Working for OAA

The Office of the Administrative Assistant (OAA) to the Secretary of the Army employs civilians in a wide variety of positions from recreation specialists to bus drivers to historians to human resource specialists.

Series and grade refers to the Federal government’s system for categorizing and defining jobs. If you have never worked in the Federal government, you do not have to enter a series or grade on your resume for previous, non-government jobs. Upon application, however, you may be prompted to pick the highest grade you desire or are eligible for.

For general information about the classification of Federal positions, occupational information, and grading criteria for the General Schedule and Federal Wage Classification Systems, visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/.

For information about Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) positions, visit: http://cpol.army.mil/library/naf/.


General Schedule (GS)

General Schedule career opportunities exist in professional, administrative and technical fields worldwide. As an Army civilian, career programs are available to assist you in achieving your career goals.

Managers and employees work as a team to identify:

  • Training and development needs
  • The best career path for achieving career goals
  • State-of-the-art training and development opportunities in your career field
  • Exciting assignments that provide growth opportunities and exposure to the latest technology
  • And much more...

For more information about General Schedule positions, visit http://armycivilianservice.com/.


Federal Wage System (FWS)

The Federal Wage System (FWS) is a pay-setting system that covers Federal appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund blue-collar employees who are paid by the hour. The system's goal is to make sure that Federal trade, craft, and laboring employees within a local wage area who perform the same duties receive the same rate of pay. Successful labor-management partnership is the hallmark of the FWS, with labor organizations involved in all phases of administering the pay system.

Under this pay system –

  • Your pay will be the same as the pay of other Federal jobs like yours in your wage area
  • Your pay will be in line with pay for private sector jobs like yours in your wage area

Special pay plans cover certain employees in special circumstances. The Office of Personnel Management authorizes special pay plans when unusual labor market conditions seriously handicap agencies in recruiting and retaining qualified employees.

For information about the Federal Wage System (FWS), visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-systems/federal-wage-system/.


Non-Appropriated Funded (NAF)

Non-Appropriated Funded (NAF) positions are found in a wide variety of areas that support our Soldiers, their families and our civilian employees. NAF offers positions in Child Development, Food and Beverage Management (Clubs), Golf and Bowling, Recreation, Hotels and Billeting, clerical and administrative to name a few. Jobs are filled through two systems: Career Referral Program and Installation Job Vacancy System.

For information about Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF), visit: http://cpol.army.mil/library/naf/.