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Job Title:Education Program Specialist, GS-1720-9 (DEU)

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

Job Announcement Number:OESE-2013-0016

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 21, 2013 to Wednesday, March 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1720-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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 OESE-2013-0017 is open concurrently with an area of consideration of "Federal Agencies" for status candidates. Applicants with non competitive eligibility (i.e. VEOA, Sch. A, etc) should also apply under announcement OESE-2013-0017.

JOB SUMMARY:

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. 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 Americas 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!

The incumbent in this position serves as an Education Program Specialist, in the Office of School Turnaround (OST) in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). The incumbent performs professional work for the Department's school turnaround efforts, including the School Improvement Grants program. Program objectives are achieved through the management of grants and contracts, 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:

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The incumbent conducts projects involving analysis of school turnaround trends and School Improvement Grants program policies, including regulations and nonregulatory guidance, and works with other OST staff to make recommendations on how to improve those policies. Elicits and compiles other viewpoints and options from other offices to provide a complete perspective. Serves as the point of contact for a subset of state educational agencies (SEAs) and provides professional leadership and guidance to state officials in planning, developing, and carrying out their school turnaround work, including the School Improvement Grants program. Advises on the development of grant monitoring process, including onsite and desk monitoring, for the School Improvement Grants program. Conducts onsite monitoring visits funded projects to assess educational effectiveness and progress, and to determine compliance with Department rules and regulations. Supports and implements technical assistance for SEAs and local educational agencies (LEAs). Provides authoritative technical assistance in developing, planning, and evaluating programs. Assists in development of plans and processes for improving and evaluating the School Improvement Grants program, and for developing and implementing systems to facilitate knowledge based decisions.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements: A. Degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of coursework 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-9 Two years of graduate education leading to a master's degree OR A master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 in the Federal government (Examples of such experience include reviewing proposals under the direction and oversight of senior staff; obtaining information for proposal or contract review panels; reading state education plans to compile information about education programs; reviewing and analyzing education policies, regulations, and procedures; and performing data analysis to support a study or program) OR Combination of education and experience.



APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. 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 education theories, principles and practices and the roles of the federal, state, and local governments sufficient to plan, evaluate, and advise on funded educational programs, their requirements and problems. 2. Knowledge sufficient to assess innovative approaches to long standing problems from the standpoint of educational soundness, likelihood of success, feasibility, and consistency with program objectives. 3. Skill sufficient to conduct in depth analyses involving complex variables. 4. Skill sufficient to extend and apply new developments and approaches to broad program problems.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, essay responses, 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 - Applicants who have a "Q" score between 70 and 84.99 meet the specialized experience outlined in the Minimum Qualification Requirements section of this announcement. 2 - Well Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "WQ" score between 85 and 94.99 exceed the Minimum Qualification Requirements based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. 3 - Best Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "BQ" score between 95 and 100 Outstanding level based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.


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BENEFITS:

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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: 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:

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=”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.

<a href="http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ctap.html"> CTAP </a>

<a href="http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ictap.html">ICTAP</a>

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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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

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Atina Hall
Phone: 202-205-5222
Fax: 202-401-0520
Email: atina.hall@ed.gov
Agency Information:
EDUCATION-OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY ED
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Attn: Human Resources Services
Washington, DC
20202
US
Fax: 202-401-0520

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 USA JOBS.

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Job Announcement Number:

OESE-2013-0016

Control Number:

338233700