Program Analyst

Washington, D.C
Oct 21, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
Full Time


This is a great opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with a generous benefits package; paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, health and life insurance, and excellent retirement package.
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You will serve as Program Analyst, and in this capacity, you will:
  • Extract, integrate, analyze and report quantitative and qualitative information from the Agency's administrative datasets and sources (e.g., electronic grants management system [eGMS], geographic data [GEO], and reports filed by award recipients), ad-hoc data collections supporting Agency programs, and external datasets and sources (e.g., Census demographic data).
  • Create and update standardized reports, fact sheets, and/or dashboards for reporting customized information about the Agency's performance to senior staff and other Arts Endowment offices and divisions, as well as external stakeholders, using compelling data visualizations, including but not limited to maps and graphs, and concise and readable narrative.
  • Ensure that any data collection and extraction methods, instruments, protocols, or analytical approaches pertaining to Agency program evaluation and performance measurement are valid, reliable, effective and consistent with the Agency's research goals and policies/guidance, and to the extent relevant, to OMB Paperwork Reduction Act policies/guidance.
  • Provide support to the Agency's performance measurement program, which includes developing performance goals and indicators in consultation with Agency staff and stakeholders, designing or revising forms and data collection instruments and techniques, analyzing performance data, preparing annual performance plans and reports for submission to OMB and Congress and implementing multiple strategies to ensure completeness, validity, and accuracy of the NEA's performance data.
  • Provides administrative and technical support to the Agency's Chief Data Officer and Data Governance Board, implementing those efforts consistent with the Federal Data Strategy and Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act to make data easy to find, access, and use.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

-Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
-Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
-May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
-Males born after 12 -31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
-All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.
-Status Candidates must submit an SF-50 and recent appraisal.
-Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).


In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirement:


I have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, with experience in performing of the following duties: 1) using analytical software and query tools to perform extraction, processing, and analysis of datasets; 2) analysis of numeric and unstructured data; 3) monitoring and ensuring data quality and integrity of administrative datasets; and 4) performance measurement and reporting.


I have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service with experience performing the following duties: 1) using analytical and software query tools to perform extraction, processing, and analysis of large datasets; 2) analysis of numeric and unstructured data, including multivariate statistics and qualitative analysis; 3) monitoring and ensuring data quality and integrity of administrative datasets; 4) conducting performance measurement; and 5) conducting and/or assisting with data analytics contract management.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability to extract data, merge two large datasets, and conduct descriptive analysis of a large dataset prior to selection.

If you do not have the specific experience described above, including extracting data, data analysis, etc., please do not apply, because you will be rated ineligible.

You must clearly show in your resume, and claim on your questionnaire how you meet the experience described above for each grade level, or you will be rated ineligible.

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.

Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the advertised grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the dates worked and total number of hours per week.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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 are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

If you are selected for this Federal position, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation of management to promote the employee selected at some future date.

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures,the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements: Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses Other Special Appointment Authorities Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service , Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , persons with disabilities , and those covered under the Interchange Agreement possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links in Who May Be Considered section or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

The application contains information subject the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a). The information issued will be used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. Section 3302 and 3361.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual-orientation or age.

EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be evaluated on their resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

Accountability, Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Flexibility, Influencing/Negotiating, Integrity/Honesty, Interpersonal Skills, Learning, Self-Management, Skill in analysis of numeric and unstructured data, Skill in monitoring and ensuring data quality and integrity of administrative datasets, Skill in performance measurement and reporting, Skill in performing extraction, merging, cleaning, and analysis of large datasets, Skill in the use of data collection and analytical software, Stress Tolerance, and Teamwork
  • Decision Making
  • Reasoning
  • Reading
In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

The assessment includes a cut score based on the minimum level of required proficiency in these critical general competencies. You must meet or exceed the cut score to be considered. You will not be considered for the position if you score below the cut score or fail to complete the assessment.

Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are best qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided. Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume, supporting documentation submitted and their responses to the assessment questionnaire.

Category Rating Procedures: If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
  • Best-Qualified
  • Well-Qualified
  • Qualified

  • Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is notconsidered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on
    If you are determined qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required (if applicable) and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

    1. A complete Resume (which includes hours worked, starting/ending dates (month and year), and if Federal employment - series, pay plan and grade).
    2. A complete Online Questionnaire
    3. An SF-50. Showing title, series, grade, FPL, duty station and Competitive status (if a current or former Federal employee)
    4. Most recent Performance Appraisal (if a current Federal employee or recently separated within previous year)
    5. Other Supporting Documents:
    • Document(s) for special appointment (if applicable)
    • Veteran Documents, ( if applicable, a DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, etc.)
    • ICTAP/CTAP documents (if applicable)
    • Miscellaneous (as required by position)
    • Your responses to the job questionnaire and the USA Hire Competency Based Assessment
    • If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here .

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