<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />NIFA is the premier Federal partner in finding innovative and transformative solutions to critical food and agriculture problems across the nation. We are looking for students interested in financial management or accounting to support our Office of Grants and Financial Management while further developing related skills and learning about federal financial assistance mechanisms. <br /><br /><strong>Note: This position may be relocated outside the Washington, DC area to a location to be determined.</strong><br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Provide information for the preparation of financial reports.</li> <li>Use software application programs including electronic spreadsheets to extract and compile information from databases.</li> <li>Prepare formula, non-formula, and cooperative financial grant close out packages for review and approval in financial systems.</li> <li>Address grantee customer service inquiries concerning discrepancies in closing grants.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 5 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a US Citizen or US National</li> <li>Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt</li> <li>Must be in good academic standing with their education institution</li> <li>Complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree</li> <li>Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution</li> <li>A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways</li> <li>Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check</li> <li>Successful completion of two-year trial period</li> <li>Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution</li> <li>Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https: www.e-verify.gov/</li> <li>You must be 16 year of age and meet Federal, State, and Local laws governing the employment of minors.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.<br /><br /><strong>PATHWAYS ELIGIBILITY</strong> <br /><br />All applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student on at least a half-time schedule at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.<br /><br />All applicants must have academic or career goals that are related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.<br /><br /><strong>At the GS-4</strong> <br /><br />Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree.<br /><br /><strong> At the GS-5 </strong><br /><br />Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />You must submit a copy of your college transcripts.An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; 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. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education visit NACES website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>These are temporary, excepted service positions not-to-exceed 1 year or less and may be extended in increments not-to-exceed 1 or less for up to 8 years in total, when the student intern remains eligible for the program.</strong><br /><br />Student Interns must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of the appointment. Incumbents will be required to provide proof of continued enrollment and good academic standing each semester or grading period throughout the internship program. Failure to do so will result in termination of the appointment.<br /><br />Upon completion of all program requirements, Pathways Interns may be converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days following successful completion of all their education; however, conversion is not guaranteed.<br /><br />Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. 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 <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /> Veteran's preference applies in the arrangement of qualified applicants for all USDA Pathways Programs positions (5CFR 302.101(a).<br /> Qualified applicants eligible for veteran's preference will be referred and considered ahead of non-veterans.<br /><br /><strong>Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you provided false documentation, you will be removed from consideration. </strong><br /><br />To view the application form, visit: https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10490453 <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. <ul> <li>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) other qualifications.</li> <li><strong>Proof of enrollment </strong>or acceptance of enrollment and good academic standing</li> <li>In the form of letters, records, or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college, or university. The documentation provided must be issued from an authorized source (example: university registrar's office).</li> <li>A copy of your most recent transcripts which show your field of study, school name, students name, current GPA or academic standing, past and current course work, degree program, and major/concentration. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.</li> </ul> You must submit the documents below if you claim the following: <ul> <li><strong>Veterans</strong>, if claiming preference: DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty showing dates of service and type of discharge. 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 the certification is submitted.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.