At NSF, you will use your Student Trainee (Program Specialist) expertise in an exciting, challenging, and team-oriented environment. You will have the opportunity to use your current skills to help make NSF's vision of the future become a reality.
NSF also offers a variety of formal and informal learning and development opportunities that you can use to build new skills and advance your career. If you're seeking variety and challenge in a collegial atmosphere, look no further than NSF!
This position is located in the Directorate of Geosciences, Earth Sciences Division, under the Internship component of the Pathways Program. As a Student Trainee (Program Specialist), you will play a key role in applying analytical and evaluative techniques to identify business process problems with a focus on supporting program and division budget activities.
Key functions of the Student Trainee (Program Specialist) position include:
Performing a variety of duties associated with proposal processing including redacting panel reviews/summaries (non-scientific), identifying conflicts of interest (COI), and responding to correspondence and telephone calls regarding proposal policies and systems.
Gathering data for analysis and information sharing and conducting moderately complex qualitative analyses.
Troubleshooting systems and provide system support for basic proposal processing systems and applications.
Providing budget support to include creating and monitoring the budget spreadsheets and conducting financial analyses.
Managing funds in accordance with rules and regulations and guidance to properly apply legal use of appropriate funds to prepare year-end financial status reports.
General Administrative Support
Noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term position is not guaranteed. The Interns eligibility for conversion does NOT guarantee that the agency will opt for conversion.
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Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
You must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
You must be taking at least a half-time course load.
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.
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.
All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
To qualify for the GS-7, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level. Examples of specialized experience include: Collecting data and evaluating information; Reviewing budget data to monitor expenditures; and assisting with database queries. OR Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education OR Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision: Achievement of Baccalaureate and in the upper one-third of your graduating class or a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or based on courses completed during your final 2 years.; OR A combination of post high school education and experience that combined meet the qualification requirements for this position.
To qualify at the GS-9 level you must have one of the following: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Conducting analysis of financial matters to determine resources required; Using various data management systems to apply analytical techniques to identify patterns and trends, and to track and monitor analytical activities; Assisting in the performance of management studies to evaluate program success and to offer recommendations for improvement. OR A Master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master s or equivalent graduate degree; OR A combination of post high school education and experience that combined meet the qualification requirements for this position.
Education may be substituted for experience as described in Qualifications."
All Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accredited institutions recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education. Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website: .
PLEASE NOTE: Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that's part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
This is an opportunity under the Internship Program component of the Pathways Programs. The Internship Program provides students enrolled in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education. Veteran's Preference will be applied in filling positions under the Pathways Programs.
This announcement is for a Student Trainee (Program Specialist).
Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited academic institution and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.
Students can be hired for Internship positions at any time during the year.
Students typically work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer, winter, and spring vacations.
Students will be on indefinite appointments during their period of eligibility under the Internship Program.
Interns will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the parameters of the Internship Program during employment with NSF.
The Internship Program allows students an opportunity to be converted non-competitively to a career-conditional or term position once the student completes all requirements of the Internship Program.
Noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term position is not guaranteed. The Interns eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the agency will opt for conversion.
Interns may be required to submit updated transcripts and proof of enrollment upon selection.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our .
This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicant qualifications will be assessed based on the level of completed education and relevant work experience at the closing date of the announcement. Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles.
Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed: Excellent, Very Good, or Good. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.
Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.
The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the competencies required of this position. Please ensure you answer all questions accurately.
Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.
Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or CTAP must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least Very Good.
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Drug test required
You are strongly encouraged to submit all required documents at the time you submit your resume.
You MUST submit your official or unofficial college transcripts, including your GPA, with your application. This office will be unable to determine qualification eligibility without transcripts. Applications without transcripts are incomplete applications and will be rated "INELIGIBLE". Transcripts will NOT be accepted after the closing date of this announcement.
You MUST provide proof of enrollment for the current Fall 2018 academic term (i.e., course schedule, acceptance letter, letter from the registrar). Applications without proof of enrollment are incomplete applications and will be rated "INELIGIBLE". Proof of Enrollment will NOT be accepted after the closing date of this announcement.
If you are entitled to veterans' preference:
You must submit all required documents at the time you complete your application or it will not receive further consideration.
You must provide a copy of your DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
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At the time of application, if you choose not to upload the documents, you will be directed to a webpage which lists the available fax coversheets for any documents we require. (Veterans note: documents related to veteran's preference are requested only when you first register in NSF's eRecruit system.) Please print out the appropriate fax coversheet(s) and follow the instructions carefully.
All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed and/or uploaded document(s).
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 .
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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