Supervisory Program Specialist, ZA-301-05 (DE/CR)

Washington D.C.
Jul 05, 2017
Jul 27, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), Silver Spring, MD.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.

The ZA-05 is equivalent to the GS-15.

The full performance level of this position is ZA-05.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NOS-ONMS-2017-0010, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

*A one year probationary/trial period may be required.
*A supervisory probationary period may be required.
*Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
*This position is not in the bargaining unit.

This vacancy may be used to fill other Supervisory Program Specialist, ZA-301-05 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

  • Occasional Travel
  • Once a month

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • 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:

    EDUCATION: This position has no positive education requirement; however applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience or a substitution of education for experience in order to be found minimally qualified.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 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.

    To qualify at the ZA-05:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-04 or GS 14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

    • Managing administrative and program management principles, procedures, concepts, policies, objectives, and practices.
    • Providing leadership and direction to program staff by supervising, motivating, and providing formal feedback regarding employee performance.
    • Developing organizational strategies for both short and long-range planning objectives, program reviews, and associated management information reporting mechanisms.
    • Interpreting various marine sanctuary rules, regulations, and policies relating to marine protected areas and cultural resources.
    • Preparing and conducting formal and informal presentations.

    College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

    Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

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    The individual selected for this position will:

    • Direct the day-to-day operations of the program such as development, implementation, and execution of administrative and program management principles and development of programmatic concepts, policies, and objectives.
    • Provide direction and oversight of financial operations and human resources.
    • Ensure that infrastructure is sufficient to support operations for the system including information technology and small boat and facility capabilities, as well as identify, prioritize, and resolve related issues.
    • Provide supervision and leadership to Division Chiefs and Regional Directors.
    • Serve as pay pool manager by assessing and leveling scores of Federal employees on annual reviews. In addition, allocate annual pay increases and bonuses per agency guidelines.
    • Oversee the development and implementation of ONMS organizational processes, program reviews, and priority programmatic initiatives.
    • Draft and edit programmatic policies.

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