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Grants Management Specialist (MP)

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 24, 2023

As a Grants Management Specialist, you will perform the following duties:
  • Plan, negotiate, lead, and/or administer specialized grant/financial mechanisms of various financial assistance programs involving both discretionary and mandatory funding incorporating various legal authorities, and statutory requirements.
  • Formulate agreements that span several years and are frequently of a complex nature, have a high dollar value and may involve frequent changes in terms and conditions or funding arrangements.
  • Recommend modifications for continuing, reducing, redirecting, or terminating agreements to minimize risk to the Agency and the U.S. Government.
  • Develop and/or review complex grant proposals and evaluation of costs and develops special provisions for both competitive and noncompetitive agreements that are characterized by complex financial mechanisms.
This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Grants Management Specialist GS-1109-13/14 FPL-14 positions within the Minority Business Development Agency in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

This position is also advertised under MBDA-ADOBD-DE-23-12112542, which is open to Delegated Examining eligible applicants. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use of possession of drugs.
  • A probationary or trial period may be required.
  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Drug Test: No
  • License required: No
  • Pre-employment physical required: No
  • Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE form 450): Yes
  • Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expense: Will not be paid
  • Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.
  • TELEWORK: The physical worksite for this position is in Washington, DC. This position is not a 100 percent telework position, nor a remote location position. MBDA's current, agency-wide standard for teleworking is two days of teleworking per week (up to 4 per pay period). If selected for an interview, applicants are encouraged to discuss telework eligibility & schedule options (specific to the position in which they applied) with the hiring manager.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:
  • Administering grants and agreements according to laws, regulations and policies governing federal grants; and
  • Performing cost analyses of assets and proposals, and
  • Preparing multi-year agreements with various terms, conditions, modifications and funding arrangements that minimizes risks.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:
  • Auditing and reviewing all aspects of grants or financial mechanisms, and serve as a technical authority and resource with external grantees; and
  • Reviews financial status reports to ensure that all obligations meet regulatory guidelines, cost principles, and specific limitations.


There is no positive education requirement for this position.

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.
  • Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
  • 30% or more disabled veterans
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)

  • ICTAP and CTAP Eligibles: CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; 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 eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

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