Department Of Agriculture Billings , MT 59101
Currently one (1) vacancy will be filled. The official duty location may be located in any of the following USDA Rural Development Montana Offices once final selection is made: Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell or Missoula.
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This position may be located in any Rural Development (RD) Office in Montana. The incumbent serves as a Supervisory Loan Specialist (Rlty), administering loan and grant programs designed to provide very low, low and moderate income rural residents with housing through insured and guaranteed single family housing (SFH) and multi-family housing (MFH) programs.
The incumbent will establish and advance a statewide vision for the SFH and MFH programs. This includes, but is not limited to, determining program priorities, managing the use of program resources to support priority investments, setting standards for internal and external customer service, developing methods to ensure staff accountability and timeliness, and collaborating with Rural Development field staff and partner organizations. Foresight, resourcefulness, initiative, and sound judgment is used in daily program planning, decision making, evaluation, and public relations areas of the overall assignment. The following list of duties are a brief overview and should not be considered all-inclusive at the GS-13 (FPL):
Serves as the state's authority in SFH and MFH program policies and activities.
Ensures that state office and field staff develop and maintain expertise in housing program law and regulation, credit counseling and loan processing, servicing actions and authorities, and customer service.
Ensures that loan/grant requests are processed, approved, and closed in accordance with Rural Development regulations.
Develops partnerships with other Agencies, State and Local Governments and private lenders to increase the quantity and quality of rural housing and further Rural Development program objectives, and establish statewide investment and preservation priorities for subsidized housing in the State; coordinate financial assistance, ensure market feasibility, and prevent duplication of services.
Ensures that allocated funds are used expeditiously and prudently, and using knowledge of the funding cycles and availability of National Office reserve and set-aside funds and pooling, assures the state receives funds to meet its program priorities.
Stays aware of changes in national policy and procedures affecting the SFH and/or MFH programs.
Collaborates with the management team to develop and implement Rural Development's marketing program for the State.
Directly supervises specialists and technicians assigned to the SFH and MFH section.
Occasional travel - 1-5 days per month
Job family (Series)
1165 Loan Specialist
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
United States Citizenship is required
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered/exempt from Selective Service
Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
Subject to 1-yr supervisory probationary period
Must complete supervisory training before end of probationary period
Must meet Time-in-Grade requirements by closing date of announcement
Must meet qualification requirements by closing date of announcement
Relocation and Travel Expenses will not be paid
Must submit Form OGE450 w/in 30 days of appt date and annually thereafter
CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: 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 Tier 2 (Moderate Risk) background investigation.
Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
Travel will be required.
Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the GS-1165 series set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement 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-11 grade level for consideration for the GS-12 grade level).
Specialized experience is required to qualify for this position. Specialized experience is any experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
To qualify at the GS-12 : Applicant must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11; or its non-Federal equivalent that demonstrates processing loan and grants for individuals, groups, or corporate borrowers to fund single family and/or multi-family housing units, rural business or community facilities; experience dealing with borrowers with non-standard or obscure sources of income; experience servicing single family and/or multi-family loan and grants, or commercial loans for the business and community facilities programs . NOTE: There is no equivalent educational substitution at the GS-12 level.
To qualify at the GS-13 : Applicant must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 or its non-Federal equivalent that demonstrates processing loans and grants for individuals, groups or corporate borrowers to fund single family and/or multi-family housing units, rural business or community facilities; extensive experience dealing with borrowers with non-standard or obscure sources of income; extensive experience servicing single family and/or multi-family loan and grants, or commercial loans for business and community facilities; experience providing program guidance to lenders; experience in program and project management, including monitoring and evaluating program activities; experience in community and economic development; experience/demonstrated understanding of housing markets and trends. NOTE: There is no equivalent educational substitution at the GS-13 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, 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.