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Cool job in fair lending for a recent college graduate


Job Title:CFPB Recent Graduates Program Fair Lending Outreach Program Analyst

Agency:Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Job Announcement Number:13-CFPB-580X


$53,500.00                                                                                                                to                                                         $102,900.00                          / Per Year


Monday, June 24, 2013 to                            Friday, June 28, 2013




Recent Graduates; –                            Eligible to be converted to a permanent or term position.




1 vacancy –                                      Washington, DC, USView Map


This opportunity is open to Recent Graduates who have graduated within the past 2 years. If you have served in the military, please submit a DD-214 to allow for extensions of this 2 year time limitation (may be extended up to a total 6 years).


Do you want to be a leader in your field at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – a groundbreaking organization solely devoted to the economic strength and vitality of American Families? Do you want to challenge yourself and others? If you answer “Yes”, then we have a career for you! CFPB professionals have unparalleled opportunities to expand horizons for themselves and for the nation. Be one of the founding members of an agency that will make a difference in the lives of everyday American families!

This position is being advertised under the Pathways Program for Recent Graduates.  You would serve as an outreach program analyst, with responsibility for performing developmental analytical assignments and special projects.

This appointment is being filled under the Pathways Program.

The Recent Graduates Program provides individuals, who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs, with developmental opportunities in the Federal Government. Participants must have obtained a degree, or completed a qualifying career or technical education program within the preceding 2 years. If you served in the military after receiving your degree please see the “Qualifications” section below for more information regarding your eligibility. Upon successful completion of the program, if you are a United States citizen, CFPB may noncompetitively convert a Recent Graduate to a permanent position, or in some circumstances a term appointment in the competitive service.


  • Background investigation.
  • You must be a US citizen prior to conversion to the competitive service.
  • You may be required to serve a trial period.


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The following are the duties at the 53 level. (Equivalent to the GS-13).  If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

The major duties of this position include:

  • Under the guidance of a higher-level analyst, collaborates with selected private industry, fair lending, civil rights, consumer, and community advocates on the promotion of fair lending compliance and education as required under the Consumer Financial Protection Act.  Drafts messaging to fair lending stakeholders that are aligned with CFPB goals and objectives. Works with team members to enhance communication flow on fair lending issues from industry and civil rights stakeholders to appropriate parts of the Bureau. Participates in outreach activities related to fair lending and credit discrimination issues.
  • Drafts fair lending oral and written materials as directed, including reports, social media content, speeches, and other materials for the use of the Office of Fair Lending staff.  Drafts information and reports on issues related to fair lending and credit discrimination. Summarizes findings and research in written products of various types, including tables, charts, short summaries, and reports for decision-makers.  Drafts talking points, presentations, and speeches, as required.  Drafts responses to Fair Lending queries from consumer advocacy groups and industry concerning the impact of fair lending supervisory, enforcement, or regulatory activities.
  • Assists in the coordination of an annual Fair Lending event to address current strategic initiatives of the Office.  Includes the logistical planning and executing of the event as well as the advertising and advocacy of the event.
  • Gathers data and compiles segments of the annual Fair Lending Report.  Drafts and edits Congressionally mandated reports on Fair Lending.  Collaborates with fair lending colleagues on portions of the Fair Lending Report.  Serves as point of contact with relevant stakeholders.
  • Assists with invitations for the Office to be represented at external meetings, panels, roundtables, conferences and other external events. Communicates with selected external organizations as directed.


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You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing of this announcement.

You must answer all job-related questions in the job questionnaire.


Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

Applicants who have completed the degree requirements and graduation dates between December 27, 2010 and July 10, 2012 are permitted to apply under an exception to the Pathways regulations.

A veteran, who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may the individual’s eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.

You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 showing duration and dates of service.


  • Orientation program
  • Mentorship throughout the Program.
  • Individual 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 may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).

To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must have:

  • Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
  • Demonstrated successful job performance.
  • Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.






You must have completed the applicable education requirements below from a qualifying educational institution and be seeking this career development program with training and mentorship. You must be applying within two years of degree completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years to apply).

Specialized Experience for the CN-40 level:

For CN-40 (generally equivalent to GS-9) you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level, CN-33 (generally equivalent to GS-7) in the Federal service that demonstrated experience working with fair lending compliances or fair lending education covered by the Consumer Financial Protection Act. Experience must also include drafting reports and findings on consumer financial protection issues.


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

NOTE: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.



Your application includes your: 1.  Resume,

2.  Responses to the online questions,

3.  Transcripts – Proof of degree completion (Required),

4.  Cover letter (optional).

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

1.  Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all minimum qualifications as described under the Qualifications section.  If your application is incomplete, you will not be considered.

2.  Application Review: The hiring manager may review the application of all qualified individuals and make selection(s). You will be evaluated in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of consumer financial protection issues and regulations.
  2. Ability to develop outreach strategies and communications products designed to convey information to targeted audiences.
  3. Ability to work with high-level stakeholders in situations that require diplomacy, tact, sensitivity, and professionalism.
  4. Interpersonal skills, including effective written and oral communication skills in order to prepare a wide variety or written materials, prepare presentations, exchange information and collaborate with others.

Veterans’ preference is applied after applicants are assessed.  Veterans awarded preference is required by law to be considered before non-preference-eligibles in the applicant pool. Qualified veterans’ with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.  For more information on veteran’s preference, please click here.

3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

To preview questions please click here.



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Our comprehensive benefits are among the most generous in the federal government. They include:

  • Challenging and rewarding work benefiting American consumers
  • Opportunities for development and advancement
  • Extremely competitive salaries
  • Access to comprehensive Federal health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs
  • Additional access to CFPB-specific vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and insurance programs while you work at CFPB
  • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13-26 days of vacation time each year
  • Public Transit Incentive Program (PTIP)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Emergency Child Care Access (Contracted Service)
  • Alternative Work Schedule and Telework access
  • The CFPB offers its own FSA Program.  As a result CFPB employees are not eligible to participate in FSAFEDS. If you are currently participating in FSAFEDS and you accept a position with CFPB, in order to continue participation in a FSA for the year you must enroll in the CFPB FSA program.  You are eligible to incur expenses against your FSAFEDS account(s), up to your separation date from your current agency.  In addition you will have until April 30th of the year following your separation from your current agency to get the expenses that were incurred, reimbursed through FSAFEDS. Any balance that remains in your FSAFEDS account after all eligible expenses have been incurred and reimbursed will be forfeited.  Due to IRS regulations, you are not able to transfer your FSAFEDS contributions into a CFPB FSA Account.  If you have questions please contact FSAFEDS at 1-877-FSAFEDS. 



  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 and over the age of 18, you must certify that you have registered with Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • As required by hiring office, you may be required to: Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • Ethics:  CFPB employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at  In addition, CFPB employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee’s spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by CFPB.   CFPB’s regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys.  Applicants may review the CFPB ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at   Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the CFPB Ethics Office at



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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at and/or the USAJobs Help Desk.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1 – Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (

We suggest you go to the end of the “Qualifications & Evaluations” section of the job announcement to preview the online questions. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Resume Tips

Step 2 – Apply Online

Click the “Apply Online” link on this page. You will then be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. After selecting a resume, click on the “Apply for this position now!” link, and follow the prompts to register (if you have not already done so). You will then be required to answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on “Application Status.” Click on the position title, and then select “Apply Online” to continue.

Step 3 – Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application

If this is your first time on CFPB’s CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select “Take me to the assessment” and click on the “Continue” button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the “Finished” button.

Step 4 – Review and Confirm Your Submission

You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents. (See Step 5 for details.) Once you click “Done,” you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click “Finished” at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted. You may also track your application status from your USAJOBS account.

Step 5 – Submit Required Documents

You can submit any required or optional documents (described below) by URL, document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your social security number from anything you submit. Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:

1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you have already loaded on USAJOBS. OR

2. You may upload a document to an existing application by logging in to your USAJOBS account. Click on “My Applications” and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on it and select “Apply Online.” Move through your existing application until you reach the “Documents” page and select “Upload” to add a document to your application.

Be sure to review your complete application to confirm that the document(s) uploaded properly. In the “Application Review” section, you should see your uploaded documents listed on the “Vacancy Documents” screen. Once you see them, click “Finished;” you will then be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the “Faxing Supporting Documentation” instructions. The fax number is on the cover-sheet.


Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

FOR QUALIFICATION:  If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits,  grade, and date of completion.

FOR ELIGIBILITY: You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, and grade from an accredited college or university verifying proof of degree completion.  See “Requirements” section for the definition of a qualifying educational institution.

Both official AND unofficial transcripts are acceptable as part of the application process. However, if you are selected, you will be required to provide an official transcript before your final offer of employment. If you are a first year graduate student, you must submit a copy of your most recent undergraduate transcript.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which these criteria, please refer to

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found

We recommend you get this process started as soon as possible to avoid delays in appointment if selected.


If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.  Compensably disabled preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.  An SF-15 may be found at the OPM Forms page. For more information on veteran’s preference, click here.


Applicant Call Center                               Phone: 304-480-7300                               Fax: 000-000-0000                               TDD: 304-480-8725                               Email:
                        Agency Information: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau See “How to Apply” Section Parkersburg,                        WV 26106 US                               Fax: 000-000-0000


You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBs. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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