Pathways Recent Graduate - Community Planner, GS-0020-9 BB
Department Of Transportation - Salt Lake City, UT

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT MIDNIGHT ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 200TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

IMPORTANT: THIS POSITION HAS A MOBILITY REQUIREMENT. Applicants must be open to geographic mobility for developmental assignments and permanent placement relocation nationwide. If you decline a position due to geographic location, you will receive no further consideration under this announcement. If selected for this position, a signed mobility agreement is a condition of employment. This agreement states that in order to be placed in the program, or upon graduation from the program, you may be assigned to any location, within the Federal Highway Administration and that you will move to the new duty location. Failure to relocate can be used as the basis for non-selection. Failure to relocate after appointment can be the basis for your removal from Federal service.

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. The program lasts for 1 year (unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet Pathways Recent Graduate requirement.

Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

Qualification requirements must be met by May 31, 2013.

This position is NOT eligible for full-time telework.

DUTIES:
The candidate participates in the FHWA’s Professional Development Program (PDP) with a focus on transportation planning and project development. This program is designed to introduce the individuals to the technical, administrative, and program management aspects of agency programs with emphasis on transportation planning and project development. During this developmental program, the employee will be expected to complete three major components including apprentice experience, developmental assignments, and a professional development academy. The apprentice experience will occur in one of FHWA’s offices which has agreed to develop and provide on-the-job training to the participant through a structured set of learning experiences described in the participant’s developmental plan.

The PDP participant has the following major duties:
Acts as a technical resource on FHWA procedures and guidance on transportation planning, project development and all other Federal laws related to social, economic, and environmental considerations applicable to the Federal-aid highway program.

Provides guidance and technical assistance to FHWA and State DOT personnel regarding Federal transportation related planning and project development laws, regulations, policy, procedures, and guidance. Assists in updating, developing, and maintaining Office policy and procedures for all significant transportation planning and project activities.

Participates with other Federal, State and local agencies on pertinent planning concerns relative to transportation issues, with the goal of advancing Federal-aid programs and projects while meeting social, economic, and environmental requirements.

Reviews transportation plans, environmental and project development technical reports, impact analyses, and other documents.

Represents FHWA at meetings with other Federal, State, and local officials, consultants, and others on transportation planning issues and policy matters.

Participates on interdisciplinary team reviews or activities, work groups, and task forces to address project or program issues or to ensure implementation of the transportation planning and project development processes.

Demonstrates and promotes new planning processes, procedures, techniques, and technology to the State, local agencies, and other groups, as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
THIS POSITION HAS A MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements for the series, the program and the grade prior to appointment and by May 31, 2013.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, applicants must possess the following:

Degree: Community Planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.

Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0000/0020.htm

GRADE LEVEL OF EDUCATION:
GS-9 Completion of two academic years of graduate level education leading to a master’s degree or master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree.

RECENT GRADUATE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
  • Applications for this RECENT GRADUATE position will be accepted from the following individuals:
1. Graduates who within the past 2 years, or after 12/27/2010, received a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

2. Preference eligible veterans precluded from applying due to military service obligation may apply up to 2 years from the date of discharge/release from active duty, but no more than 6 years after the date educational requirements are met.

3. Individuals who will complete educational program requirements prior to appointment and by May 31, 2013.

Qualifying Educational Institutions/Programs for Recent Graduate Program

Qualifying educational institutions/program for Recent Graduate Program include: a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. You must provide a copy of ALL of your college/vocational/technical transcript(s), including current enrollment. See "Required Documents" section for additional information.

Applicants may refer to the U.S. Department of Education’s Institutional Accreditation System to determine whether their school/program is accredited: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx .

A post-secondary certificate program must have been completed at a qualifying educational institution equivalent to at least 1 academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. See OPM's General Policies ( http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp ) for information on crediting education.

In order to qualify for this series, you must meet the following education/experience requirements:

  • You must have completed a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in community planning or a related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance, from an accredited college or university.
Note: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner.

OR

  • You must have a combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
The FHWA’s Professional Development Program (PDP) is a 24-month training program consisting of on-the-job and developmental training assignments. Applicants who accept a position in the PDP must understand and accept the following conditions:

Participants must be willing to relocate anywhere in the United States during the program to complete developmental assignments and for permanent placement at the completion of the program. Selectees must sign a mobility agreement at the time of job offer. Relocation expenses are authorized.

Overnight travel away from the employee's official duty station will be required to complete training assignments and perform official business, both during the PDP and upon completion of the PDP.

Selected participants are on an excepted service appointment under the Recent Graduates Program and required to serve a one year trial period, and will be evaluated for conversion to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service at the end of one year.

Failure of employees to satisfy any of the above conditions after appointment may result in termination of employment.

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

Government Travel Card - You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

Mobility Agreement – You must be willing to sign a Mobility Agreement and relocate anywhere in the United States during and at completion of the program.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

You must submit a transcript with your application.

This position is NOT eligible for full time telework.

Applicants will be expected to work on-site .

IMPORTANT: Applicants must be open to geographic mobility for developmental assignments and permanent placement relocation nationwide. If you decline a position due to geographic location, you will receive no further consideration under this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the job. Qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order, and if applicable, by veteran preference status: (1) Preference eligible having a compensable, service-connected disability of 10 percent or more; (2) all other candidates eligible for 10-point veteran preference; (3) candidates eligible for 5-point veteran preference; and (4) candidates not eligible for veteran preference.

You will not be considered for the position if any part of the application or supporting documentation is incomplete. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or adverse action after hiring.
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BENEFITS:
Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here .

OTHER INFORMATION:
This is a one year appointment in the excepted service which may lead to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service.

Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor (assigned within 90 days of appointment) and an Individual Development Plan, executed within 45 days of the appointment, outlining training requirements and program expectations.

Recent Graduates must receive at least 40 hours of formal training directly linked to their employment field.

Recent graduates serve a trial period for the duration of their excepted service appointment.

Recent graduates will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.

Appointees will be required to sign a Mobility Agreement.

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