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Job Title:Program Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food and Nutrition Service

Job Announcement Number:13-FNS-034P

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Alexandria, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. citizens; no prior Federal experience is required. Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, former Federal employees who have reinstatement eligibility, and individuals who are eligible under special appointing authorities may wish to apply under 13-FNS-018.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC).

This position is located in the Deputy Administration for Special Nutrition Programs, Food Distribution Division, Special Nutrition Operations Branch.

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

Key Information: 

  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
  • Local commuting area telework may be available after training is complete and will be contingent on performance.

KEY REQUIREMENTS


    DUTIES:

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    As a Program Specialist, you will:  

     

    • Serve as the technical expert in the branch for commodity operations, inventory management or processing program administration.
    • Provide day-to-day technical assistance to regional offices,  State agencies,  industry processors and other USDA Agencies involved with commodity program operations; Coordinate execute legislative and regulatory changes, guidance and training related to the processing program with other senior program specialist.
    • Serve as the technical subject matter expert and contributes to the processing, procurement and operations; regulations and policy development; Develop analyses of current and proposed legislation, responses to technical inquiries from Members of Congress, and input for testimony (including questions and answers) and briefing material for Congressional hearings.
    • Lead the effort to automate accounting and monitoring for processors and inventory and transactions under the National Processing and food assistance programs.
    • Assure that State agencies and processors meet legislatively mandated requirements.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    Minimum Qualification Requirement: 

    You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes demonstrated experience with the administration of the USDA Food Distribution programs utilizing qualitative and quantitative analysis of USDA web-based supply chain management system data to procure or to order commodities and to monitor inventories at the national, state, local level.
    Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.


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    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Your application includes your:

    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions, and
    3. Required supporting documents.
    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

    2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

     

    • Knowledge of legislative and/or regulatory and procedural documentation to analyze existing policies, and develop new policies and procedures within an organization.
    • Ability to write clear, precise, detail oriented documents that accurately reflect agency views on proposed legislation, policy and/or regulations.
    • Ability to communicate orally as a representative of an agency to present ideas,  policies, and procedures, and resolve conflicts, in a clear, precise manner to subordinate and management personnel in Special Nutrition Program, other FNS offices, other parts of the Department and State and local governments.
    • Ability to lead a workforce and promote teamwork to accomplish the goals of an organizational unit.
    • Ability to access data from the USDA web based supply chain management system and monthly inventory or performance reports report and analyze findings for decision memorandum, information requests and trend analysis.

    We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.
    3. Referral:
    If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.


    To preview questions please click here.


    BENEFITS:

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    Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    • This is a bargaining-designated position.
    • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.  
    • Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNS may grant service credit for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service that is directly related to the position being filled. Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information."
    • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
    • FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.  
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: 
    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.  
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Travel locally and/or overnight approximately 15% of the time.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.  
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.


    HOW TO APPLY:

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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. 

    If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov and/or the USAJobs Help Desk.

    FNS provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips.

    Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    Veterans' Preference Documentation
    If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.

    CTAP/ICTAP Proof Of Eligibility
    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed explanation and list of required documents, click here

     

    RECOMMENDED DOCUMENTS:
    In addition, we recommend that you submit the following:

    OF 306 Declaration for Federal Employment

    Performance Appraisal A copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18 months, that includes the final rating.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Hilary Johnson
    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 304-480-8725
    Email: FNSINQUIRIES@BPD.TREAS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
    ***WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAILED APPLICATIONS***
    Parkersburg, WV
    26106
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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    Job Announcement Number:

    13-FNS-034P

    Control Number:

    335773500