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Job Title:  Program Analyst (Strategy Analyst)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Inspector General
Job Announcement Number:  SMO-2014-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to Friday, July 11, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Reston, VA View Map
Employees of the Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General Only (Career or Career-Conditional Eligibles)


About the Agency

The mission of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is to protect America's natural resources for future generations, provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage, offer recreational opportunities, honor its trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office within the Department of the Interior whose mission is to promote excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout DOI. The OIG conducts investigations, evaluations, and audits in order to enhance effectiveness and efficiency and to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and mismanagement in DOI programs and operations.

The position is assigned to the Director, Strategy Management Office. The incumbent serves as a strategy program analyst providing analytic, project management, and technical support for the development, periodic refresh, implementation, assessment, and communication of OIG strategy. He/she provides direct support to and interacts on a regular basis with executives, OIG managers, and others throughout the organization to help ensure that the strategic priorities executives identified drive operational decisions. He/she works independently with high level executives in the organization, with management, and with peers.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 10%


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service
  • Successful completion of a background investigation
  • Subject to initial and random drug testing


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The incumbent works with SMO staff and OIG executives to identify ways to enhance, implement, assess, and communicate OIG strategy. Provides subject matter expertise on strategy to the organization to ensure it is equipped with the necessary strategic performance management skills, processes, and tools to influence change, improve performance, achieve OIG goals and objectives, and successfully implement the strategy and monitor performance.
The responsibilities involve a range of activities, including:

  • undertaking and leading special, complex projects that impact the entire organization and help to implement OIG executive’s strategic priorities;
  • gathering, analyzing, and presenting information on organizational activities and performance relative to OIG strategy and executive priorities;
  • gathering, analyzing, and sharing up to the executive level information on internal activities to facilitate coordination and on external events to respond to potential impacts on OIG operations or work products;
  • identifying areas for internal improvement and making recommendations on how to approach the improvement efforts;
  • using Sharepoint to track and report vast amounts of key information that informs strategic decision making; and
  • leading or assisting with the development, administration, and reporting of the OIG all-employee survey.
 The position requires working independently but collaboratively with others outside the work unit.


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Minimum Qualifications Requirement: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal government or equivalent supporting executives in developing, refining, executing, assessing progress in meeting, and communicating organizational strategy; leading a wide variety of complex and sensitive projects, requiring extensive internal outreach to obtain clarification on scope, goals, resources, intended outcomes, and applicable polices and program guidance; using available or acquired software and systems (e.g., Sharepoint, standalone software, Excel) to develop means to capture, categorize, sort, retrieve, and organize vast amounts of data in a strategically meaningful way; and providing observations, evaluations, and recommendations to correct weaknesses and implement improvements.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Division of Human Resources, Work/Life Programs, at  (703) 487-5408. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Department of Interior, Office of Inspector is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, political affiliation, union or non-union affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or any other non-merit factors.


Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position. If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position and tour of duty (full or part time to include number of hours). One year of general or specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are pro-rated.
Your responses to the questionnaire and/or competency statements will be evaluated to determine the degree to which your skills match this position. Your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position.
Candidates are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAs in an online job questionnaire. The KSAs are:

  • Advanced knowledge in strategy management and mastery of advanced management and organizational skills, including the application of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods, in order to assess organizational performance relative to stated strategic objectives and to conduct surveys.
  • Skill in using project management principles and practices to lead/ design complex projects that potentially impact the entire organization and/or entire units, including clarifying project goals, obtaining stakeholder buy-in, setting and meeting key milestones, managing project risks, recommending appropriate project team members, reporting as appropriate to keep stakeholders involved, and closing out/ rolling out the project at project completion.
  • Skill in designing solutions in Sharepoint for data management, sorting, and retrieval; building collaborative platforms; and using Sharepoint for information sharing.
  • Skill and ability to present to executives in a concise, clear manner.
NOTE: If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

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  • You must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates.
  • OIG Employees are subject to initial and random drug testing as a condition of continued employment.
  • Periodic travel may be required.
  • The OIG has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework. The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
  • Selectees must complete a one year probationary or trial period unless already completed or exempted by special authority.


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To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of Interior's OIG Automated Application System. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:
STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.
STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.
STEP 3: Answer the eligibility and assessment questionnaires on-line through the automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your student eligibility for this job opportunity. 
STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement. 

If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.
NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


Performance Appraisal: All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of the most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year and includes the final rating.

Resume -your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action- documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.

Other Documentation - supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (e.g. severely disabled, eligible veterans, SF-50 etc.).


Miranda Sanderson-Callard
Phone: 703-487-5416
Fax: 703-487-5208
Agency Information:
Office of Inspector General
U.S. DOI - Office of Inspector General
1849 C Street, NW
Mail Stop 4428
Washington, DC
Fax: 703-487-5208


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral of your resume to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 45 to 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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