This is a Bargaining Unit Position.
Become a part of an Agency that touches the lives of every American! We are the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and for over 50 years, we have successfully served the Nation's small business owners. Consider a career with SBA to assist in managing a range of programs and products to sustain America's small business during this new era of economic responsibility. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. We represent a highly skilled and motivated workforce and welcome those interested in furthering our mission. The SBA offers generous federal government health benefits, flexible work schedules and leave, and promotes a work-life balance.
Location : This position is located at the Small Business Administration, Headquarters Office, which is located in Washington, DC.
Travel and Relocation : Travel and relocation expenses will NOT be paid. (Any travel transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected Candidates.)
This announcement serves as a Merit and Delegated Examining Announcement. You will be asked to determine your eligibility for each during the questionnaire process when you apply on line. KEY REQUIREMENTS
You must be a U.S. Citizen
You must successfully complete a background investigation and credit check.
You may be required to service a one-year probationary period.
You may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
Occasional evening and weekend travel may be required. DUTIES:
You will serve as a Program Analyst and your duties will include the following:
Coordinate the development of policies, plans, and procedures that impact the 8(a)/Business Development program.
Analyze proposed regulations and recommend SBA positions by maintaining continuous relationships with 8(a) stakeholders.
Research, analyze, and develop information needed to respond to oral and written Congressional inquiries on behalf of their constituents or other interested parties.
Analyze proposed Federal small business program legislation and recommends SBA Government Contracting & Business Development positions.
Represent SBA in responding to 8(a) business development inquiries from the public, Federal agencies, industry, and the small business community on complex and controversial business development matters.
QUALIFICATIONS : GS-13: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service) obtained in either the private or public sector such as developing policy and procedural recommendations, providing expert comprehensive analyses; developing decision papers and correspondence; and keeping abreast of statutory, regulatory, policy and procedural changes in a Federal small business program. This experience has been gained through independent analysis, stakeholder coordination, developing senior level position papers, and recommending strategies that lead to improvements in organizational programs, systems, procedures and operations.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
TIME-IN-GRADE: If you are a current career or career-conditional federal employee applying for promotion under Merit Promotion you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks in positions at the next level lower than the position being filled
Education may not be substituted for experience for this position.
REQUIREMENTS: All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
If you are applying for a special selection priority under SBA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (open to surplus SBA employees only) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (open to surplus and displaced Federal employees), you must submit proof of eligibility. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP .
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS : A background security investigation may 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. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants meeting basic qualification requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link: View Assessment Questions . You will be rated based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The occupational questions relate to the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) required to do the work of this position:
1. Knowledge of Federal statues for 8(a) business development and 7(j) management technical assistance programs in order to provide policy and procedural guidance, oversee program operations, process exception actions, and to represent SBA at meetings, briefings, and conferences.
2. Skill sufficient to analyze policies and procedures affecting Business Development 8(a) and 7(j) programs.
3. Knowledge of business practices sufficient to assist in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of program initiatives and functions, and to review and make recommendations on exceptions to program requirements.
4. Skill in written and oral communication sufficient to develop, explain, and defend recommendations to field staff and higher authorities.
For Delegated Examining (all US Citizens), your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method based on your responses to the assessment questions. You will receive a score based on the responses to the assessment questions (to view the questions click here View Assessment Questions . 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. If you meet basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:
1. Best-Qualified : highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume.
2. Well-Qualified : competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, training, and education as applicable, as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume.
3. Qualified : an overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training, as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume.
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 Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.
Merit Promotion and Non-competitive applicants will not be evaluated using Category Rating. Applicants meeting basic requirements will further be evaluated on the information provided in the occupational questionnaire.
Working for SBA offers a number of really exciting flexibilities. The Federal government offers a number of other exceptional benefits to its employees. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits 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. For additional information click here http://www.sss.gov/ .
Consistent with work requirements and current SBA Policy and all applicable provisions of the collective bargaining agreement with AFGE, the SBA offers employees opportunities to perform work at an alternative location (i.e., home).
Telework is available. For information on Telework visit: http://www.telework.gov/