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Job Title:Program Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food and Nutrition Service

Job Announcement Number:13-FNS-103P

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,612.00 to $80,093.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 08, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Denver, CO, 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-102.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

This position is located in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the Mountain Plains Regional Office. 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.
  • Depending on a variety of circumstances, Telework may be available.
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KEY REQUIREMENTS


    DUTIES:

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    As a Program Specialist, you will:

    • Disseminate program rules, guidance and policy to appropriate audiences following internal procedures. Respond to requests for clarification of program rules and regulations and other requirements, including research, analysis, and written/oral communication of guidance. Respond to complaints and other concerns from the public. Respond to requests for assistance, information or materials from the public. Respond to requests for assistance, information or materials from the public either directly or by referral to the appropriate State/local administering agency.
    • Compile data, prepare trends analysis, identify areas of potential concern, and propose actions to senior program specialists and/or management staff on selected aspects of program operations using data collected from in-house sources or while on-site. Evaluate State administration and/or local program operations for effectiveness, efficiency, and adherence to program requirements through analysis of data reported to FNS, review of documentation of program operations on-site, and interviews with pertinent program officials. Recommendations address the cultural, behavior, technological and organizational factors that may impede or further the use of the agency’s existing resources. Communicate findings and recommend solutions to identified problems to State and/or local officials through oral presentations and written reports upon approval of team leader/supervisor. Assess adequacy of corrective action taken by State/local officials and recommends closure or further action to higher graded official. Participate in on-site team reviews of local operations. Assist in resolution of audits and/or investigations. Identify and alert supervisor to potential problems which are controversial or may become of public concern. Conduct reviews of State agency operations to determine compliance through Management Evaluation, Quality Control reviews, and other review processes.
    • Plan and conduct learning experiences for State/local staff and program clients on program requirements through formal and informal group meetings, training sessions and/or workshops. Develop and prepare training materials. Consult with supervisor, program management and other agency colleagues to identify and share best practices in assigned program area and ideally across other shared program functions. Prepare written correspondence, reports and briefing papers. Participate in FNS efforts to provide disaster relief assistance either on-site or through administrative support in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


    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:

    Specialized Experience:
    GS-11 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes reviewing and implementing a Federal Nutrition Assistance Program at the Federal, State, or Local level.

    Education:
    You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:

    Completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related.

    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. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.


     

    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:
    • ABILITY TO ANALYZE ORGANIZATIONS OR OPERATIONS USING WRITTEN MATERIALS AND PHYSICAL OBSERVATIONS (in order to assess State and Local Agency activities).
    • ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND, INTERPRET AND APPLY COMPLEX OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS (in order to provide guidance to State Agencies and to monitor State Agency operations).
    • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN WRITING (in order to prepare reports, correspondence, and Food and Nutrition Service Program guidance materials).
    • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE ORALLY (in order to explain Food and Nutrition Service Program requirements to State Agencies and Regional staff, to present workshops and training sessions and to convey information to individuals and groups).

    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 identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Travel locally and/or overnight approximately 25% 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

    Education Documentation
    If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualifications requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a.
     

    RECOMMENDED DOCUMENTS:
    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:

    Applicant Call Center
    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-103P

    Control Number:

    337362900