This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Education Program Specialist, GS-1720-12 (DEU)

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Office of the Deputy Secretary of Education

Job Announcement Number:ODS-2013-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1720-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

One or more vacancies may be filled through this announcement.


The area of consideration for this position is "All Recruiting Sources" for Non-status candidates. Announcement ODS-2013-0008 is open concurrently with an area of consideration of "Federal Agencies" for status candidates.  Applicants eligible for appointment under special appointing authorities  (i.e. VEOA, Sch. A, etc) should also apply under announcement ODS-2013-0008.

JOB SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by  fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. 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 America's 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 U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Deputy Secretary, Implementation and Support Unit. This position performs professional work for an educationally related program (or group of programs) directed towards improving American education. Program objectives are achieved through the management of grants, contracts, and loans as well as through professional leadership and expertise.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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)

DUTIES:

Back to top

As an Education Program Specialist, you will work directly with State and/or Local school district leadership to support their efforts to implement comprehensive education reforms, particularly in the four core reform areas (equitable distribution of highly effective teachers, collection and use of data, implementing standards and  assessments, and strategies to improve low-performing schools).

You will carry out the program review process, including scheduled calls with states and/or local school districts and site visits. You will track grantees progress toward implementing their education reforms and meeting ambitious goals for student outcomes through regular communication with State and/or local contacts that allows the Department to gain an in-depth understanding of the State or district's work and its impact.

You will produce reports that help interested parties to understand the grantees work and lessons learned.

You will use information collected from program review and other sources to analyze grantee implementation to identify areas where the grantees could benefit from technical assistance.

You will research and develop program criteria for selection, funding, evaluation and other grant/contract processes and where applicable, the competitive selection of awardees.

You will develop, write, and obtain necessary clearances for the technical review plan to be used for evaluation and grant/contract review processes.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT


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.


GS-12
1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-11 in the Federal government   (Examples of such experience include providing technical assistance on education projects; advising applicants on the requirements for submitting contract or grant proposals; reviewing proposals for completeness, technical quality, and consistency with the statement-of-work; conducting on-site monitoring of projects; assisting in the training of grant review panel members; and reviewing progress and final project reports)

For full qualifications go to:  http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp


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 state and local school district  education reforms, particularly the four core reform areas.

2. Ability to develop program criteria for selection, funding, evaluation and other grant/contract processes.

3. Ability to analyze policy related issues.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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

Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

Back to top

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 http://www.opm.gov/insure/index.aspx 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ed-locations.html

 

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

“Veterans interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, may send an email to Iwork@ed.gov to schedule an appointment for a session.   Veterans Counseling Session must be placed in the subject line of the email.” 

 

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 http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

 

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.

(CTAP) http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ctap.html

(ICTAP) http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ictap.html

 

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.

 

ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE OPENING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, SHOULD VACANCIES OCCUR.



HOW TO APPLY:

Back to top
Applications submitted via EdHIRES must be received before midnight eastern time on the closing date of the announcement.  No extensions 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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. http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/appendix.html

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Denise Drew
Phone: 202-401-6187
Fax: 202-479-6745
Email: denise.drew@ed.gov
Agency Information:
EDUCATION-OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY SECRETARY
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Attn: Human Resources Services
Washington, DC
20202
US
Fax: 202-479-6745

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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 be notified of our application status by the servicing Human Resources Specialist via email.  You may also check the status of your application at www.USAJOBS.opm.gov


Back to top
Dock
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:

ODS-2013-0004

Control Number:

335619000