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Job Title:  Program Specialist
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  COPS-13-030 (GH) MPP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 22, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


If you wish to be considered under the competitive procedures, please see vacancy announcement COPS-13-031 (GH) DEU.

This position is located in the Partnerships and Technical Assistance Division, Community Policing Advancement Directorate, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) U.S. Department of Justice. Incumbent serves as a Program Specialist under the direction of the Supervisory Policy Analyst. 

Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement if they become available.



  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • Background/Security Investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 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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Duties may include planning, coordinating, overseeing, and delivering technical assistance to selected jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies across the country, including state, local and tribal agencies, in order to achieve safer communities.

Assisting in facilitating the delivery of high-quality, strategically focused technical assistance and/or training with the ultimate goal of supporting law enforcement practitioners in the effort to engage in organizational transformation, reduce crime, the fear of crime, and increasing public safety in communities across the country. 

Conducts continuous reviews of jurisdictions currently receiving COPS technical assistance, monitoring them for successes and challenges and suggesting and implementing changes when necessary.

Works in partnership with a variety of stakeholders, including law enforcement practitioners, community members and organizations, the private sector, the faith-based community, other criminal justice practitioners and elected officials.

Provide guidance to jurisdictions on best practices and model programs and approaches. Assist jurisdictions in increasing their knowledge and use of best practices, emerging technologies, and proven strategies. Assist agencies in identifying and addressing operational and programmatic needs.

Establishes and enhances partnerships with other federal, state, local or tribal agencies and organizations, as well as the private sector, to further technical assistance and to implement and maintain projects and programs related to the advancement of community policing.

Oversees external grants and cooperative agreements. Ensures program and partnership development activities are completed efficiently and effectively and that quality products are delivered in a timely fashion. Incumbent is responsible for assessing the quality of deliverables and products to determine if they meet desired outcomes.

Serves as senior level representative at meetings, conferences, agency and inter-agency groups and other panels on issues related to technical assistance. Participates in conferences, symposia, meetings to discuss, present, or disseminate work as a representative of the COPS Office.


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Qualifying experience for the GS-14 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-13 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.

In addition to meeting the above minimum qualifications applicants with experience working directly with law enforcement operations, management, policies, and /or procedures at the complexity level equivalent to a GS-14 with the following:

Knowledge of the law enforcement field, with an ability to apply community policing principles, including building relationships, resolving problems and fostering organizational transformation to advance public safety and experience in overseeing the delivery of technical assistance to law enforcement agencies will receive further consideration.

Please click on the following link to access KSAs: View Assessment Questions
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1.  Ability to communicate effectively in order to convey often complex analysis and information to a diverse audience.
2.   Ability to manage special projects.
3.   Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and develop solutions related public safety programs.
4.   Ability to provide program management advice and assistance to law enforcement agencies.
5.   Ability to develop, deliver and oversee technical assistance to law enforcement, community members, and other criminal justice stakeholders.


Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).


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). 


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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
2CON145 N. Street, NE,
Suite 9W300
ATTN: Gary Hodnett
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.



Gary W. Hodnett
Phone: (202)514-0407
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice
Justice Management Division
2 Constitution Square
145 N Street NE Room 9W118B
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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