Eli Segal Fellowship


Salary Range: 27,079 USD per year

Series & Grade: NY-0301-01
Promotion Potential: 01

Who May Be Considered: AmeriCorps Alumni

Open Period: Monday, June 15, 2009 to Friday, July 31, 2009

Position Information: Temporary Excepted Service

Duty Locations: 1 vacancy – Washington, DC


OVERVIEW:

To honor Eli Segal and continue his work of advancing national service in America, the Corporation for National and Community Service established the Eli Segal Fellowship program.

ABOUT US:

The Corporation for National and Community Service was established as a Federal agency in 1993 to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community-based service. Together, its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs promote the ethic of service and help solve critical community problems in every state, many Indian tribes, and most U. S. territories. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Americans are joining forces to address community needs in education, homeland security, housing, health care, environmental protection, and disaster relief.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

MAJOR DUTIES:

To honor Eli Segal and continue his work of advancing national service in America, the Corporation for National and Community Service established the Eli Segal Fellowship program. Eli Segal was a giant in the national service movement. He was a key architect of the 1993 national service legislation and served as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Corporation for National and Community Service. As CEO he successfully launched AmeriCorps and managed the creation of a new Federal agency that united the longstanding Senior Corps and VISTA with the newer NCCC and Learn and Serve America programs. After leaving the Corporation, he remained a tireless friend and champion for service, serving on the boards of several organizations and helping build the AmeriCorps alumni movement.

This prestigious fellowship is open to AmeriCorps alumni who have exceptional leadership, drive, and commitment to national service, who will help to advance the mission and goals of the Corporation. Eli Segal Fellows will:

QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIREMENTS:

All Corporation employees are required to complete an SF-85, Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Position or an SF-85P, Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, to initiate a background investigation. Continued employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the background investigation.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based on your resume and your responses to the vacancy-specific questions. We will place you in one of three categories described below:

1 - Qualified Category = Meets the minimum qualifications as described in the Minimum Qualification Requirements section of this announcement.

2 - Well Qualified Category = Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions and, if necessary, based upon a panel review by subject-matter experts.

3 - Best Qualified Category = Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions, and, if necessary, based upon a panel review by subject-matter experts.

NOTE: Status candidates may be considered under the provisions of the Corporation's Human Resources system which allows for:

  1. Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and
     
  2. The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete an application package which includes both of the following parts:

  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
     
  2. Your résumé and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Your application status must be Complete by Friday, July 31, 2009. All online processes must be completed by midnight Eastern Time on July 31, 2009.

Option A: Application Manager

Click here to begin the process by creating a user account in "Application Manager", or go to https://applicationmanager.gov/Login.aspx?VacancyID=263049.

To return to Application Manager at any time, use whichever one of the links you used to begin as described above, or simply go to https://applicationmanager.gov/Login.aspx?VacancyID=263049.

Option B: Paper Qualifications Questionnaire

If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can write your answers on paper. Follow these steps:

  1. You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.
     
  2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.
     
  3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents either by fax or by mail (must be received by the closing date).

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

For this job announcement the following documents are required:

To submit the documents requested follow the options listed above. Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

If referred for interview, candidates may be asked to complete form SF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment.

Note: Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:

Job Information:

Personal Information:

Education:

Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

Other Qualifications:

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Please reference the announcement number CNS-09-44-26049 when making inquiries.

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the final outcome.


Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission. Your responses should be supported by information provided in your resume.

Social Security Number

Enter your Social Security Number in the space indicated. Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, however we can not process your application without it.

Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is AB263049.

  1. Title of Job: Eli Segal Fellowship
     
  2. Biographic Data
     
  3. E-Mail Address
     
  4. Work Information
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  5. Employment Availability
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  6. Citizenship
    Please respond Yes or No: Are you a citizen of the United States?
     
  7. Background Information
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  8. Other Information
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  9. Languages
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  10. Lowest Grade: 01
     
  11. Miscellaneous Information
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  12. Special Knowledge
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  13. Test Location
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  14. Veteran Preference Claim
    Enter your veteran's preference claim.
     
  15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service
    These dates are required if you have claimed Veterans' Preference unless you have claimed derived Preference (i.e., widows, spouse, etc.) Please use this format: (mm/dd/yyyy).
     
  16. Availability Date
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  17. Service Computation Date
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  18. Other Date Information
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  19. Job Preference
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  20. Occupational Specialties:  001 Eli Segal Fellowship
     
  21. Geographic Availability:  0675 Washington DC Metro Area, DC
     
  22. Transition Assistance Plan
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  23. Job Related Experience
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  24. Personal Background Information
    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.
     
  25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

    Please respond Yes or No to the following questions.

    A- Yes
    B- No
  1. Within the last 3 years, have you completed a full-time term of service in AmeriCorps State and National?
     
  2. Within the last 3 years, have you completed a full-time (1,700 hours) term of service in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps?
     
  3. Within the last 3 years, have you completed a full-time term (one year) of service in AmeriCorps VISTA?
     
  4. Are you alumni who were enrolled in full-time studies, in active military service or other full-time national service, e.g., Peace Corps?

If you answered Yes to question #10, please identify the organization, length of your service, and your title.

  1. I have a track record of in-depth community service experience as a volunteer with an organization that uses community based collaboration through service and volunteering to meet needs.
     
  2. I have a track record of community service as an employee with an organization through service and volunteering to meet needs.
     
  3. My community service experience relates to Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America, AmeriCorps (including AmeriCorps*NCCC or AmeriCorps*VISTA) or Peace Corps.

If you answered Yes to questions #5, 6, or 7, please tell us, describe your experience (250 words or less).

From the descriptions below, please select the letter corresponding to the statement that best describes your education. Please select only one letter.

  1. Select the letter that best describes your education.

    A. I have completed a 4-year course of study and possess a bachelor’s degree.
    B. I have completed 30 semester hours of graduate study and possess a master's degree.
    C. I have completed 60 semester hours of graduate study and possess a master's degree.
    D. I have completed course requirements for Ph.D.
    E. My education or experience is not reflected in any of the above statements.
     
  2. In the past three years, my primary work experience has been in:

    A. Professional or administrative occupations
    B. Clerical or sales occupations
    C. Service occupations
    D. Trades or labor occupations
    E. Not employed in the past three years

Please respond Yes or No to each of the following questions.

A- Yes
B- No

  1. Would you be comfortable in a work situation that requires you to research, interpret, and apply multiple guidelines and requirements?
     
  2. Have you successfully done work that involved conducting quality checks or following up with customers or clients to ensure satisfaction with a product or service?
     
  3. Have you suggested or made changes to products or procedures that resulted in better meeting customer needs?
     
  4. Have you developed a formal mechanism to learn more about a problem (for example, developed a survey, conducted interviews or focus groups, etc.)?
     
  5. Have you often been asked to proofread or edit the writing of others for content, punctuation, spelling, and grammar?
     
  6. Have you successfully planned an event such as a conference, fund-raiser, etc.?
     
  7. Have you worked on several major assignments or projects at the same time with minimal supervision and completed the work on time or ahead of schedule?
     
  8. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved interacting or coordinating with people outside of your immediate work group (for example, people from other offices, departments, organizations, etc.)?
     
  9. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved answering questions, gathering information, or providing assistance to others?
     
  10. Have you successfully completed a small-scale project (lasting several days or weeks) on or ahead of schedule with minimal supervision?
     
  11. Have you devised a strategy to overcome a major setback that successfully enabled you to complete a project on time or within budget?
     
  12. Have you successfully completed a complex research project that included collecting and analyzing information, and reporting conclusions or recommendations?
     
  13. Have you successfully done work that required you to present information at briefings, meetings, conferences, or hearings?
     
  14. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved composing letters or writing reports containing several short paragraphs, such as investigation reports, accident reports, performance evaluations, etc.?
     
  15. Have you successfully written reports that presented facts, findings, logical conclusions, and persuasive arguments (for example, wrote a thesis, briefing papers, policy papers, complex research papers, etc.)?
     
  16. Have you successfully done work that involved informally providing oral explanations of technical information or other complex information, such as regulations, policies, or procedures?
     
  17. Have you designed or developed something, on your own initiative, to help you or other employees better complete assignments (for example, designed a training manual)?
     
  18. Have you successfully done work, not including computer applications classes, that involved using software programs to analyze data?
     
  19. Are you proficient with Excel?
     
  20. Are you proficient with Access?
     
  21. Are you proficient with Word?
     
  22. Are you proficient with Outlook?
     
  23. Are you proficient with word processing packages other than Word?
     
  24. Are you proficient with web-based applications to perform job functions?
     
  25. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved planning, prioritizing, scheduling, and monitoring work for fewer than 10 people?
     
  26. Have you successfully functioned as a team leader or project manager?

Based on your personal experience, please describe your vision for national service. (800 words or less).


HEALTH BENEFITS:

You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB.

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#ltci

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA

You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.


OTHER INFORMATION:

VETERANS' PREFERENCE - The Corporation is subject to the Veterans' Preference Act of 1944, as amended. In conformance with this Act, veterans' preference will apply to applicants without competitive status when a vacancy is being filled from outside the Federal service. Veterans' preference will not apply to individuals with status (current or former, permanent Federal service) internal selections, discretionary positions or SES equivalent positions.

AFFIRMATIVE RECRUITMENT - The Corporation for National and Community Service conducts its recruitment program to identify highly qualified individuals from all segments of society. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Selection decisions are made without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or marital status.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT

As part of your application package, the Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation) is requesting information that is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579; 5 USC 552a).

We evaluate applicants for Federal jobs under the authority of title 5 of the United States Code. We need the requested information to determine the extent to which your education and work skills qualify you for a Federal job. We also require information on other related matters such as citizenship and military service in order to determine your eligibility to work for the Federal government.

Pursuant to Public Law 104-134, we are requesting your Social Security Number (SSN) to properly identify your records, as other individuals may have the same name and birth date. The Corporation may also use your SSN to make requests for information about you from current or former employers, schools, banks, and others who know you. We may also confirm information from your records with prospective employers concerning tenure of employment, civil service status, length of service, and date and nature of action for separation, as shown on personnel action forms. Providing us with your SSN or any of the other requested information is voluntary. However, without this information, we cannot process your employment application, which is essential for you to be considered for employment with the Corporation.