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Job Title:Education Program Specialist GS-1720-13 (DEU)

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Office of Postsecondary Education

Job Announcement Number:OPE-2013-0033

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, September 04, 2013 to Wednesday, September 18, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map


***One or more vacancies may be filled under this announcement*** The area of consideration for this position is "All Recruiting Sources" for Non-status candidates. Announcement OPE-2013-0034 is open concurrently with an area of consideration of "Federal Agencies" for status candidates. Applicants with non competitive eligibility (i.e. 30% Disabled Veterans, Sch. A, etc) should also apply under announcement OPE-2013-0034.


Join our Team! 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.

This position serves as an Education Program Specialist in the Office of Postsecondary Education, Student Service, Group B, United States Department of Education.  The position performs professional work for an educationally related program (or group of programs) directed towards improving American education.  Program objectives are achieved through the management of grants, as well as through professional leadership and expertise.


  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • You Must be a U.S. Citizen.


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Utilizes extensive knowledge of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the program legislation and regulations governing the Student Support Services and Child Care Access Means Parents in School Programs.  Incumbent must be able to intertwine knowledge of the policies germane to the programs into the interpretation of the program legislation and regulations and have the ability to solve complex programmatic and fiscal issues encountered by grantees.  Must have a hands-on experience and extensive knowledge of the processes used in the competitive review of applications received for funding consideration.  Must have the ability to serve as a panel monitor or control room staff. Provides substantial input into the development of objectives, policies, and long range work priorities for the program unit to which assigned.  Provides broad levels of advice to managers in virtually all aspects of the program and activities related to it.  Provides authoritative leadership and guidance for important special projects that have a significant bearing on the direction and operation of the organizational unit.  These projects may require a significant level of integration with the objectives and functions of other organizational units as well as high levels of demonstrated programmatic expertise.  Responsible for the research and development of new and revised regulations, program guidelines, and strategies for achieving overall objectives including such areas as:  procurement, competitive selection, grant review, and on-site monitoring.  Handles the most complex features of the operational aspects of the program, providing coordination and leadership where necessary to other members of the staff and/or representatives from other organizations. Advises managers on important aspects of program operations and interprets program requirements, criteria, rules and regulations to assist in resolving controversies and/or settling issues with the potential for significant policy impact.  Initiates, plans, and provides leadership for national, state and local meetings, seminars, and conferences for the purpose of providing training to professional specialists on major program activities.  Holds roundtable discussions with staff and program officials to obtain their cooperation and input on controversial issues raised by program heads.  Elicits and compiles viewpoints and alternatives that afford the Assistant Secretary the benefit of diverse points of view and options.  Represents the office in a variety of meetings and conferences and maintains effective relations with lay and professional organizations and education officials at various levels.


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Basic Requirements:

A. Degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of course work in a field related to the work of the position to be filled,of which at least 9 semester hours were in education courses.  OR
B. Combination of education and experience - at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work in the position to be filled, of which at least 9 semester hours must have been in education courses, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  The experience must reflect the level and kind described in C below.  OR 
C. Four (4) years of experience that demonstrated a thorough understanding of the principles underlying the work of this 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 normally acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year degree from an accredited college or university. 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, 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 student's success or failure according to established criteria.  Serving in an assistant capacity to a professor without the authority to determine the student's success or failure to meet course requirements does not meet this criterion. 

Specialized Experience GS-13  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-12 grade level in the Federal government (Examples of such experience include: providing technical and policy assistance to grantees on the Higher Education Opportunity Act, and program legislation and regulations governing Title IV programs (i.e., Student Support Services Program, Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program); advising grantees and proposed grantees on regulatory and sub-regulatory guidance including the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, statute requirements for submitting grant applications and program proposals; participating in workshops and outreach events designed to acquaint potential grantees with grant programs; formulating grant budgets and assisting in the implementation of approved projects; participating in grant competitions, including field readings, accepting and pre screening applications, recruiting field readers, assigning panels, conducting orientation, and monitoring panel readings; developing application clearance packages, technical review plans, and slates of recommended; establishing  monitoring criteria and monitoring plans to ensure the educational effectiveness and progress of projects, and to determine compliance with rules and regulations, assisting internal and external customers with G5, Annual Performance Report System, and Grant Electronic Monitoring System, discretionary formula databases and other automated grants management and monitoring systems; providing advice on program management procedures and developing new methods relating to program management, monitoring, and technical assistance; handling complex features of the operational aspects of the grant programs; providing coordination and leadership to members of the staff and/or representatives from other organizations; maintaining a license (warrant) at the appropriate level to obligate grant awards). For full qualifications go to: Qualifications

To perform successfully the duties of this position, applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the 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 alternative approaches to education problems, adapt and extend established concepts and methods.


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 status. 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 meet the specialized experience outlined in the Minimum Qualification Requirements section of this announcement. 2 - Well Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "WQ" 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 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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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: Work Site Locations 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.


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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.

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Applicants 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.



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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.
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