Loan Analyst

Farm Service Agency | Bloomsburg, PA

Posted Date 9/13/2019
Description This position is located in the Farm Service Agency, Pennsylvania State Office. Duty location will be determined upon selection.Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement 09/25/2019 including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-07 grade level for consideration for the GS-09 grade level.)

For the GS-5 level:
  • Completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, or I possess a bachelor's degree in any field of study; OR
  • Three years of general work experience that is progressively responsible experience (one year of which is equivalent to at least a GS-4) that demonstrates my ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; to plan and organize my work; and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; OR
  • A combination of education and experience as listed above.
For the GS-7 level:
  • Superior Academic Achievement: A bachelor's degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university with either: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; 2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study; 3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college; 4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies; OR
  • One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level in the Federal service or private sector. Specialized experience is experience that demonstrates knowledge of basic principles, concepts, and methods of fact-finding, analysis, and problem solving techniques as they apply to investigation, analysis and evaluation of financial factors and credit risks in granting and servicing of agricultural loans. In addition, I have knowledge of and skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques to assist in assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of farm loan program operations to make recommendations for improvements; OR
  • One year of graduate education from an accredited college or university with a major in finance, business administration, economics, accounting, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, statistics, or other fields related to the position such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology; OR
  • A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above.
For the GS-9 level:
  • Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's, or equivalent graduate degree (LLB, JD, LLM, Ph.D., etc.), from an accredited college or university with a major in finance, business administration, economics, accounting, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, statistics, or another field related to the position such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock, farm management, ranch management, rural sociology, dairy science, domestic agricultural development or agronomy; OR
  • One full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Experience that demonstrates knowledge of credit principles and practices to assess the fundamental soundness of loans by independently examining applications, supporting documents, and credit reports, and maintaining servicing activities on agricultural loans. In addition, experience applying analytical and evaluative techniques to assist in assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of farm loan program operations to make recommendations for improvements; OR
  • A combination of education and experience as listed above.
For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp.

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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