Risk Management Agency RISK MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST in Kansas City, Missouri

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PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

**THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION (NFFE).

FARM SERVICE AGENCY (FSA) COUNTY EMPLOYEES: **Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.

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Responsibilities

The position is assigned to the Risk Management Agency, Deputy Administrator for Product Management, Product Analysis and Accounting Division, located in Kansas City, MO.

Serves as a Risk Management Specialist in the Data Quality Branch. As such, the incumbents primary responsibility is to ensure that the electronic data reported thru the Policy Acceptance and Storage System (PASS) complies with the Standard Reinsurance Agreement, actuarial requirements, Federal law, applicable legislation, crop policy provisions and procedural requirements. The incumbent develops, produces and issues requirements, calculations, reports, procedures and written guidelines for the collecting, verifying, adjusting, processing, summarizing and presenting of agricultural data related to the nationwide crop insurance program submitted by Reinsured Companies. Incumbent designs, develops requirements, and maintains the automated applications, data files and tools as required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 15%

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

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1101 General Business And Industry

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • Successful completion of a one year probationary period.
  • Meet education and/or experience requirements.
  • Complete the Occupational Questionnaire/submit resume/supporting documents.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent upon a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date including time-in-grade restrictions and experience as defined below:

Time-in-grade: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the time-in-grade restrictions. Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade level to be considered for the next higher grade (i.e., one year at the GS-12 grade level for consideration at the GS-13 grade level).

For the GS-07 level: One full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level in the Federal service, that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. My experience demonstrates planning, organizing, directing, and controlling an agricultural business enterprise; or providing financial, operational, or managerial assistance to an agricultural business; or reviewing and analyzing agricultural marketing studies. -OR- Superior Academic Achievement: Completion of all academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree in any field which meets one of the following: 1. Class standing: A standing in the upper third of the graduating class or major subdivision, such as a school of agriculture or school of business at the time of application; 2. Grade-point average (GPA): A grade point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better) as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; or A grade point average of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of curriculum. 3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (other than freshmen societies) that meet the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. -OR- One full academic year ( 18 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university. Related degrees may include agriculture, agricultural economics, farm management, agronomy, horticulture, economics, business administration, mathematics, law or any other field directly related to the position and that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work; -OR- A combination of education and experience listed above.

For the GS-9 level: One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-7) in the Federal service or private sector equivalent 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- Master's or equivalent graduate degree, 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, LL.B. or J.D., if related. Related degrees may include agriculture, agricultural economics, farm management, agronomy, horticulture, economics, business administration, mathematics, law, or any other field directly related to the position to be filled. -OR- A combination of education and experience as defined above.

For the GS-11 level: One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-9) in the Federal service or private sector equivalent that includes but is not limited to 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- Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Related degrees may include agriculture, agricultural economics, farm management, agronomy, horticulture, economics, business administration, mathematics, law, or any other field directly related to the position to be filled. -OR- A combination of education and experience as defined above.

For the GS-12 level: One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-11) in the Federal service or private sector equivalent that includes but is not limited to independently interpreting crop insurance policies, procedures, federal regulations, laws, legal opinions and rules and developing and writing requirements for the implementation and administration of new or revised programs and associated business support systems; including independently initiating and conducting research, compiling and analyzing data, method planning, user acceptance testing, interpreting findings, and culminating in composing final action reports on complex programs and associated systems.

For the GS-13 level: One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service or private sector equivalent that includes independently applying theoretical and applied research and analysis methods to forecast prices of multiple agricultural commodities; including initiating and conducting research, compiling and analyzing data, method planning, interpreting findings, and culminating in composing final reports on complex crop insurance programs.

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.

Education

THE SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION IS NOT QUALIFYING FOR THE GS-12 and GS-13 LEVELS.

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.

Additional information

Reemployment Priority List (RPL), Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming RPL/CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. RPL/CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above excluding veterans points.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law. See www.sss.gov.

Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

*E-Verify: * Federal law requires agencies to use E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

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).

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.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

  • Knowledge of agriculture, crop insurance, and risk management programs, policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Knowledge of data quality management.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • 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. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection 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 Online" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://rma.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=9F9ABCCF-50D0-47C3-B843-A9A50153A05D

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisors phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether we may contact for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient; however, if selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education website at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include English translation.

You must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:

  • *Current and Former Federal Employees: *
  • Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND
  • Most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • Current Permanent FSA County Employees: Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50/equivalent) showing highest grade or promotion potential held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade.
  • CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 documenting separation or the position separating from. Workers Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50. Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from the military or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50.
  • Veteran Hiring Authorities: VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty showing dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. Disabled veterans must include VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after date the certification is submitted.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment: Sch A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the Office of Personnel Management: (Postal Career Service, Postal Service Commission, GAO, US Courts, etc.) Current Notification of Personnel Action/equivalent that reflects eligibility.
  • Peace Corps Personnel: Documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break of 3 days or more and separated within the last 3 years.
  • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems: Documentation of eligibility as listed in interchange agreement.
  • Certain Family Members Eligible under E.O. 12721: Most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
  • Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473: Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; OR verification of the members 100% disability (VA Letter); and/or verification of the members death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e. marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage).
  • Foreign Service: Most recent Foreign Notification of Personnel Action, under an unlimited, career-type appointment AND have completed at least 1 year of continuous service without a break of a workday under one or more non-temporary Foreign Service appointments.
  • Other Special Hiring Authorities: If claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority not listed above submit appropriate supporting documentation.
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.

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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. Learn more about federal benefits.

The Federal service offers a comprehensive benefits package. To explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees click here. Permanent employees are eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave.

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.

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How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon 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 us if you are requesting this.

Step 1:* *Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2:* *Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3:* *Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue. NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

*NOTE: *Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

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Agency contact information
Adriane Boyd
Phone

(202) 401-0519

TDD

(800)735-2966

Fax

Email

adriane.boyd@wdc.usda.gov

Address

Risk Management Agency 1400 Independence Avenue Washington, DC, 20250 United States

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Next steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Loginto check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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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.

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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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518646700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/04/2018 to 12/18/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 07 - 13

Salary: $41,626 to $114,146 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time