Grants Management Specialist (Compliance)

Washington, D.C
Jan 20, 2022
Jan 25, 2022
Full Time

(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Grant/Cooperative Agreement Compliance Monitoring: Oversees awardee compliance with the terms and conditions of the grant or agreement as well as compliance with government-wide and agency regulatory, policy, and reporting requirements. Conducts risk assessments, financial reviews and audits, and business reviews of grant/agreement awardee operations, and recommends or initiates actions to protect agency interests. Evaluates awardee compliance with program goals through pre-site, on-site, and post-site visit activities.

Grant/Cooperative Agreement Policy Development and Guidance: Develops, analyzes, and interprets grant and/or cooperative agreement policies, Standard Operating Procedures, and guidelines. Provides training, technical assistance and guidelines, oversight, expertise and consultation to internal staff, management and program officials, awardees, review panels, applicants, recipients, and sub-recipients.

Pre-Award Functions:Performs a variety of pre-award functions for grants and/or cooperative agreements including designing, developing, and/or preparing solicitations; reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating applications, plans, and estimates received in response to particular programs and Request for Application (RFA) requirements; conducting financial reviews of applicants to evaluate fiscal integrity and financial capability, examine proposed costs, and determine whether the budget and budget narrative accurately explain the project's costs and whether those costs are reasonable, necessary, and allowable; conducting pre-award negotiations on matters such as terms and conditions of awards, costs, schedules, and oversight responsibilities; and providing applicant support during the solicitation period.

Post-Award Functions: Performs a variety of post-award grants and/or cooperative agreement management tasks including conducting post-award reviews and analyses to identify and resolve management, financial, and administrative issues; providing training, technical assistance, oversight, ethics advice, expertise, and consultation to program officials, awardees, and recipients; establishing performance measures and monitoring and assessing awardee performance; and reviewing completed awards, making appropriate adjustments or disallowances. Processes close-outs of grants and/or agreements, ensuring compliance with programmatic, administrative, and fiscal requirements of relevant statutes, regulations, policies, guidelines, and with grantee stated objectives, and the applicable implementation plan.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.
  • Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit
  • Pre-employment drug testing required.
  • 1-year probationary period may be required.
  • Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Performs other duties as assigned.



Grade 12:

Qualifying experience for the GS-12 level includes:
one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-11 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of specialized experience include: (1) Monitoring conventional grant and/or cooperative agreements to assess compliance with regulations, policies, and reporting requirements; (2) Conducting risk assessments and business reviews for grants and/or cooperative agreements, and developing recommendations to solve problems; (3) Performing standard grants and agreements close-out functions, to include independently preparing final assessments of compliance with statutory and agency requirements; AND/OR (4) Applying new or modified work methods in performing pre-award functions, such as generating grant solicitations, identifying potential negotiation strategies, and making recommendations to solve problems.

Grade 13:

Qualifying experience for the GS-13 level includes:
one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of specialized experience include: (1) Auditing grant and/or cooperative agreement awardee cost and pricing data requiring analysis of interrelated grantee operational issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity; (2) Resolving complex grant and/or cooperative agreement administration problems with unusual or unresolved issues requiring the development of new approaches; (3) Performing pre-award functions for complex cooperative agreements and/or grants within a technical field or specialized industry, such as developing grant solicitations to national, state, local, and/or tribal entities to improve the functioning of their criminal justice system where data was collected from multiple sites; AND/OR (4)) Performing on-site visits and monitoring the financial conditions, business integrity, and operational capacity of complex grant and/or cooperative agreement for compliance with issues such as disproportionate minority contact, juvenile custody issues, detention alternatives, and juvenile justice reform.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications as described above will be further evaluated based upon the following technical qualifications:

- Knowledge of the laws, regulations, rules, policies, and procedures, and methods governing assessment and administration of activities concerning the adherence by the States and Territories of federal and regulatory statute governing implementation of various youth services, criminal justice, and/or juvenile justice programs.

- Ability to communicate in writing.

- Knowledge of the laws, regulations, rules, policies, procedures, and methods governing Federal grants, cooperative agreements, and awards.

- Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

- Ability to apply methodologies and techniques to identify and resolve audit, compliance, and technical assistance issues.

- Ability to plan, develop, and execute work related to grants management compliance and oversight.

- Ability to apply analytical methods and techniques in the identification and resolution of grant and/or cooperative agreement administration issues.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Click here to see the full Qualifications Statement.


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Additional information

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position may be eligible for telework per agency policy.

OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.
This position is included in the bargaining unit.TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Status applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade by the closing date.
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department's evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework, per agency policy.

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