Special Needs Assistance Specialist

Washington D.C.
Aug 10, 2017
Aug 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This opportunity is also open to Status eligibles under Announcement 17-HUD-820. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.

This position is located in the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), Program Coordination and Analysis Division, within the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS). CPD seeks to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income persons. The primary means toward this end is the development of partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and non-profit organizations. SNAPS advises the Assistant Secretary with respect to the development and promulgation of policies and procedures for programs to address the needs of the homeless, and recommends legislation and budget levels for the programs, or such new initiatives as may be appropriated. The Office also serves the Assistant Secretary as the principal point of contact with all other elements of the Department and other Federal agencies on matters affecting homelessness.

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  • You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    For the GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

    -Implementing policies and procedures for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and programs that address the needs of the homeless and budget levels for these programs; AND
    -Responding to written and oral inquiries from applicants, recipients, Congress, government officials or the private sector; AND
    -Working with HMIS, McKinney-Vento Act programs, or other programs that affect the homeless.

    The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.



    As a Special Needs Assistance Specialist, you will:

    • Develop policy and recommend procedures for improving data analysis, research, and quality of input from grantees, providers, advocates, clients and governments at all levels concerning the implementation of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
    • Work with the Senior SNAP Specialist and Division Director in preparing responses to complex written and oral inquiries from Congress, state and local government officials, non-profit organizations and citizens on HMIS implementation.
    • Represent the office at HUD, federal inter-agency meetings and other gatherings that relate to HMIS implementation, reporting, and policy or project development.
    • Independently develop and assist with the development of guidance for communities, which is critical in meeting the compliance of HUD’s rules and regulations involving data collection and the HMIS.
    • Identify technical assistance needs concerning HMIS implementation for field offices, grantees and Continuums of Care (CoCs). Develop and recommend appropriate assistance.

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