Compliance and Systems Specialist

Washington, D.C
Mar 04, 2021
Mar 11, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of AmeriCorps State and National, Department of the Chief of Program Operations, in Washington, D.C. The Compliance and Systems Specialist provides expertise to ensure AmeriCorps State and National Programs are managed consistently and in compliance with requirements.

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The Specialist serves as the primary liaison for AmeriCorps State and National with the Office of the Inspector General, Office of the Chief Risk Officer, Office of Monitoring, Office of Technology, and the National Service Trust.
  • In collaboration with other members of the Policy and Guidance team of ASN, utilizes AmeriCorps State and National related statute, regulations, policy, knowledge and experience to answer questions, from grantees and agency staff, related to ASN regulations, requirements, and guidance. Regularly assesses AmeriCorps State and National policy, guidance, and other materials for clarity and makes recommendations to streamline implementation and improve grant compliance.
  • Provides recommendations and products related to grantee risk assessment, internal controls audits, risk mitigation, and other projects with Office of the Chief Risk Officer.
  • Delivers products and feedback on behalf of AmeriCorps State and National related to the work of the Office of Monitoring. This includes the monitoring tool, feedback on suggested IG audits, referrals of grantees for monitoring, and other projects as needed.
  • Works with the Office of Technology Information and National Service Hotline staff on projects and to resolve system issues. This includes tracking frequently occurring technical issues that affecting ASN grantees and making recommendations for system change requests and improved guidance or technical assistance information. Provides recommendations and, as requested, represents ASN on the Privacy Council, Change Control Board, any agency-wide development of new systems, and other projects as needed.
  • Contributes to projects and issue resolution related to AmeriCorps State and National Members and/or Alumni as identified by the National Service Trust. This includes failure to assign service site locations, members earning irregularly high or low service hours, clean up of closing out members, and other projects as needed.
  • Reviews, recommends course of action, and carries out work related to referrals and requests from the Office of Inspector General. This involves requesting information from grantees, reviewing their response, and crafting a response to the Office of the Inspector General for the Director of AmeriCorps State and National.
  • Effectively represents ASN at regularly scheduled meetings with internal stakeholders and staff from above departments/offices.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal employees
  • Merit Promotion applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
  • Must be telework ready
  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation
  • This position is in the excepted service and does not confer competitive status


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the lower range of the NY-03 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to, the GS-11 level in the Federal Service. 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 work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes:
  • Experience assessing laws, regulations, policy guidance, procedures and other materials for clarity in order to provide guidance to grantees and other stakeholders
  • Experience monitoring and/or evaluating AmeriCorps programs and/or Federal grants
  • Experience providing recommendations related to grantee risk assessment, internal controls audits, and risk mitigation with the goal of improving grant compliance
  • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

    Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."

    Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

    Ethics Requirement: Our Agency is committed to the highest ethical standards and, as an employee you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. 201-209) and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. part 2635). Additionally, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) or Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) within 30 days of your appointment date and on an annual basis thereafter.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
    • Accountability
    • Decision Making
    • Manages and Organizes Information
    • Organizational Awareness
    • Problem Solving
    • Technical Credibility
    • Written Communication

    Important Note: Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in elimination from further consideration. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible.

    Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:

    1 - Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.
    2 - Well Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
    3 - Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.

    NOTE: Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the agencies Human Resources system which allows for:
    1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and
    2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.

    Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive. Nonstatus candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information."

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional);
    • Unofficial transcript (if qualifying based on education):
    • Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5-point preference), if applicable;
    • For Merit Promotion Eligibility: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (must indicate tenure and position occupied), if applicable;
    • Documentation supporting eligibility for Non-Competitive appointment, e.g., Schedule A (severely disabled), eligible veterans (VRA or 30-percent or more disabled), VISTA, Peace Corps, etc., if applicable

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