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Job Title:  Program Management Specialist (Underground Railroad)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  GETT-14-56DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$69,497.00 to $95,429.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 28, 2014 to Friday, May 09, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Cambridge, MD View Map
Philadelphia, PA View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


National Park Service - Experience Your America 

This position is for one vacancy and may be filled at Philadelphia, PA or Cambridge, MD. 


The incumbent of this position serves as the Program Management Specialist for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NURNF) in the National Park Service (NPS), Northeast Region and provides technical support and guidance on recognizing and implementing programs and preservation activities pursuant to the NURNF Act of 1998.  The Act provides for the National Park Service to identify and recognize the history of the Underground Railroad and its associated sites, facilities and programs.  Pursuant to the Act, the incumbent of this position is responsible for developing and implementing the Regional strategic plan for NURNF and for providing leadership, guidance, planning, coordination and review of related services provided by the over 195 NPS and non-NPS members of the NURNF in the Region.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel Required.


  • Yes
  • In accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Successful Completion of a Probationary Period Required
  • Successful Completion of Pre-employment Background Investigation Required


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In the capacity of regional point of contact for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom(Network), incumbent of the position facilitates the forming of new partnerships with community based groups, state agencies and other federal agencies; advocates for constituent support and assists non-profit groups in identifying sources of funding and developing competitive applications for grants.  Identifies National Park Service (NPS) units with direct/indirect connects to the Network; assists interpreters and park managers in developing related programming and curricula, and coordinates internally with other NPS offices to maximize efficiencies and services to the public.  Develops and coordinates state and regional workshops, conferences, and training sessions.  Serves on national and regional panels and grant review committees.  Facilitates the exchange of research results and uses available scholarship, studies and reports to validate and authenticate regional findings. Advises federal, state, and local governments, private organizations and property owners on matters pertaining to the need and techniques for effective preservation of Underground Railroad properties.  Develops cooperative agreement between the National Park Service, Northeast Region and states, localities and private organizations to facilitate joint initiatives and builds cooperation among diverse groups to address resource needs. Close working relationships are maintained with key professionals and managers at all levels of government and the private sector in order to communicate program goals and information.  Creates detailed correspondence and reports related to program activities.  Provides guidance and assistance in providing a professional web, social media and digital communications presence which provides national NTF information to the public and NPS employees. 




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One (1) year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position and would include serving as the principal point of contact for a broad based partnership program that supports research, preservation and with responsibility for providing technical and administrative support; conducting historical studies, analyzing findings, making recommendations, preparing project papers and reports, presenting historical material to public audiences and professional conferences, and organizing and delivering briefings to organization managers, partners, and public officials to encourage understanding and acceptance of findings and recommendations that recognize and implement programs and preservation activities.


Only experience obtained by Friday, May 09, 2014 of this announcement will be considered.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.  You check your status, please visit:

All Federal employees are required by Public Law 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

Any other conditions of employment not listed in the key requirements section


Category Rating:  Once the application process is complete, a review of 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 3 categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", 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 per cent 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 qualification will be evaluated on the following competencies/knowledge, skill, abilities, and other characteristics:

  • Knowledge of regulations, guidelines and procedures concerning planning, interpretation, budgeting, program execution, partnerships, cooperative agreements, fundraising, cultural resource management, historic preservation, procurement and/or contracting.
  • Ability to research, adapt and apply strategic principles to develop and sustain innovative organizations, coalitions and strategies
  • Knowledge of historical methods
  • Possess practical knowledge of web design, analysis techniques and database management systems. Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques graphic design applications used for visual media products.
  • Ability to plan, develop, organize, and present information to encourage stewardship of cultural resources.

Please follow all instructions carefully.


You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".




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The National Park Service offers a variety of benefits available to Federal service employees including annual leave, sick leave, health benefits, life insurance, and retirement plans.  You can review our benefits at:


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible see: To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.



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Online, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.  

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.

Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

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.

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. 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.

Fax, you will need to: (1) Print the occupational questionnaire:
View Occupational Questionnaire
, (2) Print the 1203 FX form:  and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items. (3) Fax all six pages of the completed 1203 FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203 FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To Fax Supporting Documents:  
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s): Please complete the following cover page:  and provide the Vacancy ID:  1102449. Fax the completed cover page along with your supporting documents to: 1-478-757-3144.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 09, 2014  to receive consideration.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement: 

1. Your Resume
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents
          -Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
          -Transcripts, if applicable

Note: Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as employer name and location; from and to dates (or to present for current position), which includes the month, year, and hours worked per week for each description of experience, with pay plan/grade, if applicable education and training, etc.  Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies". Your description of experience and education must be able to support any claim for qualifying for this position.  In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.  We may not make any assumptions regarding your experience.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response.  Please limit your resume to no more than 5 pages.To view a sample resume visit:

If you are veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference (TP), you must submit a copy of your DD214 or other proof of eligibility.  The DD214 must show your character of service.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference (CP, CPS, XP, Derived XP) you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.  You will not receive veterans preference for this announcement if you fail to provide acceptable supporting documents.  For more information on veterans' preference and the required supporting documents visit:   

Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.  Do not send photographs.  Application materials cannot be accepted by mail or email sent to the hr office.  If you do send them directly to the HR office by mail or email, you will not receive consideration.



James B. Collison
Phone: (267)528-3177
Agency Information:
NPS Northeast Regional Office
Central Servicing HR Office
325 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  An evaluation of your complete application will be made and you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

For additional information regarding this announcement or how to apply, please contact the HR Office at number or email provided above. For specific questions pertaining to the position being advertised, please contact Selecting Official Name at   or (215) 597-0052. Email is the preferred method of inquiry as it provides the fastest response time.  When inquiring by email please include the job announcement number ( GETT-14-56DEU ) in the subject line. 

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