Small Business Administration Lead Economic Development Specialist, GS-1101-13 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Small Business Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Pittsburgh, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Are you excited by the idea of helping to support $39 billion in small business financing and setting proper conditions to stimulate America's economic growth? SBA has been a leader in small business development for more than 60 years. In an increasingly globalized economy, we tackle challenges confronted by the small business community across geographic boundaries. Although times have changed since the SBA was founded in 1953, the Agency's mission—to promote the growth of small business—has not. Today, SBA is more vital than ever. We work in collaboration with partner organizations and using cutting-edge technologies and well-tested best practices to multiply our impact on small businesses.

America's 28 million small businesses are the engine of job creation and economic growth in this country, creating nearly two out of every three new jobs in the United States and employing over half the nation's workforce. SBA ensures that these businesses have the tools and resources required to start and expand their operations, and create jobs that support a growing economy and strengthen America's middle class.

The SBA and entrepreneurs drive American competitiveness and help grow the economy. Picture yourself at SBA.

This is a Bargaining Unit Position

You must be a U.S. Citizen

You must successfully complete a background investigation.

You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period

Location: This position is located at the Small Business Administration, Office of Field Operations, Pittsburgh District Office, which is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania .

This announcement serves as a Merit and Delegated Examining Announcement. You will be asked to determine your eligibility for each during the questionnaire process when you apply on line.


You will serve as a Lead Economic Development Specialist and your duties will include the following:

  • Ensure that the Small Business Administration's (SBA) strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to the team and integrated into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and work products and services.

  • Articulate and communicate to the team the assignment, project, problem to be solved.

  • Coach the team in the selection and application of appropriate problem solving methods and techniques, provide advice on work methods, practices and procedures, and assist the team and/or individual members in identifying the parameters of a viable solution

  • Lead the team in identifying, distributing and balancing workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established work flow, skill level and/or occupational specialization.

  • Train or arrange for the training of team members in methods, techniques for team building and working in teams to accomplish tasks or projects.

  • Serve as a coach, facilitator and/or negotiate in coordinating team initiatives and consensus building activities among team members.

  • Develop and implement Strategic Marketing & Outreach Plan

  • Build and maintain a local network of collaborative partnerships with small business stakeholders such as economic development practitioners in Federal, state, regional and local government organizations, Chamber of Commerce, etc.

  • Communicate Outreach Events and Small Business Presentations/Trainings

  • Assess, advise and counsel small businesses and individuals that contact SBA directly for assistance and linking them up with an appropriate referral to one of SBA resource partners.

  • Serves as the project Officer for the Emerging Leaders project for the district. Responsible for recruiting, logistics, communication, and liaison with program office concerning the district level Emerging Leaders program.

  • Functions in a specified role on behalf of Lender Relations. May include Lending Institution Outreach, Recruitment or Retention; Lender, Borrower and Partner Technical Training; and/or Lender Development (Relationship Building, Counseling, Assistance and Facilitation).

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS: GS-13: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service) obtained in either the private or public sector working independently in: Establishing and monitoring program goals and leading a team toward achieving the goals; evaluating the work of team members, including promoting employee development, resolving workplace issues, and allocating resources and developing marketing strategy for programs and services by developing and delivering outreach, training, presentations and education on a variety of business and financial management topics; and building and managing collaborative alliances and partnerships with partners, economic development organizations and small businesses; and counseling individuals on business management; and finally providing program oversight and compliance reviews through consultative customer interaction

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's Qualifications web site.

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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

TIME-IN-GRADE: If you are a current career or career-conditional federal employee applying for promotion under Merit Promotion you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks in positions at the next level lower than the position being filled

All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Education may not be substituted for experience for this position.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS* :* A background investigation may be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

*CTAP/ICTAP APPLICANTS: *If you are applying for a special selection priority under SBA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (open to surplus SBA employees only) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (open to surplus and displaced Federal employees), you must submit proof of eligibility. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP .

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the occupational questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. You can track the status of the application process through USAJOBSand will be notified of the outcome.


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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. For additional information click here .

Consistent with work requirements and current SBA Policy and all applicable provisions of the collective bargaining agreement with AFGE, the SBA offers employees opportunities to perform work at an alternative location (i.e., home).

Telework is available. For information on Telework visit:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement if additional vacancies occur within 180 days of the closing date.

*OTHER EVALUATIONS: *The Small Business Administration is committed to building a high-performing, 21st century workforce that possesses the following core attributes: cultural astuteness, technological proficiency, articulate, strong writing capabilities, superior conflict resolution skills, and exceptional presentation skills. Candidates should be prepared as they may be further evaluated on these attributes throughout the application and selection process.

Salary Range: $86,164.00 to $112,017.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1101-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 452668000

Job Announcement Number: 16-337-CS