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Job Title:  Supervisory Program Management Specialist ZA-0301-05 (MAP)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NOS-NMSP-2013-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 15, 2012 to Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Competitive: Career / Career Conditional - Permanent - Full Time
1 vacancy - Silver Spring, MD, US  View Map

* Current Federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service; * Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles; * Applicants eligible under special hiring authorities; and * Veterans who are preference eligible may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).


National Ocean Service is a scientific and technical organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance the nation's coastal resources and ecosystems and advocates coastal and ocean stewardship. It achieves this through scientific research; monitoring, observing, and predicting scientific phenomena; preserving and restoring ocean and coastal areas; establishing and enhancing state and local governments coastal resources; mapping and charting; and responding to hazardous substance spills.

This position is in National Ocean Service, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Silver Spring, MD.  The individual selected for this position will ensure the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) carries out the administrative and program management policies, rules and regulations of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.  

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS).  This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure.  Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.  The ZA-5 is equivalent to the GS-15. This position is also being advertised under announcement number NOS-NMSP-2013-0007 (Open to Public). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered. * A one year probationary period may be required. * Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal Employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (
  • Must meet time-in-grade requirements by closing date of announcement.


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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Carry out the administrative and program management policies, rules and regulations of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.
  • Develop, implement, perform studies and review policies, regulations and management plans.
  • Will be responsible for short and long term strategic planning, human resources, and budget management.


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Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

There is not individual occupational or positive education requirement for this position.

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-4 (GS-13/14 equivalent). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the Federal government.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as: *Experience with developing administrative policy, procedures, and guidelines for an office or division. *Experience developing organizational strategies to meet an organization's mission objectives or goals. *Experience providing leadership and direction to program staff.

NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

*Ability to interpret administrative and program management principles, procedures, concepts, policies, objectives, and practices.

*Ability to manage financial planning activities.

*Ability to lead, supervise, motivate, and provide formal feedback regarding employees performance.

*Knowledge of strategic planning techniques and processes.

*Skill developing policy, procedures, and written guidelines.

*Ability to prepare and conduct formal and informal presentations.

*Knowledge of various marine sanctuary rules, regulations, and policies relating to marine protected areas and coastal resources.

*Knowledge of marine protected areas, coastal resources, and environmental quality management.

To preview questions please click here.


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Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.

CTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP.

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating;and
4. any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level,and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating;and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: • VEOAPersons with DisabilitiesCTAP and ICTAP


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at ( or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the Human Resource Assistant listed in this announcement.


A complete application consists of the following:
• Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
• SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility.
• Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. For more information, please go to Veterans Preference.
• Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
• Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If the education requirement includes a specified number of credit hours in specific disciplines, your transcript must reflect the required coursework. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Qualification Standards for more information.
• Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)

Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

* Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website- Foreign Credentials. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.


Marcy McAdams
Phone: 816-426-2116
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Client Services Division
601 E 12th St., Room 1737
Kansas City , MO
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You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Application Status". The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or ineligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)' and
4. Selected or Not Selected.
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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