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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Program Specialist, GS-0301-15

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:LV-R10-MP-2013-0004

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$121,357.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 22, 2012 to Friday, November 09, 2012




Full-time - Temporary Promotion / Detail not-to-exceed 6-Months




1 vacancy - Seattle, WA, USView Map


If you are a Region 10 EPA employee and are:
- Current permanent EPA employee with competitive status; or
- EPA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligible


Earth Day is every day at EPA! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment.  We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities.  See more about us here:

This position is located in Region 10, Office of Ecosystems, Tribal and Public Affairs, in the  Immediate Office. 
For more information on this office, visit their website:


  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • This is a temporary position. See Other Information on assignment limits.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


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You will:

Provide position management advice and recommendations to the Office Management Team on the distribution of the workload  to accomplish the work of the Office. Develop, analyze, evaluate, advise on, and take action to improve the effectiveness of work methods and procedures, organization, FTE utilization, distribution of work assignments, delegations of authority, management controls and other function of management within the office. Work with the Office Director on projects of a broad scope involving national significance, consistency or precedence setting. This includes directly supervising the work of the ETPA members of the Puget Sound Team. Act as sounding board to the Office Director and Office Management Team on complicated environmental issues. Recommend adjustments in approach to resolve any outstanding issues and assist in achieving overall program planning outputs. Represent the Office Director in his/her absence. Analyze and evaluate, on a quantitative or qualitative basis, the effectiveness of programs in meeting established goals and objectives as well as perform analysis of the impact and effectiveness of existing and/or proposed regulations, programs, policies and administrative practices. Participate in Regional task forces, committees, and conferences on issues pertaining to Puget Sound, international and tribal affairs, environmental management and pollution control. Participate on a national level on certain issues as assigned by the Office Director. Is an active member of the Region’s Associates group. Work in partnership with local, state and Federal agencies and Indian tribes to further the goals and objectives of the Puget Sound Program and ETPS in general. Mediate and negotiate with others to achieve Program and Office commitments, outputs and accountability.


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You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-15 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as providing leadership by assuring that the priorities and goals of an organization are in line with national policies/priorities; experience establishing and monitoring the performance and progress of a team in meeting goals and objectives; and experience negotiating with management to accept and implement recommendations/proposals.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 

Ability to set and implement program goals.

Ability to establish a working relationship with federal, state, tribal and local agencies, environmental and other stakeholders groups.

Ability to manage complex, delicate, controversial and unconventional issues with major consequence.

Ability to coordinate and negotiate program assignments and commitments to assure commitments are met.

Ability to communicate orally to high-level internal and external stakeholders.

Ability to make presentations and conduct negotiations involving complex, controversial and precedent setting issues.

This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.



You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE:  We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).  However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.


If you are selected, you will serve in either a temporary promotion or a detail.  If this position is at a higher grade than your current grade, the assignment will be a temporary promotion.  If you are already at the same grade as this position, your assignment will be a detail.  While on the detail, your salary will not change.   A temporary promotion will be processed for a period not to exceed 6 months. If you are detailed, the detail will be initally set for 120 days with an extension for an additional 60 days, in total not to exceed 6 months.  You may be returned at any time to the position from which you were temporarily promoted or detailed, or to a different position of equivalent position and pay.  If you are selected, your temporary promotion/detail may be extended beyond the initial not-to-exceed date of 6 months, to a maximum of one year.  Are you a Displaced Federal Employee?  If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information


This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment.  The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.


This position is not in the bargaining unit. 


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.  To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.   To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.   All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature.  If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement. For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to .


Documents to be submitted on-line:

--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section.  In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.  
--Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire
--Displaced Federal employees under CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
--Current EPA Employees:  You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).  If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in e-OPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.

If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's web site:


Jennifer Jeffries
Phone: 702-798-2401
Fax: 702-798-2433
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
4220 S. Maryland Pkwy, Bldg A, Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV
Fax: 702-798-2433


You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account.  You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.  You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

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