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Job Title:  NIH Recent Graduates (Program Specialist) - GRU - Pathways
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-NIH-GRU-RG-14-1125128

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$49,384.00 to $52,146.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 02, 2014 to Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Full Time - Recent Graduates
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
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U.S. citizens, non - U.S. citizens, national or legal permanent residents
Q - Nonsensitive


The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.


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  • U.S. Citizen, national or legal permanent resident;
  • Must be a U.S citizen prior to the conversion to a competitive appointment;
  • Must have completed, within the previous 2 years, a qualifying associates,
  • bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree
  • or certificate from a qualifying, accredited institution; and
  • Must have obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.


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NIH Recent Graduates perform duties in one of the Institutes or Centers in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH Recent Graduates receive on-the-job training for one year while completing at least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the program. Assignments are aimed at developing the employee's skills and knowledge to progressively perform more difficult duties.

As a NIH Recent Graduate (Program Specialist), you may:

    • Participate in the development and implementation of comprehensive plans and strategies for projects, actions, and activities.
    • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of programs or operations to identify issues and make recommendations for improvement.
    • Provide organizational support for planning, analyzing, coordinating, and evaluating the development of priorities, resource allocations, work force management, and/or performance objectives.
    • Provide technical support to program staff during the development of projects or programs. 


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To qualify for the GS-09:

  • You must have completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.  OR
  • Possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level.  You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS- 07 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector.  Examples of specialized experience includes performing the following types of tasks: assisting in evaluating the effectiveness or efficiency of programs; providing support for program planning and analysis activities; using integrated reporting systems; assisting in reviewing information and analyses of findings.    View Assessment Questions


You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Please note that unofficial transcripts attached to the application must reflect that the degree or certificate has been awarded or conferred.  The date that the degree was awarded or conferred must meet the program criteria at the time of application.  Applicants who have completed their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization and must provide a copy of the evaluation at the time of application.  Click here for information on Foreign Education.   All documents must be received at the time of application.


You must have received a degree or certificate from an institution that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.  To verify that your degree or certificate is from an accredited institution, please visit and search for your institution. 


Applicants must have graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  We do not round the GPA.   

To be eligible for appointment, you must be a recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying, accredited educational institution.  A valid certificate program is post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.  Recent graduates who completed their requirements between December 27, 2010 and July 10, 2012 will have two years from July 10, 2012 to apply to Recent Graduates announcements.


Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation may have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.  Veterans are granted exclusion for their time served.  Therefore, if a Veteran graduates and the serves on active duty for four years, his/her service time is subtracted for the purposes of the two-year calculation.  


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


Applications will be evaluated against basic qualifications. Veterans’ Preference does apply.  If you are a veteran, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:


We will review your application package to ensure that you meet the job requirements.  Your application package must support your answers to the assessment questionnaire.  If your answers cannot be verified, your rating will be changed to an appropriate level. If you are claiming Veterans’ Preference you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package to verify your preference claim and receive preference. These documents may include, but are not limited to: DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

Qualified applicants will be placed in one of four groupings:

     1.  Preference eligible having a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS and CP)

     2.  Other 10-point preference eligible (XP)

     3.  5-point preference eligible (TP)

     4.  Non-preference eligible

Selections must be made in preference order.  All individuals in the highest preference group must be selected before making selections from the next lower preference eligible group.  All preference eligibles must be selected before making selections from the non-preference eligible group.     .


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, see New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


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This announcement allows acceptance of applications during the open period: June 2, 2014 through July 1, 2014 (30 days). Eligible and qualified applicants will be referred on applicant lists upon managers' requests throughout the announcement open period. Applicant lists may also be issued up to the close of business on the second day following the closing date of the announcement. Early submission of your application is highly encouraged and recommended. Eligible and qualified applications received prior to a manager's request will receive consideration for his or her applicant list. Your application will be considered only for manager requests that occur after your application is received. Since managers can request applications any time during the announcement open period, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to increase the opportunity for consideration from multiple managers.


NIH Recent Graduates, with U.S. citizenship, may be converted to a career or career-conditional appointment (permanent, or to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of all program requirements specified by the Pathways Participant Agreement.  

NIH Recent Graduates and their supervisors must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement outlining expectations for the internship prior to entering on duty.


All NIH Pathways Recent Graduates are hired at the Step 1 of the grade in which they are selected.  We are unable to pay relocation expenses.   

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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HR Specialist 
Phone: (301) 402-6040

Agency Information: 
National Institutes of Health 
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD 20892



National Institutes of Health
Phone: (301)402-6040
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


All selections will be made within 32 days of the closing date of the announcement.  You are encouraged to apply to future announcements.  

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