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Job Title:  Program Specialist
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  COPS-13-015(DC)MPP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
Current career/career-conditional COPS employees in the competitive service.



This position is located in the Office of the Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) U.S. Department of Justice. Incumbent serves as a Program Specialist under the direction of the Principal Deputy Director.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • Background/Security Investigation.
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You may be subjected to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.


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The incumbent is responsible for assisting the Director, Principal Deputy Director, and Chief of Staff in meeting Director's Office priorities. The Program Specialist provides assistance to the Director's Office in managing internal operations and achieving strategic alignment across the COPS Office; provides guidance and direction on special programs and projects and/or organizational priorities managed by the Director's Office; and prepares briefing materials and Director's Office staff for events that advance the COPS Office's goals.

Incumbent coordinates with COPS Office directorates in collecting, analyzing and coordinating information and research related to COPS Office programs and the Office's impact and effect on local law enforcement communities.

The incumbent will serve as liaison for the COPS Office in coordinating and participating in various Administration initiatives and special projects for the Directors Office; represents the Director's Office in outreach efforts including conferences, meetings, focus groups, forums, etc. to establish and evaluate the overall impact COPS initiatives has had on their communities, organizations, groups, and agencies. Builds relationships between the Director's Office and State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement.

Incumbent assists Director, Principal Deputy Director and Chief of Staff on Director's Office special projects. Attends meetings and events with stakeholders to build relationships between them and the Director, Principal Deputy Director, and Chief of Staff. May conduct on-site technical assistance to local law enforcement agencies.

Coordinates with the COPS Office Deputy Directors and representatives from the Department in promoting community policy programs and activities and furthering the COPS Office mission to Advance Public Safety through Community Policing; analyzes COPS Office internal policies and initiatives and assesses their effectiveness in meeting COPS Office strategic and operational goals; and provides the Director's Office with guidance on how to better meet organizational goals.

Additionally, incumbent provides assistance to Director's Office for projects related to COPS external outreach and program and organizational priorities. Reviews and provides feedback on COPS knowledge resources (e.g., COPS publications, training curriculum, website) to ensure Directors Office vision is incorporated.


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Qualifying experience for the GS-12 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-11 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples are identifying and analyzing policy, regulations, and/or standards covering portions of an organization's programs, activities, or functions; or analyzing fluctuating conditions and unusual factors and providing recommendations to resolve unusual or uncommon administrative issues. 



Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job. 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 for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).


Please click on the following link to access KSAs: View Assessment Questions


Please respond to each KSA and submit with your application:

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to manage projects.

Ability to provide advice and assistance on business and program management issues. Ability to plan and execute work and track the action items of others.

Ability to analyze and evaluate organizational problems and develop recommended solutions.


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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees


- If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria, not including veterans’ preference points, if applicable. CTAP and/or ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a recent (or last) performance appraisal; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; or, if applicable, an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

 - If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

 - The Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

 - The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department.

- The Department provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing specialist listed in the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 - In addition to applying through competitive procedures certain applicants with disabilities may be considered non-competitively under a Schedule A hiring authority. To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness. As proof of disability and certification of job readiness, applicants may provide records, statement, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability and certification of job readiness must be included in the application package. For more information and proof required see


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Your resume must include full employment information such as periods of employment, month and year position(s) started and ended, title of position(s), employer’s name and address, hours worked, description of duties, salary, etc.

 The complete Application Package must be postmarked by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.




Resume, KSA Assessment questions and answers and all supporting documentation should be mailed/hand carried to:


US Department of Justice
2CON-145 N. Street, NE,
Suite 9W300
ATTN: Diane Cochuyt
Washington, DC 20530


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé
2. Other supporting documents:
- This is not an automated application – submit question number, question, and answers on plain bond paper and attach to your resume. - SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; and - Most recent Performance Appraisal


Your resume must include full employment information such as periods of employment, month and year position(s) started and ended, title of position(s), employer’s name and address, hours worked, description of duties, salary, etc.


Diane L. Cochuyt
Phone: (202)305-9736
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice
Justice Management Division
2 Constitution Square
145 N street NE Suite 9W300
Washington, DC


Once the application and all supporting documentation have been received rating of all material will take place and based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by the office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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