U.S. Census Bureau Materials Handler Leader , WL-6907-05, DLB-MP-MAP-Internal in Jeffersonville, Indiana

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Applications under this job opportunity announcement will be considered under merit promotion (internal competitive) procedures and consideration is limited to those specified above in the “Who May Apply” section. If you are not eligible under this announcement, see announcement number NPC-2019-0042, Materials Handler Leader, WL-6907-05, DLB-MP-DEU-External, which can be accessed at http://jobsearch.USAJOBS.gov/

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This job opportunity is for Materials Handler Leader positions located in the Day Material Handling Unit, Warehousing Section, Decennial Logistics Branch, National Processing Center (NPC). The function of the section is to provide a variety of services including: supply, warehousing, shipping and receiving, forklift, labor and packing, and property management. This position is included in the bargaining unit.

Selectees will initially report to the main Jeffersonville campus and then will move to the off-site Decennial facility located at 100 Logistics Ave., Jeffersonville, IN 47130 which is approximately 7.8 miles from the main National Processing Center campus.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill other vacancies.

The individual selected for this position will perform the full range of duties for multiple warehousing positions including those tasks performed by a material handler, packer, and forklift operator. Responsibilities include:

  • Receiving, locating, storing, issuing, inventorying, staging, shipping, re-warehousing materials, printed matter, and equipment in accordance with established procedures;
  • Working independently or with others as a team with oral or written assignments indicating work to be done. Decides on the proper sequence of steps, methods, procedures, and techniques for the work assigned and keep supervisor informed on work progress and problems encountered.
  • Passing on instructions or work assignments and getting work started. Assigns immediate tasks to be performed by individual material handlers. Sets the pace on assignments and checks on work in progress to ensure proper methods, procedures, and deadlines are being met.
  • Providing on-the-job training to employees of less experience in all three areas: material handling, packing, and forklift operation.
  • Reporting the progress and any problems to the supervisor;
  • Maintaining a current knowledge and answers the material handlers questions and assures the safety and housekeeping rules are followed.
  • Ensuring materials are packed in priority order and keeps the supervisor informed on the status of key shipments and any packing problems encountered.
  • Adhering to all applicable safety rules, regulations and operating practices.

Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Various flexible work schedules are not available .

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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6907 Materials Handler

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Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and suitable for Federal employment.
  • If resume is incomplete, applicant may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • May be required to pass a physical examination.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Incumbent's duties require daily standing, bending, kneeling, climbing, and lifting. While receiving, warehousing, filling requests, and in performance of inventories, incumbent will frequently lift items weighing 30 - 50 pounds and occasionally move or push material weighing over 70 pounds. Rolling conveyances include warehouse trucks, wire bins, carts, etc., which may be loaded with material exceeding the weight of 100 pounds. When packing incumbent performs work on hard surfaces and in areas that require standing, stooping, bending and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions. When packing, incumbent performs work on hard surfaces and in areas that require standing, stooping, bending and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Moderate physical effort is required of the incumbent in operating hand and foot controls while driving using upper body (arms, neck, shoulders) in turning, starting, and stopping the forklift truck and raising, lowering and tilting the loads being moved.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The warehousing areas are poorly lighted and often hot, cold, damp, or drafty due to the frequent opening of doors. Material is unloaded and loaded on trucks on the dock, therefore exposing incumbent to bad weather at various times. The work area is often dirty, dusty, greasy, and has high noise levels. When working with hazardous materials, may be exposed to toxins or chemical fumes. May be required to wear protective clothing such as hard hats, gloves, etc. While handling boxes, crates, and skids, the incumbent is frequently exposed to the possibility of cuts, scrapes, and bruises, or falls from ladders when stocking shelves.

PHYSICAL EXAM: Selectee will be required to pass a physical examination, prior to effective date of selection to this position. Cost of physical will be the responsibility of selectee.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Candidates may be required to clear the fingerprint process and initiate the required background investigation prior to final selection.

A one year probationary period may be required.


Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., PeaceCorps, 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.

The qualification standard for this position is found in the Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations published by the Office of Personnel Management. You may find more information at www.opm.gov.

Employees on a permanent appointment who were hired through a Recruiting Bulletin, who have not served in their current appointment for at least 90 days, are not eligible to apply. However, if this vacancy is in the same line of work as your current position (same qualification requirements), and selection for this position would not result in a promotion action, the 90 day waiting period does not apply.

Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

  • VRA
  • 30% or more disabled veteran
  • Persons with disabilities
  • CTAP

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap.

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  1. A copy of your Reduction In Force (RIF) separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area. A Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  2. A copy of your latest SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, - noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
  3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, notify the Human Resources Branch. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Branch via the Federal Relay Service, 1-812-218-3610.

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

Employees who receive a buyout and subsequently return to positions in a Federal agency within 5 years after the date of separation, on which the payment is based, whether by reemployment or contracts for personal service, are generally obligated to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid it before the individual’s first day of reemployment.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You must have had sufficient training and experience to show your ability to perform the duties of the position. At a minimum, you must meet the Barely Acceptable level on the screen-out element: Ability to Lead or Supervise; receive at least one half of the total possible points; AND furnish detailed information on the resume which supports the occupational questionnaire responses to demonstrate that you clearly possess the experience and skills to successfully perform the duties of this position. Eligibility will be determined by comparing your resume to your responses to the occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation, and dates of employment (mm/dd/yy) on the resume to determine if you meet the eligibility for the position. Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. If referred, all relevant documents, including performance appraisals and incentive awards submitted with your application package, will be forwarded to the selecting official for review and consideration.

Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

Applicant will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their experience as relates to the following job elements (please do not provide a separate written response). The assessment tool/questionnaire will evaluate the applicant on the job elements listed below:

Element 73 - Ability to Lead or Supervise. (SCREEN OUT ELEMENT) Element 6 - Ability to operate fork-lift trucks and related equipment. Element 25A - Work Practices. (Receipt, storage, issue, inventorying, handling the materials, packing, staging of materials for shipment) Element 25E - Technical Practices. (Warehousing operations including packing materials for shipment) Element 75B - Ability to interpret instructions. Element 82A - Knowledge of materials. Element 86B - Ability to operate with dexterity and safety.

INTERVIEW WORK SAMPLE: Applicants selected for an interview will be required to participate in a work sample during the interview process. Applicants should dress appropriately to participate in the work sample. The work sample will consist of the following:

  1. Identification and explanation of a forklift instrument panel and controls.
  2. Maneuvering and backing a forklift with a pallet.
  3. Executing control adjustments while operating a forklift.
  4. Placing and retrieving a pallet in a pallet rack using a forklift.
  5. Lifting and palletizing material weighing 30 to 50 pounds.
  6. Placing and retrieving materials from shelving utilizing a ladder.
  7. Selection of a proper shipping container.
  8. Packing materials for shipment.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Drug test required


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Required Documents

A complete application consists of the following:

Resume showing relevant experience, optional cover letter, and the online questionnaire.Your resume must indicate country of citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week, annual salary, and specify the job duties related to the advertised position. For work in the Federal service, include the grade level of the position(s). Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

Performance Appraisals and Incentive Awards –Submit your most recent performance appraisal with supervisor’s signature showing the official final rating of record and copy/listing of incentive awards received. In cases where the performance appraisal is incomplete or unavailable, applicants may provide explanation of the reason.

SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," if applicable, supporting current or former federal employee’s eligibility.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) documentation, if applicable. See the "Other Information" section.

Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment. (Schedule A disability, 30 percent disabled veteran, certain military spouses, etc.)

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

The U.S. Census Bureau offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

To apply online, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov . Enter the job announcement number in the left hand box titled “Keywords” and then click on the SEARCH button. To begin, click the “Apply” button in the middle of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. (After registering in your USAJOBS account and clicking “Submit”, you will automatically transition to the Department of Commerce’s specific site where you will complete your application. You must click “Submit” at the end of the application process to send your applications for consideration.)

To return to a saved application, log into your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Applications". Click on the position title and then select “UPDATE APPLICATION” to continue.

If you have problems completing the online application, including problems submitting the supporting documents, contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831. The Help Desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (ET), excluding Federal holidays.

All online applications and supplemental materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the closing date of the vacancy. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications online using the application process outlined at www.usajobs.gov. While electronic applications are strongly encouraged, paper applications will also be accepted. Please contact the Human Resources Specialist identified in the vacancy announcement for details and instructions on the process for submitting your paper application. Paper applications and supplemental materials must be received by 4:30 p.m. (ET) on the closing date of the vacancy.

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Agency contact information
Michelle Petty









BUREAU OF THE CENSUS 1201 East 10th Street Building 64-G Jeffersonville, Indiana 47132 United States

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Next steps

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://usajobs.gov/ and clicking on “Applications.” The status will be visible next to the corresponding position. The four points of notification are:

  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after beginning work; or, may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/515994800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 11/06/2018 to 11/14/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: WL 05

Salary: $21.20 to $24.72 per hour

Appointment type: Temporary Promotion - Year-Round Work Schedule

Work schedule: Full-Time - Competitive Service: Temporary Promotion not to exceed 13 months. May be extended.