Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
06/28/2019 to 06/27/2020
Pay scale & grade
GS 7 - 9
$36,356 to $57,809 per year
An additional Post Allowance/Post Differential authorized in accordance with Department of State Standard Regulations (DSSR)
Full-Time - Maxiflex scheduling is authorized
Few vacancies in the following locations:
Saint Avold, France
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Saint Avold, France
Saint Avold, France
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Cambridge, United Kingdom
This job is open to
Family of overseas employees
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Clarification from the agency
Applications may be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and U.S. citizens eligible under special hiring authorities (VEOA, disability, Peace Corp volunteers, Interchange programs, etc.)
We want the Best of the Best to embody our values and dedicate themselves to a humbling and rewarding mission. Only 12 people around the world, an elite group of men and women, currently hold the honor of this training assignment. As such, while these positions are advertised at grades GS-7 & GS-9, extremely well-qualified selectees may be eligible for Recruitment, Relocation, and Retention Incentives and/or Superior Qualifications pay setting, in accordance with Agency and Federal policies.
Learn more about this agency
As an open continuous announcement, we will fill positions as they become available. There is no guarantee that any position at any particular location will be recruited. Applicants will only be considered for positions within the countries they have indicated on the application questionnaire.
This is a rare opportunity to start at the entry level and gain the training necessary to compete for our mission critical positions of Cemetery Superintendent, which are held by only 25 people. A customized cover letter is highly desirable and encouraged for these positions.
In a developmental capacity and under the direct supervision of a Cemetery Superintendent, the incumbent will receive training and assignments designed to familiarize him or her with the full scope of cemetery operations as practiced by the ABMC, to include:
- Facility and equipment maintenance,
- Horticulture and land management,
- Oversight of engineering projects, logistics, and purchasing,
- Supervising local cemetery personnel,
- Organizing and participating in commemorative ceremonies, and
- Communicating the story of the soldiers interred and memorialized in our cemeteries.
We're looking for:
- A highly motivated individual who wants to be entrusted with the commemoration of America's overseas military legacy;
- An interest in the history of the First and Second World Wars and the ability to successfully integrate into a foreign country;
- Ability to supervise a blue-collar work force in the local language;
- Ability to supervise and care for a cemetery, including the physical features, utilities, and horticultural elements;
- Ability to conduct Interpretation with the public in a formal, structured manner as understood as a Professional discipline and described by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).
You can preview the Assessment Questionnaire for this position here
These positions may be located in any overseas ABMC cemetery in the countries of France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom.
There is a French foreign language requirement for these positions, regardless of country.
Details are described in the "Requirements" section of this announcement.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship.
- Dual U.S./French citizenship may disqualify you for employment, regardless of overseas location.
- Suitable for Federal employment as determined by appropriate background investigation.
- Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered with Selective Service.
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
- Merit Promotion applicants must have completed three (3) months of service after a competitive appointment to be considered.
- Foreign language proficiency as described below and determined by a third party testing facility PRIOR to interview.
- Mobility agreement is required.
- Required to reside in assigned government quarters, onsite at the Cemetery.
- Subject to drug testing as determined by Agency policy.
This is a developmental assignment designed to prepare the selectee for posting at any ABMC cemetery worldwide. Because 16 of our 26 sites are in French-speaking countries, proficiency in French is a requirement for final selection for all of these positions, including positions in the United Kingdom. The Agency may correspond with applicants in French throughout the application process. Applicants will be evaluated by a third-party testing facility prior to interview to determine their proficiency in speaking and reading French using the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale. You should be prepared for a language evaluation immediately upon consideration. A minimum score of ILR speaking 2+ / reading 2+ is required to qualify. More information on the ILR scale is available online
. If you are selected at the minimum score(s), you may required to complete a language training program, re-test as a condition of continued employment, and/or be subject to a foreign language critical performance factor until you are able to meet the standard.
Your language experience and/or education must be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to clearly identify your language proficiency may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package.
Proficiency in languages other than French (particularly Italian, Dutch, Arabic, and Spanish), while not required for selection, should be indicated on your application.
These positions are restricted to U.S. citizens only. However, if you are also the citizen of another country please indicate this on your application. Dual French/American citizenship disqualifies you for these positions, even for locations outside of France. Citizenship in other countries may also disqualify you for certain locations.
You may qualify for this position based on either specialized experience or education, as well as with a combination of experience and education.
You may qualify at the GS-7 if you fulfill one of the following qualifications:
- One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Examples include: entry level professional or administrative experience related to managing a program, working independently, and dealing with the public; or
- A bachelor's degree with either a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study during junior and senior year of 4 year college or university; class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or a major subdivision of the college; or membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies; or
- One full year of graduate level education in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university. The education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; or
- A combination of education and experience as listed above.
You may qualify at the GS-9 if you fulfill one of the following qualifications:
- One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Examples include: advanced entry level professional or administrative experience supervising staff, assisting with the management of a maintenance program, and communicating with the public in a structured manner; or
- A Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B or J.D.; or
- You have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and you have more than one year but less than two years of education as described in B. You have computed the percentage of the requirements that you meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond the first year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Your specialized experience/requirement(s) must be identified in your resume.
Time in Grade
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Merit Promotion (generally applicants who have held a Federal civilian appointment within the previous 52 weeks). These applicants must have 1 year time-in-grade at the next lower level or equivalent to qualify.
Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of the announcement, or by the date of application review for open continuous announcements, will be considered.
Annual Leave Accrual Credit
Selectees may be eligible to earn a higher annual leave accrual rate based on prior non-Federal or uniformed service work experience. The amount of service credit will be based on specialized experience or qualifying experience that is provided on the applicant resume and documentation submitted. As such, if you are an applicant that is a new employee to the Federal Government or a rehire, it is important that you provide a resume that lists all directly related positions, work history and includes the dates of employment (month/day/year).
Please note the following information related to this overseas assignment:
- The selectee will be required to obtain a diplomatic passport and appropriate visas (at the cost of the Agency) prior to assignment.
- The selectee will be required to live in assigned, government quarters.
- The selectee will receive post allowance and/or post differential in accordance with Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR) in lieu of locality pay. More information on DSSR benefits can be found here.
- On this overseas accompanied tour, medical, dental, and education services may not be available in the immediate location and/or may be provided solely by host nation providers.The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location. Movement overseas may require the selectee to initiate a change in your health benefits plan to ensure coverage.
- Eligibility for foreign area benefits will be determined at the time of hire, and may change at any time depending on law, regulation and Agency policy.
- Foreign laws or international agreements may have a direct impact on the ability of a selectee's same sex domestic partner or spouse to accompany the selectee and receive certain benefits. If you believe you may be affected by these laws and agreements, you should familiarize yourself with relevant information before applying for or accepting this position.
- The majority of entitlements through a civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government will be considered taxable benefits by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). However, any additional taxes incurred will be offset either by government regulations, Agency policy, or both, as applicable.
Are you using your education to qualify? If so you must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course.
- Graduate Education: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
- Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Transcripts are unnecessary if you are qualifying based on experience alone.
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.
Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements, you may review the information at the following links:
Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service
How You Will Be Evaluated
Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Assessment Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for an incomplete application. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Facilities Management
- Foreign Language
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
2. Online Assessment Questionnaire, as completed through this Vacancy announcement.
3. Other supporting documents:
- Cover Letter, optional;
- College transcript(s), only if qualifying based on education;
- Most recent SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held if applying as a Status, Transfer, or Reinstatement candidate with current or former Federal service;
- Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable;
- DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities.
4. Applicants applying under other authorities (disability/Schedule A, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, CTAP/ICTAP, Interchange, etc.) must submit the appropriate documentation establishing their eligibility.
If your resume or supporting documents are illegible or unreadable, or if you fail to include any of the above mentioned required documents, you may lose consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. You may not be considered for any hiring eligibilities that you fail to list and/or support with proper documentation.
If your resume and/or cover letter contains sensitive or inappropriate information, including but not limited to: photographs, classified or government sensitive information, copied and pasted portions of this job announcement, Social Security Number (SSN), race, gender, religious affiliation, obscene information, etc., you may not be considered.
Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-selection, disqualification from further consideration or withdrawal of tentative or final job offers.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
- To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application. Preview Questionnaire.
- You will receive an email notification when your application has been received.
- To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. When a vacant position becomes available, your application will be evaluated and the most highly qualified candidates may be contacted to schedule a language evaluation at the Agency expense to establish your aptitude in reading/speaking French. Please note that this initial contact from the Agency may be in French. Applicants that pass the language evaluation will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.
You may be considered as soon as 30 days after the opening date of this announcement. Applications will remain on file for 90 days beyond the final closing date.
Selecting officials may choose any appropriate competitive, non-competitive or alternative candidate under Federal regulations and Agency Merit Promotion policy. Interviews may be conducted individually, by panel, by third party, teleconference, video teleconference, or in person. Selecting officials have the option to interview any, all or none of the referred candidates. Management has the right to fill or not a fill this vacancy, as well as to cancel and re-announce as appropriate.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
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