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Job Title:  Field Program Specialist
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Administration for Children and Families
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-ACF-DE-13-909479

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$60,274.00 to $78,355.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 08, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
6 vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
Newark, NJ United StatesView Map
San Antonio, TX United StatesView Map
Grand Rapids, MI United StatesView Map
Harlingen, TX United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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. 


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation required.


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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.



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To qualify, applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


For the GS-12 grade level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) in the Federal service.


Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and can be demonstrated through the knowledge of child welfare practices, statutes, international standards and Federal regulations for the treatment of unaccompanied alien children.


SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:   This position has a selective placement factor which represents knowledge, skills or abilities that are essential to job performance, and can not reasonably be acquired on the job during the period of orientation or training customary for the position being filled.  


Applicants applying for this announcement must be able to fluently read and speak the Spanish and English language.


You must provide information in your application to support your claim.  Failure to provide this supporting documentation will result in disqualification of your application. 




Basic Requirements:

Degree:  behavioral or social science or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR

Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with the knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social science equivalent to a major in the field; OR

Four (4) years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social science equivalent to a major in the field.


Applicants must provide an unofficial copy of their college transcript.  Failure to provide this documentation may result in disqualification of your application.


Foreign Education:   If you are using education completed in Foreign Colleges or Universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs, and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education programs or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited College or University.  For further information, visit:



Conditions of Employment:


1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.


2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.


3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.


6. One-year probationary period may be required.


7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No


8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes


9. Drug Screening Required: No


10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No


11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No


12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  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 eligibility.  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.


The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


Knowledge, Skills, and abilities:


Ability to evaluate complex situations dealing with complex issues in order to accomplish agency goals.  


Skill in oral communication.


Skill in written communication.


Ability to convene planning groups and develop strategies to resolve programmatic problems. 


Knowledge of and experience with child welfare practices and statutes, international standards for the treatment of unaccompained alien children (UAC) in care, including standards for health care service to UAC, and general child advocacy issues to ensure that the practices of ORR/DCS relating to UAC conform to all Federal regulations and legally-binding agreements concerning UAC in Federal custody.


SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:  This position has a selective placement factor which represents knowledge, skills, or abilities that are essential to job performance, and can not be reasonably acquired on the job during the period of Orientation or training customary for the position being filled. 


Applicants must be able to fluently speak and read the Spanish and English language.


You must provide information in your application to support your claim.  Failure to provide this supporting documentation will result in disqualification of your application. 




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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


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 19, 2013 to receive consideration.

1.    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2.    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

3.    It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

4.    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

5.    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 909479.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

NOTE: If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 19, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire (1203FX form) and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Robert Adams @ 202-691-2262     The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 19, 2013 .


Robert L. Adams
Phone: (202)691-2262
Agency Information:
200 Independence Ave SW
HHH Building
Suite 801
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


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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