Program Assistant

Washington, D.C
Jun 15, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time


This announcement is open to current Career or Career-Conditional OPM employees.

As a Program Assistant at the GS-0344-6/7, you will be part of Employee Services, Office of Personnel Management. If selected, you will be responsible for provide program support to program groups, and perform duties based on knowledge of the various functions with the Employee Services Center.
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  • Conducts research and analysis of segments of project that relate to program practices and operations (e.g., studies that involve work processes and procedures on diversity and inclusion, veterans?, and recruitment outreach).
  • Researches and provides quotas to forecast a cost projection for services in the areas of training, interpreter services, facilities support, supplies and IT equipment.
  • Resolves difficult payment issues requiring an analysis of adjustments and corrective methods.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period


For the GS-6: You must have one year specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-5) or equivalent in the Federal Service (or equivalent) which includes performing administrative support functions to assist management and staff in the day-to-day program operations such as handling correspondence, keeping calendars, directing phone calls, and using automated systems to track assignments.

For the GS-7: You must have one year specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-6) or equivalent in the Federal Service (or equivalent) which includes assisting with procuring supplies, equipment, and services for an organization; entering data and maintaining current information in a database tracking system; and tracking and reporting budgetary information and status of funds.

Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. One year at the GS-7 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS 6/7 level.

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

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. 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. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Budget Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Written Communication

All qualified Non Competitive applicants and the best qualified Merit Promotion applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) employees who meet the definition of surplus or displaced from a position in the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP eligibility. For more information:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Your most recent Promotion, Within Rate Increase (WRI/WGI), or Appointment/Conversion SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held.
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable.
    • CTAP Reduction-In-Force documentation, if applicable.
  • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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