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The Internship Program of the Pathways Series is a streamlined program which replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This program is designed to provide current students enrolled in a variety of educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while in school. This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful development work at the beginning of their careers before their career paths are fully established.
This position is assigned to a Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board and is responsible for assisting the region with casehandling work including investigating representation petitions, unfair labor practice charges, and election proceedings.
Positions are located in New York, NY and Pittsburgh, PA.
New York, NY: $44,617 – $57,997
Pittsburgh, PA: $40,336 – $52,433
***Due to the high expected volume, this vacancy announcement will close once the first 50 applications have been received.***
- Occasional Travel
- Occasional Travel May Be Required.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- A one-year probationary period may be required.
- Selectee must pass a background investigation prior to appointment.
- Relocation expenses are not authorized.
- Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
The selectee of this position is responsible for performing the following duties:
- Completing legal research, interviewing witnesses, preparing sworn statements, reviewing and analyzing documentary evidence, and drafting reports on investigations of unfair labor practice charges.
- Preparing election agreements and/or stipulations for an election.
- Conducting administrative hearings to develop a record in pre and post election settings to resolve unit placement.
- Managing case files of all unfair labor practice and representation cases.
Participation in this program requires that the applicant be a current student in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate on a full or half time basis. (NOTE: You MUST submit a copy of your class schedule for current/future semester/quarter or current transcripts.)
To be eligible for the Pathways Student Internship Program, an applicant must be in good academic standing, at least a 2.0 GPA (submission of most recent transcript required).
To be eligible for this position and grade, the applicant must have completed one (1) full academic year of graduate level education; or have eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor’s degree.
Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
1) Class standing — Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
2) Grade-point average (G.P.A.)— Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
- 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better)as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
- 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better)based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
**Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9**
3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society — Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed below. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (http://www.achsnatl.org/quick_link.asp). Agencies considering eligibility based on any society not included in the following list must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.
Using Education to Qualify: Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.)
You must meet all qualification requirements. (Required – if applicable) All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
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 accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
For further information, visit:http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made 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 your scores do not reflect that you meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position, you will lose consideration for this position.
You will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) and/or Competencies required for the position:
- Ability to work as a member of a team and work under a supervisor.
- Ability to use electronic case management systems, and other applicable systems to manage case files.
- Ability to investigate challenged ballots or objections to a representation election.
- Ability to prepare election agreements and/or stipulations for an election.
- Ability to draft reports on investigations and draft appropriate recommendations for disposition of unfair labor practice charges.
- Ability to write clear, concise, reports, recommendations, and letters.
- Ability to conduct legal research.
- Ability to interview witnesses.
- Ability to prepare sworn statements.
- Ability to review and analyze documentary evidence.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position.
If you meet the qualification requirements listed above, your application will be rated based on your online questionnaire and supporting documents. Your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran’s preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If your final rating places you among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.
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Benefits Package: The NLRB provides a comprehensive benefits package, including (in certain offices) on site health unit services, fitness center, credit union, and a multi-faceted Employee Assistance Program. The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet you and your family’s needs. These benefits include, but are not limited to: health care, life insurance, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, annual and sick leave, long-term care insurance, retirement savings plans. For more information, please visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Telework: NLRB supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework, upon completion of the first year of employment.
SUPPLEMENTARY VACANCIES: Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The National Labor Relations Board is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, handicap, age, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. Applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact Mr. Sean Cook, the Agency’s Selective Placement Coordinator by email firstname.lastname@example.org. NLRB offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities. (Note: for additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website, https://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp)
PLACEMENT POLICY: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes 1) Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, 2) Your resume and 3) Any other documents needed to verify your qualifications or eligibility (see the required documents section).
Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting your complete application package. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all instructions before you begin.
To begin the process, click the APPLY ONLINE button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the SUBMIT MY ANSWERS button at the end of the process.
If you have never applied through USA Jobs for a position with the Federal Civil Service, you will need to create a USA Jobs account. To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. New or updated resumes are considered “incomplete” applications until the required virus scan is cleared. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account USA Jobs Account Login, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
If you cannot apply online, please follow the instructions listed below:
- Print a copy of the occupational questionnaire so that you can read and respond to the questions offline. Click here to View Occupational Questionnaire.
- Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers.
- Complete the required Fax Cover Page using Vacancy ID 1467871.
- Attach your resume and all required documents (e.g., SF-50, most recent performance appraisal, DD-214, etc.). (See Required Documents Section).
- With your completed OPM Form 1203-FX as the front page (where your name, social security number, etc are shown), submit your materials to fax number 1-478-757-3144. Do not use a different cover page. If you are using the fax method to submit your application, you should retain a copy of the fax confirmation sheet and verify that your application was received by contacting the Specialist listed in the vacancy before Monday, August 10, 2015. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.
In addition to your responses to the occupational questionnaire and your resume, you must submit the following additional documents specific for this vacancy:
- For Veterans: DD-214 (member copy-4) http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp
- For Disabled Veterans: DD-214, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later (indicating % disability). http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp
- For Certain Military Spouses: Copy of service member’s PCS order authorizing the spouse to accompany the service member AND Proof of marriage to the service member; OR Proof the service member was released or discharged from active duty due to a service-connected disability AND Documentation of the service member’s 100% disability AND Proof of marriage to the service member; OR Proof the service member’s death while on active duty AND Proof of marriage to the service member. http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp
- For applicants qualifying on the basis of education: transcripts – official or unofficial. A transcript is required if you are claiming to qualify based on your education. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable; at the minimum the transcript should contain the name of the institution, applicant’s name, list of completed courses, semester hours, and GPA. If selected for this position, you must submit your official copy before confirmation of appointment.
- Content of Resume: Your resume that you choose to describe your job-related experiences will be used to verify your qualifications. Therefore, it is important that the information be specific, detailed where appropriate, and complete. Your resume must address the above KSAs, contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
All materials must be received by the closing date of this announcement Monday, August 10, 2015 to be considered.