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Program Support Assistant (Oa)

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Department Of Agriculture Stoneville , MS 38776

Posted 3 months ago

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This position is located in the Unites States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Crop Genetics Research Unit, located in Stoneville, MS.

The incumbent of these positions serves as a personal assistant to the Research Leader (RL) and other professional staff, coordinating a range of administrative and clerical tasks essential to the program administration of the Management Unit.

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Major Duties may include, but are not limited to :

  • Serving as principal timekeeper for a management unit.

  • Advising unit personnel on travel allowances and requirements, and ensuring adherence to travel regulations.

  • Establishing, maintaining, and revising office filing systems and tracking logs.

  • Editing materials for correct structure, clarity, and formatting arrangement for annual reports, internal newsletters, and formal correspondence.

  • Screening incoming calls and visitors and answering questions regarding established policies or routine matters.

  • Using a variety of graphical, spreadsheet, and database software packages (e.g., Excel) to produce tables and charts for program management and administrative use.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Position may require occasional travel for training purposes.

Supervisory status


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    0303 Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

  • You must be a US Citizen or National

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Subject to satisfactory completion of a one year probationary period


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience as identified by grade level.

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:

At the 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 preparing and tracking budgeting and accounting forms; maintaining detailed records of purchases necessary for an office environment; and assisting in coordinating aspects of travel for staff and supervisors.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirements, applicants must possess a typing speed of at least 40 words per minute.

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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.


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.

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Program Support Assistant (Oa)

Expired Job

Department Of Agriculture