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Administrative Support Assistant

Agricultural Research Service New Orleans, LA
  • Expired: August 01, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

Administrative Support Assistant
Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service

  • ##### Open & closing dates
07/30/2019 to 08/12/2019
  • ##### Service
  • ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 6 - 7
  • ##### Salary
$37,843 to $54,670 per year
  • ##### Appointment type
  • ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:

  • New Orleans, LA 1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Telework eligible
Yes as determined by agency policy
  • Duties

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This position is located in the Location Support Staff of the
Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC), South East Area,
Agricultural Research Service (ARS), New Orleans, Louisiana. The
incumbent assists the SRRC Financial Technician in administering the
location's financial management activities.
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  • Serves as the primary administrative business process point of
contact for the Administrative Office
  • Develops and implements new systems or administrative processes
to meet Administrative Office needs (e.g., Administrative Office
Procedures Handbook, files maintenance, etc.).
  • Participates in program planning support work such as travel
documentation, budget coordination/tracking,
purchasing/procurement of supplies and equipment, and human
resources administration.
  • Serves as principal timekeeper to the Administrative Office.
  • Maintains a financial plan for the location.
  • Develops budget forecasts and overhead cost distribution methods
between many different accounts and funding sources using
electronic spreadsheets.
  • Participates in the budget preparation process by compiling,
consolidating, checking, and arranging funding data in requests
to cover projected annual operating expenses.
  • Provides training and advisory services to the Administrative
Officer and professional staff in all program administrative
procedure ensuring compliance with regulations.
  • Uses a variety of graphical, spreadsheet, and database software
packages (e.g., QuatroPro, Excel) to obtain statistical data
from published reports and manipulate data to produce tables and
charts for program management and administrative use.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
  • #### Job family (Series)
0303 Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant
  • Requirements

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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
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements
by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade
restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined
Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience
directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized
experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The
specialized experience requirements for this position are:
GS-06:One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05
grade level in the Federal service which has equipped the candidate
with the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform the duties of
the position. Specialized experience includes experience reconciling
accounts; preparing and tracking budgeting and accounting forms;
balancing budgets for individual units; and using automated systems
to create documents and reports.
GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06
grade level in the Federal service which has equipped the candidate
with the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform the duties of
the position. Specialized experience includes experience planning
and coordinating administrative tasks for an office including;
providing oversight in preparing and tracking budgeting and
accounting forms; formulating budgets for individual units; using
automated systems to create documents and reports; and preparing or
tracking time and attendance reports.
**Time in grade: Applicants must have one year of specialized
experience at the next lower grade to be considered for the next
higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-11 grade level for
consideration for the GS-12 grade level.)**
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.
This position does not have an education qualification requirement.
Additional information
  • 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. When assessed
through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP
applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a
possible 100.
  • Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated
from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three
years or more of continuous active service are eligible for
consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act
  • 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.
  • For more information on applying under special hiring
authorities such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30
percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A
Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the
USAJOBS website.
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides
current or former temporary or term employees of federal land
management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent
competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than
24 months of service without a break between appointments of two
or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and
have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer
to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015 for more information.
  • Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final
determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring
official at time of job offer.
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
  • Administrative Management
  • Budget Administration
  • Communications and Media
  • Technology Application
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 only meet minimum qualifications to
be referred.
Note: If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting
documentation, a determina

Agricultural Research Service


New Orleans, LA
70181 USA