Program Manager (Diversity Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility) (Public Notice Flyer)

Washington, D.C
Aug 03, 2021
Aug 10, 2021
Full Time


The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking quality job applicants under special hiring authority provided under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to both help promote our funding opportunities and administer grants under ARPA. These ARPA positions are located in our Headquarters and Regional Offices or across their regions.

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  • Ensure definitions and context for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are clearly defined and integrated within EDA's internal strategic learning practices and culture that folds into how the agency supports underserved communities.
  • Advise, revise and/or update the design and development of information and communications technologies to include, EDA's website, social media pages, outreach campaigns, job descriptions and internal documents to ensure we use non-discriminatory language and ensure accessibility for peoples with disabilities.
  • Work closely with the EDA's Communities of Practices and Stakeholders to maintain working knowledge of the evolving needs and concerns of diverse grantees and communities.
  • Collaborate with EDA's Communities of Practices and Stakeholders to share resources and adopt best practices.
  • Ensure all programs and initiatives are implemented in a legally compliant manner, protecting EDA from unintended liability.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - Position is has promotion potential to the GS-14 level.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (

See "Qualifications section.


Qualification requirements in this vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualifications available on the OPM's website located at: https// .

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, 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 for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To qualify for the GS-14 grade level you must have one full year of specialized experience. You must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13. Specialized experience
  • Develop and issue organization-wide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Strategic Plan.
  • Design policies that reinforce diversity in the workplace and organization's program communication and delivery.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state or country regulations on diversity and equity.


There is no educational requirements for this position.

Additional information

Background Investigation: This position is designated as Non-sensitive/Low Risk and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

Please note this position is being filled under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Employees will be hired under ARPA's Hiring Authority as a Schedule A employee under the Excepted Service for a period not-to-exceed two (2) years.

The salary is contingent upon the official duty location and will be determined based on individual selections.

Veterans' preference is not applicable to this position.

Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

See "Qualifications section.

The competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Knowledge of collecting, analyzing, and evaluating sets of data
  • Ability to create and deliver analysis findings.
  • Skill in communicating technical information with a variety of individuals.
  • Skilled in applying procedures and directives by reading and interpreting program material.
  • Ability to develop and issue an organization-wide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Strategic Plan.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

See "How to Apply" section.

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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