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Job Title:Administrative Officer, GS-341-15 (DEU)

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Job Announcement Number:OSERS-2013-0002

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, December 06, 2012 to Thursday, December 20, 2012




Full time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map


One or more vacancies may be filled through this announcement. This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens. The area of consideration for this position is "All Recruiting Sources" for Non-status candidates. Announcement OSERS-2013-0004 is open concurrently with an area of consideration of "Federal Agencies" for status candidates. Applicants with non competitive eligibility (i.e. VEOA, Sch. A, etc) should also apply under announcement OSERS-2013-0004.


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. If you are a highly-motivated, creative 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 Americas 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!

This position is located in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Office of the Assistant Secretary, Management and Support Staff. The Administrative Officer (also known as the "Executive Officer") reports to the Executive Administrator for OSERS. The Executive Officer has administrative responsibilities in the areas of: administrative budget formulation and execution; financial management (e.g., use and internal control of fiscal and accounting systems); implementation of staffing and workforce development plans; administering human resource policies and procedures; processing of travel; management of OSERS' facilities and other general services activities; and supervision of staff in the Executive Office.  This position requires extensive experience interpreting and applying federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures in the administrative areas identified above and a strong customer service orientation.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must complete a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must complete a one-year Probationary Period.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Drug testing (if applicable)


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Provides technical direction and assistance to senior program managers located in OSERS three program units: Office of Special Education Programs; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; and Rehabilitation Services Administration.  Advises management and program officials on the design, assessment and improvement of management systems and processes that affect the three program units and their customers. Applies comprehensive knowledge of the range of applicable administrative and program laws, policies and regulations and a comprehensive knowledge of the relationships of the programs.

Plans and directs requirements analysis, assesses future needs for the program budget and personnel staffing activities, and develops and maintains program plans.  Works closely with senior staff on all long-range and program budget and personnel planning needs. Supervises the planning, formulation, and execution of the administration budget for OSERS and the staff involved in this activity.

Oversees the provision of all administrative support and human resource services for OSERS. Supervises a staff engaged in carrying out these functions such as the travel and human resources teams, information technology and facilities management, and the procurement of  supplies and other services. Performs the full range of supervisory and management duties for the personnel involved in these activities. 

Independently initiates, and as requested by the Executive Administrator or the Assistant and Deputy Assistant Secretaries, background papers, information memoranda, and other analyses on highly sensitive topics which identify policy issues; suggest priorities for consideration; provide justification for these priorities;  and review and analyze existing studies, reports, evaluations, and other information related to these issues. Develops and assesses alternatives in areas where previous efforts have been unsuccessful. Projects long-range effects of the different options and evaluates their likelihood of success.

Advises senior staff on proposals and issues which involve exceptional controversy, intensive outside interest, or significant long-range effects on the program or on other organizations. Such controversial or significant issues may emanate from the disability community, advocacy groups, and constituents. 



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(GS-15) 52 weeks of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  This experience must be equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal government. Examples of such experience include: planning, directing, and coordinating policy; analyzing the effectiveness of program operations in meeting goals and objectives; making recommendations based on analysis; analyzing programmatic or administrative problems and policies; serving as an authority on a program; evaluating, recommending and implementing new approaches to address problems; managing complex analyses of legislation and regulations to determine their impact on a program; and serving as a consultant to senior management on a key program.

APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs): 1. Knowledge of the range of applicable OSERS program laws, policies and regulations and a comprehensive knowledge of the relationships of the programs. 2. Knowledge of program management, organization systems and processes, and evaluation principles, concepts, and techniques is required sufficient to provide leadership in the evaluation, assessment, and improvement of programs and management systems. 3. Knowledge and thorough comprehension of the Federal Government budgetary process, including budget execution and the development of operating plans, allotments, allowances, the reprogramming procedures, budget formulation and the presentation of budget justifications to the Department, OMB and Congress. 4. Skills in effective oral presentation and in rapidly producing written analyses, reports, and other materials of high professional quality. 


WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line resume. Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible. Eligible candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three (3) categories as
described below: 1 - Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "Q" score between 70 and 84.99 meets the specialized experience outlined in the Minimum Qualification Requirements section of this announcement. 2 - Well Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "WQ" score between 85 and 94.99 exceeds the Minimum Qualification Requirements based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. 3 - Best Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "BQ" score between 95 and 100 Outstanding level based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.
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The Department of Education offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Click on Benefits to find out more about federal benefits. Why Work at ED? The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is a great place to work. For more detailed information regarding our various work sites, please click on the link below: Work Site Locations As an ED employee, you will 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 (4 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service. Other incentives such as Telecommuting and Alternative Work Schedules also may be available to you. ED offers positions that are fair and competitive in compensation; developmental opportunities to exhibit teamwork and goal-oriented projects to enrich your federal career.


The Federal Government is committed to expanding access to employment by hiring people with disabilities; providing technical assistance and information on reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities; and identifying and removing barriers to work. Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either competitively (where qualified individuals compete with one another through a structured process), noncompetitively (where a qualified individual may be selected based on a special appointing authority), or through an excepted appointing authority for people with disabilities (i.e. Schedule A). People who are selected for a Federal job must meet the qualification requirements for the position and be able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit <a href=””>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)- Eligible federal employees who were in positions and who were displaced from their positions may be eligible for selective priority over other candidates, under the ICTAP or the CTAP. Information about these programs may be found at the following links. In order to qualify, your application must receive a score of 85 in comparison with the knowledge, skills and abilities criteria. If you believe you are eligible for this special consideration, it is critical that you read the information provided in the links below <ahref=""> CTAP </a>

Student Loan Default Applicants selected for positions are subject to a background check to verify that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment. Veterans interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, may send an email to to schedule an appointment for a session. Veterans Counseling Session must be placed in the subject line of the email. ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE OPENING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, SHOULD VACANCIES OCCUR.


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Please carefully read the information provided under the link listed below. The section entitled "How to Apply" provides detailed instructions on faxing your supporting documentation. All required supporting documentation MUST be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You are encouraged to thoroughly review the list of supplement documents required. It is critical to note that many documents may not pertain to you. You are only required to submit those that apply to you. Required Documents




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Phone: 202-205-5222
Fax: 202-401-0520
Agency Information:
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Attn: Human Resources Services
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-401-0520


We will inform you of the status of your application at four stages: (1) Upon receipt of your application; (2) Upon minimum qualification determinations; (3) Upon issuing the highly qualified candidates to the hiring official; and finally (4) once a selection is made. It is essential that you have a current e-mail address on file with USAJOBS. You will be notified of our application status by the servicing Human Resources Specialist via email. You may also check the status of your application at USA JOBS.

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