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    As a Child Welfare Program Specialist in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children’s Bureau (CB), Child Welfare Capacity Building Division, you will serve as a focal point for the identification, dissemination, and utilization of model programs and best practices for improving child and family services.

    **This announcement will be open for 10 business days OR until the first 100 applications have been received, whichever happens first.**

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

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    • Identifying nationwide problems, issues, and trends and changing conditions which affect the well-being of children and their families.
    • Assessing needs and analyzing existing training programs, materials, and resources to determine their effectiveness for providing training and technical assistance to assist State and local agencies and tribes on all aspects of child and family services and activities.
    • Designing, developing, and implementing child welfare training and technical assistance programs and disseminating information to assist service providers.
    • Providing authoritative advice and consultation to State and local child welfare agencies to improve their capacity in all aspects of child and family services operations.
    • Administering the implementation and operation of a national child welfare clearinghouse.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Up to 5% domestic travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All U.S. Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
    • One-year probationary period may be required

    Conditions of Employment:


    1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.


    2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.


    3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


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


    5. Financial disclosure statement required: No


    6. One-year probationary period may be required.


    7. Travel, transportation, and moving expenses authorized: No


    8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes


    9. Drug Screening Required: No


    10. Relocation incentives authorized: No


    11. Recruitment incentives authorized: No


    12. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No


    13. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: Yes


    Applicants must meet one of the Basic Requirement AND the Specialized Experience listed below.

    Basic Requirement: You must meet one of the items listed below (A, B, or C):

    A. Possess a degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. (Please provide transcripts)
    B. Possess a combination of education and experience -- that provided you with the knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. (Please provide transcript)
    C. Possess four years of appropriate experience that demonstrates acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. 

    Specialized Experience:

    GS-13:  At least one full year specialized experience, equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that included:

    • Developing and providing training and technical assistance to State and local public child welfare agencies on methods to improve the operation of public child welfare (i.e. child protective services, foster care, adoption, etc.) service systems and the delivery of services.
    • Managing and implementing major projects to improve public child welfare services.


    If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.


    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education.

    Additional information

    Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

    Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp 

    Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, go to: http://www.sss.gov/.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


    For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens:  Candidates will be assigned to a quality category:

    ·         Best Qualified - Applicants who have experience that is almost identical to those required by the position.

    ·         Well Qualified - Applicants who have experience that is very similar to those required by the position.

    ·         Qualified - Applicants who meet minimum qualification requirements, but do not identify any additional qualifying experience or skill.

    The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the required competencies listed below for this position.  Candidates in the highest category will be referred to the hiring agency.


    Application of Veterans' Preference: The Category Rating process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).  Veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category. 


    The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

    • Program Management
    • Instructional Design
    • Grant Management
    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication


    To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

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    Required Documents

    • Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose, you must provide a detailed description of your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates with the month and year and hours worked per week (if less than 40) for each paid and non-paid work experience job title listed. To view a sample of a resume and what should be included please visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Sample_Resume.  Failure to provide the required information may result in an ineligible rating.
    • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire

    Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you.)

    • College transcripts (if qualifying all or in part based on your education)
    • Cover letter
    • Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15, VA letter, etc.)
    • CTAP/ICTAP documentation


    For Résumé and Application Tips visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc

    If you are unable to upload supporting document(s) online, you can fax them by completing the following:

    1. Print out a Fax Cover Page @ http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and complete the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1822892

    2. Fax a Cover Page with each supporting document to 1-478-757-3144 by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 17, 2016 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    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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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 17, 2016 to receive consideration.

    * To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    * Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    * It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account @ https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login and click the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account @ https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login  and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    To complete a hard copy assessment questionnaire and submit it via fax: Do not complete the steps below if you have already applied online to the questionnaire for this position.1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

    2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

    3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 1-478-757-3144

    Agency contact information

    Mid-Atlantic Services Branch


    1900 E St NW
    Washington, DC 20415
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    Next steps

    You will be notified on the outcome of your application once a list of candidates has been sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/453135200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.