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HUD Staff Appraiser Positions / Santa Ana, CA

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Brad Pack

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Department: Department Of Housing And Urban Development
Agency: Federal Housing Commissioner, Assistant Secretary for Housing
Job Announcement Number:

Appraiser (SF)

Salary Range: 60,310.00 - 93,976.00 USD per year
Salary listed reflects GS-11 step 01 through GS-12 step 10, including locality pay. Pay will be set in accordance with appropriate pay setting procedures. Open Period: Friday, February 08, 2008
to Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Series & Grade: GS-1171-11/12 Position Information: Full-Time Permanent
Promotion Potential: 12 Duty Locations: 6 vacancies - Santa Ana, CA
Who May Be Considered:
Open to all sources. Applications will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals.

Job Summary:

* These positions are located in the Technical Branches of the Santa Ana Single Family Homeownership Center. Please review the full duties description for more information regarding these positions.

* Office Address: Santa Ana Federal Building, 34 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

* For more information on the Department, visit www.HUD.gov

* This announcement is also open to Federal status candidates under announcement #03-MSH-2008-0004z.

* Up to 6 selections may be made under these announcements.

* Applications must be received by close of business on the closing date. Submit applications to: US Dept of HUD, Attn: Joanne Anderson, Human Resources Division, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Applications will NOT be accepted via fax or email.


Major Duties:
These Appraiser positions are located in the Homeownership Center (HOC) of Single Family Housing. The incumbents may be responsible for: Organizing, developing, and conducting periodic formal informal training of Underwriters, approved appraisers and personnel from various trade organizations; Providing training and direction to less experienced staff in the Branch; Conducting detailed field reviews of selected appraisal reports received from appraisers and analyzing all the information submitted for accuracy, supportability and consistency, and to ensure that, in each case, the appraiser has properly applied the current principles, practices, and techniques of appraising; Recommending disciplinary actions or sanctions against appraisers who violate USPAP or HUD program requirements as set forth in HUD handbooks and in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Incumbents are the focal points for conducting field reviews of appraisals (URAR) and all the supporting information contained within those reports. Incumbents review complex appraisals that would require additional information from data sources and other comparables which may not fit the parameters of the guidelines, but which may substantiate the final conclusion by the appraiser who performed the appraisal. Incumbents must be able to review appraisals and resolve valuation issues involving complex problems, such as, special zoning requirements in an area, any environmental hazards that may affect the property, properties located on leased land or an restricted lands (particularly properties located an Indian reservation land), income producing properties (3 and 4 units) and properties subject to unusual easements, encumbrances, or agreements (aviation easements, pipeline easements, etc.). Incumbents must also make decisions to approve condominium projects for mortgage insurance. Incumbents must decide if these condominium projects will qualify the mortgage insurance by reviewing the legal documents, project improvements, maintenance reserves, etc. May be required to act as a GTR/GTM on one of the appraisal review contracts that are administered by the HOC.

Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience for the GS-12 journeyman level are: Experience performing comprehensive desk reviews of appraisal reports; Experience in providing technical assistance and policy guidance on a wide array of appraisal related issues; Extensive experience writing reports. Examples of experience at all grade levels: Experience in the processing and or reviewing of single family (1 to 4 unit) property appraisals; Experience in collecting and analyzing data affecting property value; and Experience with construction related terminology and practices.

Grade level qualification determination will be based on complexity, scope, and length of Single Family appraisal experience.

Selective Placement Factor: In addition to the minimum qualification requirements, all applicants must meet the following selective placement factor to be considered for this position.

1. Applicant must be a licensed or state certified residential appraiser or certified general appraiser.


Education Substitution: Education at an accredited college or university in certain fields related to this position may be substituted for experience at the level provided below if it demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position.

GS-11= Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education or PH.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Applicants substituting education for experience are REQUIRED to submit a copy of their college transcript.

* Applicants substituting education for all or part of the required specialized experience must also meet the Selective Placement Factor noted above to be receive consideration under this vacancy announcement.

The candidates selected must possess a valid driver's license.

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Quality Ranking Factors: Applicants are REQUIRED to provide separate narrative statements describing how their experience satisfies each Quality Ranking Factor (QRF)/Knowledge, Skill and Ability (KSA). Provide specific examples of your qualifications and significant accomplishments. Applications that do not contain these REQUIRED narrative statements will NOT be considered.

1. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of residential appraising and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices.
2. Ability to communicate with industry representatives, provide appraisal training and promote mortgage program participation.
3. Ability to review complex appraisals and develop recommendations, including disciplinary actions.
4. Ability to communicate technical appraisal information in writing to a variety of audiences.

Eligible candidates meeting the minimum qualification requirements will be further evaluated and numerically rated. The basis of rating will be an evaluation of the applicant's experience and/or training as stated in the application package. The amount of experience or training will not itself be accepted as proof of qualification for any grade. The applicant's record must demonstrate the capacity to perform the duties of the position. Applicants should clearly show they possess the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) listed under the Quality Ranking Factors above.

You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB.

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#ltci

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA

You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI

Alternative work schedule options are available.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FSA

Other Information:
This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation allowances not authorized.

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire noncitizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

The candidate selected is required to serve a one-year probationary period.

A Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (SF-450) will be required for certain positions. You may be asked to complete the necessary Financial Disclosure Report to meet that requirement.

Travel Requirements: Occasional travel may be required.

HUD is a smoke free environment.

If you are a displaced Federal employee you may be entitled to receive special priority selection under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). To receive this priority consideration you MUST submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a RIF separation notice, Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, stating that you were separated by RIF, or a letter from OPM or your agency documenting your priority consideration status with your application package. You must be applying for a position at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been separated and the position must not have greater promotion potential than the position from which you were separated. You must be applying for a position in the same local commuting area from which separated. You must provide all required information specified in the vacancy announcement, e.g. narrative statements, appraisals, etc. Failure to comply with ALL of the instructions in the vacancy announcement will result in non-consideration for the vacancy. Additionally, you must be determined to be 'Well-Qualified' for the position. 'Well-Qualified' means an eligible employee who meets all eligibility and qualification requirements (including any selective placement factors) and obtains at least 80% of the maximum quality ranking factor points that can be awarded during the ranking process.

HUD employees are prohibited from owning Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities and from owning or acquiring property subsidized by Section 8 tenancies. HUD employees are also prohibited from the active participation in a business dealing with or related to real estate. This includes the sale and management of real estate. These interests are prohibited under the HUD Supplemental Standards of Conduct regulation at 5 CFR 7501. Certain HUD employees are required to file a financial disclosure report.

How To Apply:
You may apply for this vacancy announcement by submitting a Resume, an Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612), or an Application for Federal Employment (SF-171). Applications must include the following information (in addition to specific information requested elsewhere in this vacancy announcement):

Go to the following website to access the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612): http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/OF612.htm

JOB INFORMATION: Announcement Number, title and grade(s) for which you are applying.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name, mailing address with zip code, and day/evening telephone numbers with area code. Social Security Number - Giving your social security number is voluntary. However, we cannot process your application without it. Country of Citizenship. If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest civilian grade held, job series and dates of employment in grade.

EDUCATION: High school name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED. Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code. Major field of study - Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours in semester or quarter hours.

WORK EXPERIENCE: for each paid and non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (DO NOT send copies of position descriptions) Job title - Duties and accomplishments - Number of hours per week. Employers name and address - Supervisor’s name and phone number. Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year). Salary. Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Job-related training courses (title and year). Job-related skills. Job-related certificates and licenses. Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g. publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc). Language skills in addition to English are highly desirable particularly for front line, customer service positions. Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

If you are applying for VETERANS PREFERENCE you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as; DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Standard Form 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the proof requested on the form.

Federal status candidates may also apply for this position under Vacancy Announcement Number 03-MSD-2008-0004z. A separate application must be submitted, and candidates must follow the specific instructions in that vacancy announcement.

If you are or have been a FEDERAL EMPLOYEE (Status applicants with career or career-conditional status or reinstatement eligibility), you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action, Form SF-50, which shows tenure group, promotion potential and salary. (Current permanent HUD Employees need not submit.)

Applicants are REQUIRED to submit separate narrative responses addressing the Quality Ranking Factors and the evidence of licensure/certification required under the Selective Placement Factor.

Applicants substituting education for experience are REQUIRED to submit a copy of their college transcript.

Materials submitted as part of your application will not be returned.

Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal federal government mail systems are in violation of agency and postal regulations and will not be accepted. Applications submitted electronically (Internet or email) or via fax will not be accepted.

Failure to provide any necessary and relevant information such as an appropriate application, Supplemental Narrative Statements (SPFs/QRFs), and latest performance appraisals, etc., required by the vacancy announcement, SHALL be disqualifying under the competitive process.

Applications must be submitted to the servicing Human Resources Staff: U.S. Department of HUD, Attn: Joanne Anderson, Human Resources Division, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

Please DO NOT submit copies of position descriptions, copies of past performance appraisals other than the current performance appraisal, copies of awards or training certificates, or other unsolicited materials. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications that present their qualifications and supplemental required submissions in a concise and succinct manner.

Contact Information:
Phone: 215-430-6641

Or write:
Department Of Housing And Urban Development
The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3380

What To Expect Next:
Candidates will be notified via mail of the status of their application.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Send Mail to:
Department Of Housing And Urban Development
The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3380

For questions about this job:
Phone: 215-430-6641

USAJOBS Control Number: 1130124
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