Department of Defense - Whitehall, OH (30+ days ago)4.3

As a Quality Assurance Specialist, the selected applicants will service entry-level interns in the DLA Pathways to Career Excellence (PaCE) Program performing a series of progressively more responsible assignments along with formal on-the-job training (OJT).

Positions are located within DLA Land and Maritime Whitehall, OH; DLA Troop Support Philadelphia, PA; DLA Aviation Richmond, VA.

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

As a Quality Assurance Specialist GS-1910-07 your duties will include, under the guidance of a higher grade specialist, but are not limited to:
  • Providing pre-award and post-award support to contracting officers and engineering activities, contract administration components, and DLA contractors;
  • Assisting in preparing and issuing QA letters of instruction to government inspection activities/depots on contract quality requirements and history;
  • Participating in quality systems management visits to evaluate the adequacy of technical requirements and product conformance;
  • Evaluating QA procedures, reports, inspection and test/methods and other operational aspects involving assigned items/commodities; and,
  • Establishing and maintaining quality history files by item, contractor and specification.
This is an Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) Workforce Position IAW 10 USC, Section 1721 and regulations issued by the [USD (AT&L)] Category/ Field: Production, Quality & Manufacturing- Quality Assurance (H)/ PQM-QA Level I.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel 1 - 5 nights per month may be expected.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1910 Quality Assurance


Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
Position is part of a formal development program.
Education requirements, if applicable, must be met by July 31, 2018.
Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
You may qualify for this position based on education if you will complete that education by July 31, 2018.

To qualify for this Quality Assurance Specialist position at the GS-07 grade level, you must possess ONE of the following:
A. Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution with major study in quality assurance, statistics, mathematics, production management, industrial management, computer science, engineering, engineering technology, physical sciences, textiles, or another field related to the position AND meet Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) based on ONE of the following: (1) class standing (upper third standing in graduating class); -OR- (2) grade-point average (2.95 or higher overall or over the last two years of bachelor's degree -or- 3.45 in my major field or over the last two years in my major); -OR-(3) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. For more specific details on SAA, click here. -OR-
B. Have at least one full year of graduate level study, or possess a master's or Ph.D., with major study in quality assurance, statistics, mathematics, production management, industrial management, computer science, engineering, engineering technology, physical science, textiles, or other closely related fields to the position. One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement. -OR-
C. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-5 in the Federal Service that demonstrated a practical knowledge in monitoring, controlling, or maintaining the quality of products or services in quality assurance, procurement, inspection, production, or related areas. Experience includes at least one of the following: reviewing production activities and capabilities in light of contract quality requirements; or reviewing written quality or inspection procedures for adequacy, and evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of quality/inspection systems, including sampling plans; or analyzing quality data to detect unsatisfactory trends or weaknesses in the quality/inspection system; or verifying by test or inspection, using sampling inspection or intensive product inspection techniques, that products comply with requirements prior to acceptance; or identifying inadequacies and requesting corrective action; or computing data, summarizing results, and preparing reports or charts depicting pertinent relationships using statistical methods; or Investigating customer complaints and deficiency reports, and providing identification of causes to appropriate authorities; or reading, interpreting, and applying technical data such as blueprints, engineering drawings, product specifications, or technical manuals; or reviewing and evaluating supply systems operations and procedures through periodic audits and surveillance inspections. -OR-
D. Have less than the full amount of graduate education described in "B" and less than the amount of experience described in "C," but have a combination of the type of graduate education described in "B" and the type of experience described in "C." COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: If you do not qualify based on education or experience alone, you can combine your education and experience by converting each to a percentage and then adding the percentages.(If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3.) For GS-7: To calculate your percentage of graduate education divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18. Refer to the qualification requirements above for a description of the type of experience that is considered qualifying. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. GS-07: Requires 12 months of specialized experience as described in "C" above. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify under the combination of education and experience.

Volunteer Experience: Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
NOTE REGARDING EDUCATION: You may qualify for this position based on education if you will complete the qualification requirements on or before July 31, 2018. Legible transcripts MUST be submitted to substantiate your education claims or you may be rated ineligible. At time of application: (1) Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit the Department of Education website .

Additional information
Other conditions of employment: Permanent Change of Station (Moving expenses) (PCS): Not Authorized; TDY Travel: Occasionally; Overtime Work: Rarely; Financial Statement Filing: Not Required; Security Requirements: Non-sensitive for Whitehall and Philadelphia, Non-sensitive without Access for Richmond; Tour of Duty: Regular; Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt; Drug Testing Designated Position: No; Bargaining Unit position: Yes

For additional conditions of employment information with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Pathways to Career Excellence (PaCE) Program, click here.

Are you claiming veterans preference? If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS: OPM has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Additional information is available at http://www.hr.dla.mil/resources/news/VeteransPreferenceChanges.asp. Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the Highly Qualified category or above on the rating criteria for this position. Please note: CTAP/ICTAP does not apply to current or former DoD employees applying for DoD positions.

Position does not meet the criteria for filling with Re-Employed Annuitants. The DoD criteria can be found at: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf

Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made if you are within reach of selection, and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). It is possible only eligible veterans in the highest quality category may be referred when the number of qualified veterans in this category exceeds the number of jobs to be filled.

Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your responses to the online assessments completed during the application process. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Attention to Detail
Decision Making

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Required Documents

Required Documents
The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
1. Your Résumé: Resumes should include full description of job duties as well as dates (i.e., mm/yyyy - mm/yyyy) of employment. For more information click on " How To Prepare A Resume ."

2. Other supporting documents:
College transcript(s), if applicable
Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
ICTAP documentation, if applicable
If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here .
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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