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Risk Management Specialist

Company name
Department Of Agriculture Risk Management Agency

Salary
$50,598.00 to $79,586.00

Location
Jackson, MS

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Open & closing dates

02/09/2018

to

02/20/2018

Salary

$50,598 to $79,586 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 09 - 11

Work schedule

Full-Time

Appointment type

Permanent

Location

3 vacancies in the following location:

Jackson, MS

3 vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Transfer

Veterans

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Announcement number

RMA-18-0016-DAIS-MS-AD

Control number

490960900

Duties

Duties

Summary

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

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

This position is assigned to the Risk Management Agency, Deputy Administrator for Insurance Services, Risk Management Regional Office, located in Jackson, MS

Major Duties:

Examine acreage, yields, participation rates, loss ratios and loss costs to evaluate program performance and effectiveness.

Utilize agricultural principles, concepts, methods and practices to review existing crop insurance programs effectiveness and to ensure program integrity.

Conducts research and statistical analyses to support the development and evaluation of crop insurance programs.

Serves as Agency liaison in/for activities designed to deliver outreach and risk management education to the public regarding the crop insurance program.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current permanent USDA Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligibles; and Farm Service Agency permanent county employees.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

1101 General Business And Industry

Requirements

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.

Meet education and/or specialized experience requirements.

Complete the Occupational Questionnaire/submit resume/supporting documents.

Successful completion of a one year probationary period.

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.

1 year at the GS-07 grade level for consideration at the GS-09 grade level.

1 year at the GS-09 grade level for consideration at the GS-11 grade level.

You may start at the GS-9 level is you have one of the following qualifications:

Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or 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, law, or any other field directly related to the position to be filled. OR

At least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-7 grade in the Federal service. Specialized experience for the GS-09 Risk Management Specialist includes demonstrating fundamental knowledge of programs, policies, procedures and regulations applicable to agriculture, farming practices, risk management, insurance, reinsurance and/or their interrelationship with data quality management, validation reporting, and/or underwriting. It also includes fundamental knowledge of, and skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques for the identification, consideration, and resolution of issues or problems of a procedural or factual nature; assisting in assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of program systems and operations; and making recommendations for improvements. OR

Less than the full amount of graduate education and less than the full amount of experience but I have 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.

You may start at the GS-11 level if you have one of the following qualifications:

Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a field of study in agriculture, agricultural economics, farm management, business administration, economics, law, or any other field related to the position to be filled. OR

At least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-9 level in the Federal service that demonstrates a practical working knowledge of a range of concepts and principles, relating to agriculture sciences, management, insurance principles, risk management, statistical analysis, and actuarial/underwriting subjects, programs, policies, procedures and regulation applicable to agriculture. It also includes demonstrating knowledge of, and skill in applying and adapting analytical and evaluative techniques and methods to assess the effectiveness and efficiency and productivity of program systems and operations; and making recommendations for improvements. OR

A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. Only graduate education beyond the second full year (36 semester hours) may be combined with experience.

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

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

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligibility see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

. 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.

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.

See https://www.congress.gov/114/plaws/publ47/PLAW-114publ47.pdf

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.

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 and insurance

Self-management and independent work orientation

Analytical thinking and problem solving

Communication

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 is 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=AFBFB1C4-7B16-4916-AD69-A88000A57F83

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Applicable

Required Documents

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.

Veteran Hiring Authorities: VEOA: 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.

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act: Copies of Notification of Personnel Action(s) (SF-50) showing the employee served in eligible appointment(s) for a period(s) of more than 24 mo. w/o a break between appointments of two years. Include initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and separation SF-50s for each period. Submit performance rating(s) showing acceptable performance for each period counted towards eligibility signed by supervisor(s). If documentation does not exist for one or more periods, submit a statement from supervisor(s) indicating acceptable performance. Applicants who do not have performance documentation for any period shall provide a reason why the documentation is not available and statement that performance for all periods was at an acceptable level.

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.

Benefits

Benefits

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. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees

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 by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.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 Online and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) 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.

Agency contact information

Ashinta N. Davis

Phone

(816) 926-6526

TDD

(800)735-2966

Fax

Email

ashinta.davis@kcc.usda.gov

Address

Risk Management Agency

P.O. Box 419205

Kansas City, MO,

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/Login

to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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 and hiring process 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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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Company info

Department Of Agriculture Risk Management Agency
Website : http://www.rma.usda.gov

Company Profile
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) operates and manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). RMA was created in 1996; FCIC was founded in 1938. RMA, through FCIC, provides crop insurance to American farmers and ranchers. Private-sector insurance companies sell and service the policies. RMA develops and/or approves the premium rate, administers premium and expense subsidies, approves and supports products, and reinsures the companies. RMA also sponsors educatio nal and outreach programs and seminars on the general topic of risk management.

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