Department of Defense Education Activity School Support Assistant in United States

Job Overview

Job Overview

Do you want to work for an exciting educational organization, with the children of our dedicated U.S. Military members? Our mission is to provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment. Come work for the Department of Defense Education Activity, DoDEA-Europe!

Positions are located in: Bitburg, Germany; Spangdahlem, Germany; Mons, Belgium; Sterrebeek, Belgium; Brunssum, The Netherlands; Cambridgeshire, UK; Norfolk, UK; Northants, UK; North Yorkshire, UK; Suffolk, UK. Maps showing these geographical locations can be found at:

Who May Apply: U.S. citizens in the local commuting area who are current career/career-conditional Federal employees in the competitive service; individuals on leave without pay; reinstatement eligibles; individuals on an interchange agreement; U.S. citizen family members as defined by the DODI 1400.25, Vol. 1232; military spouse eligibles; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles; and/or 30% disabled veterans may apply. All Veteran Recruitment Appointment (VRA) and (VEOA) eligibles may apply as well .

This announcement may be used for the purpose of filling multiple positions throughout the school year. There is no guarantee if or when a specific position may become available.


This position can be filled at the GS-05 grade level, GS-06 grade level, or it can be filled as a developmental position and may have promotion potential to the GS-06 grade level.

SCHOOL SUPPORT ASSISTANT, GS-0303-05 In this position, you will perform the material management and support services functions for a DoDDS school/office in order to provide adequate and timely logistics support to students, staff, and faculty. Prepares, edits, and submits orders to the Area Director’s office for purchasing supplies and equipment within specified budget/time constraints based on approved requests from facility and support staff. Performs a combination of tasks concerned with the receipt, storage, issue and replenishment of supplies and equipment, forms, publications, texts and other books, and items requiring special handling (e.g., live specimens, hazardous materials such as gasoline, volatile chemicals, and gases), as well as technical items such as computer equipment, facsimile machines, and audiovisual equipment. Records supply transactions in the appropriate automated system. Maintains formal records of durable property and textbooks, including complete histories of transactions. Assists in preparation of unserviceable and/or unneeded items for transfer to the Defense Reutilization Management Office (DRMO). Performs a variety of light maintenance and repair work for the school (e.g., changing light bulbs, adding toner to copy machines, moving furniture, making simple or minor repairs to nonelectrical equipment). As a designated Government Ordering Official, backs up the senior School Support Assistant in the purchase of supplies and services for the school through the use of the Government Purchase Card (GPC). Receives all purchases made through GPC program. Verifies quantity, description, condition, and price to actual order. Reconciles monthly GPC statement. Prepares Cardholder Statement of Questioned Items (CSQI) in cases of billing discrepancies. May arrange unofficial travel through use of GPC, assuring competition on all travel transactions above $2,500 unless arranged through the local Scheduled Airlines Travel Office (SATO)/Carlson Travel.

SCHOOL SUPPORT ASSISTANT, GS-0303-06 In this position, you will serve as a property custodian maintaining a perpetual inventory of non-expendable property and supply records for durable items in the school. Assures school support requirements are prepared, edited, and submitted to the Area Directors Office for the purchase of supplies and equipment. Identifies equipment requiring repair or maintenance. Assures all supply transactions are recorded in an automated system and that copies of the documents are filed appropriately to maintain an adequate automated and hard copy audit trail. Sets or revises stock levels for authorized items available through the supply system for school stockage. Uses and maintains a library of DoDEA, GSA, and other appropriate federal and commercial catalogs to identify supply items requested by the facility and school staff. Inventories textbooks and workbooks at the beginning and end of each school year, and maintains inventory records, including complete histories of transactions. Compiles financial data to forecast the budget for replenishment of supplies and equipment, and equipment repair and maintenance and forwards to supervisor for incorporation into the school budget. Monitors base-level support provided under the interservice support agreement including service contracts for school equipment maintenance and repair, custodial support, utilities, laundry and dry cleaning, mail pickup and delivery, etc., to ensure the supporting installation is in compliance with the agreement. Assists in monitoring the school safety and security programs to ensure compliance with program requirements of DoDEA and the supporting military installation. Where needed, performs a variety of light maintenance and repair work for the school (e.g., changing light bulbs, adding toner to copy machines, moving furniture, making simple or minor repairs to nonelectrical equipment, etc. As designated Government Ordering Official, uses the Government Purchase Card (GPC) to purchase supplies and services for the school. Receives requests for GPC purchases from teachers, administrators, and other school staff. Determines if requests are appropriate and meet GPC program conditions. Makes approved purchases by phone, catalog, internet or over the counter. May arrange unofficial travel through use of GPC, assuring competition on all travel transactions above $2,500 unless arranged through the local Scheduled Airlines Travel Office (SATO)/Carlson Travel.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
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Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • See Other Information for details on ordinarily residents and dual citizens
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • Male applicants must meet Selective Service requirements

Click on link below to view qualification standard.

GS-05 position: In order to qualify for this position, you need one year of specialized experience at the GS-04 level. Examples of specialized experience include: ordering supplies for a business, office and/or organization; conducting inventory counts of supplies on hand; and/or creating reports using data from databases and supply records.

OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION of four years above high school. One year of full time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours in a college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial or technical school.

GS-06 position:In order to qualify for this position, you need one year of specialized experience at the GS-05 level. Examples of specialized experience include: use of standard supply and logistical support; supplies for a business, office and/or organization; conducting inventory counts of supplies on hand; creating reports using data from databases and supply records; and the specialized experience should show that you independently planned and carried out successive steps according to specific requirements.

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-06 grade level.

Are You Qualifying Based on Education? A photocopy of all OFFICIAL college/university transcripts (front and back) must be submitted. To receive the maximum allowable credit you must include all transcripts (front and back) for each degree earned to include any additional courses currently in progress. Any transcripts submitted that are not in English or not official will be removed from the application and will not be considered. (Transcripts must be in English.)

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:


All candidates must be U.S. Citizens and reside within the local commuting area where the position is located. Local commuting area is defined as the geographic area surrounding a work site that encompasses the localities where people live and reasonably can be expected to travel back and forth daily to work based on the generally held expectations of the local community. (5CFR 575.203)

All requirements must be met at time of certification. You are advised to submit your documents promptly as part of your application package.

Must possess or be able to obtain and maintain a USAREUR driver’s license.

Applicants may be required to complete a 1-year probationary or trial period.

A qualified typist is required for this position (40 wpm).

Work schedules may be part-time, full-time or school year seasonal. Some positions are part-time with seasonal work schedules. School year seasonal work schedules include periods in a non-pay/non-duty status during the holiday, spring and summer recess periods.

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements.

The work is partly sedentary, but regularly includes walking, bending, standing, carrying or lifting items up to 70 pounds, elevating boxes weighing 30-50 pounds above shoulder height, and unloading/loading vehicles.

You will be required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer in accordance with DoD Regulation 7000.14R.

Selectee must undergo Background Checks IAW DoDI 1402.5 (e.g. Local Files Check, State Criminal History Records Check, and National Agency Check Inquiries). Employment in these positions is subject to successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet/maintain these requirements may be grounds for termination.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received and as vacancies occur, evaluations of applications will be conducted. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.


Working for the Department of Defense Education Activity offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To find out more about the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, click here

For positions with temporary appointments Not To Exceed (NTE) one year, benefits may not be authorized.

Other Information

Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) and payment of relocation expenses are not authorized.

Locality Pay: Locality pay does not apply in the overseas area. Locality rates of pay in CONUS will not be used for pay setting when transferring to an overseas/foreign area.

Citizenship/Ordinarily Resident Status: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must not hold Dual Citizenship in the country they are applying within and who are not considered Ordinarily Resident under the applicable Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). An ordinarily resident is anyone who has lived in the host country longer than the allowed number of days without being a member of the forces assigned, civilian component or a family member of either the aforementioned or who has obtained a work permit for any duration. Ordinarily Resident restrictions apply and vary depending on the host nation.**

Dual citizens will not be appointed to positions within the country in which they hold dual citizenship. Citizenship eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.

UK Positions: Selectee will be required to have a Visa if the position is located in the United Kingdom.

Family member appointments:will expire based on the sponsor's rotation date. Family member appointments may not exceed two months after an employee is no longer considered a family member within the local commuting area due to PCS or divorce of sponsor or, in the case of a child, the age of 23. Family members are defined according to the DODI 1400.25, Vol.1232 as: For a military member whose duty station is in a foreign area, the member's spouse or unmarried dependent child. For a civilian US employee as defined by section 2105 of Title 5, United States Code, the employee's spouse, domestic partner, or unmarried dependent child, or unmarried child of the employee's spouse or domestic partner. A family member must physically reside with his or her sponsor to receive family member preference.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see the OPM ICTAP website. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-01 to 2018-06-30

Salary: $28,545 to $41,368 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 05 - 06

Series: 0303 Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant

Appointment type: Multiple Appointment Types

Work schedule: Multiple Schedules

Job announcement number: 17-EW-1981536

Control number: 473539600