Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
12/07/2020 to 07/15/2021
Pay scale & grade
GS 7 - 12
$43,251 to $99,741 per year
many vacancies in the following locations:
District of Columbia, DC
Saint Paul, MN
Oklahoma City, OK
Yes as determined by agency policy
This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
This is a Direct-Hire Authority position, applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens. Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.
This vacancy will be filled using the Office of Personnel Management's Direct-Hire Authority. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under this announcement.
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This vacancy will close at the end of the open period or when selections have been made, whichever comes first. It will be used to collect applications and fill vacant positions as they become available.
Pay will be determined based on the locality pay of the duty station.
- Expands and improves the crop insurance program throughout the region using various resources by staying abreast of agricultural developments and conditions.
- Assess the need and interest for agricultural risk management tools for producers of specific agricultural commodities.
- Research, assemble and release crop insurance actuarial materials (rates, coverage levels, prices, program dates, codes).
- Participate in rating determinations. Utilize agricultural principles, concepts, methods and practices to ensure compliance with actuarial soundness statutes.
- Perform outreach activities to support the successful development and delivery of agricultural risk management tools and education.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a US Citizen or US National.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
- Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
- Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements including specialized experience and/or education, as defined.
Specialized Experience for GS-07:
- One full-time year of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience evaluating and analyzing programs, policies, procedures and regulations applicable to crops, agriculture, agriculture cycle and trends, insurance, statistics, and/or risk management practices. Experience may have been gained in organizing and controlling an agricultural business enterprise; or providing financial, operational, or managerial assistance to an agricultural business; or reviewing and analyzing agricultural, insurance, or statistical data.. OR
- Superior Academic Achievement from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in any field with either: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; 2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study; 3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college; 4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association. OR
- One full year of graduate level study with a major in a field of study in agriculture, agricultural economics, farm management, agronomy, horticulture, economics, statistics, actuarial science, or any other field directly related to the position to be filled.
- A combination of education and experience as described above which totals at least 100% when combined.
Specialized Experience for GS-09:
- One full-time year of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-7 grade in the Federal service. Experience that demonstrates a fundamental knowledge of programs, policies, procedures and regulations applicable to crop production, crop insurance, insurance, farming, agriculture, agriculture cycle and trends, and/or agricultural risk management practices, with skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques for the identification, consideration, and resolution of issues or problems of a procedural or factual nature. OR
- Completion of at least two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education resulting in a masters or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a field of study in agriculture, agricultural economics, farm management, agronomy, horticulture, economics, statistics, actuarial science or any other field directly related to the position to be filled; OR
- A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. Only graduate education in excess of the first year (18 semester hours) may be combined with experience.
Specialized Experience for GS-11:
- One full-time year of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-9 grade in the Federal service. Experience that demonstrates planning, conducting and implementing research and analysis pertaining to agriculture, business data, or business support processing system issues; including applying analytical and investigative techniques while evaluating problems and conducting detailed analysis of complex functions, data and work processes to ensure uniform and consistent application of underwriting policy, laws and other legal and procedural requirements. OR
- Completion of at least three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education resulting in a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university with a major in agriculture, agricultural economics, farm management, agronomy, horticulture, economics, statistics, actuarial science or any other field directly related to the position to be filled.; OR
- Combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. Only graduate education beyond the second full year (36 semester hours) may be combined with experience.
Specialized Experience for GS-12:
- One full-time year of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 grade in the Federal service. Experience that demonstrates interpreting requirements for the implementation and administration of new or revised legislation or regulatory changes to insurance or agricultural programs, policies and legislation; ensuring uniform and consistent application of agricultural or insurance related policies and laws; and developing or modifying risk management and insurance programs and performing evaluations to ensure their efficiency and effectiveness.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements including specialized experience and/or education, as defined.
For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp
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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit with your application package evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately accredited by an accredited body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. Education standards. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process; however, if selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Please refer to the "How to Apply" section for instructions on submitting the transcript.
THE SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE IS NOT QUALIFYING AT THE GS-12 LEVEL.
- For more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/direct-hire-authority/
- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.
- If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
- Selections made under this authority will be processed as new appointments to the Federal service. Current Federal employees would therefore be given a new appointment.
- Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. An initial list of applications received may be referred 30 days after the opening of this vacancy announcement to the selecting official. Subsequent cutoffs for each location will be established based on need.
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right.
To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10979165
Background checks and security clearance
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
- Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.
- If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
- Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
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
Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically. Applications will not be accepted after 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) by the closing date of this announcement.
Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.
To begin, click "Apply" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.
NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g. SF-50s or veteran docs) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.
Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS to check your application status.
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
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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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- 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.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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