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Job Title:Field Program Specialist, GS-0101-12

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Administration for Children and Families

Job Announcement Number:HHS-ACF-DE-14-1156953

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 $106,955.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to Friday, September 26, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




10 vacancies in the following location(s):
Tucson, AZ View Map
San Diego, CA View Map
San Francisco, CA View Map
Atlanta, GA View Map
Boston, MA View Map
More Locations  (3)


United States Citizens


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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This announcement will include cut off dates.  The first cut-off will be on July 15, 2014 with additional cut-offs approximately every 4 weeks. The referral of additional applicants after the initial cut-off will be at the need and discretion of the agency.  Please be sure to review the requirements of the announcement in order to submit all documents prior to the cut-off date you wish to be considered.

As a Field Program Specialist in the Office of Refugee Resettlement, (ORR) Division of Children's Services (DCS), you will provide authoritative advice to DCS-contracted case coordinators and DCS care provider programs in the development and implementation of care and placement plans for unaccompanied children.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-ACF-MP-14-1157006 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.

The beginning and ending salaries may vary depending on location of position.

San Diego CA $75,603 - $98,281

San Francisco CA $82,275 - $106,955

Tucson AZ $69,497 - $90,344

Harlingen TX $69,497 - $90,344

Dallas TX $73,460 - $95,496

Atlanta GA $72,620 - $94,404

Philadelphia PA $74,142 - $96,382

Boston MA $75,974 - $98,764

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


  • 50% or Greater
  • Incumbent will be required to travel 50% of time.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • One-year probationary period may be required
  • Travel is required


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  • Provides authoritative advice, consultation and technical assistance to care provider programs, DCS-contracted Case Coordinators, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) juvenile coordinators on unaccompanied alien children (UAC).
  • Coordinates and oversee the safe reunification of UAC with family and/or other adult sponsors in the United States.
  • Assists in the development of policies and procedures regarding the care of UAC.
  • Monitors complex issues and troubleshoots problems within the region to ensure smooth and efficient implementation of the UAC program.


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Applicants must meet one of the Basic Requirement AND the Specialized Experience listed below. 


Basic Requirement: You must meet one of the items listed below (A, B, or C):

A. Possess a degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. (Must provide transcripts)

B. Possess a combination of education and experience -- that provided you with the knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. (Must provide transcript)

C. Possess four years of appropriate experience that demonstrates acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


Specialized Experience:

GS-12: At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 or higher in the Federal service, assisting with overseeing the establishment and operation of shelters and care providers responsible for the housing and care of children; assisting in the coordination of care and custody of children; making placement decisions based on the best interests of the children; and providing training to child care providers. 

If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.


Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For further information, click on foreign education.

Conditions of Employment:

1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

5. Financial disclosure statement required: No

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

7. Travel, transportation, and moving expenses authorized: No


8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes 

9. Drug Screening Required: No

10. Relocation incentives authorized: No

11. Recruitment incentives authorized: No


12. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No


13. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No


Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé 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 résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens:  Eligible candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Candidates in the highest category will be referred to the hiring agency.


Application of Veterans' Preference: The Category Rating process does not add veterans' preference points 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 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher.) 


The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

  • Coordination of Child Welfare Programs
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions


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Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to:

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, go to:


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Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: and click on Vacancy ID 1156953.

If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to:  1-478-757-3144.

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., résumé, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.


Do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying on-line.


  • Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
  • Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you)

  • College transcripts (if qualifying all of in part based on your education)
    • Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15, VA letter, etc.)
    • CTAP/ICTAP documentation



    For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


    Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
    Phone: (757)441-6765
    Agency Information:
    1900 E St NW
    Washington, DC


    You will be notified on the outcome of your application once a list of candidates has been sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

    Additional Duty Location Info

    10 vacancies in the following locations:
    Tucson, AZ View Map
    San Diego, CA View Map
    San Francisco, CA View Map
    Atlanta, GA View Map
    Boston, MA View Map
    Philadelphia, PA View Map
    Dallas, TX View Map
    Harlingen, TX View Map

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