Agriculture, Rural Development Loan Specialist (Realty) in Aberdeen, South Dakota

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Responsibilities

The Loan Assistant (Realty) position is located in a USDA Rural Development (RD) Area office and serves as a member of a Program team staff with responsibility for loan and grant-making and loan and grant servicing single-family housing, multi-family housing, rural facilities, rural utilities and/or rural business and cooperative programs.

Reviews and analyzes loan and grant applications, pre-applications and all supporting documents for completeness and conformance with RD statutory regulations, policies, procedures and practices and inputs data into appropriate automated database systems.

Performs comprehensive review and in-depth analyses of financial credit data documents germane to the loan application eligibility, feasibility, credit-worthiness and viability within assigned loan portfolio(s).

Performs servicing actions to include site visits to determine a project’s conformance with loan requirements; monitors civil rights compliance; evaluates/mitigates and/or prepares environmental assessments; and reviews key data to ensure multiyear forecasts are realistic.

Works with supervisor to develop and implement an outreach and marketing program for assigned loan portfolio(s).

Prepares marketing and outreach activity reports as required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 days

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

09

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current, permanent USDA Rural Development employees with competitive status, and USDA CTAP/RPL eligibles.

This vacancy is to fill one position located in any of the listed locations below. Locality pay will be set based upon duty location of selectee.

Aberdeen, SD Huron, SD Mitchell, SD Pierre, SD Rapid City, SD Sioux Falls, SD Yankton, SD Watertown, SD

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: For GS-09- If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency.

  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if OCR) including time-in grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

* Time in grade:* Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-05 grade level for consideration for the GS-07 grade level.)

* For the GS-7 level:* Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05; or its non-Federal equivalent that demonstrates: Basic knowledge of loan examining and/or servicing principles, procedures and techniques as they apply to investigation, analysis, and evaluation of financial factors and credit risks in relation to the granting and servicing of mortgage loans. Experience may have been gained in work equivalent to furnishing general information concerning loan programs, loan eligibility requirements, or financial and credit requirements; reviewing loan applications for eligibility and financial soundness; and analyzing information provided by loan applicants and making recommendations to a higher-level loan specialist about loan eligibility.

OR Bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement (SAA)* OR* one full year of graduate education* OR* a combination of education as described and specialized experience.

*For the GS-09 level: * Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07; or its non-Federal equivalent that demonstrates: experience in performing loan making and/or loan servicing duties such as regularly examining loan applications, supporting documents and credit reports; maintaining servicing activities of somewhat complex loans and/or grants; assisting higher-level loan specialists by performing assigned portions of financial credit analysis in connection with more complex loans as a way of acquiring training and competency for more difficult loan examining and servicing assignments.

OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related OR a combination of education as described and specialized experience. Time-in grade must be met by the closing of this announcement. **

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

If qualifying based on Undergraduate and Graduate Education: major study - finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations, statistics, or other field related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. Determine your qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required. Determine your education as a percentage of the education required. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grades GS-9 and GS-11.

Additional information
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), or Reemployment Priority List (RPL): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, or RPL 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 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 applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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 SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING LOAN MAKING REQUIREMENTS.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING SERVICING REQUIREMENT SUCH AS CREDIT COUNSELING, SECURITY SERVICING, DEBT ADJUSTMENT, INVENTORY PROPERTY OR OTHER SERVICING REQUIREMENTS.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS STANDARDS AND COSTS, PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS, COST ESTIMATES, AND CONTRACTS AND INSPECTIONS.
  • ABILITY TO PROVIDE PROGRAM/PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP.
  • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE ORALLY.
  • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN WRITING. Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine whether (a) you meet minimum qualification requirements and (b) your 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://rhs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=57D90430-1B67-4EC6-82FE-A934009DBF4B

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

  • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.

  • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

  • Current permanent Rural Development employees ONLY with competitive status:

  • 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 recent 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.

  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, or RPL, 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.

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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.

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 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.

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Agency contact information
Teri Bertness
Phone

605-352-1108

Fax

855-262-1940

Email

teri.bertness@sd.usda.gov

Address

USDA- Rural Development 200 4th St. SW Huron, SD, 57350 USA

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

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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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.

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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 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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  • Social security number request
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  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507266400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 08/08/2018 to 08/14/2018

Salary: $41,365 to $65,778 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 07 - 09

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent