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    Summary

    This position is located in the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs (WIP) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). EERE invests in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that strengthen the economy, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and protect the environment. 

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    Responsibilities

    This position is located in the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs (WIP) within the Office of Technology Development of the EERE. EERE invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and protect the environment. EERE leverages partnerships with the private sector, state and local governments, DOE national laboratories, and universities to transform the nation’s economic engine to one powered by clean energy. The role of the WIP is to promote the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies by a wide range of customers and stakeholders, including States, communities, institutions, companies and private citizens. In particular, WIP has overall responsibility to administer the Weatherization Assistance Program and the State Energy Program.

    As a Full Performance Level GS-0301-13 Energy Technical Project Specialist you will: 

    • Serve as a Technical Project Officer for projects involving research, development, demonstration and deployment.  Provide technical expertise and assistance to program officials and is responsible for anticipating, identifying and resolving problems that arise in assigned projects.
    • Manage a project portfolio. Provide recommendations on technical performance, costs and schedule requirements for projects that contribute to the goals and objectives.
    • Analyze and evaluate overall performance of the projects within the Program, assessing Program variances from expected progress and initiates necessary corrective actions.  Responsible for monitoring performance and status of assigned Program tasking, e.g. science and technology base and operations and support.
    • Develop and collect data on progress in the conventional industry, planned and operating projects, industry participants, and new technologies.  Identify issues limiting use of energy efficiency the U. S. and work with affected stakeholders to develop solutions and eliminate barriers.
    • Provide policy and technical recommendations to promote efficient use of the Department's resources and achieve programmatic goals.
    • Assist in writing and issuing Funding Opportunity Announcements for the program, chair the technical merit review of proposals, provide reports to the Selection Official as the proposals reviewed and the proposals recommended for funding. 
    • Prepare pre-award documents for issuance of financial assistance agreements and contracts.  Provide technical guidance and information resources to financial assistant recipients. 
    • Identify opportunities for improvements and new initiatives as applicable.  Keep abreast of technologies related to assigned program areas.

    This position may be filled in any of the following geographical duty locations, and the locality payment will be determined at the time of selection:

    • Washington, D.C.: GS-11 $69,581.00 - $90,461.00        GS-12 $83,398.00 - $108,422.00                   GS-13 $99,172.00 - $128,920.00

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 1 - 2 days periodically

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a United States Citizen.
    • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
    • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
    • You must submit an SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action
    • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
    • Subject to satisfactory security/suitability requirements/checks.

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION UNDER NTEU.

    Qualifications


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    To qualify for the grade GS-12 level candidates must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-11).

    GS-12 Specialized experience is defined as:  identifying and deploying U.S. domestic clean energy policies, best practices and tools across multiple sectors and entities to advance and or improve energy efficiency policies and programs, regional/state/local energy efficiency planning, resource standards; utility regulatory approaches, and demand-side management programs.  This experience aligns to and supports DOE’s clean energy priorities.  The work requires the incumbent to have the ability to successfully accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, practices and tools that transform markets across a broad range of U.S. domestic, federal, state, utility and commercial sectors. This specific experience is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.  The work requires the selectee to possess this experience when hired and would take longer than 6 months to acquire this specific experience

    To qualify for the grade GS-13 level candidates must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-12).  

    GS-13 Specialized experience is defined as:  identifying and deploying U.S. domestic clean energy policies, best practices and tools across multiple sectors and entities to advance and or improve energy efficiency policies and programs, regional/state/local energy efficiency planning, resource standards; utility regulatory approaches, and demand-side management programs.  This experience aligns to and supports DOE’s clean energy priorities.  The work requires the incumbent to have the ability to successfully accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, practices and tools that transform markets across a broad range of U.S. domestic, federal, state, utility and commercial sectors. This specific experience is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.  The work requires the selectee to possess this experience when hired and would take longer than 6 months to acquire this specific experience

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

    1. Knowledge and experience with energy laws, regulations, and policies.
    2. Knowledge of government contractual and funding policies, regulations, relationships and administrative processes sufficient to develop and procure services and studies.  Mastery of the principles, methods and practices of project and program management.
    3. Knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of project and program management.
    4. Knowledge and experience with financial assistance and acquisition procedures for effectively placing and managing grant or project work.
    5. Ability to summarize diverse technical, policy, financial and administrative aspects of a complex project, to reach reasonable conclusions for required actions, and present these issues with proposed actions clearly and concisely.
    6. Knowledge and experience with advanced concepts, principles, and practices of energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and technologies and deployment strategies in the assigned program areas.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    There is no educational substitution for the GS-11 or GS-12 or GS-13 levels.  Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade.

    The Individual Occupational Requirements may be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website linked here. The associated Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions may also be found on the OPM website linked here.

    If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    Additional information

    • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

    EEO Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement
    Veterans Information:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information

    TELEWORK NOTE:  All employees are eligible to telework as long as established criteria is met.  However, telework is not an employees right and is subject to supervisory approval.

    Telework:  www.telework.gov
    Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

    We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
    If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting grade/salary for each position and the highest grade/salary you earned (if different).
    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
    Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action).

    To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!
    1. Full position title;
    2. appointment type;
    3. occupational series;
    4. pay plan, grade, and step;
    5. tenure code; and
    6. service computation date (SCD).
    If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

    Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

    Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

    Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

    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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    Benefits

    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.

    https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    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 be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference. 

    For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.

    Steps to submit a complete application:

    1. Click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
    2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
    3. You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
    4. If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
    5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
    6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
    7. After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click "Submit Application" at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.

    If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.


    NEED HELP?

    • If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally. 
    • If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Us page. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
    • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.

    Agency contact information

    Department of Energy

    Phone

    563-888-1930

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    Linda.Massingill@hc.doe.gov

    Address

    Department of Energy
    1000 Independence Ave SW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20585
    United States
    Learn more about this agency

    The Department of Energy's (DOE's) overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S. through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. With DOE you'll have the flexibility and freedom to explore a world of possibilities through a wealth of exciting and challenging career opportunities.  To learn more about the DOE, please visit our website at the following link:  DOE

    The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) mission is to create and sustain American leadership in the global transition to a clean energy economy through high-impact research, development, and demonstration and by breaking down barriers to market entry. EERE helps the nation achieve greater energy efficiency and security, environmental health, and economic productivity, by exercising Federal leadership in developing policies, information, technologies, and collaborative partnerships with States, industry, and energy consumers that accelerate and expand the use of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transportation technologies and practices. 

    Next steps

    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

    In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.

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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547782300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.