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Loan Assistant / Loan Specialist (Commercial)

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Agriculture, Rural DevelopmentHenderson, TX
  • SummaryThis position is located in an Area Office in USDA/Rural Development (RD).
  • The incumbent has responsibility for servicing loans for projects, and underwriting and/or servicing assigned loans and grants for rural facilities, rural utilities, and/or rural businesses.
  • There is one vacancy to be filled in either Henderson or Mount Pleasant, TX. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Reviews and analyzes preapplications, applications and all supporting documents to determine loan or grant eligibility and inputs data into appropriate automated database system.
  • Prepares written loan/grant recommendations and submits to supervisor for review.
  • Provides a wide variety of servicing actions for assigned less difficult loan cases.
  • Works with a program specialist and/or supervisor in the development and implementation of an outreach and marketing program for the servicing area.
  • Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
  • Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 11 Job family (Series) 1165 Loan Specialist Help Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
  • To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
  • Time in grade: Current federal employees applying for a promotion opportunity must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirement of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.
  • For the GS-07 level: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05; or its non-Federal equivalent that demonstrates: Basic knowledge of loan examining and/or servicing principles, procedures and techniques as they apply to investigation, analysis, and evaluation of financial factors and credit risks in relation to the granting and servicing of mortgage loans.
  • Experience may have been gained in work equivalent to furnishing general information concerning loan programs, loan eligibility requirements, or financial and credit requirements; reviewing loan applications for eligibility and financial soundness; and analyzing information provided by loan applicants and making recommendations to a higher-level loan specialist about loan eligibility.
  • OR Bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) for two-grade interval positions OR Completion of one full academic year of graduate education from an accredited college or university with a major in a field of study as listed above may be substituted for specialized experience OR an equivalent combination of experience and education as noted above are acceptable.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations, statistics, or other fields related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology.
  • NOTE: To be considered for this position, you 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.
  • A copy is available at: 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.
  • Education This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
  • Additional informationCareer Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL).
  • Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP or RPL eligible.
  • To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors.
  • CTAP 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 applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
  • To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate's Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.
  • This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.
  • 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 will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.
  • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management.
  • However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.)
  • should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position.
  • This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.
  • Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
  • You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:Knowledge of Building Standards, Costs, Specifications and ContractsKnowledge of Commercial and Community Program servicing requirements.
  • Knowledge of Commercial and Community Programs loan and/or grant making requirements.
  • Oral CommunicationProgram Administration/Project ManagementWritten CommunicationYour application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions.
  • Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
  • Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration.
  • Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need only meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
  • Note: If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible.
  • Please follow all instructions carefully.
  • Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
  • Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
  • Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire.
  • The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process.
  • To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right.
  • To view the application form, visit: Read more Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Other Drug test required No Position sensitivity and risk Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk Trust determination process Suitability/Fitness Help Required DocumentsThe 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.
  • 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.
  • If education is required or being used to qualify, 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, official transcripts will be required 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 the NACES website.
  • All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
  • Current Federal employees:Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade held (or promotion potential) on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade ANDMost recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable.
  • A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute.
  • Help BenefitsA career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
  • As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
  • Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.
  • Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
  • Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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