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Job Title:Education Program Specialist, GS-1720-14

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Office of Communications and Outreach

Job Announcement Number:OCO-HQ-2013-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$40.58 to $52.76 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 07, 2013 to Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1720-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part-Time - Temporary Not-To-Exceed One Year (Intergovernmental Personnel Act)

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
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WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens. Duty Location: Nationwide up to 3. (LOCALITY INCREASE BASED ON GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION)

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 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 application is for ED’s inaugural Principal Ambassador Fellowship (PAF) program, specifically for the 2013 part-time Campus Principal Fellowship. The Department of Education recognizes the critical impact that principals have on student achievement, family engagement, and school improvement. Building on the success of its sister program, the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Program, the Department wants to engage these important voices more deeply into the national policy dialogue in a more structured way. This position will provide outstanding principals who have a record of leadership, student achievement, strong communication skills, and insights from their school experiences an opportunity to highlight the voice of the principal within the education community and the country at large.

Principal Ambassador Fellows are practicing principals hired by the Department on a temporary basis through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Authority. 2013 Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows will work for ED on a part-time basis in addition to their primary work as principals around the country, for up to approximately 20 hours a month, occurring after school hours and on the weekends, from approximately October 2013 to June 2014. Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows will be paid on an hourly basis to contribute their perspectives to the Department. Additionally the program is designed to allow participants to gain valuable professional development and experience with federal policies and information to share with their colleagues and school communities.

The PAF program supports the Department’s mission by enabling a cadre of outstanding administrators to contribute their expertise to the national dialogue. Fellows will also host discussions with other instructional leaders and educators across the country to bring these perspectives to bear as well. Similar to Teaching Ambassador Fellows, the program is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of federal education policy and broad systemic leadership in order to allow them to further contribute to solutions for long intractable challenges in education at all levels. 

The positions are located nationwide, as the  work is completed from the Fellow’s home community. Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows are hired as Intermittent Employees under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) mobility program. The IPA mobility program allows for the temporary assignment of skilled personnel to or from state and local governments and certain other organizations to facilitate cooperation between the Federal government and the non-Federal entity and provide mutual benefits, for limited periods without loss of employee rights and benefits. For the part-time Fellowship program, the IPA is completed with the selected principal’s employers to clarify that the principal is being hired for work which will largely take place in addition to their regular work. All travel or Fellowship activities taking place during regular school hours would be subject to the availability of the Fellow given their primary school duties and responsibilities. 

Further information about the IPA program is available on the U.S.

Office of Personnel Management website at:

http://www.opm.gov/programs/ipa/assignF.asp  and

http://www.opm.gov/programs/ipa/Mobility.asp

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

DUTIES:

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Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows add the critical perspective of school leaders to the Department's work in developing, implementing, and communicating education programs and policy initiatives.

Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows will:

  • Play a critical role, in this pilot year, of helping to inform and shape both the development of the Fellowship program, as well as ED’s strategies for reaching out to and gaining input from the school leadership field.
  • Collaborate with other Fellows and ED staff to provide principals in the field with greater knowledge and understanding of federal education policies and programs; and
  • Contribute their knowledge of schools and serve as a conduit for others to share the needs of school leaders to the Department and larger educational dialogue. 

It is anticipated that Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows will work approximately 20 hours a month on average, on an hourly basis, in addition to their primary on-campus duties. Limited travel may be required to attend meetings in-person in Washington DC or to host discussions with other school leaders around the country. All travel and work hours are subject to the availability of the Fellow.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants desiring consideration under this Program should meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Requirements.  For requirements, please click here: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/B/GS1700/1720.htm

As the final team of selected Fellows should represent the diversity of our student body and settings in which students receive instruction across the country, the Department encourages principals of students from all age levels, in schools providing a wide variety of grade spans and types of communities, including schools serving high numbers of students  from high poverty backgrounds, disabilities, or English-language learners. The program is open to principals from traditional public, charter, virtual, military, tribal, and private schools and early childhood programs in urban, suburban, or rural settings across the United States.


  • Serving as a principal during the 2013-2014 school year in a United States school, including traditional public, charter, virtual, military, tribal and/or private schools, that serves any grades preschool through 12th.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of successful experience as a principal. (If the 2012-2013 school-year was your third year as principal, you are eligible.)
  • United States citizenship, as is required for employment with the Federal Government
  • The ability to gain employer support to sign an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreement for your participation in the program.
Note: Some schools may use different terminology than “principal.” A candidate is considered eligible despite titling differences provided that s/he is the highest administrative official in the school building.   

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Contributions to Student Learning & Culture – the extent to which the candidate has a demonstrable and meaningful impact on student achievement.
  • A Record of Effective Leadership – the extent to which the candidate demonstrates effective leadership in both the school and community.
  • Relevant Interests & Expertise – the extent to which the candidate has the ability to provide relevant insights from school and district experiences to education policy, programs, and initiatives.
  • Strong Communication Skills – the extent to which the candidate has demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.
  • School & Community Support – the extent to which the candidate has demonstrable support from school, district, and community members.
  • Specific Fellowship Work Capacities – the extent to which the candidate has experience with activities that have effectively prepared them for Fellowship work.

Each vacancy question reflects the key qualities we are seeking in Principal Ambassador Fellows as outlined above. Therefore, to be eligible, you must provide fully complete responses to the following vacancy questions and provide the requested letters of recommendations. In order to be considered you MUST address all of the following criteria in vacancy form. Responses to each vacancy question must be fewer 5000 characters not including spaces (approximately 500 words).

A) Contributions to Student Learning & Culture – Describe your effectiveness as an instructional leader as measured by improved student outcomes. Include quantitative evidence such as school level performance on standardized assessments, graduation rates, safety/school climate indicators, and post-secondary education attainment. Additionally, provide germane student and community demographic information and how this informs your leadership, including data analysis, plans for systematic and continuous improvements, and monitoring the implementation of that plan to meet students’ unique needs.

B) Effective Leadership – Explain how your education, personal background, and other professional experiences have prepared you to be an effective leader in the school and community. Please describe examples of your leadership with other school stakeholders and how you measure your effectiveness in areas such as attracting and developing school talent, providing instructional leadership, and creating a culture and climate for learning. You may want to address how you balance a wide array of roles, responsibilities and stakeholders’ needs, as well as how you go about building relationships at the school, district and community levels.

C) Interests and Expertise – Discuss how your specific professional experiences can inform the Department’s work and what you hope to gain from the experience. Key areas of interest include supports for excellent school leadership and instruction, including the preparation, evaluation, professional development, and/or career advancement; systemic transitions to rigorous standards and assessments; staffing and rapidly improving the most underachieving schools; and creating a strong continuum of quality instruction from pre-Kindergarten through college completion.

D) Communication Skills – Describe the vision you have for your school and relate how you have communicated this vision amongst school staff, families, district leadership and a broad array of community members, such as media or  business leaders. Please describe your approach to decision making within your school and discuss the specific tools and resources you use to make decisions and communicate with school staff, families, and community members. Please note that you must also include a letter of recommendation from a student, teacher, or staff member at your school or a member of the community speaking to your ability to communicate and impact the culture of the school and/or school community.

E) School & Community Support - Fellows share public resources with and hear from other educators, including in their own school communities. Please describe why you believe the Superintendent of your district (or similar position as appropriate to your setting) and other educational leaders in your school, district, state and/or region will support your participation in the Fellowship program. You may want to describe ways that you have been able to contribute knowledge to systemic school improvement in the past, as well as arrangements that would be made to enable your participation given the leadership needs of the school. Please note that you must also include a letter from the Superintendent or official in charge of hiring and evaluation for the district (or the equivalent as appropriate to private, charter, early learning center or other settings) recommending you for this position and acknowledging that it may require some flexibility to participate in activities during regular school hours at the Fellows’ availability.

F) Specific Fellowship Work Capacities – In the inaugural year of the PAF program, Part-Time Fellows will be called upon to learn independently, provide perspective and innovative ideas within a sometimes ambiguous and rapidly shifting environment, and to work within a team to hear and communicate the needs of peers and other educators. Please speak to your personal and professional experiences that you feel have prepared you for this work and examples of how you have demonstrated these qualities in the past. You may also include a letter from an organization or professional association with which you have worked speaking to the capacities and dispositions you would bring to this specific position.

Highly rated candidates provide succinct but thorough responses addressing each of the sub-components of the vacancy question and providing clear examples demonstrating of how the applicant meets the above criteria. Applications are peer reviewed as a whole package. While information found in any part of the application will be considered as part of the scoring, applicants are encouraged to clearly demonstrate how they meet the criteria outlined in each question and may repeat information as is necessary to do so.     

The most highly rated applicants will be asked to participate in telephone and potentially in-person interview processes.

All applicants will be notified by email of their status in the competition. Additional feedback on applications will not be provided.


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BENEFITS:

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This position will involve some travel. All travel and related expenses are covered by the Department and is subject to the availability of the Fellow given their school duties and responsibilities.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows are hired as Intermittent Employees under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) mobility program. The IPA mobility program allows for the temporary assignment of skilled personnel to or from state and local governments and certain other organizations to facilitate cooperation between the Federal government and the non-Federal entity and provide mutual benefits, for limited periods without loss of employee rights and benefits. For the Part-Time Fellowship program, the IPA is completed with the selected principal’s employers to clarify that the principal is being hired for work which will largely take place in addition to their regular work. All travel or Fellowship activities taking place during regular school hours would be subject to the availability of the Fellow given their primary school duties and responsibilities.

Further information about the IPA program is available on the U.S.

Office of Personnel Management website at: http://www.opm.gov/programs/ipa/assignF.asp and http://www.opm.gov/programs/ipa/Mobility.asp

Questions regarding the Fellowship can be directed to 1-800-USALEARN.

THIS AGENCY PROVIDES REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS TO APPLICANTS WITH

DISABILITIES.IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR ANY PART OF

THE APPLICATION AND HIRING PROCESS, PLEASE NOTIFY THE AGENCY AT 202-

401-1259. THE DECISION ON GRANTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE

ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.

ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR,

RELIGION, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE,

POLITICAL AFFILIATION, UNION AFFILIATION OR NONAFFILIATION, MARITAL

STATUS, NON-DISQUALIFYING PHYSICAL HANDICAP, OR ANY OTHER NON-MERIT REASON




HOW TO APPLY:

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Application Steps

STEP ONE (On-line Resume):

Applicants must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at

USAJOBS.  The information you provide in your Federal resume will

become part of your application and will automatically be transferred

to the Department of Education’s system, EDHires, when you apply on-line.

STEP TWO (Personal Information):

 1.  Once you have been transferred, follow the on-screen prompts to complete your application. Be certain to read the on-screen instructions thoroughly before continuing.  First, you will be asked to complete or update your information on file.

 2.  If you have already been to the Department’s site you will have the option to update your information on file or go directly to the assessment.  We recommend selecting the option to update your information on file each time you apply.  By selecting this option you will be able to verify your data on file is accurate. Additionally, previously faxed supporting documentation is stored within this section and you will be able to review your stored documents and/or print fax cover sheets if you need to submit/re-submit documents.

3.  After completing or updating your information, you will be notified of the announcement types to which you are eligible to apply.  Follow the prompts to move through the website.

STEP THREE (Responses to Vacancy Questions):

1.  After reviewing your supporting documentation, you will be asked to respond to questions specific to this vacancy.  You must respond to all questions in order to save response and to continue with the application process.  Each response must be limited to 5000 characters without spaces (approximately 500 words). It is recommended that you compose and save your answers in a separate document and paste them into the online application. You are encouraged to visit www.ed.gov  to learn more about work of the Department of Education before completing your answers. 

2.  Once you have answered all vacancy questions click on [Finished].

STEP FOUR (Submission of Letters of Recommendation)

1. At the bottom of the online Section entitled [Documents] you will see a box for Fellowship Letters. You may upload your letters directly to your application or fax them using a specific cover sheet which will attach them to your application. Please note that letters of recommendation must be signed (and on letterhead as appropriate to the writer) in order to be accepted.

2. If you choose to fax, you MUST use the specific Cover Sheet generated by pressing on [Fax] and [Generate Cover sheet.] This will provide a sheet with a bar code specific for your application and a fax number. You MUST use this Cover Sheet in order for your letters to be attached to your application and you MUST include both letters of support at the same time.

3. Please note that the SF-50, Transcript, and Sch. A Ltr also listed in the Documents section are NOT required for this application and will not be reviewed as a part of your application. Please DO NOT send them.

STEP FIVE (Review and Submit Application):

The final step of the application process is to review and submit your complete online application package. 

1.  Review the personal information, vacancy questions and resume for accuracy and completeness.

2.  Once you are satisfied with your application click on [Finished] to submit your application.  If you do not click on the [Finished] button your application will not be submitted and you will not receive consideration.

3.  Once you have submitted your application you will be redirected back to USAJOBS where you may view your application status, continue to browse for open positions and/or apply for additional positions. You may return at  any

time until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement to update or make changes to your application.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • A Resume substantiating and supporting your experience
  • Complete responses to the six vacancy questions outlined above
  • Two Letters of Recommendation including: 

One required letter in conjunction with vacancy question D – Communication Skills - from a student, teacher, or staff member at your school or a member of the community speaking to your ability to communicate and impact the culture of the school and/or school community.  

One required letter in conjunction with vacancy question E – School Community Support - from the Superintendent or official in charge of hiring and evaluation for the district (or the equivalent as appropriate to private, charter, early learning center or other settings) recommending you for this position and acknowledging that it may require some flexibility to participate in activities during regular school hours at the Fellows’ availability.

One optional letter in conjunction with vacancy question F – Specific Fellowship Work Capacities - from an organization or professional association with which you have worked speaking to the capacities and dispositions you would bring to this specific position. 

Please note that letters of recommendation must be signed (and on letterhead as appropriate to the writer) in order to be accepted.

Applicants must submit all basic applicant information, including a resume and responses to vacancy specific questions. All application materials must be submitted by midnight Eastern Time on June 27, 2013.

NOTE:  Our online application system is 100% compatible with Internet

Explorer versions 5.5 and above. 

If you are using any other web browser to complete your application you may experience errors, missing text or you may be unable to complete your application on-line.

Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your 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 the 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. 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

US Dept. of Education
Phone: 1-800-USA-LEARN
Fax: 202-205-5720
Email: principalfellowship@ed.gov
Agency Information:
EDUCATION-OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
20202
US
Fax: 202-205-5720

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

As an applicant, your materials will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required, and the extent to which your

application shows that you meet the criteria associated with the position as described in the vacancy questions.

Once the application date closes, we will evaluate your application and determine your ranking. The Department will notify the most highly ranked applicants directly to request participation in an interview by approximately July 2013. Selected Fellows will begin and publically announced by October 2013.

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Job Announcement Number:

OCO-HQ-2013-0003

Control Number:

345185000