Program Manager, GG-0340-15,Census-DE-LRC

Suitland, Maryland
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 27, 2019
Full Time


This vacancy is for a Program Manager position in the Department of Commerce (DOC), Census Bureau (CB), Associate Director for Decennial Census (ADDC), Decennial Census Management Division (DCMD), located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line - Suitland Station.

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  • Coordinating and directing project management support;
  • Developing, guiding, and leading key program priorities and goals;;
  • Working with matrixed managers with subject matter expertise and/or IT expertise and contractor support to monitor for status for large projects;
  • Understanding characteristics of successful organizations and implementing approaches to support organizational goals;
  • Communicating using highly effective techniques;
  • Consulting, collaborating, and building partnerships with stakeholders.

  • Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. citizen.
    • Suitable for Federal employment.
    • Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (
    • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Please read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see DCMD-2019-0010, Program Manager, GG-0340-15, CENSUS-DOC-LRC.

    This is a Temporary Appointment, initial appointment is not to exceed (NTE) 09/26/2020. This appointment may be extended 1 additional year at management's discretion.

    A trial period may be required.

    A supervisory probationary period may be required.

    This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

    This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.


    Specialized Experience: For the GG-15, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service. This experience includes, but is not limited to, the following: Certification in project, program, or portfolio management. Experience implementing program management. Experience managing, formulating schedules, and monitoring costs for projects. Experience evaluating programs using quantitative and qualitative methods, and recommending and/or implementing solutions to improve performance. Experience managing staff. Experience conducting high level briefings and interacting with various management and staff levels. Experience communicating orally, developing and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders and senior leaders. Experience writing communication to internal and external customers, stakeholders, and the public on issues related to the programs.

    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.


    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.
    • 30% or more disabled veteran
    • Person with Disability
    • CTAP
    • ICTAP

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity 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) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.

    Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
    • Program Management: Knowledge of portfolio/program/project management, including tools and techniques; Ability to set priorities, develop schedules, identify resources, monitor progress and performance, and accomplish objectives; Knowledge of financial responsibilities to meet cost effective ways of doing business; Ability to plan, develop, conduct, analyze, and disseminate large-scale census or survey program(s), including providing guidance and coordination of program and system activities.
    • Leadership: Ability to manage, assign work, set priorities, prepare schedules, evaluate performance and provide advice, instructions, and training; Ability to strategically plan, manage, and lead the best course of action for operations, systems and administrative activities.
    • Program Integration: Ability to coordinate schedules, delegate task costs for operations; Skill improving programs and projects using quantitative and qualitative approaches; Knowledge of the methods, procedures, and specifications required to plan and coordinate large-scale projects for systems and operations; Ability to comprehend various management issues, such as tools and techniques to measure and improve the statistical quality of surveys and censuses; Knowledge of supervision and staff management.
    • Organizations Knowledge and Communication: Knowledge of characteristics of successful organizations; Ability to communicate program goals, objectives and activities; Skill in developing working relationships with all levels of management and staff; Ability to communicate in person orally to various organizational levels and representatives and other federal agencies, and professional associations; Ability to communicate in writing to various audiences.

    For more information on category rating, please go to:

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    A complete application consists of the following:
    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
    • Veterans' Preference Documentation: Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: .
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).

    You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

    CTAP and ICTAP Eligibles

    CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority 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 CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; 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 of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit 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 declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related 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 position, grade/band 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.

  • NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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