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    About the Position:
    You will serve in the Programs Directorate of the Southwestern Division, US Army Corps of Engineers. The Division office is located in downtown Dallas, Texas.  Dallas is a richly diverse American city. Over the years it has become a melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. This important convergence of uniqueness and differences is reflected throughout the sights and sounds of the city. Dallas' authentic arts, music, food, historic landmarks and urban lifestyle all contribute to the city's makeup.

    This leadership position may be filled as a:


    Applications will be accepted from individuals in each of these occupations through a single job posting, located at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486524100The link will take you to a job posting which lists the position as Program Manager, GS-0340-15 vacancy announcement


    Who May Apply:

    Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this leadership position.  When applying to the announcement you will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected.  See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

    • Current Civilian Employee with the Department of the Army
    • Eligible due to Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP)
    • Eligible under Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
    • Priority Placement Program, Program S (Military Spouse) registrants referred through the Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS) for this position

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    You will serve as the Chief of Planning and Policy, the leader of the Planning and Policy Community of Practice for the Southwestern Division and the Director of the national Planning Center of Expertise for the Water Management and Reallocation studies. You will be responsible for ensuring the effective utilization of water and related land resource to meet the needs and missions of the district. Additional duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Ensuring appropriate quality management principles are incorporated into all aspects of work in an organization; 
    • Directing special investigations that are being conducted at a division or district level such as Flood Plain;
    • Management Services, Planning Assistance to States, and the Continuing Authorities Programs;
    • Coordinating processes for production of complex technical study for new and continuing Civil Works projects;
    • Collaborating with local and state agencies and stakeholders in developing innovative solutions to water resources problems;
    • Coordinating with HQ, division and/or district leaders to resolve execution issues related to programming, budgeting and funding requirements;
    • Advising districts on evaluating project and program execution and performance in an orderly, economic and timely manner;
    • Formulating policy and procedural statements to the districts regarding water resource issues;
    • Issuing policy and procedural guidance regarding management of General and Special Investigation;
    • Flood plain management services planning assistance to states and/or the continuing authorities programs; and
    • Assigning work to employees based on project priorities, difficulty of assignments and employee capabilities.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Business Travel Conditions (TDY) up to 20%

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Agency Employee, ICTAP, Military Spouses, VEOA

    Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
    • Must be able to Obtain and Maintain Secret Security Clearance
    • Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450 Required at entry and annually

    Other Requirements:

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • One year Supervisory probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required
    • Career Program - CP18


    In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.  Additional information about transcripts is in this document.


    Experience required:

    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).  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job.  Specialized experience is defined as:


    1) Advising senior leaders and subordinates on policy and processes for Civil Works planning studies; AND 2) Directing and coordinating Civil Works planning studies such as navigation, flood risk management, and/or ecosystem restoration; AND 3) Resolving project execution problems related to scheduling, budget and funding requirements.


    This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-14)

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:



    Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).

    Basic Education and/or Experience Requirements:

    In order to qualify for one of the occupational series listed above, applicants must meet minimum education and/or experience requirements listed below:

    Please click on the following links to find the basic qualification requirements for each occupational series or reference Questions 1 thru 11 in the Occupational Questionnaire

    View Occupational Questionnaire


    Basic Education Requirement for Community Planner 0020 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0000/community-planning-series-0020/


    Basic Education Requirement for Regional Economist 0110 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/economist-series-0110/


    Basic Education Requirement for Social Scientist 0101 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/social-science-series-0101/


    Basic Education Requirement for Archaeologist 0193 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/archeology-series-0193/


    Basic Education Requirement for Biologist 0401 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/general-natural-resources-management-and-biological-sciences-series-0401/


    Basic Education Requirement for Wildlife Biologist 0486 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/wildlife-biology-series-0486/


    Basic Education Requirement for General/Civil/Environmental Engineer (0801/0810/0819) Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf


    Basic Education Requirement for Landscape Architect 0807 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/landscape-architecture-series-0807/


    Basic Education Requirement for Physical Scientist 1301 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/general-physical-science-series-1301/


    Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

    Additional information

    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    The assessments for this job will measure

    • Leadership (60%):  accountability, conflict management, creativity and innovation, developing others, flexibility, human capital management, interpersonal skills, and strategic thinking
    • Technical (40%): Planning and Evaluating, Quality Management, Project Management, and Manages Human Resources


    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual.  Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.


    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


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    Required Documents

    For information on how to apply to this job, please follow the link to announcement number SWHB174880762026737 located at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486524100.

    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 Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

    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 apply to vacancy announcement SWHB174880762026737 and https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486524100 read the announcement and all requirements, complete an initial online questionnaire for technical competencies, complete the USACE Managerial Situational Judgment Test, and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on Monday, January 08, 2018 to receive consideration.


    Agency contact information

    Central Resume Processing Center


    DA SWR USACE Southwestern Division
    Please contact by email
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
    Learn more about this agency

    Looking for a great place to work?  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best!  In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents!  As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance.  The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines. Follow this link for more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

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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.

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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/487194900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.