Program Specialist

Washington D.C.
Mar 18, 2019
Mar 18, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - 21 nights or less annually

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

    To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.  

    Specialized Experience


    To qualify for the GS-11, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: (1) collaborating with or leading Diversity Committees, Employee Resource Groups, and or Cultural Awareness partnerships that either orally and or in writing; (2) developing and disseminating news articles, blogs, information and or persuasive materials surrounding culture awareness and inclusion; (3) writing talking points and remarks for executives to communicate their positions regarding the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in an organization; (4) Serving as a key representative of Special Emphasis Programs, Employee Resource Groups, Diversity and Inclusion Programs or Employee Engagement Council to improve employment opportunities for employees within an organization; (5) created and maintained websites, and developed and implemented multi-channel communication campaigns for improving dignity, respect, inclusion and employee engagement efforts within a workplace culture.


    Degree: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related


    Combination of Experience and Education: Only education in excess of the first two years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a Ph.D. or the equivalent doctorate degree may be used toward this combination (example: 2.5 years in a Ph.D. program (50%) plus 6 months of specialized experience (50%)=100%).

    Specialized Experience


    To qualify for the GS-12, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience:  (1) independently writing and issuing written and online publications, speeches, and briefing to all levels in the workforce regarding the importance, impact, and expectation of dignity, respect, compliance with employment laws; and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace environment; (2) Serving as lead for workplace activities to improve employment opportunities or employee engagement efforts on behalf of a particular group or for all employees in the workplace; (3) assisted in crafting multi-channel strategic communication campaigns regarding Diversity and Inclusion, Dignity and Respect, and measured its success for improving the workplace culture; (4) interpreting legislation, executive orders, and other precedent-setting cases surround employment law, diversity, and inclusion; (5) reading and analyzing employment statistics, conduct a comparative analysis, identify problems, and make innovative and creative recommendations for improving an organizational culture.

    NOTE: At the GS-12 level you may not substitute education for specialized experience

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report.  In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior.  This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment.  DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity.  Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work.  All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    1. Interpersonal Communication-Ability to research and interpret laws, executive orders and precedent-setting cases regarding Affirmative Employment,  Diversity, and Inclusion, and communicate with managers, supervisors, and employees, at all grade levels by clearly and effectively expressing those facts, ideas, proposals, and conclusions, both orally and in writing
    1. Technical Knowledge.  Demonstrated skill in using methods and techniques of workforce diversity and EEO program administration, including the ability to fact find, analyze results, resolve problems, and to develop concrete action plans for fostering an inclusive workplace environment and or building workplace relationships among diverse group and the ability to organize and deliver briefing to managers to encourage understanding and acceptance of standards, findings, and recommendations

          3.  External Awareness- Ability to consult, advise and to establish and maintain effective working relations with persons at all levels in the organization while maintaining objectivity and neutrality under all circumstances.

          4.  Written Communication-Ability to develop informative and persuasive written materials, guidelines, instructions, and or publications (online and hard-copy) to bring culture awareness, to aide in the identification and elimination of employment barriers. 

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    Drug test required No

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