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Job Title:Instructional Systems Specialist (Special Education)

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Department of Defense Education Activity

Job Announcement Number:DODEA-HQ-13-796000-B

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Tuesday, December 04, 2012




Full Time - Temporary NTE 2 years




1 vacancy in the following location:
Alexandria, VA United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates



Department of Defense (DoD)

Instructional Systems Specialist (Special Education)



The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) currently has an opening for a Instructional Systems Specialist (Special Education) to work in the Education Directorate/Special Education Branch.   DoDEA Human Resources Regional Services Center located in DoDEA is a DoD Field Activity responsible for the oversight of two distinct educational systems, the Defense Dependents' Education System, known as the Department of Defense Dependents' Schools (DoDDS), which is DoDEA's overseas school system, and the DoD Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), which is DoDEA's domestic school system.  DoDEA employs more than 13,500 individuals responsible for the education of more than 88,000 students in schools located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam and Puerto Rico; DoDEA's mission is to provide a quality education from pre- kindergarten through grade twelve for the eligible minor family members of DoD military and civilian personnel on official assignments.

This appointment is full time not to exceed 2 years. Appointment may be extending at management's discretion.

Current DoDEA employees in the excepted service should apply under the DEU announcement, which is open to all U.S. citizens.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • Position is open to All U.S. Citizens and Merit (Federal Status)
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs authorized.


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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  This announcement is open to the following: DEU (Public): All Qualified U.S. Citizen, and Merit Promotion Eligibles: Current Permanent Civilian Federal Employees; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more (DVAAP), Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: or 

As an Instructional Systems Specialist (Special Education), you will be responsible for the following duties:

- Develops goals and standards for special education.
- Coordinates the development of special education curriculum/performance standards.
- Uses technology and information systems to support and monitor special education programs and services.
- Creates professional development materials for educational staff, to include administration and curriculum coordinators. 
- Integrates data from various sources to develop short and long-term comprehensive program evaluations. 
- Responsible for developing and implementing a technological initiative to infuse technology in an educational setting for students with disabilities. 
- Ensures that textbooks, educational media and equipment are reviewed and applicable to the educational needs of students with disabilities. 
- Monitors the quality of program services to ensure compliance with professional quality assurance standards. 
- Trains curriculum liaisons in methods for implementing and maintaining effective instruction and assessment. 
- Reports on the status of program implementation, monitoring, review, and evaluation to various groups within and external to an agency.
- Provides expert advice and consultation to various groups in special education.
- Provides guidance to school districts regarding special education policies and federal legislation for students with disabilities.


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In accordance with the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule (GS) Positions under the General Coverage for Professional and Scientific Positions, the following is being provided to you. This position requires 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level.  You must meet time-in-grade  requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Examples of specialized experience include: Responsible for developing and implementing a technological initiative to infuse technology in an educational setting for students with disabilities; and coordinating the development of special education curriculum/performance standards.
Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Skill and knowledge of staff development in staff development design, training, facilitation, and the use of job embedded models and other strategies.

2. Skill, knowledge, and substantial background of practical experience with the application of programs in dependent schools in stateside and/or overseas environment.

3. Ability to Communicate to Upper Level Management and Senior Officials.


Applicants must meet the two selective placement factors to be qualified for this position:


1. Experience operating, analyzing, and developing special education data management systems.

2. Experience serving in an above school level capacity conducting training, and designing and/or developing procedures to be used in a special education data management systesm (for a district, area, or state office level).

Education must be from an accredited college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See



Please provide all transcripts (You will not receive consideration without this documentation).


Applicants must meet the BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS as follows: Bachelor Degree or higher:
Bachelor's Degree or higher that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. The course work must have included study in at least four of the following five areas:


1. Learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology: Study of learning theories as they relate to the systematic design, development, and validation of instructional material.
2. Instructional design practices: Study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness.
3. Educational evaluation: Study of the techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of instructional/educational programs, including developing written and performance tests and survey instruments, and determining reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.
4. Instructional product development: Study of the techniques appropriate for developing training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objectives, applying training strategy, validating training materials, and evaluating training.
5. Computers in education and training: Study of the application of computers in education and training, including selecting appropriate computer software.



Substitution of Education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level


PCS:  Authorized
OVERTIME: Occasionally
TDY TRAVEL: Occasionally
TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
DRUG TESTING: Not Required


Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


ALL College transcripts are required.


How You Will Be Evaluated for Delegated Examining:

We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.
We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

Best-Qualified:  This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.
Highly-Qualified:  This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.
Qualified:  This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position.  Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
 If you are entitled to veterans’ preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see

All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4).  Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outline on the SF-15.
NOTE: Military service member's "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided.  The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).

How You Will Be Evaluated for Merit Promotion:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Time-in-Grade Requirements: You must meet time-in-grade  requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.  

Copying of information from the job announcement or PD will result in automatic disqualification for this position.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.

 ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified prior to Veteran's preference points being added. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they met the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate; your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.


Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to:


Applicant Help DoDEA


Fax: (478) 757-3144
TDD: 800-750-0750



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:

1. Assessment Questionnaire,

2. Résumé

3. Required Documents (Specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. An applicant may not be considered if proper documentation is not received.)


Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by Tuesday, December 04, 2012,the closing date of this announcement.

Option A:  Application Manager (preferred method)

To begin, choose one of these options:

1.  If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and Submit immediately after you click the Apply Online button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.

2.  If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:Online Questionnaire


To return to Application Manager at any time, simply go to 

Option B:  Fax

If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager (or if you do not have access to the internet), you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.  Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.

2.  Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3.  You may submit the Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), resume, and/or any supporting documents by fax.

·    If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.

.     If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

·    If you do not have access to the internet or have other concerns please contact our Teamline or  at 614-692-3775 or email for further assistance.


      • •Résumé
        •Veterans Preference Documentation (You are required to submit DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). (If applicable a completed SF-15, Claim for 10-Point Veteran Preference, AND a letter from the Department of Veteran's Affairs certifying an OVERALL SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY of 30% or more. The OVERALL rating must be identified on your certification letter).
        Miscellaneous (ICTAP, SF-50 and Military Spouse documentation, if applicable)
      • Assessment Questionnaire

To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below. Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written form you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically through the document upload process, fax, or mail. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone, and at least the last four digits of your social security number.


NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:


Please note: You must submit your supplemental documents regardless as to whether you have applied to an announcement in the past or not.  We will not use supplemental documentation from another announcement; therefore, you must resubmit each time you apply.


Veterans: For veteran eligibility please refer to the following link.

*Applicants must be qualified and eligible by the closing date of a job opportunity announcement. Active duty military members are not eligible for appointment unless currently on terminal leave.

Current Permanent Federal Employee:You are required to submit a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your current Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series/Occupational Code, and Grade/Pay Band. If you are a current temporary/term employee who previously held a permanent Federal position You are required to submit a copy of the most recent SF-50, which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your tenure in Block #24 of the SF-50 will be 1 if you attained career status OR Block #24 will be 2 if you were a career-conditional employee..

Applicant with Disability(ies): You are required to submit proof of disability in the form of written certification from a licensed medical professional, OR a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, OR any Federal agency, State agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligible: You are required to submit a copy of your reduction-in-force notice and a copy of your most recent SF-50 showing your current pay plan/pay schedule, series/occupational code, grade/pay band, and duty location.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Military Spouse Preference: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 and a copy of your Military sponsor's PCS orders. See for additional information.

Interchange Agreement: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (or equivalent) providing information pertinent to your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying.

Overseas Family Member Appointment: You are required to submit a copy of your sponsor's PCS orders.

Former Overseas Family Members Eligible for Career-Conditional Appointment under E.O.12721: You are required to submit a copy of your SF-50(s) and sponsors PCS orders.


REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants issued December 10, 2008 will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available on:


Applicant Help DoDEA
Phone: (614)692-3775
TDD: 800-654-5984
Agency Information:
Department Of Defense Education Activity DoDEA
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA


Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official.  All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.


To view a copy of the Assessment Questionnaire click View Occupational Questionnaire.


To check the status of your application, please check Application Manager. Go to


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