Management and Program Analyst (COR), (Merit Promotion)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 24, 2019
Closes
Sep 01, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

At Federal Student Aid (FSA), we are proud sponsors of the American mind. As a principal office of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), FSA provides students and families financial assistance for higher education, and we promote the value of postsecondary education to society. We ensure that all eligible students and families can benefit from federal financial aid for education or training beyond high school.

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Responsibilities

As a Management and Program Analyst, GS-14, you will perform the following duties:

Provides leadership and guidance to customers within and outside of the Department, while performing the following:
  • Develops procedures and systems for assessing contract processes and assessing effectiveness. Directs and prepares plans with individuals or groups to accomplish projects such as new requirements that lead to a Statement of Objective and Requests for Proposals. Provides expert guidance and recommendations to the project manager, contracting officer and vendors on contract specifications. Evaluates and advises on the inception of new initiatives, as well as formulate new strategies for implementation to resolve any issues reported or
  • Oversees and monitors contract performance. Tracks contractor performance items and activities throughout a year to prepare and present an annual performance evaluation. Applies contract payments properly and tracks Line Item balances. Oversees the Contract Government Furnished Equipment. Provides oversight of the delivery of task order requirements through the agreed upon milestones and validate delivery Acts as the primary point of contact for all assigned contract related requests.
  • Analyzes and evaluates volume and cost trends for future budget projections and program direction. Reviews and applies contract incentives and disincentives such as performance metrics and survey results to applicable invoices. Analyzes and develops future incentives and disincentives as the program and contract
  • Oversees and evaluates contact billing and invoices using verification tools. Provides oversight due to system changes. Analyzes Change Requests through the Change Management process for contract requirements and cost
  • Communicates orally and in writing with a wide variety of audiences. Prepares a variety of written contract documents including but not limited to reports, statements of work, statements of objectives, performance work statements, acquisition and contract monitoring plans, evaluations, cost estimates, business cases and justifications.
  • Develops, analyzes and evaluates new or modified program and management policies, regulations, goals or objectives.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background investigation and fingerprint check (if applicable)


You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

If you are a current federal employee, you must meet all time-in-grade and time-after competitive appointment qualifications within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement. To verify that you meet these requirements, we will review your responses to the core eligibility questions on the occupational questionnaire, as well as your submitted resume and required documents. To make an accurate determination, you will need to include on your resume your federal position title, pay plan, occupational series, grade level, agency, dates for which you held the grade level (stated as MM/YYYY to MM/YYYY, OR MM/YYYY to PRESENT), and total hours worked per week.

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. We will consider all qualifying experience, including any volunteer experience.

Qualifications

Selective Placement Factor
You must meet the following selective placement factor:
Applicant must have or previously held a Certified COR II certificate or obtain within 90 days of effective date of placement.

Minimum Qualification Requirements for the Administrative and Management Positions

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards

Specialized Experience for the GS-14

One year of experience equivalent to the GS-13 performing at least two (2) of the following three (3) duties or work assignments:
1. Experience in communicating and interacting effectively with all levels of management and staff.
2. Experience in managing and serving as Business Office liaison of a contract.
3. Experience in planning, organizing and negotiating effectively to management on updates or recommendations for administrative or contractual decisions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).
1. Knowledge and extensive skills with requirements gathering, preparing Statement of Objectives and Requests and working with project teams on contract specifications.
2. Knowledge of federal contracting procurement regulations and monitoring contractor performance.
3. Knowledge of contract verification tools and the Change Management process for contract requirements and cost impacts.
4. Knowledge and understanding of Common Origination and Disbursement and extensive skills in analyzing data, organizing and directing team work study, and briefing management on recommendations.
5. Ability to communicate and interact effectively with all levels of management and staff.

Education

N/A

Additional information

Equal Employment Opportunity: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a parent, marital status, or political affiliation.

People with Disabilities: We are committed to expanding access to employment by hiring people with disabilities; providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities; and, identifying and removing barriers to work. Persons with disabilities, including disabled veterans, may apply for jobs filled either competitively (where qualified individuals compete with one another through a structured process), noncompetitively (where a qualified individual may be selected based on a special hiring authority), or through an excepted appointing authority for people with disabilities (i.e., Schedule A). If you require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please visit: http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

Veterans' Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email Iwork@ed.gov to schedule a session with a career counselor ("Veterans Counseling Session" should be placed in the subject line of the email).

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959, you must have registered for the Selective Service. For more information, please visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Registering_with_the_Selective_Service_before_you_apply or
http://www.sss.gov/default.htm

Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.

Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and subject to a pre-appointment investigation/background check.

Level of Risk and Sensitivity: Level of this position is High Risk Public Trust.

Probationary Period: If selected for this position, you will be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period.

Essential/Non-Essential: This position is considered non-essential for purposes of reporting to work during federal government closures.

Financial Disclosure: This position does not requires financial disclosure.

Telework: This position is telework eligible.

Bargaining Unit: This position is included in the bargaining unit.

Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles, and we may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any method authorized, including competitive appointment from a list of eligibles, noncompetitive appointment under special authority, reinstatement, transfer, reassignment, change to lower grade, or promotion. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement within 90 days from the date the selection certificates are issued, should vacancies occur. We may share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We use a multi-step process to review and evaluate applicants:

1. Eligibility and Minimum Qualifications
Once the vacancy announcement closes, we will review your submitted resume and documents to determine if you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, including any required education, experience, and/or selective placement factors. You will be rated as ineligible if you are outside of the area of consideration (i.e., who may apply) or your application is missing any required documents. You will be rated as not qualified if you do not possess the minimum qualification requirements.

2. Rating and Ranking
If you are found to meet both the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, we will assess the quality of your experience and the extent to which you possess the required KSAs by comparing your submitted resume and documents against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Your application may be referred to a subject matter expert or panel of subject matter experts for further evaluation.

Based on the outcome of this evaluation, you will be assigned a numerical score (out of 100 possible). If your responses to the occupational questionnaire are not substantiated by your submitted resume, you may be eliminated from receiving further consideration.

3. Referral and Selection
If you are found to be amongst the most highly qualified applicants, you will be referred to the selecting official. As part of the assessment and selection process, the selecting official may invite you to participate in a structured interview, check your references, and/or request that you submit a writing sample or complete a written assessment or exercise to further evaluate your qualifications for this position.

If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the interview process or written assessment or exercise, please inform the selecting official at the time of scheduling.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

You must submit (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS):
• A resume demonstrating your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiating your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
• A completed occupational questionnaire.
• Within 90 days of employment you must submit a COR Level II certificate.

If you are a current U.S. Department of Education employee, you must also submit:
• A Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), which demonstrates your competitive status eligibility. To verify your eligibility, we will review your SF-50 to determine your tenure (block 24) and position occupied (block 34). Examples of sufficient SF-50s include appointments, promotions, within-grade increases, and pay adjustments.

If you currently hold or previously held a federal position at or above the highest grade of this position or you have/had promotion potential at or above the highest grade of this position, you must also submit an SF-50 documenting your highest grade level held or promotion potential. Examples of sufficient SF-50s include appointments and promotions.

If you are claiming eligibility under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit:
• A copy of your DD214, member copy 4 (Separated Members only).
• A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions. A "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is 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. (Current Active Duty Members only)
• The Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) • The Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15)https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf AND all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference (e.g., a letter from the Department of Veterans' Affairs certifying the service-connected disability and percentage of disability) (if VEOA eligibility is based on a service-connected disability or derived preference).

If you are claiming selection priority under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), please visit:
CTAP: http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ctap.html
ICTAP: http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ictap.html

If you are claiming eligibility under any Special Hiring Authority, you must submit:
• Adequate proof of your eligibility.

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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