Policy Advisor

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 19, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The position is on the Employer Policy Team. This position is inside the bargaining unit. There are two positions available.

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  • Consults with a broad range of officials of Federal disability programs and policy offices, individuals with disabilities, consumer and constituent representatives, and nationally recognized experts on a regular basis on disability policy issues and concerns relating to the employment status of individuals with disabilities.
  • Provides consultative and advisory services, coordinates and negotiates with officials in other Federal program offices, with State and local officials, and with representatives of private and public institutions.
  • Provides analysis in the planning, coordination, direction, preparation and promulgation of national disability and employment policy in collaboration with the relevant Federal disability programs, and with individuals with disabilities and other constituents.
  • Points out problems not resolvable administratively; evaluates the effect of changes to the various programs and systems; evaluate the effect of proposed and adopted legislation with regard to impact on different levels of the services/systems available to individuals with disabilities, and determines administrative feasibility.
  • Participates with the senior members of ODEP, the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary in providing executive and inter-agency coordination in national disability policy development and implementation.
  • Builds collaborative relationships with other DOL compliance and enforcement agencies that work with employers on disability nondiscrimination and inclusion.
  • Develops business strategies and policies that help employers of all types and sizes, in both the private and public sectors access the talents of workers with disabilities.
  • Interacts with customers of the service systems that serve individuals with disabilities, with their advocates, and with other external public and private constituents and experts in collecting information on national policy issues including policy coordination and collaboration, and collecting and analyzing outside recommendations and options for policy change.
  • Supports the management of a national technical assistance center, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network for Disability Inclusion (EARN), which provides extensive technical assistance to employers to help them implement strategies and policies to recruit, hire, and retain skilled workers with disabilities.
  • Reviews completed policy products for soundness of recommendations and conformance with other relevant national disability policy.
  • Presents ideas and conclusions both orally or in writing to internal and external audiences.
  • Prepares, contributes to, and encourages others to prepare articles, reports, and similar documents which develop, interpret and disseminate vital data and information related to employment and disability.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
13 - The full performance level is GS-13.


Conditions of Employment

  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12. Specialized experience is experience that has given the incumbent the knowledge, skill, and ability to do the work.

Specialized experience includes the following:

(1) Experience analyzing developing and implementing national disability policies such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act (including legislative and regulatory recommendations) and providing guidance designed to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

(2) Experience working in diversity and inclusion, EEO, or human resources to increase representation and promote inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

(3) Experience working on an initiative with or within the business community to implement policies focused on inclusive practices to promote disability employment. In addition, experience building coalitions and managing strategic partnerships within the private sector and with other employers.


This position does not have an educational requirement.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


A writing sample may be requested at the time of interview.

Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement if available.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical/Policy Knowledge: Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise. Understands linkages between administrative competencies and mission needs.

Problem Solving/Analytical: Employs strategic and critical approaches to decision-making and/or problem solving, e.g. identifying, and considering issues/problems/problems, deliver services and provide value.

Teamwork: Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

Collaboration/Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

Customer Service- Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations.

Oral and written communication: Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the makes clear and convincing oral presentations: listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information in a clear, succinct, and organized manner. Composes written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Resume are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. Cover letters are optional. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

- Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here .

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)

Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents

- Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):

(a) Persons with Severe Disabilities (SCHEDULE A)

(b) 30% or More Compensable Disabled Veterans (DAV)

(c) Former Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) OR Current or Former Peace Corps Employees (PCE)

(d) Military Spouses (MISP)

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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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