In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
Minimum Qualification Requirement:
For GS-12 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes developing, interpreting, and ensuring compliance of policies and regulations for a nutrition or other related social service program to determine effectiveness and efficiency; AND Preparing and presenting findings, recommendations, and responses to inquiries; AND Developing solutions to meet the needs of policy guidance.
For GS-11 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes includes developing and interpreting policies and regulations for a nutrition or other related social service program to determine effectiveness and efficiency; AND Communicating analysis findings to management through oral presentations and written reports; AND Using analytical techniques to assess and analyze information in determining policy.
For the GS-09 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes implementing and evaluating policies and regulations for a nutrition or other related social service program to determine effectiveness and efficiency; AND Using analytical techniques to assess information and answer questions.
Education: You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:
For the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related.
For the GS-09 level: Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
For the GS-11 and GS-09: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.
Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
- Responses to the online questions, and
- Required supporting documents.
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Thorough knowledge of the policies and procedures governing Food Distribution Programs in order to accurately research and apply policy. Knowledge of regulatory history and procedures in order to properly apply this knowledge.
- Ability to analyze various issues which may be open to various interpretations, and project the impact of policy and Program regulations on other programs.
- Knowledge of analytical techniques in order to assess and analyze a variety of information in determining Agency policy on issues not clearly stated in Food Distribution Program-related legislation or in regulations.
- Knowledge of the organizational structure and the roles of the FNS National and Regional Offices, State agencies, and other organizations in order to determine the appropriate response for each level.
- Skill in writing in order to prepare regulations and policy interpretations and respond to controlled correspondence from high-level government officials and the public.
- Ability to communicate orally to convey ideas and concepts and answer technical questions.
We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.
If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process. To preview questions please click here.