HARDWARE/SOFTWARE PRACTICES.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION.

ORAL COMMUNICATION.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

BENEFITS:
The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 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 their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.

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