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Loan Specialist (Agricultural) (Pathways Recent Graduate), GS 09 Duties: Farm Loan Specialists are required to successfully complete all of the requirements of the Farm Loan Training Program. A Farm Loan Speicalist may be reassigned to another training office during their training program. In addition, upon completion of training program, FLOs may be reassigned, at any time, to a different duty station if workload activity changes or vacancies occur. Assists the Farm Loan Manager in administering farm loan programs in Newport, Orleans County, Vermont and St. Albans, Franklin County, Vermont. As a participant in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program selectee's major responsibilities are: Making, servicing, and supervising loans; Providing technical advice, guidance, and credit counseling to loan applicants and borrowers; Has delegated loan approval authority to approve loans within a specific limit; Has knowledge of agency farm loan programs and eligibility requirements; Has knowledge of the technicalities of farm financing and credit, financial management concepts and practices, farm operations, land use and value, production and marketing of various crops and livestock, and prices and markets in the serviced farming areas.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: For the GS-9 level: Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree (LLB, JD, LLM, Ph.D., etc.) 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 One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-7 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 agricultural loans; servicing an agricultural loan portfolio of a bank or other loan association; or similar work. Experience that demonstrates knowledge of credit principles and practices to assess the fundamental soundness of individual loans by independently examining applications, supporting documents, and credit reports, and maintaining servicing activities on small agricultural loans. In addition, experience must demonstrate knowledge and understanding 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.
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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. Occasional travel may be required.
Note: This is a Recent Graduate position in the Pathways Program. The program duration is one year and upon successful completion of the program requirements, the incumbent may be converted to a term, career or, career conditional position.
Announcement number: FSA-18-0433-VT-MB. Apply online. No emails. Control number: 504420900.
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