U.S. Army Security Assistance Command Administrative Support Assistant (Office Automation) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Job Overview

Job Overview

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:*This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cut off date for referral is 01 June 2017. After this date, additional referral lists will be created as vacancies become available.*

This position is located in Eskan Village, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Eskan Village is a joint military SAO community, housing military and DoD civilian personnel. The installation (secure compound) is a unique setting that supports military, civilians, local hires and a limited expatriate community. Deals with high ranking Military and Civilians on a daily occurrence and tact and decorum are of utmost importance. The weather can be hot and dry with extreme heat in the summer months and mild winters. Dust storms may occur at any time.

This announcement will be used to fill the Administrative Support Assistant (OA), GS-0303-06/07 position in multiple locations in Saudi Arabia -- i.e., Riyadh, Hofuf, Khobar, and Jeddah as vacancy arises.

Who May Apply:

Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • Current Civilian Employee with the Department of the Army
  • Current Department of Defense (DOD) - Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Eligible under Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
  • Eligible for overseas Military Spouse Preference
  • Eligible for overseas Family Member Preference
  • Eligible due to Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP)
  • Eligible for Excepted Service Family Member for Overseas Employment
  • Eligible for Overseas Limited Appointment Eligibles (OSL)

IMPORTANT REMARK: If hired under the 'Overseas Limited Appointment (OSL)' Eligibility, your appointment may be limited to 2 years as 'temporary OSL appointment', 5 years as 'Term OSL appointment' or Indefinite.

Applicants eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998 may apply regardless of geographical location.

Applicants eligible under Current Civilian Army Employee may apply regardless of geographical location.


Incumbent provides a variety of administrative support functions, including: research, preparation of briefing books, budget planning and execution, clerical, travel planning, visitor hosting and office automation duties in support of the Office of the Program Manager, Saudi Arabian National Guard (OPM-SANG) Division or Directorate offices. Performs the following duties: Receives calls, greets visitors, and determines nature of call or business of visitors. Ascertains which should be referred to supervisor or other staff personnel or which can be handled personally. Develops and plans all aspects of Visitor support. Responds to nontechnical requests which can be provided based on personal knowledge or from records and files. Maintains records and files, as appropriate. Places local, long distance and international calls for supervisor or staff personnel. Receives incoming correspondence, publications, regulations and directives directed to the office; determines which should be brought to the supervisor's attention, forwarded directly to other staff personnel for action, or can he handled personally.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • PCS may be authorized
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion, VEOA Eligibles, and Military Spouses)

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be able to satisfy the requirements of the 26JUL12 DODI 1400.25 V1230:
  • Visit http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140025v1230.pdf
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Ability to type 40 words per minute

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required: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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To qualify at the GS-06 grade level, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Examples of specialized experience for this position at the GS-05 grade level are performing administrative duties of a more advanced nature such as screening correspondence and inquiries to direct them to right person, tracking task suspenses, preparing documents, reports, and charts using office automation software, making travel arrangements for managers, and ensuring that issues or concerns requiring discretion and tact are handled appropriately.

To qualify at the GS-07 grade level, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Examples of specialized experience for this position at the GS-06 grade level are: managing the calendar and agenda for senior managers; ensuring that issues or concerns requiring discretion and tact are handled appropriately; tracking tasks and project suspenses to ensure deadlines are met; conducting research and compiling data to respond to requests for information; preparing or reviewing correspondence for grammatical correctness; using office automation software to format documents and data; planning arrangements and coordinating protocol for events, meetings, and conferences; and making travel arrangements for managers and official visitors.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Competency in office administration

  • Competency in handling correspondence

  • Competency in reception of visitors/callers and protocol

  • Ability to type at least 40 words per minute

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).

This position may be filled at either the GS-6 or GS-7 level. If filled at the lower level, incumbent may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade when eligibility requirements are met and upon the supervisor's certification of satisfactory performance.

Education Substitution for GS-06 level: Graduate education that is DIRECTLY related to the work of the position. NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification.

  • Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include this information with your application package.

  • Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance
  • Emergency Essential position
  • Pre-employment physical required.
Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information

Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf.

In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)

Applicants must comply with the Exceptional Family Member Program requirements as outlined in the DoD Instruction 1315.19 at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/131519p.pdf

Locality pay does not apply in the overseas area.

In the overseas areas, access for civilian employees and their families to military medical and dental treatment facilities is on a space-available and reimbursable basis only. Medical care may be provided by host nation providers. The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location. Movement overseas may require you to initiate a change in your health benefits plan to ensure coverage.

Pay retention may be offered to successful applicants for positions at overseas locations. For this provision to apply to employees already overseas, the selected individual would have to require a permanent change of station move and would have to be selected as a result of a recruitment effort that had been extended outside of the overseas command involved.

The initial length of this overseas tour is 12 months if unaccompanied or 24 months if an accompanied tour (adult dependents only) is approved.

Must be able to satisfy the requirements of the July 26, 2012, Department of Defense Instruction 1400.25, Volume 1230, (http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140025v1230.pdf).

Candidates initially selected from the U.S. may be eligible for certain foreign area benefits.

FULL-TIME U.S. CONUS HIRES ON A TRANSPORTATION AGREEMENT - Candidate hired from CONUS may be authorized the following foreign allowances (subject to change without notice): Post Allowance; 25% Post Differential (if eligible); 25% Sunday Premium Pay for actual work performed on a Sunday; Separate Maintenance Allowance (if eligible); and 15 days of Home Leave per year. Work week is Sunday through Thursday. The following facilities are also available: BX, Commissary, APO, MWR facilities/activities, ATMs, fitness center, and swimming pool. FULL-TIME U.S. LOCAL HIRES: Use of PX, Commissary, MWR, and APO privileges are authorized for U.S. local hires. Foreign Allowance: Post Allowance may be authorized. NOTE: This allowance is governed under the DSSR and subject to change with little or no notice. Sunday Premium Pay (workweek is Sun thru Thu) is 25% for actual work performed during the 1st regularly scheduled 8 hours.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/469955600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-05-18 to 2017-12-31

Salary: $31,819 to $45,970 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 06 - 07

Series: 0303 Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: EUJU170393851959842S

Control number: 469955600