July 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm #136572
Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service
Sub Agency: Marketing & Regulatory Programs
Job Announcement Number: 24FV-2011-0073
$38,790.00 – $50,431.00 /year
Thursday, July 14, 2011 to Thursday, July 28, 2011
SERIES & GRADE:
1 vacancy – Tucson, AZ
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:
This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6FV-2011-0071. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)
Relocation expenses will not be paid
The PACA Branch administers the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), which prohibits unfair trade practices in the marketing of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables in interstate or foreign commerce, and the Produce Agency Act (PAA) which prohibits the unlawful destruction of perishable farm products. The incumbent serves as a Marketing Assistant in the Tucson, Arizona regional office responsible for performing a variety of technical support duties associated primarily with the processing of reparation complaints.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people.
Join our team!
Additional Duty Location Info:1 vacancy – Tucson, AZThe duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Receives and logs-in informal reparation complaints.
- Researches files and material submitted by the complainant to compile pertinent information regarding complaints such as the names, addresses, and license status of the parties involved and dates of transactions associated with the complaint.
- Advises trade members involved in disputes of their rights and responsibilities under the PACA.
- Prepares correspondence for the signature of the Regional Director or his/her designee to the parties involved to establish informal complaints and identify the nature of disputes.
- Receives and reviews complaints not resolved in the informal stage to determine whether the requirements for processing in the formal stages have been met.
- Assists Marketing Specialists in trip preparation by researching license, reparation complaint, and violator files in the geographic area where travel is to be conducted and identifies items of interest to the specialist.
- Compiles data and prepares monthly status report of activity in the regional office.
- Performs a full range of administrative support functions as specified by the Regional Director, such as time and attendance, travel vouchers, monthly reports, procuring and controlling inventory of office supplies, maintaining a log of checks received, and/or processing of accounts payable.
Qualifications and Evaluations
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience requirements specified below.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7 GRADE LEVEL
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.
Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
- Correspondence management, composition and review.
- Experience with an automated time and attendance reporting system.
- Utilizing various electronic applications; spreadsheets, databases, word processing programs, power point and various other venues of information technology.
- Preparation of travel authorizations and vouchers, conducting travel audits.
- Records management.
- Reviews technical documents against program standards.
- Procuring and controlling inventory of office supplies.
- U.S. Citizenship
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service
- DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans’ documents required to receive veterans’ preference
- As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
- Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
- Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
- Ability to use office equipment, computer technology, and automated business systems.
- Knowledge of correspondence, document processing, records, files, and reports including those regulated by the FOIA and Privacy Act.
- Ability to identify priorities, changing work requirements, meet deadlines, and lead others.
- Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
- Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans’ preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
- Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
- 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 / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
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Benefits and Other Info
BENEFITS:Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to:Federal Employee Benefits
- For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
- More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
- Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
- For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint
How To Apply
HOW TO APPLY:A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
- Responses to the vacancy specific questions
- Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:
- College Transcripts or List of Coursework – MUST be English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
- Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
- DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and other Veterans’ documents (Veterans Preference)
- ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)
Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders
- Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
- All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
- Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
- Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
- 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 fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
- Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS
Email: [email protected]
Marketing & Regulatory Programs
100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.
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