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Job Title:Pathways (Recent Graduate) Program Analyst, GS-343-9/11 (Open to All US. Citizens) ARC

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Job Announcement Number:PHMSA.PA-2013-0011

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 15, 2013 to Saturday, November 16, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0343-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - - Excepted Service Appointment for initial period.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Only open to US Citizens that meet the Pathways Recent Graduate program requirements.
This position is part of the Pathways Program and is open to students who graduated from a qualifying educational institution within the past 2 years (or veterans with 6 years, if military service intervened). Additional information can be found at: USAJobs.

JOB SUMMARY:

Our mission is to protect people and the environment from the risks inherent in hazardous materials transportation—by pipelines and other modes of transport.  

In this job, you will perform a wide variety of program and policy evaluations to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, implementation, performance, and results of PHMSA's safety programs; participate in the development and coordination of the agency's strategic plan and integrated performance budget; participate in the development of performance measures for the agency and performance agreements for key agency leaders; and help track and report on Agency progress/accomplishments in meeting strategic goals and objectives.
 
This position is perfect for a mid-level professional who has training or education at the graduate level in program evaluation methods, statistics, and economics; and some experience in designing and conducting a program evaluation and in quantitative analysis.  A Master's degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Affairs, or Applied Social Sciences would be preferred.

This is an Excepted Service Pathways Recent Graduate appointment. The Pathways program is designed to provide recent graduates with an entry-level, developmental experience desigened to lead to a civil service career.  For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit:  http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/.
 
USDOT is conveniently located across from the Navy Yard Metro Station in the Department of Transportation building.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT MIDNINGHT ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 100TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must meet Pathways Program Recent Graduate requirements.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date.
  • Relocation expenses may or may not be paid for this position.
  • This position is telework eligible.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

DUTIES:

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The Program Analyst (Recent Graduate):

  • Conducts evaluations of agency programs, regulations, policies, and procedures to help ensure efficient and effective program operations.  These evaluations may be conducted independently or as part of an intra- or inter-agency effort.  Recommendations may affect the manner in which the basic mission of the PHMSA is carried out, the future direction of programs, and may have an impact on the agency's interrelationships with other Federal and State agencies.
  • Facilitates and coordinates, with other PHMSA program offices, the development of measures for use in evaluating program performance and in identifying and justifying resources.  Measures and monitors safety outcomes for the agency.  Assists in evaluating the effectiveness of the agency's measures in monitoring safety outcomes, recommending modification as necessary.
  • Helps to evaluate the design and implementation of PHMSA's safety programs, and the extent to which they carry out the statutory intent.  Develops program logic models to clarify the underlying assumptions about how the programs work, from inputs to activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts.  Evaluates regulations, policies, procedures, systems, data collections, and operations to determine how these reflect and implement program design.  Identifies external factors that could affect program effectiveness and unintended effects from program design or implementation.  Recommends options for addressing weaknesses in program design or implementation.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of PHMSA's safety programs—the extent to which the programs contribute to safety outcomes and/or lead to unintended effects.
  • Assists key agency leaders in the development of executive performance plans and agreements that are linked to agency plans, goals, objectives, and budget.  Helps track and periodically report on achievements.
  • Assists the Senior Policy Advisor in the development of the Agency's strategic and operational plans and provides input into the budget.  Monitors activities and evaluates accomplishments against established plans, goals, and objectives.  Helps prepare recurring and ad hoc reports regarding progress and results.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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THIS POSITION HAS A MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT.
You must complete educational program requirements by the January 1, 2014.
 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp).
 
To meet the minimum qualifications for this series and grade level, you must (1) meet either the education or specialized experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification.


LEVEL

To qualify on Education, you must have:

To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

GRADE 09

2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR master's or equivalent graduate degree.
  • Experience in quantitative research methods; conducting evaluations of program effectiveness; developing and using program logic models; and statistical analysis of program data.
 
 
You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.
 

GRADE 11

3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • Experience in designing, conducting, and leading evaluations of program effectiveness, including both formative and summative evaluations.
 
You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.
 
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


 
RECENT GRADUATE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
Applications for this RECENT GRADUATE position will be accepted from the following individuals:

1.  Graduates who within the past 2 years, or after 12/27/2010, received a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
2.  Preference eligible veterans precluded from applying due to military service obligation may apply up to 2 years from the date of discharge/release from active duty, but no more than 6 years after the date educational requirements are met.
3.  Individuals who will complete educational program requirements by the January 1, 2014.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. See OPM's General Policies (http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp) for information on crediting education.

 
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • EXCEPTED SERVICE: Selected participants are on an excepted service appointment under the Recent Graduates Program and required to serve a one year trial period, and will be evaluated for conversion to a term or permanent appointment in the
    competitive service at the end of one year.
  • SECURITY: The selectee will be required to complete fingerprints and the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the job.  Qualified students will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by veteran preference status:  (1) Preference eligible having a compensable, service-connected disability of 10 percent or more; (2) all other candidates eligible for 10-point veteran preference; (3) candidates eligible for 5-point veteran preference; and (4) candidates not eligible for veteran preference.
You will not be considered for the position if any part of the application or supporting documentation is incomplete.  Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or adverse action after hiring.
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BENEFITS:

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  • This position is eligible to earn sick leave. 
  • Additional federal benefits are available for this position.
  • This position is telework-eligible.
  • Alternative work schedules.
  • Access to low cost DOT gym membership.


OTHER INFORMATION:

  • This is a one year appointment in the excepted service which may lead to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service.
  • Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor (assigned within 90 days of appointment) and an Individual Development Plan, executed within 45 days of the appointment, outlining training requirements and program expectations.
  • Recent Graduates must receive at least 40 hours of formal training directly linked to their employment field.
  • Recent graduates serve a trial period for the duration of their excepted service appointment.
  • Recent graduates will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.


HOW TO APPLY:

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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.
If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298.  You may also email us at Transjobs@dot.gov. 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be provided by the closing date: 
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE
  • TRANSCRIPTS - You must submit a transcript with your application.  The transcript may be an unofficial transcript at the time of application.  However, you will need to provide an official transcript before you are given a final job offer.
  • VETERANS - In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: TRANSJOBS@dot.gov
Agency Information:
DOT, PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMIN
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
20590
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. Qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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Job Announcement Number:

PHMSA.PA-2013-0011

Control Number:

355453800