Social Security Administration Contact Rep (Customer Service Rep) (Recent Graduates) in Roanoke, Virginia

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

Do you have a desire to:

  • help SSA manage its Social Security programs?
  • analyze and solve problems?
  • help and advise millions of retired and disabled individuals?
  • work on a team to make a difference in people's lives and your own? Join SSA, one of the top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government!

The SSA Recent Graduates Program (Program) provides Recent Graduates with entry-level developmental experience and is designed to lead to a career in the Federal government. To qualify for the Program, applicants must have completed all requirements of an academic course of study leading to an associates, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or qualifying certificate program from an accredited educational institution within the 2 years preceding the closing date of this announcement. Preference-eligible veterans who, due to military service obligations, were precluded from applying to the Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period are entitled to a full 2-year period of eligibility upon release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may the eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the preference eligible veteran completed the requirements of an academic course of study.

Program participant(s) are placed on Excepted Service Appointments, not-to-exceed 2 years.

Note: This position is being filled on a Full-Timebasis. This is a 2-year developmental program. After successful completion of the program, you may be non-competitively converted to a term (not to exceed 1-4 years) or permanent appointment.

Once selected for the Customer Service Representative position in SSA, you will contribute to the Agency's mission through direct service to the public. As the first point of contact, you are responsible for assisting beneficiaries or inquirers in person, by telephone or in writing to provide information on SSA laws, rules and regulations and Medicare Insurance Programs. This includes obtaining information in order to determine eligibility and entitlement for programs administered by SSA, and using automation tools to access and update information about claims or potential eligibility.

This position is located in the Social Security Administration District Office in Roanoke, Virginialocated at 612 S. Jefferson Street, Suite 100, Roanoke, VA 24011.

This is a career-ladder position leading to the GS-8 grade level.

Duties

Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) provide assistance to beneficiaries and the general public in person, by telephone, or in writing. CSRs conduct interviews to determine the nature of the callers question or issue; explain technical information, gather facts, evaluate evidence, and take action to resolve problems relating to all Social Security programs.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must have a qualifying degree or certificate
  • Security and/or Background Investigation Required
  • Selectees are required to serve a trial period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
Qualifications

FOR RECENT GRADUATE ELIGIBILITY: The transcript(s) or official letter from the registrar's office MUSTinclude the date your degree or certificate was conferred. Applications will notbe considered without this documentation. NOTE: Copies of degrees, certificates, and diplomas are not considered acceptable documents to determine Recent Graduate Program eligibility.

Proof of education must be submitted with your application package and received by the closing date of the announcement. Candidates must meet the basic qualification requirements for the position being filled, including any positive education requirements and/or selective placement factors.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. If you are using experience to qualify, you must have:

GS-5: 52 weeks of full-time specialized experience performing the following tasks: (1) Applying laws, regulations policies or procedures to provide assistance preparing forms or documents; (2) Answering questions from members of the public or their representatives to obtain or provide information; (3) Using a computer to reconcile discrepancies or entering data; and (4) responding to written inquiries and drafting a variety of other written products.

Note: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period), you will be credited with 6 months of experience.

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION: If you are qualifying for this position based on completed education at an accredited U.S. college, university, or other educational institution, you must provide a copy of your transcripts or other proof of education prior to being appointed. NOTE: Education completed in a foreign institution must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs. It is the applicant's responsibility to acquire U.S. Certification and provide it at the time of application. For a list of Credential Evaluation Services, log on to: Credential Evaluation Services.

GS-5:Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study above high school (e.g., 120 earned semester hours, 180 earned quarter hours, bachelor's degree, etc.).

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Experience and education as described above may be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

GS-5:Education course work equivalent to a baccalaureate program beyond the second year (e.g., in excess of the first 60 earned semester or 90 earned quarter hours) is creditable toward meeting the minimum qualification requirements.

Note: Experience and education will be computed as percentages of the overall requirements and must equal to 100 percent when combined.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Meet and Deal Panel Interview: Applicants will be required to participate in a panel interview (after basic eligibility determination) to demonstrate an aptitude for meeting and dealing with the public. Applicants must pass this interview process in order to be found fully qualified for this position and receive further consideration for selection. This interview will cover typical situations, which might be encountered on the job, in person or over the telephone. Candidates must demonstrate qualities such as clarity of speech, ability to listen, ability to establish confidence and put others at ease and the ability to organize and express thoughts clearly. If you do not pass the Meet and Deal panel interview, you will not qualify for the job. If you have previously taken and passed the Meet and Deal Interview, please submit a copy of your notice as verification. If you have previously held a SSA position subject to the Meet and Deal Interview requirement, please upload a copy of a SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, as verification that you have held such a position.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once you have successfully submitted your application materials, you can expect to receive a least two or more of the following email notifications concerning your application status: (1) Receipt of application; (2) Qualifications status and whether your application has been Referred/Not Referred to the selecting official; and (3) Selection status for the position.

BENEFITS

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Other Information

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

Participants serving on appointments for more than 90 days may be eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/471883100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $32,844.00 to $42,702.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0962-5/5

Promotion Potential: 8

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Recent Graduates

Control Number: 471883100

Job Announcement Number: SA10017865