Policy Analyst (Emerging Threats and National Drug Control Strategy)

Washington, D.C
Nov 25, 2020
Dec 03, 2020
Full Time


The position is located in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), National Opioids and Synthetics Coordination Group (NOSCG). ONDCP's mission is to develop, implement and sustain the President's agenda regarding trafficking and use of illicit drugs and misuse and abuse of prescription drugs through its National Drug Control Strategy (NDCS).

*If you are a status candidate, please apply to announcement #ONDCP-20-03-KJ-MP.

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The incumbent will serve as a technical expert in the analysis and development of policies and programs to address emerging drug threats to the United States, and will be the lead drafter of the biennial National Drug Control Strategy (NDCS). He/she will also manage interactions with the congressionally mandated Emerging Threats Committee---composed of both governmental and non- governmental experts, and coordinates with an array of departments and agencies on critical and sensitive drug policy matters.

As a Policy Analyst (Emerging Threats and National Drug Control Strategy), GS-0301-13, your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Reviews, develops, authors written and oral analyses to advise senior policy makers in ONDCP and the interagency, as well as the Emerging Threats Committee composed of government officials and non-governmental experts from across the country.
  • Conducts interagency consultation and drafts major portions of the National Drug Control Strategy (NDCS) border strategies, and other counter narcotics plans as needed.
  • Analyzes pending and proposed legislation, agency regulations, Congressional testimony, budget allocations, budget reprogramming, program announcements, and Federal and private publications to ensure consistency with the NDCS; to shape informed drug policy strategy and decisions pertaining to the specific area of responsibility.
  • Reviews pending and proposed actions on drug strategies, legislation, and related items. Advises the Assistant Director, NOSCG, and the Staff Director, NOSCG, recommends courses of actions and answers a wide variety of inquiries regarding the potential impact of such actions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.
  • Promotion to the next highest grade level is neither guaranteed nor implied.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Examples of specialized experience are:

You may qualify at the GS-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service or private sector demonstrates your; 1) Knowledge of federal and international drug control roles, law enforcement investigations, applicable intelligence processes, and the responsibilities of relevant government agencies and international institutions; 2) Ability to assess and apply effective drug control programs, strategies and procedures; 3) Skills sufficient to present clear and concise data and recommendations to develop policies and programs to reduce the availability of illicit drugs; 4) Ability to obtain, develop, analyze and present data to develop and support the NDCS and policies to reduce the production, transportation and/or distribution of illicit drugs from the country or region of assigned responsibilities.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (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 will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Additional information

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans .

Active Duty Military Members MAY apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs & 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 visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm

Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page

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 Alternative Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified 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):

Administration and Management, Oral Communication, Planning and Evaluating, Problem Solving, and Writing

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 eligibles within each quality
category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will 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

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional;
  • College transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement or if you are utilizing education as part of your qualifications;
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member 4 or Service 2 Copy which reflects the 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.)

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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