Supervisory Education Program Specialist GS-1720-15 (OPE Only)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Apr 06, 2021
Closes
Apr 13, 2021
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Higher Education Programs (HEP), Emergency Response Unit (ERU). ERU is responsible for awarding and administering grants to eligible Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) by the U.S. Department of Education under Congressional Appropriations. The grants provide IHEs with financial support to assist in responding to the challenges to institutions and students they serve as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Responsibilities

APPLICATION LIMIT: This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the day that we receive the 50th application, or at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.

We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.

This is a term position NTE 4 years.

As a Supervisory Education Program Specialist, GS-1720-15, you will be responsible for the following:

Supervise the development of grant technical review operations; design and approve required program related forms; review applications of external candidates and staff; responsible for planning, policy development, interpretation, reviewing applications, grants initiation, and the overall management of Federal grants; coordinate the work of the team to ensure that major functions are completed on schedule; conduct oversight of the planning, implementing and management of the awards process for new applicants and non-competing continuation grantees according to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended; supervise the day-to-day activities by ensuring technical adequacy and compliance with policy and regulations, conformity with program objectives and goals; address any competency gaps, and monitor the efficiency in completion of assigned tasks among staff; responsible for and/or participate in several highly visible projects that are crosscutting in nature and directly related to the Secretary's Strategic Plan that will shape and create a culture of accountability within the Department. Such projects may include contributing to the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE's) data collection and analysis initiatives to inform internal and external stakeholders of program accomplishments as well as to articulate strategies for grantee accountability. The incumbent will be responsible for formulating and determining policy and influencing and/or advancing partnerships with institutions of higher education and with the public and private agencies and organizations in order to meet the goals and objectives of the Department of Education; carry out functions under the administrative supervision of the Service Director and is responsible for the overall implementation of the grant programs and education reform; participate in workshops for grantees and prospective grantees; compilation of data and preparation of special reports as requested by the Service Area; adjust work schedules of the team and balance the workload, as necessary, which may affect program operations; participate in the review, analysis and development of policies for the program office and make authoritative recommendations for change or improvements as necessary; review existing management workflow practices and processes, establish and formulate innovative approaches to the management of office and provide leadership in designing, developing and accessing alternative management practices that lead to productivity employee engagement and efficiency of service; design and manage an effective external communication strategy for the enhancement of outreach efforts to grantees, constituent organizations and other interested parties with intentions of fostering innovation and improved performance.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Relocation will not be paid.
  • You may be subject to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
  • Males 18 and over must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and Fingerprint check.


You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

If you are a current federal employee, you must meet all time-in-grade and time-after competitive appointment qualifications within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement. To verify that you meet these requirements, we will review your responses to the core eligibility questions on the occupational questionnaire, as well as your submitted resume and required documents. To make an accurate determination, you will need to include on your resume your federal position title, pay plan, occupational series, grade level, agency, dates for which you held the grade level (stated as MM/YYYY to MM/YYYY, OR MM/YYYY to PRESENT), and total hours worked per week.

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).

Qualifications

Minimum Qualification Requirements
You may meet the minimum qualifications for the GS-15 if you possess:
One year specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in federal service (GS-14) that has equipped you with the particular Knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position (see description below).

Specialized Experience for the GS-15
One year of experience equivalent to the GS-14 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:
1. Experience in all phases of the grants awards process and the implementing thereof..
2. Experience collaborating with service area's senior management team in strategic planning, management and budget formulation.
3. Experience resolving complex issues relative to the implementation and administration of funded projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).
1. Knowledge of education learning theories, higher education policy, and trends in institutional behavior.
2. Skill to collaborate with internal offices in order to obtain optimal organizational resources and results.
3. Knowledge of higher education scholarship, research and policy necessary to direct the work of staff in refining grant programs.
4. Knowledge sufficient to exert influence on policies, priorities, and activities of the Department, both internally and externally.
5. Ability to plan, organize and lead team efforts to gain acceptance, implement policy and program changes.

Education

Basic Experience Requirements

You must meet the basic experience requirement for the 1720 series.

A. Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in education courses.

or

B. Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in education courses, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience must reflect the level and kind described in C below.

or

C. Four years of experience that demonstrated a thorough understanding of the principles and practices underlying the work of this series. This experience must have been of such character and diversity to demonstrate that the applicant possesses an understanding of the field comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university.

or

D. At least 1 full academic year of professional teaching experience. This experience is defined as full and primary responsibility, under general supervision, for instruction of assigned students in an accredited school or institution. This includes responsibility for preparing and presenting lessons and for evaluating students' progress, including a determination of the students' success or failure according to established criteria. Serving in an assistant capacity to a professor without the authority to determine the students' success or failure to meet course requirements does not meet this criterion.

This position has a positive education requirement. Please review the qualification section of this vacancy. Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

Veterans' Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email

sro_recruiting@ed.gov
to schedule a session with a career counselor ("Veterans Counseling Session" should be placed in the subject line of the email).

Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.

Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.

Essential/Non-Essential: This position is considered non-essential for purposes of reporting to work during federal government closures.

Financial Disclosure: This position requires financial disclosure.

Telework: This position is telework eligible. At the discretion of the supervisor, generally employees may be authorized to telework one day per week if they are on regular 8-hour work schedule. Teleworkers may participate in some Alternative Work Schedules (AWS) in combination with a Telework Agreement. However, all employees must work from the official worksite location a minimum of four (4) days per work week.

Bargaining Unit: This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement within 90 days from the date the selection certificates are issued, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We use a multi-step process to review and evaluate applicants:

1. Eligibility and Minimum Qualifications
Once the vacancy announcement closes, we will review your submitted resume and documents to determine if you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, including any required education, experience, and/or selective placement factors. You will be rated as ineligible if you are outside of the area of consideration (i.e., who may apply) or your application is missing any required documents. You will be rated as not qualified if you do not possess the minimum qualification requirements.

2. Rating and Ranking
If you are found to meet both the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, we will assess the quality of your experience and the extent to which you possess the required KSAs by comparing your submitted resume and documents against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. (The occupational questionnaire is the list of questions in the automated system that you will have an opportunity to answer once you apply for the position).

Based on the outcome of this evaluation, you will be assigned a numerical score (out of 100 possible). If your responses to the occupational questionnaire are not substantiated by your submitted resume, you may be eliminated from receiving further consideration.

3. Referral and Selection
If you are found to be amongst the most highly qualified applicants, you will be referred to the selecting official. As part of the assessment and selection process, the selecting official may invite you to participate in a structured interview, check your references, and/or request that you submit a writing sample or complete a written assessment or exercise to further evaluate your qualifications for this position.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

You must submit (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS):

• A resume demonstrating your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiating your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

If you are a current or former federal employee (including current U.S. Department of Education employees), you must also submit:
• A Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), which demonstrates your competitive status eligibility. To verify your eligibility, we will review your SF-50 to determine your tenure (block 24) and position occupied (block 34). Examples of sufficient SF-50s include appointments, promotions, within-grade increases, and pay adjustments.

If you currently hold or previously held a federal position at or above the highest grade of this position or you have/had promotion potential at or above the highest grade of this position, you must also submit an SF-50 documenting your highest grade level held or promotion potential. Examples of sufficient SF-50s include appointments and promotions.

• A Copy of your Performance Appraisal and Awards, as applicable. Your performance appraisal and awards are requested to further assess the quality of your experience should your application be referred to the selecting official.

If you are claiming eligibility under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit:
• A copy of your DD-214 that shows active service and character of discharge, member copy 4 (Separated Members only); OR
• A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days from the date of application (Current Active Duty Members only); AND/OR
• The Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) AND all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference.

If you are claiming eligibility under any Special Hiring Authority, you must submit:
• Adequate proof of your eligibility (e.g., Documentation of noncompetitive eligibility as a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Documentation of noncompetitive eligibility for employment under Schedule A as a person with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.)

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

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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