Grants Program Analyst (Grants Officer)

Washington, D.C
Oct 24, 2020
Nov 02, 2020
Full Time


Due to the Pandemic, and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee's report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is safe to relocate.

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As the Grants Officer manages pre-award activities and post-award administration for FAA's Research and Development (R&D) grants including, but not limited to, the Center of Excellence, Aviation Research, and Workforce Development. You will be a key member of a team of grant professionals using your knowledge, technical skills, and other resources to accomplish program goals and make recommendations for program improvement.

Typical assignments may include:

Incumbent applies experience and comprehensive knowledge of grants programs to develop grant plans and operating guidelines, strategies and methods to: identify and establish grant program requirements and activities to enable selection of highly qualified grant recipients; execute sound awards; monitor progress, prepare and submit required reports; and assure closeout activities are finalized in accordance with OMB requirements.

Prepare and publish solicitations, establish schedules for proposed program activities, negotiating and entering into cooperative agreements, inter-agency service and other agreements on behalf of the FAA and the DOT. Interface with and provide programmatic guidance to grant recipients and applicants, respond to technical questions throughout competition phases. Inform management of various grant program requirements and obligations, routinely deliver expert information briefings.

Prepare grant award documents to support appropriate levels of effort in compliance with OMB 2 CFR 200, relevant statutory requirements, and legal and other guidance based on type of award; coordinate with OST as required. Prepare annual Congressional and other required reports, assure closeout activities are completed for all grant awards within the time period determined by OMB.

Demonstrate considerable independence in serving as a Grants Officer liaison in the FAA R&D Grants Management Office among various grant and cooperative agreement stakeholders to include aviation universities, FAA Program Managers and sponsoring organizations, academia, and industry partners.

Work to develop contacts internal and external to organization, providing instructions to financial assistance staff, acquisitions offices, community professionals, members of various aviation communities, research scientists, contractors and other government and industry officials. Contacts are identified for the purpose of addressing diverse complex issues which often cross multiple projects, programs, and/or functional areas. Contacts will also be used in providing answers and seeking guidance, resolving problems, establishing requirements, explaining and defending issues, and persuading or influencing decisions. Acts as a representative of the FAA officially committing the agency to a course of action with management concurrence.

You will assist in formulating and providing recommendation to management on major projects/policies/issues. Prepares, reviews, and recommends approvals of reports on projects, programs and other work activities for internal and external distribution. Develops briefings to convey strategic vision and/or organizational policies to internal and external audiences under management or senior level team member's direction.

Assist in developing broad policies and objectives providing general guidance for addressing that may require the development of new approaches. Assist in developing new policies, procedures, and approaches that take into consideration FAA policies, Government-wide rules and regulations and external concerns. Assist in creating new solutions and policy interpretations as situations require.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


To view the complete qualification standard, applicants should reference - U.S. Office of Personnel Management Group Coverage Qualification Standard for the Miscellaneous Administration and Program Series, 0301.

To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-H, FG/GS-12. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience may include but not limited to: Experience with pre and post award activities for grants programs at the federal, state, or equivalent level. Experience developing grant plans and operating guidelines, strategies and methods to identify and establish grant program requirements and activities. Experience in project management, allowable expenditures, and policies and procedures for a grants program or equivalent program.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Some, all or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Only supplemental documentation, e.g. transcripts or veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or email to on or before the closing date of this announcement. All emailed documents should reference the announcement number.

If you are requesting consideration for any of the special hiring authorities, you must submit the following documentation:

30% or More Disabled Veteran Program:

You must submit a DD 214, Certificate of Discharge (Member 4 copy is preferred), and supporting documentation as required by form SF-15 such as an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from branch of the Armed Forces certifying to the present existence of the veteran's service-connected disability.

Persons with Disabilities and Persons with Targeted Disabilities Appointment: Continued under How To Apply

All Veterans: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit either a DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy or equivalent), or a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

If you are claiming 10 point preference but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be tentatively assessed as a 5 point preference eligible provided your DD Form 214 reflects that you have the service required to qualify for preference. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

Veterans currently on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted tentative preference if you submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and your application shows that you have the required service. Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office a DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.

  • SF-15 : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

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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