Candidates must have one year (1) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience includes demonstrated experience in effectively managing complex employment and training programs and activities at the federal, state or local level; working collaboratively and maintaining cooperative relationships with officials in federal, state, and local government agencies and public entities; communicating effectively in oral and written presentations to officials, staff, and the general public; setting goals, managing projects, tracking progress and evaluating outcomes; effectively managing staff and financial resources to achieve agency goals and enhance staff performance and professional development. Experience related to the work of the position includes a comprehensive knowledge of Employment and Training programs, policies, legislation, regulations, and applicable OMB cost principles and administrative requirements. Familiarity of Discretionary Grants, as well as One-Stop Operations, funding, Workforce Investment Act, Wagner-Peyser Act, Trade Act, Unemployment Insurance, and the coordination and operation of those programs within an integrated workforce system.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at
*Note: One or more additional assessment tools may be applied (e.g., a structured interview, panel review, written test, work sample etc.)
There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-15 grade level.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
Program Management: Skill in directing and managing a highly visible, national program granting a benefit to individuals and/or employers. Skill in managing day-to-day operational aspects of a large, complex program and exhibiting operational authority over regional staff. Ability to provide effective supervision and leadership over off-site and on-site employees. Ability to assign and review subordinate supervisor's and manager's work tasks and assess performance against standard measures. Demonstrated skill and ability to provide clear direction in order to drive employees toward achieving mutual program goals through effective operational planning. Ability to manage a public production type environment.
Grants-Related Program Knowledge: Demonstrated knowledge of the applicable laws, regulations, grants management and program policies related to the Workforce Investment Act and ETA discretionary grant programs. Comprehensive knowledge of how federal statutes and regulations are interpreted and applied. Ability to develop and amend standard operating procedures, analyze various policy impacts on production and operations, and make complex determinations on individuals' or employers' eligibility for a public benefit or service.
Oral Communication: Ability to verbally advise, train and present audiences of varying levels, including senior level officials, the public and staff members, in a clear, effective, and persuasive manner.
Written Communication: Ability to write consistent, accurate, and clear documents and correspondence such as final determination letters, memorandums, research briefs, and policy analysis finding for senior management and external customers.
Research and Analysis: Ability to assess and analyze program operations in order to make recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness; runs and reviews reports on operations to make system changes and take actions as needed; analyzes complex data, reports containing information from external sources to determine sournd conclusions and make meaningful recommendations.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B (WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY) or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
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