Program Planner (Recent Graduate)

Washington, D.C
Aug 17, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Program Manager
Full Time


This position is part of the Programs Strategy and Technology, Government Publishing Office in Washington , District of Columbia.

The Selectee will work Shift 1 Monday- Friday and a Tour of Duty from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.

***Applicants who have not graduated may apply for this opportunity, but must meet all Recent Graduate requirements three months after this Vacancy Job Opportunity Announcement has closed***

Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement.

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As a Program Planner (Recent Graduate), the Selectee at the PG-09 level, will function as a team member who assists other more senior Program Planners in managing state of the art worldwide programs, from design and development, through production, and who applies robust technology to fulfill GPO's business requirements and needs as manifested in program documentation (i.e., FDsys or GBIS requirements documentation). Your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Uses rules, guidance and regulations, along with an understanding of the objectives and policies of the division, in order to provide support for assigned projects. Uses knowledge of management principles, organizational theory, and techniques of analysis and evaluation along with knowledge of standardized administrative practices and procedures to conduct studies. Identifies, analyzes, and recommends solutions to problems. Uses judgment when providing appropriate products, based upon experience, training and understanding of the objectives to be accomplished.
  • Assists senior manager/specialists by preparing, developing and coordinating informational data/material utilized for a variety of office activities such as briefings, reviews, symposia, reports, etc. Develops integrated plans, and schedules.
  • Prepares, using a variety of management techniques, evaluative analyses of the status of programs/projects; determines trends and forecasts capability to reach objectives.
  • Responsible for the review and analyses of project cost and schedule data to assess performance.
  • Provides assistance to project managers, project engineers, procurement personnel, etc., on various aspects of performance measurement data.
  • Makes analysis utilizing graphics and statistics, adjudging cost and schedule versus technical performance against schedule milestones.
  • Prepares periodic briefings and reports for use by management.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment


GPO's Recent Graduate Program provides an opportunity for you to gain experience in the Federal civil service at the beginning of your career. If selected, you will be placed in a dynamic, one-year career development program, and provided with a mentor and an individual training plan that may include specialized training, formal rotational assignments, and other developmental activities. If you successfully complete the program, you may be converted to a term or permanent position. (Note: To determine your Eligibility for the Recent Graduate program, you must include a copy of your official or unofficial Transcripts (not Diploma) showing award of degree). The Recent Graduate Program requirements are as follows:
  • You must be a recent graduate who has been awarded a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certification from a qualifying educational institution. OR
  • You must be a Veteran who was unable to apply within two years of receiving the degree, due to military service obligation. You have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.

    U.S. Citizenship is required. Selectee must pass a drug test prior to appointment. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Suitability type clearance. Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for the Selective Service. Selectee may be required to serve a one year Trial period. Time in Grade requirements must be met. This is a developmental position leading to the full performance level of the PG-0301-13. On-the-job training is supplemented by classroom instruction. Must have a qualifying degree or certificate. This is an Excepted Service appointment; and selectee may be converted to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service upon successful completion of the one year career development trial period.
  • For more information about Recent Graduate Program, go to attached link:


To qualify for the Program Planner (Recent Graduate), PG -0301-9, you must meet the following requirements:
You must be eligible for the Recent Graduate Program, and meet the Minimum Qualifications requirements as listed below:

I. Recent Graduate Program Eligibility . To be eligible for consideration under the Recent Graduate Program, you must meet one of the following, and you must include a copy of your complete official or unofficial Transcript showing award of qualifying degree. (Note: If Transcript is not included along with your resume, you will be removed from further consideration for this position).
  • You must be a recent graduate who has been awarded, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certification from a qualifying educational institution. OR
  • You must be a Veteran who was unable to apply within two years of receiving the degree, due to military service obligation. You have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.
II. Minimum Qualifications: In addition to meeting the Recent Graduate Program Eligibility requirements, you must meet the minimum qualifications requirements. To minimally qualify for the PG-09 level , you must possess the experience requirement in 'A', or education in 'B', or possess a combination of experience and education as described in 'C' below:

A. You must have (1) one year of specialized experience at the PG-07 (or equivalent) level or higher. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience includes performing work that involved :
  • applying analytical, qualitative and quantitative techniques to collect data, review work procedures, identify program or project problems, and/or make recommendations to improve program efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Utilizing basic statistical, accounting, budget practices and techniques to track data, maintain data, and produce reports containing statistical, accounting, budget, charts graphs, and narrative data; and
  • Applying fact finding and investigative techniques to aid in the development of project and/or program plans. OR

B. You must have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or higher degree, e.g., Ph.D., etc., in a field related to this position with a major in Human Resources Management, Social Science or Behavioral Sciences, Business and Management, Public Administration, Psychology, English and Legal Studies. OR

C. You must have a combination of experience as listed in 'A' above and education as listed in 'B' above that equals at least 100% of the total requirement.

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.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement(08/27/2019) to be considered.


Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may be used for this grade level.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts which cites the name of the institution are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades and GPA, semester, year, and credit for the course. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Employment of Relatives
Section 3110 of Title 5, U.S. Code, prohibits a Federal official from appointing, promoting, or advocating the appointment or promotion of a relative in the agency where the official is serving or exercises jurisdiction. In addition, Section 2302(b)(7) of Title 5, U.S. Code, makes it a "prohibited personnel practice" for a person in authority to "appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement of a relative." For further information visit: and

Separated Employees:
If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL, 62295; FAX - 618-935-3014; or visit the National Archives Website.

Work Life Balance:
The GPO offers Transit subsidy for commuters using public transportation (Metro Bus/Rail, MARC, VRE, etc.). Flexible work schedule and/or Telework may become available after a suitable period of work, and contingent upon office policy.

Background Investigation:
To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the GPO requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully completed a background investigation for a suitability, type clearance. This review could include financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Depending on the type of background investigation required, the security process may take between 6 weeks to 12 months.

Reasonable Accommodation:
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process you must contact the HC Specialist on the vacancy announcement at least seven business days before the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

Best Qualified - for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
Well Qualified - for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
Qualified - for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified may be referred to the Hiring Manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be excluded from further consideration for this position.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be excluded from further consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

You will be further evaluated on the following Competencies required for the position:
  • Analytical, qualitative, and quantitative techniques.
  • Basic Statistical, Accounting, and Budget practices and techniques.
  • Communication.
  • Critical Reasoning.
  • Project and Process Improvement Activities.

We DO NOT require a separate narrative statement responding to the competencies, however your resume must CLEARLY show possession of these competencies.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (Status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level.

If you meet the qualifications stated above and you are among the top candidates your application may be referred to the Selecting Official for further review.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Content of Resume: Your resume or other written form you choose to describe your job-related experiences are used to verify your qualifications. Therefore, it is important that your resume accurately reflects the duties and responsibilities under each position you have held with each employer. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. It is your responsibility to make sure your resume states complete information for each job entry (beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/YYYY; and total number of hours worked per week). If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position. To assist you in sending in a complete resume, use the checklist at:
  • Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal positions, those eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) 0pt, on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. Only veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions are eligible for veterans' preference.
  • DD-214: If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other equivalent documentation to prove your entitlement and to verify your type of discharge. Failure to provide this information may result in your application not receiving preference.
  • VA Letter and SF-15: If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based on a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement as described above; and SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later. Failure to provide this documentation may result in your application not receiving preference. (Please see veteran eligibility documentation for more information on veterans preference in federal hiring)
  • Active Duty Service Members: If you are veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veteran Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Agencies are required to accept, process, and grant tentative veterans' preference to those active duty service members who submit a certification (in lieu of a DD-214) along with their job application materials. Agencies must verify the individual meets the definition of 'preference eligible' under 5 U.S.C. 2108 prior to appointment. A '"certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. More information may be found at .
  • For Applicants qualifying on the basis of education: School transcript(s) - official or unofficial. A transcript is required if you are claiming to qualify based on your education. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable; at the minimum the transcript should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, and GPA. If you provide an unofficial transcript at the time of application and you are selected, you will be asked for official versions prior to an official job offer.

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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