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Job Title:Supervisory Education Research and Program Specialist (DEU)

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Job Announcement Number:OVAE-2013-0004

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


Wednesday, January 9, 2013 to Wednesday, January 23, 2013




Full time - Permanent




1 vacancy 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 OVAE-2013-0006 is open concurrently with an area of consideration of "Federal Agencies" for status candidates. Applicants with non competitive eligibility (i.e. 30% Disabled Veterans, Sch. A, etc) should also apply under announcement OVAE-2013-0006.


Join our Team! 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.

The position is located in the Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education. OVAE directs, administers, coordinates, and makes policy decisions for the vocational-technical, adult education, and literacy programs. The incumbent will provide supervisory management to a team of policy analysts and education research analysts.  The incumbent advises the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and the Assistant Secretary in guiding policy development for programs and projects, the review and development of legislative options and draft language, analysis by staff of research findings and evaluation studies, and development of regulatory and program announcements.  The incumbent ensures that policy and evaluation efforts of the office are carried out with a high degree of accuracy, relevance, and professionalism.


  • 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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The incumbent serves as the Director of the Policy, Research and Evaluation Staff (PRES) and has primary responsibility in the areas of community colleges, career and technical education and adult education.  Working with staff from PRES, the Director guides development and analysis of policy issues including drafting policy decisions, drafting legislation and regulatory documents, monitoring evaluations and management procedures, and performing data analysis. Develops, maintains, and exercises expert technical knowledge of the programs administered by OVAE and related federal and state programs.  As a recognized expert, provides leadership in the evaluation, assessment and improvement of research projects and policy initiatives.  Works closely with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and other key leaders in the Office to ensure that programs and projects carried out by the Office are in close alignment with the established policies of the Office, the Department and the Administration. Advises the Assistant Secretary on policy matters which include legislation and authorization levels.  Guides formulation of overall policies and procedures necessary to prepare new or revised legislation and prepares all testimony for both reauthorization and oversight hearings. Oversees the development and evaluation of research projects and activities related to career and technical education, adult education, and community colleges in coordination with the Institute of Education Sciences, Policy Programs Studies Service, and others within the Department and the federal government.  Develops critical partnerships to strengthen the expertise and resources of the Policy, Research and Evaluation Staff.


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Basic Requirements: A. Degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of course work in a field related to the work of the position to be filled (as presented in the description of duties), of which at least 9 semester hours were in education courses. OR B. Four (4) years of experience that demonstrated a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of the work in the education program specialist series. This experience must have been of such character and diversity to demonstrate that the applicant possesses an understanding of the field comparable to that acquired through completion of a degree from an accredited college or university. OR C. Combination of education and experience - (including at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, of which at least 9 hours must have been in education courses.) OR D. At least one (1) full academic year of professional teaching experience. This experience is defined as full and primary responsibility, under general supervision, for instruction of assigned students in an accredited school or institution. This includes responsibility for preparing and presenting lessons and for evaluating students' progress, including a determination of the students' progress, including a determination of the students' success or failure according to established criteria. Serving in an assistant capacity to a professor without the authority to determine the students' success or failure to meet course requirements does not meet this criterion.

For the GS-15 grade level: One year 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 grade level in the Federal government.

Examples of such experience may include:  Experience and skill in generating and developing new approaches and concepts and in planning, evaluating, and providing leadership to major long-range programs designed to spur significant advances in the field of education. The education program specialist is a nationally recognized authority in the broad education field, whose judgments, advice, and influence have a major impact on agency nationwide programs and future activities; experience in formulating of overall policies and procedures necessary to prepare new or revised legislation and testimony;  experience in applying professional expertise in developing , applying, and appraising new education concepts and techniques, in defining problem areas, and in recommending changes in overall agency program guidelines and criteria.

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APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Applicants should possess proficiency or the potential to develop proficiency in theses competencies prior to entry into a supervisory position.  The specific level of proficiency identified for each competency depends on the specific requirements of the position being filled and must be determined by the agency.


1. Accountability - Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost effective results.  Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work.  Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
2. Customer Service - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers.  Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

3. Decisiveness - Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.  

4.  Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

5. Integrity/Honesty - Behaves in an honest fair, ethical manner.  Show consistency in words and actions.  Models high standard of ethics.

6. Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect.  Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

7.  Oral Communication - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations.  Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

8.  Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

9.  Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity.  Recovers quickly from setbacks.

10.   Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

11.  Developing Others - Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.

12.  External Awareness - Understands and keep up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.

13.  Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

14.  Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

15.  Political Savvy - Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.  Perceives organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

16.  Strategic Thinking - Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-tem interest of the organization in a global environment.  Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.

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 policy analysis and evaluation principles, concepts and techniques is required sufficient to provide leadership in the evaluation, assessment and improvement of programs and management systems.

2. Knowledge of wide range of qualitative and quantitative techniques for measuring effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of assigned programs. Utilizes this knowledge to formulate new program measurement efforts.

3. Knowledge of organization and systems processes sufficient to resolve long-standing problems, balance conflicting program interests, and depart from previous approaches.


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

2 - Well Qualified Category

3 - Best Qualified Category

To preview questions please click here.


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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. 

Student Loan Repayment may be paid if negotiated and approved prior to appointment.


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.

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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.



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**Applications submitted via EdHIRES must be received before midnight eastern time on the closing date of the announcement.  No extension will be granted.  If you fail to submit a COMPLETE on-line resume, you WILL NOT be considered for this position.  If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, the Servicing Personnel Office listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  Applicants MUST CONTACT the Servicing Human Resources Office PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.


Warning! 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.


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.”


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?


Latrina Thomas
Phone: 202-453-6356
Fax: 202-479-6745
Agency Information:
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Attn: Human Resources Services
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-479-6745


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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