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Farm Service Agency Loan Specialist (Agricultural) in Syracuse, New York


This position is assigned to the Farm Service Agency, New York State Office, Farm Loan Program Branch, located in Syracuse, New York.


This position manages and directs assigned Farm Loan Programs and provides guidance and service to the state's Farm Loan Teams. Major responsibilities include:

Serves as a state technical authority on the Farm Loan Programs and as a primary point-of-contact on assigned farm loan issues in the state;

Has delegated loan approval authority and performs the full range of loan specialist duties;

Attends public meetings with various groups and associations, and performs public relations and outreach efforts;

Has knowledge of the technical and administrative concepts, principles, and practices of farm loan and financial management;

Has knowledge of farm operations, land use and vale, and production and marketing of various crops and livestock.


Conditions of Employment


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by 12/04/2020, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in finance, business administration, economics, accounting, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, statistics, or other fields related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology; OR Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-9 level in the Federal service or private sector equivalent. Experience that demonstrates competence in agricultural loans. Experience may have been gained in such work as reviewing and passing upon applications for a limited number and variety of agricultural operations (i.e., single owner, single enterprise operation, farm equipment and machinery, etc.), or servicing an agricultural loan portfolio of a bank or other loan association. In addition, experience must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the technicalities of farm financing and credit, and a general working knowledge of farm operations, land use and value, production of various crops and livestock, and prices and markets in the farming area where loans are made and serviced; OR A combination of education and experience as listed above; For the GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include; comprehensive knowledge of agricultural production, financial management and credit principles and practices sufficient to analyze the solvency, credit risk and future repayment capacity of integrated agricultural operations and complex loans and loan applications; advanced knowledge of laws, rules and regulations concerning agricultural trade and business practices and of income tax laws, bankruptcy laws and other statutes; demonstrated skill in working with large loans, complex operations, such as corporations and trusts, as well as complicated servicing cases, including loan restructures, liquidations and bankruptcy. MANDATORY SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Must possess or have had possessed Agricultural Loan Approval Authority. For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


THE SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION IS NOT QUALIFYING FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL. College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit with your application package evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately accredited by an accredited body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. Education standards. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process; however, if selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Please refer to the "How to Apply" section for instructions on submitting the transcript.

Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Promotion Potential: If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed. Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized.