Associate Program Officer

Washington, D.C
Aug 16, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Program Manager
Full Time


This vacancy announcement is open to current CNCS employees who are on a General (Permanent) Appointment without an expiration date and CNCS employees eligible under a Noncompetitive hiring authority.

This position is located in the Office of Senior Corps, Department of the Chief of Program Operations, in Washington, DC.
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1. Policy Development and Implementation: Assists in researching policy issues for Senior Corps programs, particularly as it relates to preparing informational documents for Senior Corps grantees and staff. Assists in developing Senior Corps annual program guidance and operating plans, monitoring their implementation and reporting on program accomplishments.

2. Grants Competitions and Awards: Supports management of the grant application and review process for Senior Corps to include: Working with the Office of Grant Review Operations (OGPO) to support Senior Corps Grant reviews, including identifying reviewers, coordinating review panels and other logistics, assisting with outreach, developing materials to support the grant competition and reveiw, preparing presentations of review results and summarizing applications. Helps prepare notices of funding availability and application guidelines. Tracks questions from potential applicants and responses provided.

3. External and Internal Communications: Helps prepare and maintain informational and technical assistance materials for Senior Corps staff, grantees and the general public, including RSVP, Senior Companion Program and Foster Grandparent Program Operations Handbooks.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • You must be a current CNCS employee on a General, Permanent appointment or a CNCS employee eligible under a Noncompetitive hiring authority
  • Must be telework ready
  • A background investigation may be required


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the upper range range of the NY-01 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to, the GS-05 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: Assisting with task and projects related to grant competitions, as well as specific and ongoing projects to support the ongoing work of the unit.

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 can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.


You may qualify based on 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.

Additional information

Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

Ethics Requirement: Our Agency is committed to the highest ethical standards and, as an employee you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. 201-209) and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. part 2635). Additionally, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) or Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) within 30 days of your appointment date and on an annual basis thereafter.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
  • Customer Service
  • Decision Making
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence
  • Written Communication

Important Note: Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in elimination from further consideration. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible.

Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:

1 - Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.
2 - Well Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
3 - Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.

NOTE: Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the Corporation's Human Resources system which allows for:
1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and
2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.

Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive. Nonstatus candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information."

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional);
  • Unofficial transcript (if qualifying based on education);
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for Non-Competitive appointment, e.g., Schedule A (severely disabled), eligible veterans (VRA or 30-percent or more disabled), VISTA, Peace Corps, etc., if applicable

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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