Program Analyst, ZA-0343-3/4 (DE/CR)
Occasional travel - Up to 10% domestic travel may be required for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
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-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.
The ZA-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12. The ZA-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.
* A one year probationary period may be required.
* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
* This position is not in the bargaining unit.
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.
Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this 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: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.
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-3 or GS-11 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-2 or GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
- Conducting studies using analytical techniques and statistics, to identify, analyze, or recommend solutions to issues related to management processes and program operations;
- Assisting in the development and implementation of policies that lead directly to the accomplishment of major programs; and
- Assisting with budget development and resource monitoring of labs and programs to ensure their efficiency.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: 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: A combination of related graduate level education and specialized experience as described above. NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of two full years is qualifying for a combination of education and experience.
To qualify at the ZA-4 or GS-13:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-3 or GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
- Coordinating the preparation of budget estimates and programmatic explanations to support budget submissions and congressional guidelines;
- Using analytical techniques and statistics, to identify, analyze, and recommend solutions to issues related to management processes and program operations;
- Developing, recommending, or implementing policies that lead directly to the accomplishment of major programs; and
- Overseeing the budget development and resource monitoring of labs and programs to ensure their efficiency.
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 Silver (Well Qualified). Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition
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.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). However, your resume or optional cover letter 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.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Knowledge of Federal budgetary processes and procedures, including Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Treasury policies, directives and regulations, for oversight of a multi-disciplinary budget program.
- Knowledge of the appropriations process.
- Ability to perform quantitative and qualitative analysis to evaluate programs, systems, and processes.
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
- Skill in performing strategic planning to ensure agency budget plans are integrated with the strategic plan and responsive to congressional mandates
If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.
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