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    Summary

    This position is located in the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD), Office of Education Technology (OET) in Washington, DC. The OET develops national educational technology policy and establishes the vision for how technology can be used to transform teaching and learning and how to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible for early learners through K-12, higher education, and adult education.

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    Responsibilities

    APPLICATION LIMIT: This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 75 applications received and will close at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the day that we receive the 75th application, or at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.  

    We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.

    As an Education Program Specialist, GS-1720-12, this position’s responsibilities include:

    • Researches and develops program criteria for selection, funding, evaluation and other grant/contract processes, and where applicable, the competitive selection of awardees. Develops, writes, and obtains necessary clearances for the technical review plan to be used for evaluation and grant/contract review processes.
    • As assigned, conducts projects involving the analysis of policy related issues. Elicits and compiles other viewpoints and options from program offices which afford management a more complete perspective. Consults literature in the field, regulations, program records, and other Department offices to develop the analysis and support conclusions drawn.
    • Establishes monitoring criteria and monitoring plans. Conducts onsite monitoring visits to funded projects to assess the educational effectiveness and progress, and to determine compliance with Department rules and regulations, with grant/contract terms and agreements, and with proposal objectives.
    • Advises on the selection of procurement and grant/contract review panel members for the application review process. Selects members and ensures that they are knowledgeable in all areas necessary to the competitive process. Coordinates the overall procurement and grant/contract review process. Conducts briefings for panel members.
    • Initiates, plans and participates in national, state and local meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences for the purpose of providing training to professionals on grant/contract management matters. Represents the Office in a variety of meetings and conferences and maintains effective relations with lay and professional organizations and education officials at the Federal, state and local levels.

    As an Education Program Specialist, GS-1720-13, this position’s responsibilities include:

    • Develops and leads initiatives and special projects to provide engaging and empowering learning experiences through technology that improve learning outcomes, evidence-based practices, and further the research and development of the learning sciences. Promote evidence-based adoption of emerging technologies and innovations for learning.
    • Conducts projects involving the analysis of policy related issues. Elicits and complies other viewpoints and options from program offices which afford management a complete perspective. Consults literature in the field, regulations, program records, and other Department offices to interpret then develop the analysis and support conclusions drawn.
    • Plans, organizes, and conducts all phases of projects, determining the scope of the assignment, which includes the interpretation of priority objectives and study procedures, and the application of new methods.
    • Analyzes, advises, and recommends solutions to ED programs involving educational technology, which includes advising senior leadership at the Department as well as outside organizations. Additionally, as needed, advises on discretionary grant planning, procurement and grant/contrasts, including all the necessary steps to ensure that these processes are carried out to their fullest extent.
    • Meets and consults with staff and program officials to obtain their cooperation and input. Elicits and complies viewpoints and alternatives that afford management the benefit of several views and options. Represents OET in a variety of meetings and conferences and maintains effective relations, with diverse groups of stakeholders, with lay and professional organizations and education officials at the Federal, state and local levels.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    1720 Education Program

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Relocation will not be paid.
    • You may be subject to serve a one-year probationary period.
    • Males 18 and over must be registered with the Selective Service.
    • Must be a US Citizen
    • Background investigation is required

    You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

    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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. We will consider all qualifying experience, including any volunteer experience.

    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualification Requirements
    You may meet the minimum qualifications for the GS-12, if you possess the specialized experience described below.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-12
    One year of experience in either federal or non-federal service that is equivalent to at least a GS-11 performing two (2) out of three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:

    1. Experience preparing materials or documents for senior officials on emerging technologies and innovations for use by institutions of higher education. 
    2. Experience implementing initiatives and special projects on emerging technology for use by institutions of higher education.
    3. Experience communicating with diverse audiences (education stakeholders, business and industry partners, policy makers). 

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
    The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).

    1. Knowledge of education theories, principles and practices and the roles of the federal, state, or local governments sufficient to plan, evaluate and advise on funded educational programs, their requirements and problems.
    2. Ability to develop guidance and resource materials on major problem areas in education for grantees, contractors, and state and local officials engaged in efforts to improve education programs and practices. 
    3. Ability to assess, select, adapt and apply a variety of education concepts, practices and approaches to independently plan, monitor and evaluate projects.                                                                                 

    4. Knowledge of grant and contracting laws and requirements.                                                                                                         

    5. Knowledge of education laws regulations, policies and principles sufficient to provide guidance and represent the office at various meetings with different stakeholders on educational programs.

    Minimum Qualification Requirements
    You may meet the minimum qualifications for the GS-13, if you possess the specialized experience described below.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-13
    One year of experience in either federal or non-federal service that is equivalent to at least a GS-12 performing two (2) out of three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:

    1. Experience advising senior officials on emerging technologies and innovations for use by institutions of higher education. 
    2. Experience leading initiatives and special projects on emerging technology for use by institutions of higher education.
    3. Experience communicating with diverse audiences (education stakeholders, business and industry partners, policy makers) to effectively promote education technology. 

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
    The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).

    1. Ability to develop national guidelines for use by institutions of higher education, states and others in regard to innovative educational delivery methods, especially competency-based education and direct assessment.
    2. Knowledge of the range of laws, regulations, principles and methods applicable to the program sufficient to provide authoritative advice and develop new approaches.
    3. Skill in adapting education principles and practices to projects and problems for which there are no closely related precedents.
    4. Knowledge of education theories, principles and practices and the roles of the federal, state, or local governments sufficient to plan, evaluate and advise on funded educational programs, their requirements and problems.
    5. Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to advise and consult with a variety of customers, present findings and recommendations, negotiate agreements, and secure cooperation.

    Education

    Basic Requirements for the GS-1720-12/13:

    Applicants must meet both the specialized experience and basic requirement.

    1. Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in education courses.

      or

    2. Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in education courses, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience must reflect the level and kind described in C below.

      or

    3. Four years of experience that demonstrated a thorough understanding of the principles and practices underlying the work of this series. This experience must have been of such character and diversity to demonstrate that the applicant possesses an understanding of the field comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university.

      or

    4. At least 1 full academic year of professional teaching experience. This experience is defined as full and primary responsibility, under general supervision, for instruction of assigned students in an accredited school or institution. This includes responsibility for preparing and presenting lessons and for evaluating students' progress, including a determination of the students' success or failure according to established criteria. Serving in an assistant capacity to a professor without the authority to determine the students' success or failure to meet course requirements does not meet this criterion.

    Foreign Education:

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must submit a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.  For further information, please click Foreign Education.

    Additional information

    Veterans’ Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email sro_recruiting@ed.gov to schedule a session with a career counselor (“Veterans Counseling Session” should be placed in the subject line of the email).

    Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.

    Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.

    Essential/Non-Essential: This position is considered non-essential for purposes of reporting to work during federal government closures.

    Financial Disclosure: This position does not require financial disclosure.

    Telework: During the current period of mandatory telework required by the Agency’s COVID-19 response, telework will be mandatory.  When it is determined the Agency will be moving to the reopening phase, employees will be expected to physically return to the office of their official duty locations.  Telework days and any required waiting period for eligibility will be determined at that time.

    Bargaining Unit: This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

    Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement within 90 days from the date the selection certificates are issued, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We use a multi-step process to review and evaluate applicants:

    1.    Eligibility and Minimum Qualifications
    Once the vacancy announcement closes, we will review your submitted resume and documents to determine if you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, including any required education, experience, and/or selective placement factors. You will be rated as ineligible if you do not meet U.S. Citizenship requirements or your application is missing any required documents. You will be rated as not qualified if you do not possess the minimum qualification requirements.

    2.    Rating and Ranking
    If you are found to meet both the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, we will assess the quality of your experience and the extent to which you possess the required KSAs by comparing your submitted resume and documents against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. (The occupational questionnaire is the list of questions in the automated system that you will have an opportunity to answer once you apply for the position).  

    Based on the outcome of this evaluation, you will be placed into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.

    If your responses to the occupational questionnaire are not substantiated by your submitted resume, you may be eliminated from receiving further consideration.

    Veterans’ Preference: Veterans’ preference eligibles will be ranked ahead of qualified non-preference eligibles within each category for which they are qualified. Qualified veterans’ preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS and CP) will be placed at the top of the Best Qualified category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

    3.    Referral and Selection
    If you are found to be amongst the most highly qualified applicants, you will be referred to the selecting official. As part of the assessment and selection process, the selecting official may invite you to participate in a structured interview, check your references, and/or request that you submit a writing sample or complete a written assessment or exercise to further evaluate your qualifications for this position.  


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    You must submit (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS):

    • A resume demonstrating your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiating your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

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    • If you meet the qualification requirements based on education you must submit an unofficial transcript that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, major(s), grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts. This also applies to ED employees.

    If you are claiming Veterans’ Preference, you must submit:
    •    A copy of your DD-214 that shows active service and character of discharge, member copy 4 (Separated Members only); OR
    •    A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days from the date of application (Current Active Duty Members only); AND/OR
    •    The Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) AND all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference; AND/OR
    •    Proof of Sole Survivorship Preference (e.g., certificate of death or 100% disability as a result of serving in the armed forces).  

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    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.

    As an ED employee, you will also benefit from our family-friendly work environment. As part of our commitment to maintain a productive balance between work and home, we offer excused leave for Parent/Teacher Conferences (3 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service. Other flexibilities that may be available to you include telework and alternative work schedules. You may be eligible to receive a recruitment incentive for this position. To receive this incentive payment, you will be required to sign a service agreement obligating you to remain with the U.S. Department of Education for a specified period as agreed upon. You may be eligible to receive a relocation incentive for this position. To receive this incentive payment, you will be required to sign a service agreement obligating you to remain with the U.S. Department of Education for a specified period as agreed upon. You may be eligible to participate in the Student Loan Repayment Program as a recruitment incentive for this position. To receive student loan repayments, you will be required to sign a service agreement obligating you to remain with the U.S. Department of Education for a specified period as agreed upon.

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    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

    Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov.

    Step 2: Create a resume using the USAJOBS resume builder. Ensure that your resume demonstrates your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiates your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

    Step 3: Upload any required documents into your USAJOBS account (must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX)).

    Step 4: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and attach any required documents. Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the agency's hiring system. You will have the opportunity to upload any additional required documents in the agency's hiring system. Click “Finish” to submit your application.

    NOTE: You may update your application or required documents at any time while the announcement is open by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking on "Application Status," clicking on the position title, clicking "Update Application,” and following the prompts.

    In order to receive consideration for this position, you must submit your complete application, including all required documents, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. If the vacancy announcement has an application limit, we recommend that you submit your complete application at the time of initial application. We will not accept any required documentation after the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Agency contact information

    Jennifer McCollum

    Address

    EDUCATION-OFC OF PLANNING, EVAL. & POLICY DEVEL.
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20202
    United States
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    The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. If you are a highly motivated individual who would like to work for an agency that establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, distributes as well as monitors those funds; collects data on America's schools and disseminates research; focuses national attention on key educational issues; and prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to education, ED is the place for you!

    o    Provides national leadership on key educational issues.
    o    Awards more than $47 billion annually in grants, mainly to state education agencies, local educational agencies, and institutions of higher education.
    o    Manages a federal student loan portfolio of over $1.5 trillion, held by over 40 million borrowers.
    o    Makes available over $120 billion annually in student aid to help over 10 million students and their families afford college.
    o    Enforces the nation’s civil rights laws pertaining to education.
    o    Supports programs of research, statistics, and evaluation of education in order to identify effective instructional practices, track student achievement, and measure the impact of educational reform.
    o    Enforces federal educational laws regarding privacy.
    o    Employs approximately 3,600 individuals divided between its Washington, D.C. headquarters, 11 regional offices, and 13 field offices.

    Next steps

    As an applicant, you may check your application status through your USAJOBS account at any time.  We will also notify you via email of your application status at three key stages in the recruitment process.
    1.    Once the vacancy announcement closes, we will inform you that your application has been received.
    2.    After we review your submitted resume and supporting documentation, we will inform you if you are eligible and qualified, if your application was referred to a subject matter expert or panel of subject matter experts for further evaluation, and if you were amongst the most highly qualified candidates referred to the selecting official.
    3.    Finally, we will inform you of your final disposition for this announcement (e.g., if/when a selection is made, if/when the announcement is cancelled).

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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/606170100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.