Policy Advisor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 30, 2020
Closes
Oct 08, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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 Workforce Systems Team. This position is inside the bargaining unit. There is one position available.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional like positions.

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Responsibilities

  • Serves as a principal technical policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary on broad federal-level policy issues and concerns that are of major significance. These issues will usually cut across federal agencies, functional systems, federal and state programs and/or disciplinary lines.
  • Develops broad national policy strategies and concepts pertaining to current and emerging issues in a variety of federal programs designed to serve adults with significant disabilities.
  • Advises on the continuation of or abandonment of specific programs and the far reaching consequences of such actions.
  • Prepares, contributed to, and encourages others to prepare articles, reports, and similar documents which develop, interpret and disseminate vital data and information related to employment disability.
  • Analyzes, organizes, and presents program and application options and recommends office positions to the Assistant Secretary and/or the Supervisor of the Workforce Systems Policy Team for decision.
  • Reviews and analyses materials related to adults with disabilities necessary to define or sharpen significant policy issues or to develop alternative courses of action that should be considered by the office in making national policy decisions.
  • Directs the work of office policy staff teams focusing on specific analyses, research and strategies as determined by the Assistant Secretary, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy or Supervisor of the Workforce Systems Policy Team.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - Position is at the full performance level.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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


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.

Qualifications

Specialized Experience Statement:

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is demonstrated by experience in ALL of the following areas:
  • Documented knowledge of the legislative requirements (including experience with the implementation) of the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act, the Rehabilitation Act; titles II(Social Security), XVI (Supplemental Security) and XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act. Particular expertise required of Medicaid waiver programs for people with disabilities, including those for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders.
  • Documented experience developing policy (including legislative and regulatory recommendations, and various forms of policy guidance) designed to increase integrated employment and wages for people with the most significant disabilities, (including mental health disabilities and veterans with significant disabilities).
  • Superior writing skills including documented experience in the development of policy recommendations and briefing materials related to employment and self employment for individuals with the most significant disabilities, particularly individuals with mental health disabilities and veterans with disabilities.

If interviewed, applicants will be asked to provide written examples of their work in the above areas of required specialized experience.

Education

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.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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 Competence/Policy Knowledge - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

Oral Communication - Expresses ideas and facts to individuals or groups effectively; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; facilitates an open exchange of ideas.

Written Communication - Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.

Policy Analysis and Systems change Development - reviews and analyze policy documents, identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

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

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
Other

Drug test required
No

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) 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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