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Job Title:  Program Specialist, GS-0301-15
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  LV-R10-MP-2013-0026

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$121,357.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 26, 2013 to Monday, September 16, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Seattle, WA, US  View Map

Current permanent EPA employees in Region 10 with competitive status and CTAP eligibles.

***  Position reannounced due to technical issue.  Previous applicants under announcement LV-R10-MP-2013-0023 must reapply.


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This position is located in Region 10, Office of Management Programs, in Seattle, Washington. For more information on this office, visit their website:

The selectee may have to take up to 23 furlough hours (unpaid time off) by September 30, 2013.  The number of furlough hours the selectee has to take will be proportional to the selectee's start date.


  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


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You will:

Develops, analyzes evaluates, advises on, or improves the effectiveness of work methods and procedures, organization, manpower utilization, distribution of work assignments, delegations of authority, management controls and other functions of management within the Office. Analyzes and evaluates, on a quantitative or qualitative basis, the effectiveness of programs in meeting established goals and objectives.  Performs analysis of the impact and effectiveness of existing and/or proposed standards, regulations, programs and policies. Provides position management advice and recommendations to the Management team on the distribution of the workload and the skills mix or categories of employees needed to accomplish the work of the Office.  Works with the Office Director on projects of a broad scope involving national significance, consistency or precedence setting. Participates in national level tasks, regional task forces, committees, and conferences on issues pertaining to administrative controls or operations, as assigned by the Office Director. Provides advice and support to the Office Director and the Management Team on complicated administrative issues.  Recommends adjustments in approach to resolve any outstanding issues and assists in achieving overall program planning outputs.


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You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-15 level, your resume must reflect one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level defined as applying strategic thinking in devising methods, programs or plans to address emerging issues; negotiating with managers or other high-level officials to reach agreements and/or solutions; and establishing and monitoring the performance and progress of a team in meeting goals and objectives.; and experience negotiating with management to accept and implement recommendations/proposals.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 

Knowledge of concepts and principles of program management in order to handle complex and difficult assignments.

Ability to synthesize complex material into concise clearly understood briefings for the Office Director and others.

Ability to coordinate and negotiate programs assignments and commitments to assure commitments are met.

Ability to communicate orally effectively with senior officials both within and outside the Agency.

Ability to communicate in writing effectively with senior officials both within and outside the Agency.

Knowledge of EPA staffing plans and budgets systems in order to assist the Region insetting program goals.

Ability to set and implement program goals.

Ability to establish a working relationship with internal and external customers.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE:  We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).  However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.


Are you a Displaced Federal Employee?  If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information

This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment.  The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA.  Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.   To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.

All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature.

If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement.

For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to .


Documents to be submitted on-line:

--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section.  In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.  
--Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire
--Displaced Federal employees under CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
--Current EPA Employees:  You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).  If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in e-OPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.

If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's web site:


Jennifer Jeffries
Phone: 702-798-2401
Fax: 702-798-2433
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
4220 S. Maryland Pkwy, Bldg A, Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV
Fax: 702-798-2433


You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account.  You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.  You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

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