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Wed Apr 5 22:28:52 CDT 2000


From: rick at rdasun2.rurdev.usda.gov (Rick Wetherill)


VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION TITLE, SERIES & GRADE:
Rural Development Specialist
GS-301-11/12/13
Promotion Potential - GS-13
Salary Range: $42,724-$79,155
Bargaining Unit Position


ANNOUNCEMENT NO: 00-RH27JJ
OPENING DATE: 03/22/00
CLOSING DATE: 04/21/00


LOCATION OF POSITION:
Deputy Administrator for Community Development
Community Resource Development
Washington, DC


SEND COMPLETED APPLICATION TO:
USDA/Rural Development
Human Resources: STOP 0730
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-0700


OR


FOR EXPRESS MAIL or HAND DELIVERY
USDA/Rural Development
Human Resources-3rd Floor
300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC  20546
ATTN: Nadahla D. Jackson
Telephone: (202) 692-0170
TTD: (202) 692-0195


PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Candidates selected for this position at the
GS-11 or GS-12 level may be noncompetitively promoted to the next
higher grade level.  Promotion is not automatic and is
conditional on satisfactory completion of any training, demonstrated ability
to perform the duties of the position at the next higher grade level, and
management's certification of the need for the position to be filled at the
next highergrade.


AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All Sources, including CTAP and ICTAP
eligibles.  All status candidates will be considered.  All
status candidates who wish to be considered under both merit promotion and OPM
competitive procedures must submit two (2) complete
applications.  When only one (1) application is received, it will be considered
under the merit promotion announcement only.  Relocation expenses will not be
authorized.


DUTIES: This position is located in the Community Resource
Development Division within the Office of Community Development
(OCD). This Division is responsible for formulating policies,
developing plans, standards, procedures and schedules for accomplishing
Agency activities related to the Under Secretary for Rural Development
and the Secretary of Agriculture concerning the implementation of the
President's Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) Program.
Identifies emerging national, state and local rural issues and needs and
develops resources to address these needs.  Designs, maintains, and
monitors pilot programs; develops information resources; provides leadership
for the coordination of Federal implementation of these strategies;
coordinates efforts with other Federal agencies to ensure a cohesive system
of service delivery to rural America.  Provides technical and program
support to adefined network of State Rural Development Coordinators,
Community Development Program Managers and other state-level USDA Rural
Development staff.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must meet the basic
eligibility for the GS-301 series set forth in the OPM
Qualifications Standards.  Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized
experience which is directly related to the position to be filled and
which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills,
and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position.  To
be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least
equivalent to the next lower grade level for which you are applying.


To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet
qualification and time-in grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date
of the announcement.


EVALUATION CRITERIA: (To be considered, applicants must address
on a separate piece of paper each KSA listed below.  In
addressing each KSA, please include specific tasks, assignments, problems
resolved, your level of responsibility, and results achieved.  These
statements will impacton the ranking process.)


1. KNOWLEDGE OF RURAL ECONOMIC OR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
PRACTICES,PRINCIPLES AND METHODS.
Describe all education and all relevant experience (whether
paid or unpaid) you have had in social science disciplines such as, rural
development, economic development, community development, etc.
Under experience, describe the types of projects or assignments
on which you worked, the duties you performed, the community development
plans you created and/or implemented, the complexity of these
assignments including the organizations, agencies or individuals with which
you had to coordinate, the results achieved, and your specific role on the
project/assignment (i.e., worked alone, served as team member,
served as senior analyst, served as a project manager, etc.).


2. ABILITY TO APPLY RESEARCH TECHNIQUES TO POLICY
MAKING OR POLICY ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENTS.  Describe all
education you have had in social science disciplines and all
relevant experience (whether paid or unpaid) in policy making or policy
analysis.Under experience, describe the types of projects or assignments
on which you worked, the audience for which your work was performed (e.g.,
members of Congress, top level executive branch managers, State
legislatures, regional or local coordinating bodies, etc.), the
duties you performed, the complexity of the assignment (including the
variety and difficulty of the issues that had to be addressed) and the
results for your efforts.  Describe your experience regarding policy 
evaluation.
Specifically note the type of agency or organization and the
types of policies you developed, analyzed or evaluated (e.g.,
administrative policy,economics policy, program policy, etc.).


3. ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE COMPLEX SUBJECTS ORALLY
TO HIGH LEVEL OFFICIALS, DIVERSE GROUPS, AND
ORGANIZATIONS ON A VARIETY OF CONTROVERSIAL AND
SENSITIVE PROGRAM AND POLICY ISSUES.  Describe any of your
experience that reflects your ability to persuade individuals or
organizations to controversial points of view, to explain
complex topics in understandable formats, to train, to make presentations, or
similar experience communicating orally.  Describe the audiences to
whom oral presentations were made and the purpose of the presentation.).


4. SKILL IN WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS.  Describe the documents
you have written, their purposes, and audiences.  Include a
writing sample for use by the panel and the selecting official.


HOW TO APPLY: All applications must be received or postmarked
by the closing date of the announcement.  Applicants must submit the
followingforms: Resume or Application for Federal Employment, SF-171 or
Optional Application for Federal Employment, OF-612; supplemental
statement specifically addressing evaluation criteria; a
current performance appraisal (within 18 months or an explanation as to why 
it is not
available); and former Federal employees eligible for
reinstatement and current Federal employees outside Rural Development must also
submit a copy of their latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
which showsproof of competitive status.  State the highest Federal
civilian grade held and the job series and dates the grade was held.  For each
Federal position listed in your resume, show your series, grade and date of 
last
promotion. All applications must contain the lowest grade that you will
accept. Failure to submit all of the above forms will eliminate the
applicant from further consideration.


CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) and
INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN
(ICTAP) APPLICANTS:


In addition to the "Application Procedures" outlined above,
applicants seeking selection priority under CTAP/ICTAP must:


1. Submit appropriate proof of CTAP eligibility (e.g., RIF
separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed
reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area; a
Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) verifying separation as a result of
RIF or declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to
anothercommuting area;
2. Submit a performance rating of at least fully successful;
3. Apply for a position which is at or below the grade of the
position from which separated and has no greater promotion potential than the
position from which separated; and
4. Be rated as well-qualified for this position with a rating of
satisfactory or above in all of the evaluation criteria {KSA's}.


                    SPECIAL NOTES
         THE FOLLOWING MAY OR MAY NOT APPLY
       DEPENDING ON THE AREA OF CONSIDERATION


SUPERVISORY/MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITY:           Supervisors
and managers are responsible for proper notification of
eligible employees who will be absent from the office beyond
the closing date of this announcement.


SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM: Male applicants born after December
31, 1959, will have to certify prior to or at the time of
appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System.


VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT OF 1998
Preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from
the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of
continuous active service may apply.


SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS: Individuals with disabilities,
former Peace Corps, Vista, VRA, Action Cooperative Volunteers,
and 30 percent Disabled Veterans may be considered under special hiring
authorities.


MAILING OF APPLICATIONS: Use of postage-paid government agency
envelopes to file job applications is a violation of Federal
laws and regulations.  Applications submitted in postage-paid government
envelopes will not be accepted.


SUITABILITY:  Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a
Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for
Federal Employment and to authorize a background investigation.
The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of
all the information in your application.  IF YOU MAKE A FALSE STATEMENT IN 
ANY PART OF YOUR APPLICATION, YOU MAY NOT BE HIRED; YOU MAY BE FIRED AFTER 
YOU BEGIN WORK;
OR YOU MAY BE FINED OR JAILED.


OTHER ESSENTIAL INFORMATION: "The U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs
and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin,
gender, religion, age,disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and
marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
Persons with disabilitieswho 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).


To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director,
Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence
Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964(voice or 
TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and
employer."


    HERE'S WHAT YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION SHOULD CONTAIN


JOB INFORMATION


Announcement number and title and grade(s) of the job for which
you are applying.


PERSONAL INFORMATION


*Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and work and home
phone numbers (with area codes).
*Social security number and country of citizenship (most
Federal jobs require United States citizenship).
*Veteran's preference:
  -If you wish to claim 5-point veteran's preference or if you
are applying under the Veteran's Readjustment Appointment program, you must
include a copy/copies of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from
Active Duty (DD-214).
  -If you wish to claim 10-point veteran's preference you must
include an SF-15,Application for 10-point Veteran's preference plus the
proof required by that form.
  -Veteran's preference is not a factor for Senior Executive
Service jobs or when competition is limited to status candidates (current or
former Federal career or career-conditional employees).

EDUCATION


*High School/College:
  -Name, city and State (including zip code, if known).
  -Major(s)
  -Type and year of degree(s) if received (if no degree, show
the total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours.
  -Copies of transcripts if the announcement specifies minimum
educational requirements or if you are qualifying based on education.


WORK EXPERIENCE


*Give the following information for your paid and non-paid work
experience related to the job for the which you are applying (Do not send
job description):
  -Job title (include series and grade if Federal employment).
  -Duties and accomplishments.
  -Employer's name and phone number.
  -Starting and ending date (month and year).
  -Hours per week.
  -Salary.
*Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.


OTHER QUALIFICATIONS


*Job-related training courses (title and year).
*Job-related skills, for example, other languages, computer
software skill, and machinery used, typing speed, etc...
*Job-related certificates and licenses (current only).
*Job-related honor societies, leadership activities, public
speaking and performance awards (give dates but do not send documents unless
requested in the announcement). 





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