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Job Title:Program Specialist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Hiring Organization:Office of Fossil Energy

Job Announcement Number:DOE-HQ-FE-14-00133-CR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$75,621.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year


Thursday, April 17, 2014 to Thursday, May 01, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Germantown, MD View Map


All U.S. Citizens
This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, vacancy # (DOE-HQ-FE-14-00133-MP).


Not Applicable




About the Agency

This position is located in FE’s Office of Business Operations, Office of Management and Field Operations. The Office of Management and Field Operations is responsible for coordinating corporate human capital management functions including workforce and succession planning; position management; position classification and staffing; and employee development; performance management; workforce diversity, affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity programs.

A successful candidate in this position will:

  • Implement and facilitate, evaluate and continually improve FE programs in the areas of recruitment, workforce development and workforce diversity.
  • Support program managers and senior specialists in the promulgation of initiatives that ensure a diverse workforce that has the proper skills and competencies needed to perform FE's current and future mission.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel, up to 25%, may be required


  • No


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


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As a Program Specialist, you will:
  • Oversee the development, implementation, execution and evaluation of a corporate recruitment program designed to attract diverse and highly skilled candidates for FE job vacancies; develop and execute a multifaceted outreach campaign to educate perspective job seekers on FE’s mission; and utilize social media to achieve program objectives.
  • Collaborate with program managers to develop organizational recruiting plans, to include educating managers on hiring flexibilities, special hiring programs and authorities, and effective candidate selection techniques and strategies to facilitate workforce and succession planning to include tracking progress and preparing quarterly and annual reports on the FE Disabled Veteran Affirmative Action Program plan; and establishing annual hiring projections for special recruitment programs (i.e. Career Pathways and Presidential Management Fellows).
  • Foster and maintain networking through industry contacts, association memberships, trade groups, and educational institutions to include coordinating and implementing college recruitment initiatives, representing FE at employment fairs and events, and giving presentations at colleges and universities to increase awareness of FE.
  • Serve as the project lead for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program, an FE-wide 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to students who are pursing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors).
  • Support FE’s workforce development and diversity programs by performing analysis of organizational conditions to develop recommendations for new policies and initiatives; and collaborating with office peers in the development, implementation and evaluation of workforce planning and succession planning strategies.
  • Support office operations through collaboration with senior specialists and office management to develop organizational performance goals, objectives and milestones; reporting on the progress and project status in relation to objectives and milestones; and developing information and/or gathering material for use in reports, presentations, and briefings.


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A qualified candidates online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service.


One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience:

  • Reviewing data and conducting studies in support of a recruitment and/or employment program;
  • Collecting, managing, and interpreting employment data; and
  • Communicating complex information and analysis through correspondence, meetings, reports, and briefings.

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience managing an organizational level recruitment and/or employment program with responsibility for program planning, budget forecasting, execution and tracking, administration and oversight of work to include:
  • Conducting strategic outreach and marketing initiatives to build employer brand;
  • Developing recruitment strategies to address current and future organizational competency requirements while ensuring workforce diversity; and
  • Developing and implementing customer satisfaction measures to evaluate program effectiveness.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
  1. Knowledge of human resource management programs and activities
  2. Ability to management programs/projects.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively both orally, and in writing.

You must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.


  • A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.
  • Status and non-status applicants from outside DOE may be required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period.
  • A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.
  • ALL supplemental documentation MUST be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Applicants MUST meet ALL eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
To preview questions please click here.


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  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the 'How you will be evaluated' section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.  
Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
Steps to modify or withdraw your application:
  1. Return to USAJOBS and log in.
  2. In the "My Account" screen, click "Application Status" in the left-hand column.
  3. You will see a table list of all the jobs you've applied to, click on the title of the application you want to modify.
  4. If the announcement is still open the button which normally says "Apply Now" will instead say "Edit Application", click that button. (If you want to withdraw your application from consideration after the closing date, contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.)
  5. You will be directed to the application where you can make changes or you can click "Withdraw Application" to delete your application.
  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


Almaz Beyene
Phone: 202-586-8016
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TDD: 202-586-6155
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Human Resources Office
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