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Small Business Administration BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST in Des Moines, Iowa

Summary This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position. This is not a (drug) testing designated position (TDP). This position is located in the Small Business Administration, Office of Field Operations - Region VII in Des Moines, Iowa. Provides information of the 8(a) Business Development program, the eligibility requirements for participation in the 8(a)BD program and explain the application process. Responsibilities Under the direction of a senior staff member, actively engages in: - Marketing SBA programs and services to include 8(a) and socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs through outreach, training, and education to various organizations and small businesses; - Building and maintaining collaborative alliances and partnerships with resource partners, economic development organizations and small business owners; - Recruitment, training, education and development of small businesses interested in working with the government (federal, state and local level); - Linking and matching the needs of organizations (government organizations and prime/subcontractors) to the capabilities of small businesses through business matchmaking and other outreach and marketing initiatives; - Processing and completing annual reviews for assigned firms in the District Office 8(a) portfolio; - Monitoring and evaluating participants' performance against business plans and compliance with business activity targets, and subsequent monitoring Remedial Action plans as needed; - Furthering the SBA missions Physical Demands: This position combines an office environment with outreach and training activities which requires periods of travel using multi-modes of transportation including operation of either a government-owned motor vehicle or a privately-owned motor vehicle (GOV/POV). Extensive travel is required throughout the District including frequent early morning, evening and occasional weekends and overnight travel. May require travel outside the District. A valid state driver's license is required. The work requires some physical exertion such as lifting boxes of hand-outs, information packets, computers and other items that can weigh up to 40 pounds. Transport, set-up and tear-down displays and/or other equipment at trade shows, training sessions, and other activities as needed. Work Environment: Work is normally performed in an office setting and in a variety of rural and urban environments (office, hotels, warehouse, factories, farms, faith-based and community-based locations, construction sites, restaurants, garages, laboratories, etc.) and may incur exposure to moderate risk, discomfort and unpleasant surroundings. The work may require special safety precautions, e.g., visiting or working in industrial plants or test environments where hazards are present such as machines, moving equipment, chemicals, noise, vibrations, hazardous or extreme weather conditions, or comparable situations. May be required to use protective clothing or gear, such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, hardhats, goggles, gloves, or shields. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications GS-09 Specialized Experience: At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, obtained in either the private or public sector which demonstrates the ability to work in ALL of the following:(1) Assisting in reviewing, researching and referencing federal regulations, policies, and procedures related to government contracting; AND(2) Participating in outreach events, training, presentations and education on a variety of business management and financial management topics; AND(3) Providing support to senior staff in promoting an organization's programs and services through outreach and marketing. These qualifications must be clearly referenced in your resume. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's Qualifications web site: General Business and Industry Series, 1101 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). 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. TIME-IN-GRADE: If you are a current career or career-conditional federal employee applying for promotion under Merit Promotion you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks in positions at the next level lower than the position being filled All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on 08/03/2021. Education If you do not meet the specialized experience requirements, you may also qualify with education. You MUST submit transcripts (official or unofficial) with this application if you wish to qualify based on education. Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D. if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. One year of full-time graduate education is 18 semester hours or the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. You must submit your college transcripts when qualifying based on this option. OR Combination: Combination of graduate-level education and specialized experience as specified above. For example, an applicant who has 1 full year of Masters level education (i.e., 50% of education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level as described above (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equate to 100% of the required experience for the position. One year of full-time graduate education is 18 semester hours or the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. You must submit your college transcripts when qualifying based on this option. APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Verify School accreditation. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. * If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. * For further information, click on: Foreign Education. Additional Information SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background investigation may be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. 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 here: Career and InterAgency Career Transition Assistance Programs: If you are applying for a special selection priority under SBA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (open to surplus SBA employees only) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (open to surplus and displaced Federal employees), you must: meet CTAP/ICTAP eligibility criteria; be rated well-qualified for the position with a rating of 85 or above based on the competencies listed below; and submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility. For more information: Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For additional information visit Consistent with work requirements and current SBA Policy, and all applicable provisions of the collective bargaining agreement with AFGE the SBA offers employees opportunities to perform work at an alternative location (e.g. home). Telework may be available. For information on Telework visit: Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement if additional vacancies occur within 180 days of the date the certificates were issued.