Serves as a Packaging Specialist in the Transportation Contracts Section, Transportation Management Branch, Transportation and Travel Management Division, A/LM/OPS/TTM/TM.
Responsible for evaluating, studying and recommending packaging and shipping methods of a variety of articles both in the U. S. and overseas. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for redefining policy and regulations involving packaging specifications and overseeing the work of a number of intermittent employees.
This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).
Studies new packing methods and containers to evaluate their quality and compliance with the standards required for packing the various articles shipped by the Department, including household and personal affects, vehicles, explosives, perishable cargoes, medicines, valuable art and exhibits materials, etc. Inspects incoming shipments to evaluate host country packing methods and to assist overseas posts in improving the local packing practices.
Gathers and evaluates technical information from this source for proposals of substituting lighter, better material which would result in savings on weight allowances. Surveys packing operations abroad, private residences and contractors' plants to ensure that containers and crates are being fabricated in accordance with applicable specifications or permissible weights; ensures that contents of exterior shipping containers are properly cushioned, padded, blocked, and braced to withstand normal handling for overseas shipment.
Inspects storage warehouses and storage lots to ensure that environmental conditions are appropriate to protect stored effects. Interprets specifications and contractual requirements for commercial contractors and inspection personnel, clarifying areas not specifically defined; recommends the type and degree of preservation or packing required for items procured for shipment abroad; and acts as arbitrator when unusual circumstances arise between shipper and contractor.
Serves as a team leader to provide technical direction to other employees and ensure that work assignments are completed. Distributes and balances the workload among employees and assures its timely accomplishment. Resolves simple informal complaints of employees and refers other to the supervisor.
He/she provides recommendations to the supervisor on employees' performance elements, appraisals, and training needs. Prepares statistical analysis and reports of all inspections performed to ensure objectives are achieved. The incumbent recommends procedures that would enable the performance of more inspections with greater efficiency.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
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Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
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 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to 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 providing efficient, cost effective, and accurate packaging services within the U.S. and overseas.
- Experience with the proper usage of containers, packing materials, and compliance with contractual requirements to avoid breakage or damage to materials being shipped.
There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-12 position.
See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.
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.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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:
- Knowledge of packing and/or storage rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
- Knowledge of claims policies, procedures and regulations.
- Knowledge of logistics management functions.
- Ability to monitor contractor performance.
- Ability to interpret specifications / requirements.
- Ability to gather and evaluate information derived from a variety of sources.
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 must 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. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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.
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6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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 .
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.
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