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Announcement Number:
CA-2019-0085
Hiring Agency:
U.S. Department of State
Position Title:
Consular Officer (Visa)
Open Period:
05/10/2019 - 05/24/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0130 11/12
Salary:
USD $69,581 - USD $108,422
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Brittany Bell
202-485-7338
Bellbt@state.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Security Clearance Required:
Top Secret
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:

This position is located in the Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, Office of Domestic Operations, Visa Services Directorate (CA/VO/DO/I). CA/VO/DO/I is responsible for the administration of the annual numerical limitations on immigrants which are set by the Immigration and Nationality Act. CA/VO/DO/I also forecasts trends of future visa demand and provides statistics and analyses of visa policies and programs.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Relocation may be authorized.

Travel Required:
Not Required

Responsibilities

  • Advises and assists in the development of plans for implementing provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended, which relate to the control of immigrant visa numbers.  
  • Analyzes visa data and statistics in order to provide clear, understandable information used in the policy making process related to United States visa policy, programs, and the allocation and control of visa numbers worldwide.  
  • Drafts responses to a wide range of inquiries and requests for information - including those received from Bureau and Department officials, Congress, attorneys, and the public - on the current visa programs and policies, as well as proposed changes.
  • Participates in the development of new and improved analytical methods that are applied to budget preparation, performance
    management, and program planning and evaluation, and also serve as guides for post staffing and post inspections.
  • Assists in evaluating the effectiveness of the processes for analyzing and reporting visa statistics, for projecting visa availability and demand, and for allocating and controlling visa numbers for issuance by posts.
  • Qualifications and Evaluations

    Conditions of Employment:
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Education Requirements:

    See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

    Evaluations:

    Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures.  Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:

    Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.  

    Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some, but not all of the major aspects of the position.

    Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:



    • Ability to establish and maintain liaison with officials throughout the foreign affairs community.

    • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in order to provide accurate responses to queries, and to provide reports and
      presentations dealing with visa statistics.

    • Knowledge of the statutes, rules, regulations that govern the examination and adjudication of visa applications.


    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume should include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click
    here.

    Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Your application package must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.

    Qualifications:

    Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.



    Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

    Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities;

    OR

    Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included a combination of courses, with at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities;

    OR

    Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.

    OR

    Have a combination of education and experience where your coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUS appropriate relevant experience OR additional education.

    OR

    Have completed at least 4 years of appropriate experience in one OR more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs. (NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries.)

    Note:  If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.


    IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, applicants applying for the GS-11 MUST also meet one of the requirements listed below:

    Have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience must be related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:



    • Experience in conducting statistical analysis of administrative data to provide detailed descriptive statistics, evaluations, and statistical forecasts.

    • Experience in preparing reports about complex topics, to include analyses of statistical information, for wide-ranging audiences including the public, Government officials, and colleagues. 

    • Experience in database structure and programming languages (e.g. SQL, R, Python) and data visualization software (e.g. Microsoft Power BI, Tableau) to compile data, conduct analyses, and present results and recommendations to diverse outside audiences.


    OR

    Have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.  This education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position to be filled.

    OR

    Have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience which is equivalent to the work of the position and equivalent to the GS0-9 level in the Federal service.  This education and experience must meet 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

    Note:  If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.


    IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.  Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:



    • Experience in conducting statistical analysis of administrative data to provide detailed descriptive statistics, evaluations, and statistical forecasts.

    • Experience in preparing reports about complex topics, to include analyses of statistical information, for wide-ranging audiences including the public, Government officials, and colleagues. 

    • Experience in database structure and programming languages (e.g. SQL, R, Python) and data visualization software (e.g. Microsoft Power BI, Tableau) to compile data, conduct analyses, and present results and recommendations to diverse outside audiences.

    • Experience in designing program evaluations and conducting analysis using performance management techniques, to include identifying appropriate measurable goals and methodologies.


    Note:  If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) – U.S. law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States - either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee’s information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated.ns@state.gov.


    For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    Prepare your application in USAJOBS

    To start your application, click Apply and we’ll walk you through the process where you’ll attach a resume and any required documents.

    During the application process you can review, edit, delete, and update your information. We’ll automatically save your progress as you go, so you won’t lose any changes.

    Please carefully read all the instructions before you apply. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process.

    STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

    STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the How You Will Be Evaluated section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

    STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the U.S. Department of State’s Gateway to State automated application system.  The questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this position.  

    STEP 4: Submit all required documentation applicable to you, as listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement, to the Department’s Gateway to State automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click  
    here.


    Technical assistance with your on-line application is available through the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com or by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET



    ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES



    NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET at least 2 working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement. Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    Required Documents:

    All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department’s automated system “Gateway to State”.

    3. Transcripts - if applicable, see the Qualifications section of the announcement. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.  

    4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.   

    5. Veterans Preference - If claiming veteran’s preference, you must indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume.

    For 5-point veteran’s preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are currently on active duty, you must provide a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this vacancy announcement. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your current or expected discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.

    For 10-point veteran's preference, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. For further information regarding Veterans, click here.

    For Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.

    To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html

    6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

    ICTAP Considerations   


    CTAP Considerations

    Next Steps:

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interviews in approximately two weeks after the announcement closes. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability review and/or security background investigation, which generally takes an average of at least two to six months.

    You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

    1. Upon receipt of your application.
    2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
    3. After the certificate is issued.
    4. After final selection is made.

    For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here .

    Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.