New job Administrative Officer, ZA-0341-II/III (GS-9/11/12/13 equivalent) in Maryland

Administrative Officer, ZA-0341-II/III (GS-9/11/12/13 equivalent)

Company : US Department of Commerce
Salary : $60,129 - $134,798 a year
Location : Maryland

Full Description



NIST works with industry and science to advance innovation and improve quality of life. We’re looking for an Administrative Officer to join our team!

This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the date the first 100 applications are received or 05/03/2021, whichever comes first.


The incumbent will serve as an Administrative Officer for the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) and will perform a wide range of responsibilities to include: administering the budget, financial management, human resources, and other general administrative activities consistent with programmatic objectives and NIST policies. The incumbent is also expected to provide guidance, advice, and information on these matters to management and other organizations. General administrative activities include, but are not limited to, procurement acquisitions, assistance awards, bankcard activities, NIST Associate processing, travel management, and property management.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0341 Administrative Officer

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
    • You must be suitable for Federal Employment
    • Merit applicants must meet time-in-grade/band requirements, as applicable

    Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.


    Basic Requirements:

    FOR ZA-II:

    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level (ZA-I at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience assisting and preparing documentation in support of human resource, financial management, and acquisitions.


    Master's or equivalent graduate degree


    2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree


    LL.B. or J.D., if related


    Equivalent combination of education and experience.


    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level (ZA-II at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience independently performing budget planning, financial management, and general administration to include human resources functions.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done. We will credit all qualifying volunteer experience in your application.

    The qualification requirements in this vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.

    Applicant Reconsideration


    This position allows applicants to qualify with education. Transcripts must be submitted to validate that the education requirement has been met. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. However, an official copy will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

    Education completed outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that it is comparable to education received in accredited institutions in the U.S. Click here to view a listing of accredited organizations from the Department of Education's website. A copy of the foreign education evaluation (containing the results with a course by course listing) is required with your application.)

    Additional information

    The physical worksite for this position is located in [insert City/State]. However, the [insert Bureau/Operating Unit] is currently under a [insert maximum or mandatory] telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position’s telework schedule will likely change in the future when [insert Bureau/Operating Unit] moves away from its [insert maximum or mandatory] telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit’s telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

    This position is covered under NIST’s Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). The APMS is a pay-for-performance system with excellent HR flexibilities to help NIST recruit and retain top talent. Find out more about the APMS here!

    A probationary period may be required.

    We may share your application package with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like this one. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documents to assess your qualifications for this position. If the minimum qualifications are met, we will compare this information to the responses on the occupational questionnaire (i.e. True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). The application must support the responses to the questionnaire, or we may lower the score.

    Applications will be assessed on the following competencies:

    • Knowledge of budget planning and financial management methods
    • Knowledge of accounting policies and procedures

    • Knowledge of human resources policies and procedures in areas such as staffing, classification, pay, leave, and performance
    • Knowledge of acquisition/assistance award policies and procedures
    • Knowledge of varied administrative functions; ie., travel, property, safety, security, bankcard, etc.
    • Ability to utilize automated information systems to research, generate, or process data and other management reports
    • Ability to present information to managers and provide guidance and advice when requested.
    • Ability to independently complete or coordinate the completion of a task with minimal direction
    • Knowledge of fundamental business principles and operational processes.

    Resume Guidance

    Evaluation Process

    CTAP and ICTAP Eligibility

    To preview questions please click here.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The documents required vary based on how you're applying (i.e., as a veteran or disabled veteran, current or former Federal employee, etc.). Please review the Required Documents for this position to find out if there are any documents required with your application.

    Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package.

    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.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    NIST strives to build a flexible and encouraging work environment to bring out the best in our employees. To help our employees balance responsibilities at home and at work, NIST offers a variety of work-life flexibilities such as:

    • Telework
    • Flexible work schedules
    • Paid parental leave
    • Paid vacation
    • Sick leave
    • Family-friendly leave
    • Child and elder-care resources
    • On-site childcare center
    • Lactation spaces
    • Wellness programs
    • Fitness center
    • Employee assistance programs

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Internal to an agency

    Current federal employees of this agency.

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Military spouses

  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

* Current Federal employees serving under a career or career- conditional appointment in the competitive service; * Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; * CTAP/ICTAP eligible; * National Service (Peace Corps & VISTA); * Applicants eligible under special hiring authorities (i.e., Appointment of certain military spouses, Schedule A); OR * Veterans who are eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).

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