Managing Director, Office of Programs (Bi-lingual)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 18, 2020
Closes
Nov 25, 2020
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

As the Managing Director (MD) of Programs for a nimble, independent U.S. government agency, the incumbent leads the shaping of the agency's vision for community-led development across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), articulating it to staff and external audiences. The MD supervises grant selection, portfolio management and leads a passionate team of 25 Program staff; work is conducted in Spanish and English (written and oral).
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Responsibilities

  • Builds and sustains a grants portfolio that advances our mission to foster the social and economic development of under-served communities in LAC by partnering with grassroots and community-based organizations.
  • Using a mastery of international development, particularly grassroots/community development, concepts and practices in the LAC context, oversees and reviews the grants selection and administration process for all country portfolios.
  • Reviews and recommends grants for IAF President and CEO approval, ensuring that grants meet all applicable strategic, programmatic, technical, and operational criteria and that grantees comply with all applicable legal and programmatic requirements.
  • Ensures that necessary data is captured to report on our grants', gathers results, and synthesizes lessons to inform future programming.
  • Supervises approximately 25 staff, including: planning and overseeing staff work assignments; mentoring - giving advice, counsel, and instruction; identifying developmental, and training needs.
  • The MD develops performance standards and measures employee performance as well as recommends promotions, awards, and reassignments.
  • The MD hears and resolves employee complaints effecting disciplinary measures in accordance with the agency's policies.
  • Conducts effective workforce planning, building a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative team. Recruits and interviews candidates for vacant positions.
  • Sets, updates, and communicates the Program Office's goals and priorities.
  • As part of the agency's Management Team, plays a key role in setting agency policies, defining programmatic priorities, ensuring quality of grant selection, facilitating funding and programmatic partnerships, and achieving desired program impact.
  • Consults with the IAF President and relevant Office Directors in overseeing budgetary, accounting, procurement, human resources, policy, and general administrative support for the agency's programs.
  • Articulates the agency's mission, vision, programming priorities, results, theory of change to the IAF Board of Directors, national and international gatherings, government officials, business and civic leaders, and other experts.


Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


Qualifications

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

This position contains selective placement factors (SPF) that is part of the minimum requirement of the position. If you do not meet the SPF, you are ineligible for further consideration. The SPF for this position are:

1) Fluency in both English and Spanish, both orally and in writing, in order to review and write documents in Spanish and communicate with grantees and others in Latin American and the Caribbean.
2) Demonstrated experience working in the international development arena outside of the US, AND
3) Knowledge of the social, political, economic, and cultural trends impacting grassroots development opportunities in Latin America or the Caribbean.

This must be documented in your resume.

Basic Requirements:

Applicants must meet one of the following basic requirements to be eligible for the Foundation Representative occupation:


Degree: behavioral or social science, or related discipline appropriate to the position.
OR

Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
OR

Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field

In addition to the meeting the basic requirements above, applicants must meet the specialized experience for each grade level.

Applicants for the GS-14 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the GS-13 level.


Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to demonstrated experience (1) that reflects having served as a subject matter expert in international or grassroots development work with an emphasis on the Latin American and Caribbean region; (2) monitoring, coordinating, and supporting community development programs or small grants; (3) work experience involving civil society support and economic assistance such as sustainable agriculture, small business development, financial inclusion, organizational strengthening, and leadership development, and (4) work experience leveraging the interrelationships between the different grant and aid processes involved in grassroots development. In addition, (5) demonstrated experience serving in a leadership or mentoring capacity (team leader, supervisory, or comparable role); (6) direct experience with procurement functions; and (7) formulating and evaluating development solutions is required. This experience must be clearly reflected in your resume.

Applicants for the GS-15 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the GS-14 level.

Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to demonstrated experience (1) that reflects having served as a subject matter expert in international or grassroots development work with an emphasis on Latin American and Caribbean region; (2) monitoring, coordinating, and supporting community development programs or small grants; (3) work experience involving civil society support and economic assistance such as sustainable agriculture, small business development, financial inclusion, organizational strengthening, and leadership development, and (4) leveraging the interrelationships of the different grant and aid processes involved in grassroots development. In addition, (5) demonstrated experience serving in both a supervisory and leadership capacity; (6) overseeing procurement functions; and (7) formulating and evaluating programmatic and management solutions is required. This experience must be clearly reflected in your resume.

A written test is not required, however, if selected for an interview, portions of the interview will be conducted in Spanish, including a writing exercise.

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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http :// www 2. ed . gov / about / offices / list / ous / international / usnei / us / edlite - visitus - forrecog . html

Additional information

Telework Suitability:
The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

Stipulations of Employment:
Selection may require completion of a 1-year supervisory or managerial probationary period.

This position is subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty, and random drug testing while you occupy the position.

Work Schedule:
This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

Miscellaneous:
IAF uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify .

This position is being advertised concurrently with vacancy announcement #IAF-20-MP-10949208JS using Merit Promotion procedures. If interested, refer to that announcement to determine if you meet merit promotion requirements and can apply to that announcement. NOTE: You must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

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: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

For Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The categories for this announcement are defined as: Best-Qualified and Qualified. Your resume and supporting documentation will then be used to determine if you are qualified for this job. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Community Development
  • Leadership
  • Oral Communication
  • Program Planning and Resource Development and Management
  • Strategic Thinking


The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
2. Other supporting documents:
  • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education or if this position has a basic education requirement
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
  • Cover Letter, optional
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If applicable, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. Failure to provide this documentation may result in a non preference determination. For more information on veterans' preference (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-employment-initiative/vet-guide/ ).

Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

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: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .

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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