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Community Affairs Specialist- FDIC


Announcement Number:    2010-HQD-B2333

Vacancy Description:    COMMUNITY AFFAIRS SPECIALIST, CG-0301-9/11/12

Open Period:    11/08/2010 – 11/23/2010

Series/Grade:   CG-0301-09/11/12

Salary: $52,134.00 TO $150,493.00

Promotion Potential:    CG-12Additional Information

Hiring Agency:  Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Duty Locations:         1 vacancy in San Francisco, CA
1 vacancy in Atlanta, GA
1 vacancy in Chicago, IL

For more information:   Visit or contact: Robert Lorgeree, 781-794-5778

 Who May Apply:

All US Citizens
Applicants with federal status who wish to be considered under Merit Promotion procedures must apply to the Merit Promotion vacancy announcement 2010-HQ-B2329 for this same vacancy.

Job Summary:

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is one of the most respected forces in America’s financial community.  Our mission is to maintain stability of and public confidence in the nation’s financial system by insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions, and managing receiverships.   

FDIC ranks first among federal employers for pay, benefits, and a family-friendly work culture.

This position is located in the Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection, Headquarters of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and provides support in the areas of Community Affairs Section.

Key Requirements:

Position Information: Competitive service.  Fulltime. This is a permanent appointment

Major Duties:

Engages in pro-active communication with community-base organizations, government entities, financial institutions, and other regulatory agencies to address emerging community development issues. Researches data, analyzes and makes appropriate recommendations.

Develops recommendations and carries out programs, projects, and studies to meet the community development needs of communities and promotes partnerships between financial institutions and community based organizations.

Leads and coordinates meetings and conferences that address community development issues, foster increased lending, development issues, foster increased lending, depository activities and investments and services opportunities for financial institutions.

Consults and Supports the examination process by providing technical assistance to examination staff regarding community development issues.

Represents the FDIC as a speaker, panelist or participant at events designed to educate financial institutions, community representatives and other with respect to community reinvestment, economic development, and housing issues.

Leads or develops in designing and conducting CRA and community development training, either individually or in conjunction with other DSC regions,  area offices, government regulatory agencies and community based organizations for examiners, financial institutions, and community representatives.

Qualifications and Evaluations:

Core to the FDIC’s mission is its ability to promote and maintain the public’s trust and confidence in our nation’s financial system.  Given its public trust role, the FDIC expects all of its employees to uphold the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct  As a condition of employment with the FDIC, job applicants will be required to complete an Applicant Certification Statement prior to receiving an offer of employment.  This certification form requires applicants to provide information that will assist the FDIC in determining whether a candidate’s prior employment and financial history would create an ethical conflict with the FDIC’s mission.  The FDIC is prohibited from employing any person who does not meet its minimum competence, experience, integrity and fitness requirements. Failure to complete the Applicant Certification Statement in a timely and truthful manner will result in a determination of ineligibility for employment with the FDIC.

Candidates who are tentatively identified for appointment must meet suitability requirements for Federal employment prior to appointment.  FDIC will request applicant to provide additional information, including a credit statement release, prior to making a formal offer of employment, as required by 12 CFR Part 336.

Only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) are eligible for appointment to competitive service jobs.

An applicant who accepts and occupies this position and who holds a license related to real estate, appraisals, securities, or insurance, including but not limited to a real estate broker’s license, a mortgage broker’s license, a financial planner license, and a real estate appraiser license, is prohibited from using such license in matters involving or related to real estate, appraisals, securities, or insurance, other than in the performance of his or her official duties, for the production of income.

Moderate Risk Position–Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) Required.

Applicants tentatively selected for this position must complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure OGE-450 prior to receiving an official offer from the Human Resources Branch.  Under law, FDIC may not employ any person who has:

1) been convicted of any felony;
2) been removed from, or prohibited from participating in the affairs of any insured depository institution pursuant to any final enforcement action by any appropriate Federal banking agency;
3) demonstrated a pattern or practice of defalcation regarding obligations to insured depository institutions; or
4) caused a substantial loss, in an amount in excess of $50,000, to Federal deposit insurance funds.

FDIC employees, their spouses, and minor children are also prohibited from acquiring, owning, or controlling, directly or indirectly, a security of an FDIC-insured depository institution, or an affiliate of an FDIC-insured depository institution.

To qualify for the CG-9 level applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CG-7 grade level or meet qualifying education requirements.  Examples of specialized experience would be working with an organization that worked with financial institutions, financial education, community and economic development, community reinvestment, or affordable housing which required a basic knowledge of community development, CRA, fair lending, and consumer protection regulations.

Those applicants qualifying by education for the grade 9 position must have a 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 perform the duties of the position.  

To qualify for the CG-11 level applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CG-9 grade level or meet qualifying education requirements.  Examples of specialized experience would be working with an organization that worked with financial institutions, financial education, community and economic development, community reinvestment, or affordable housing which required a basic knowledge of community development, CRA, fair lending, and consumer protection regulations.

Those applicants qualifying by education for the grade 11 position must have a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M, if related.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties.

To qualify for the CG-12 level applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CG-11 grade level or meet qualifying education requirements. Specialized is experience in Community Affairs Specialists perform duties such as conducting community outreach activities and providing technical assistance to financial institutions in understanding community development lending and lending related activities in the communities.

Candidates eligible for CTAP or ICTAP will be determined to be well-qualified if they achieve a score of 85 points or higher.  More information on

How You Will Be Evaluated:

The resume you have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether your experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement.  Therefore, it is imperative that your resume contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make this basic qualification determination.  Please assure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.  If prescribed education is substitutable for experience, the college transcripts you provide will also be reviewed.  

Subsequent to making this basic qualification determination based on information contained in your resume, your responses to the job-specific questionnaire will also be reviewed.  Your responses to job-related questions will be reviewed to assure that they correlate with the information you have provided in your resume.  If there is insufficient information in your resume to support your responses, your overall qualifications assessment may be adversely affected.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant’s total qualifying experience and education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your entire application package to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories:

1) Best Qualified – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and excels in most requirements of the position;

2) Highly Qualified – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets most requirements of the position;

3) Qualified – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.


Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skill and abilities/competencies (KSAs):  

Working knowledge of laws, regulations, and examination policies and procedures pertaining to CRA and community and economic development, with substantial experience and background in applying than knowledge.

Knowledge of regulatory supervision of financial institutions, CRA, and community and economic development.

Analyze data and emerging community development issues.

Communicate effectively through written and oral reports and deliver presentations to convey complex information and issues to groups having diverse levels of understanding.

You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs.  Your answers to the on-line questions and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

How to Apply:

Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FDIC when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.

Applicants requesting an exception from the on-line process must contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to 12:00 noon local time on the closing date.  

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:

1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions
3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the “Required Documentation” section of this posting).

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account. Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the “Apply Online” button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2: After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to the FDIC Careers site to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions. The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through USAJOBS and the answers to the FDIC specific questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions. Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

Required Documents:

Please review information about types of documentation that may apply to your application.  If you claim special hiring eligibility, you will need to provide supplemental documentation. For VRA and 30% disabled veterans, please check the information at our Veterans Employment link; for the disabled, please check the information at our People with Disabilities link.

All supplemental documents required to establish your eligibility or entitlement to any type of consideration need to be received by the closing date.  If you encounter a delay in meeting the cut-off, contact the HR specialist noted in this announcement by noon of the closing date to request an extension.  Late filing of documentation will not be accepted without the prior approval of the specialist.  Veterans’ preference eligibles must submit a copy of their DD214 which shows complete service dates and character of service (Member Copy 4), and other documentation as appropriate, as explained on the Veterans Employment site.

Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility should review requirements at the CTAP/ICTAP Documents required to establish eligibility include a copy of the agency RIF notice or certificate of expected separation, your most recent performance appraisal, and your most recent SF-50 showing position, grade level and duty location.

What to Expect Next:

You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through the USAJOBS website.

Sign in using your Username or E-mail address and Password and then select “Application Status.” You will now see a complete list of all vacancies you have applied to and the current status of your application for each vacancy.


The FDIC offers a comprehensive package of employee benefits and worklife programs.  Some benefits are at no cost while others involve a premium or contribution, often on a pre-tax basis. Your type of appointment determines the benefits for which you are eligible.  Enrollment in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  Federal Thrift Savings Plan and FDIC 401(k) Plan, both with employer matching funds.  Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts.  Federal and FDIC Life Insurance Programs, Federal health insurance and FDIC dental and vision plans; for permanent appointments only, long-term disability insurance.  Thirteen paid sick leave days annually, including sick leave usage options for family-related reasons.  Ten paid holidays per year. Thirteen paid days of vacation for the first 3 years of federal service, increasing to 20 days for more than 3 to 15 years of service, and 26 days for more than 15 years of federal service.  Transit Subsidy Program for employees who commute via public transportation.  WorkLife Programs and Services, including:  teleworking, alternative work schedules, Information and Referral Services and Elder Care Support Services.  Business Casual Dress Code.  Clinical Support Services.  Supplemental pay and support for activated Reserve and Guard members.

Additional Information:

Additional selections may be made from applicants to this position to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement, as allowed by regulation.

Please read about your rights and responsibilities as an applicant for Federal employment under the following link:    If selected from a DEU certificate or this is your first federal appointment, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

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