Section 508 Compliance Officer, GS-0301-14 NF (Temporary Promotion or Detail Only)

Alexandria, Virginia
Jan 20, 2021
Jan 28, 2021
IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


This position is in the Systems and Services Branch (SSB) of the Division of Administrative Services (DAS), Office of Information and Resource Management (OIRM). The Branch is responsible for developing Section 508 Compliance strategy, policy, program management, implementation, training, assistive solutions consultancy, and for developing, promoting, and performing business analysis.

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The incumbent is responsible for leading and coordinating NSF compliance activities. This includes the establishment of compliance policies and procedures, setting organizational goals for achieving 508 compliance, leading compliance program initiatives, incorporates compliance requirements into NSF procurement, development and maintenance life cycles, provides for and develops governance and oversight, measures and reports on the effectiveness of compliance program activities, and provides training and marketing programs to effectively communicate Section 508 requirements throughout your agency;

Responsible for supporting the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in developing NSF accessibility policy and serves as the SME for agency accessibility programs;

Acts as the subject matter expert (SME) for Unified Communications (UC) policy, program objectives, recommendations, and strategy. Conducts meetings with directorates and lines of business to perform requirements analysis. Promotes UC user adoption, acceptance and training for employees;

Advises executive and senior management on strategies that are designed to influence the adoption of UC policy in panels, meetings, conferences and online collaborations;

Takes initiative to perform cost benefit analysis, alternatives analysis, financial business cases, market research and business analysis using available information resources. Follows, conceptualizes, creates, and documents governance, business processes and procedures using Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) and associated narrative;

Responsible for conducting UC and accessibility training and the development of training materials and methodology;

Reviews appropriate legislation, Federal regulations, NSF policies, and administrative guidance from the standpoint of applying technologies for 508 compliance; and recommends and develops policies and/or procedures or other guidance to incorporate improvements and changes, and collaborate with affected offices to ensure effective implementation;

Provides expert advice to the Division Director and supervisor on a wide variety of highly technical and often politically sensitive policy issues concerning 508 compliance throughout the agency;

Conducts complex research studies and analyzes data, policies, and procedures in support of 508 compliance at NSF. Determines the need for new or revised policies to increase the efficiencies in which 508 compliant technologies are applied throughout the agency. Presents findings to management and other operational groups;

Recommends long range objectives and evaluates plans in support of these initiatives; then prepares and presents briefings on the results of the analysis and studies to management.


Knowledge of 508 Compliance Rules and Regulations

Knowledge of Adaptive Technologies

Policy Development and Implementation


Attention to Detail


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • US citizenship.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

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). 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.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.


To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service coordinating Section 508 compliance activities. Examples of specialized experience include: establishing compliance policies and procedures; setting organizational goals for achieving 508 compliance; providing oversight of compliance program activities; evaluating the effectiveness of compliance activities; and providing training to effectively communicate Section 508 requirements throughout an organization.



Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

Additional information

* Applicants must obtain their supervisor's approval to apply for any detail opportunity. * Any candidate selected for a detail will remain at his/her current grade and rate of pay. * This detail/temporary promotion is for a period of (120-days) and may be extended up to (one year) without further competition. * The detail/temporary promotion may be terminated at any time during this period. * Upon conclusion of the detail/temporary promotion, you will be returned to your former office and position/grade.

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide .

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, formal performance appraisals may be considered if voluntarily submitted by the applicant.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

If you are an NSF employee on or eligible for a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status. All applicants are required to provide a resume, in any format they choose. Cover letters are optional.

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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