AF Recent Graduates Program (Historian)

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College graduates who completed degree requirements within the previous 2-years of the announcement open date may be considered. Veterans who were on active duty and completed degree requirement within the last 6 years of the announcement date may be considered Recent Graduates Full Time
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win...in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.
The Pathways Recent Graduate Program is part of the AFPC Central Salary Account Palace Acquire (PAQ) Program. Upon satisfactory completion of a 1 or 2 year trial period, you MAY BE converted to a competitive appointment within the Palace Acquire Program.
Any individual who completed his or her educational requirements between December 27, 2010 (the date E.O. 13562 was signed, which established the Pathways Program) and July 10, 2012 (the effective date of the final Pathways Program regulation) will have 2 years from the effective date of the regulation to apply to the Recent Graduate Program. (NOTE: APPLICANTS MUST APPLY BEFORE JULY 9, 2014).
Are you looking for a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience? The Department of the Air Force offers challenging work and the satisfaction of knowing you''ve made a difference. We''re offering you an exciting opportunity to gain "real world" experience as a Recent Graduate hired under the Central Salary Account (CSA). Appointments" under the Recent Graduates Program may be for 1 or -2 years depending on the position. After completing the 1 or 2-year period as a Recent Graduate, you may be noncompetitively converted into a term or permanent position and placed on a "career or career-conditional appointment. However, service in a Pathways Recent Graduate Program confers no right to further employment in the competitive service.
Participant Agreement
Orientation program
Mentorship throughout the Program
Individual Training & Development Plan to assist with career planning, professional development, and training activities
At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the Program
Positions may offer opportunity for career advancement
Recent Graduates who are selected for conversion must have:
Completed all requirements of the program successfully
Demonstrated successful job performance consistent with the applicable performance appraisal program
Meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification standard for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted
"It is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the Department of the Air Force will offer conversion"
Must meet suitability for Federal employment Must sign a Participant Agreement Must sign a Mobility Agreement You will be in a trial period throughout your entire Pathways appointment You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance Must have a pre-employment physical examination
Performs a variety of duties designed to develop knowledge and skill in applying historical methodology. Writes and prepares portions of periodic histories and special historical studies of unit assigned and its programs. Coordinates with chief historian in choosing topics for these studies. Prepares in draft form an assigned portion or subject matter of the unit periodic history. Gathers assigned information by researching historical records, organizational files, and a variety of reference material. When encountering incomplete or misleading data, the incumbent determines the relative importance of the facts and seeks guidance from experienced historians as deemed necessary. Ensures narratives are complete, accurate, and logical account of events, and that it goes beneath the surface to analyze problems that arose, solutions that were adopted, and decisions that were made.
Answers requests for historical information. Does so either independently, under close supervision, or as a member of a research team designated by the chief historian. Adequate and timely answers require historical knowledge of the U.S. Air Force and its programs, archival resources available at unit of assignment, and of available research tools. Research to answer questions often involves construction and testing of historical hypotheses, analysis of historical issues involved, and historical synthesis of disparate pieces of answers. Answering request from private citizens often requires working knowledge of security requirements and the Freedom of Information Act.
Acquires and screens material for historical archives and assists in disseminating that historical information. Assists in organizing and maintaining archives. Assisting in the maintenance of archives often involves good working knowledge of procedures for marking, reviewing, downgrading, and declassifying, including knowledge of pertinent executive orders. Disseminates historical information using a variety of media including displays, oral presentations, electronic and paper publications, etc.
Carries out special assignments. Performs taskings which are designed to further knowledge and skill in historical analysis and related functions, to include: researching regulatory and policy issuances; analyzing and summarizing data; developing briefing slides; preparing documentation to support project needs, such as memorandums and reference papers; presenting written and oral reports to supervisor or higher graded specialists; assessing impact of new program areas through analysis and trend analysis; etc. Attends and/or participates in courses, conferences, briefings and meetings to increase knowledge of functional processes, procedures, and current issues. Prepares summaries of pertinent information for application to current and future assignments.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized work experience that involvessearching files, records or other collections to obtain historical information relating to an assigned topic and preparing bibliographies or listings of source materials located; or summarizing or abstracting information from pre-assigned source materials in letters or memoranda in response to specific inquiries; or assembling and organizing speeches or statements made by public officials on major issues; or researching or studying historical evidence, e.g., lineage, ownership, trail of acquisition of property, etc., establishing historical facts and presenting the results in written form. This experience is equivalent to at least a GS-05 level in the federal service, which could have been obtained in the private or public sectors.
Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with theOffice of Personnel Management Pathways Guidelines . You can also for additional qualification standards.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of history, historical methodology, and related social sciences.
2. Knowledge of scholarly devices and methods used to document sources for historical information to include reference guides, indexes, catalogs, and other information services.
3. Ability to communicate effectively with others both orally and in writing, in working out solutions to problems or questions relating to work.
4. Ability to grasp and understand Air Force History, organizations, terminology, procedures, equipment, and operations.
5. Ability to gather facts and use effective, analytical, and evaluative methods to accurately assess information and make sound decisions.
This position has an education requirement. You _MUST_ provide transcripts to support your educational claims. NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in non-consideration for applicable position. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have six years after degree completion to apply.
1. Mobility - you may be required to relocate during or after completion of your training.
2. Successful completion of all training and regulatory requirements as identified in the applicable training plan.
3. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
4. May be required to travel by military and/or civilian aircraft in the performance of official duties.
5. The incumbent of this position must meet all requirements of Emergency-Essential (E-E) positions and a pre-employment physical examination is required.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 or other copy showing type of discharge). If you are eligible for 10-point veterans'' preference, attach an SF-15 ( utilize SF 15 with revision date of Aug 2008), "Application for 10-Point Veterans'' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. (Approved VA Letter from the VA that shows percentage of disability, I.E. 10, 20. 30 etc.)
For more specifics on all veterans employment issues such as Veterans preference or special appointing authorities see the Veteran''s
We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire if applicable, to ensure that you meet the requirements to perform in this position satisfactorily.
If qualified, we will then place you in one of the three categories described below:
A. Best-qualified category. Bachelors/Masters Degree in History, with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.
B. Highly-qualified category. Bachelors/Masters Degree in History, with an overall GPA between 3.0 and 3.45.
C. Qualified category. Bachelor''s degreein History; or related field that included at least 18 semester hours in history from a qualifying educational institution, and have documented Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the undergraduate level; OR one year of graduate level education in the fields such as those described above; OR Associate's Degree with one one-year (12 months) of specialized experience at the next lower qualifying pay band or equivalent under the General Schedule(GS) or other pay systems. Equivalent experience involves searching files, records or other collections to obtain historical information relating to an assigned topic and preparing bibliographies or listings of source materials located; or summarizing or abstracting information from pre-assigned source materials in letters or memoranda in response to specific inquiries; or assembling and organizing speeches or statements made by public officials on major issues; or researching or studying historical evidence, e.g., lineage, ownership, trail of acquisition of property, etc., establishing historical facts and presenting the results in written form. This experience is equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service, which could have been obtained in the private or public sectors.
Applicants in the Best-qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for further review.
Veterans'' Preference does apply in the recruitment and hiring procedures under the Pathways program.
IF APPLICABLE : Military service member''s "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).
Applicants, who disqualify themselves, in the occupational questionnaire, will not be evaluated further. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring. __
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your R sum
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire as part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link:
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)
The complete application package, including supporting documentation, must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement Wednesday, May 21, 2014
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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 Online Questionnaire
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1068182 to fax your documents: .
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire , and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
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Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.
The following documents are REQUIRED and MUST BE submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
Current Resume - For qualifications determination, your resume must 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). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable; however, if selected, official transcripts are required).
Veteran''s Preference documentation: DD214, Statement of Service (in lieu of DD 214 if currently active duty), VA letter, SF-15 if claiming 10 point preference, if applicable
Online Application(Questionnaire)
To be considered, you must submit all required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are acceptable.
Electronic submission is the quickest and easiest option. Please ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and at least your last four digits of your social security number.
Applicants will be notified by USAJOBS when their application has been received. This notification does not imply that you have submitted all the necessary documentation for this announcement, so read the announcement carefully. (2) After the announcement closes, your application will be evaluated. If you are deemed "eligible" or "ineligible", you will receive an appropriate "Notice of Results". (3) If you are referred to the selecting official, you will receive a "Notice of Referral". If you are deemed eligible, but are not referred to the selecting official, you will receive a "Notice of Non-Referral". (4) If you are referred, but not selected, you will receive a "Disposition Letter" notifying you of the non-selection. If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer of employment via email notification.
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EMERGENCY-ESSENTIAL DEPLOYABLE: This position provides training for outplacement into an emergency-essential (E-E), deployable position. The incumbent of this position must meet all requirements of E-E positions and a pre-employment physical examination is required. Selectee must meet requirements specified on SF 78, Certificate of Medical Examination for position at overseas/deployed locations. The duties of this position require moderate physical exertion involving walking and standing, possible use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of fingers, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printer material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000Hz levels. Since the duties of these positions are exacting and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself or others is disqualifying. The theater commander may specify theater unique medical/physical deployability criteria. Emergency Essential/deployment related medical/dental/psychological examinations and required immunizations are at no expense to the employee.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment. For additional information or to register, click here .
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