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Job Title:Grant Program Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:OVW-14-1164675(WS)DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$52,146.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




6 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Public Trust - Background Investigation




This position is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Created in 1995, OVW implements the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership against domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Since its inception, OVW has launched a multifaceted approach to responding to these crimes. OVW grants help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives and enable communities to hold offenders accountable. OVW seeks to broaden public attention to its grant programs by forging state, local and tribal partnerships and interaction among police, prosecutors, the judiciary, victim advocates, healthcare providers, faith leaders, the public and the media.

OVW offices are near metro transportation systems or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities are available. Most employees who commute by public transportation are provided transit subsidy benefits.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Required travel may be as high as 25% of the time.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a Public Trust background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How to Apply Section).


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As a Grant Program Specialist, in the Grants Development and Management or the Tribal Affairs Division, the incumbent will:

-Provide sound guidance to ensure grantee compliance with regulations statutory requirements, and established best practices in responding to violence against women; 

-Develop substantive expertise on specific issues relevant to OVW grant programs;

-Stay abreast of changes that impact assigned grant programs including new legislation, administration priorities, and OVW policies and initiatives;

-Identify emerging issues that need to be addressed through technical assistance;

-Perform work related to developing and maintaining relationships with stake holders in various level of federal, state, local and tribal governments, the criminal and civil justice communities, and victim service providers to communicate and disseminate information about violence against women grant programs and activities;

-Review, evaluate, oversee, and provide technical assistance on the implementation of grants and cooperative agreements involving violence against women programs;

-Review applications for grant assistance, proposed revisions to applications, and supplemental requests to ensure that: (1) all statutory and regulatory  requirements are met; (2) proposed changes are in correct with overall program guidelines, and; (3) grantees are appropriately utilizing federal resources to meet the needs of their communities in addressing violence against women;

-Perform post-award administration functions.  Interpret OVW program requirement, identify problem areas, and provide advice regarding program improvements to meet agency needs with guidance from senior grant specialists and supervisor; and 

-Participate in the implementation of national programs and policies related to assigned grant programs and OVW priorities.


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For the Grade GS-09, you must possess at least one of the following: 

A. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties: 1) reviewing a variety of program documents (e.g. proposals, grants, cooperative agreements, and other related instruments) to ensure compliance with established regulations; 2) reviewing administrative audit and investigative reports to determine appropriate changes or corrective action required; 3) resolving common problems and referring situations requiring higher level expertise to a more experienced specialist; and 4) working directly with applicants, recipients, and sub recipients, as needed, to obtain information needed to determine eligibility for participation in grant program; OR
B. Have a master's or equivalent graduate degree; or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR
C. Have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and have more than one year but less than two years of education as described in B. You have computed the percentage of the requirements met, and the total is at least 100%. 

For the Grade GS-11, you must possess at least one of the following: 

A. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties: 1) prepare, process, issue, and track grants/assistance awards and compliance with reporting requirements; 2) review and evaluate adequacy of grants/assistance policies and procedures; 3) initiate, plan, and conduct surveys and studies to recommend changes to policies, procedures, and regulations; 4) lead group discussions with tribal, state, local entities and industries affected by grant programs; and 5) provide training, technical assistance, oversight, ethics advice, expertise, and consultation to program officials, awardees, review panels, applicants, recipients, and sub recipients as needed; OR
B. Have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related; OR
C. Have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and have more than two years but less than three years of education as described in B. You have computed the percentage of the requirements met, and the total is at least 100%.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

You must meet all qualification requirement by the closing date of this announcement.



Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications for this position.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.


Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under “How You Will Be Evaluated,” veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.  In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Best Qualified)  




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Benefits:  DOJ offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: 


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan:  The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.  Specific documentation requirements and information are found at:
Veteran Preference:  If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should
indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé.  In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at:


NOTE:  To verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference" in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form.  If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.


DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:  Is found at:


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:  Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Schedule A:  DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is
firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department.  DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information is found at:


Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information at:



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 15, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  1164675.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


·Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).

·Veteran preference documentation, if applicable.

·CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.

·An unofficial college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.)

Submitting Documents:

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  


  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 1164675
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 


  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.



Willie Smith
Phone: (202)616-3742
Agency Information:
Justice Management Division
145 N Street NE suite 9W 300
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.




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