Job Overview


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply:   Open to all United States Citizens

This position is located in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Division of Children's Service (DCS).

As a Field Program Specialist in the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Division of Children's Service you will assist in the care and placement of immigrant children who are in Federal custody.


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-ACF-MP-13-910115 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This salary range listed above indicates the basic pay for the GS-12 grade level.  Below is the geographical locality salary for each duty location being advertised in this vacancy announcement.

 Washington, DC Metro Area - $74,872 to $97,333

 San Antonio, TX - $68,809 to $89,450

 Newark, NJ - $77,585 to $100,859

 Harlingen, TX - $68,809 to $89,450

 Grand Rapids, MI -  $68,809 to $89,450

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations. 


Provide authoritative advice based on expertise in implementing policies and procedures concerning services for unaccompanied alien children.  Collaborate with case coordinators and care providers in overseeing the safe and expeditious reunification of unaccompanied alien children with family and other adult persons in the United States.  Make placement determinations and program management decisions on policies involving placement, transfer, and special needs of unaccompanied alien children housed in care provider program.  Assist in developing policies and training for care provider programs regarding the care and custody of unaccompanied alien children.  Serve as the field expert for issues on child welfare and unaccompanied alien children.