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Energy Program Technology Specialist

Department of Energy
Department of Energy
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A successful candidate in this position will work directly with Program Managers and the Office Director to improve the management and effectiveness of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) R&D programs, and the data management and dissemination for those programs.

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  • Reviewing applications
  • Open & closing dates

    12/02/2020 to 12/08/2020

  • Salary

    $102,663 - $133,465 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 13

  • Help


    1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Telework eligible

    Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    Yes—PCS, Relocation, Recruitment or Retention incentives MAY be authorized subject to the availability of funding.

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule


  • Service


  • Promotion potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

  • Supervisory status


  • Security clearance

    Not Required

  • Drug test


  • Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

  • Trust determination process


  • Announcement number


  • Control number




As a Energy Technology Program Specialist, you will:

  • Serve as a project manager responsible for a variety of complex activities, to include projects which will primarily be focused on enabling the Office to adopt technology to market and commercialization strategies and apply them across the entire R&D portfolio, to inform future project development and planning, improve ongoing active project management, and to establish long-term results tracking and impact evaluation best-practices.
  • Develop systems and procedures for the assigned program area to enable the energy efficiency and renewable energy program to effectively and efficiently meet statutory requirements and Departmental goals and objectives.
  • Evaluate procedures and policies on the program’s legislatively mandated training and technical assistance goals and objectives.
  • Help analyze the impact of new and proposed legislation, Executive Orders and other regulations relevant to the Office, including but not limited to those focuses on results dissemination and open-data.
  • Responsible for working directly with Program Managers and the Office Director to develop and execute a long-term strategy for improving technology to market and commercialization strategies and programs, including the dissemination of data collected during or produced from ongoing R&D activities; based on findings, recommend and develop solutions or improvements in approaches for ongoing activities.
  • Prepare related internal and external communication products, e.g., briefings and presentations, content for newsletters or public webinars, and success story documents.
  • Make presentations on energy efficiency and renewable energy project/program objectives, content and progress to a variety of audiences, and reports reception of objectives to supervisors.
  • Prepare presentations, briefing papers and reports for senior program staff.
  • Prepare responses to Congressional and other executive correspondence, and respond to telephone requests for information about the energy technology program.
  • Responsible for evaluating the analysis underpinning reporting on year-over-year performance goals, communicating findings and analysis on technology adoption and commercialization, and engage with national labs and industry regarding commercialization gaps and opportunities, technology to market opportunities, impact evaluation, and other projects.
  • Review and monitor expenditures for assigned projects/programs, and reports to the supervisor on status of program performance against established goals and objectives.
  • Conduct periodic reviews of assigned programs and projects to assure this program plans and funding requirements fully support DOE goals and objectives, federal regulations, and applicable laws and Executive Orders.



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Application and resume must be submitted online by 11:59 p on closing date

FLSA Determination: This position meets the Administrative Exemption criteria found in 5 CFR 551.206, and the position is determined to be Exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Bargaining Unit Status: This position is eligible for the Bargaining Unit.



A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

Experience preparing or reviewing risk assessments for highly complex energy efficiency and sustainability projects/programs and experience reviewing legislative and regulatory developments/actions to assess the effectiveness and implementation of energy technology deployment projects/programs.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1. Ability to apply advanced concepts, principles, and practices regarding renewable energy or energy efficiency systems and technologies in the assigned program area.
  2. Knowledge of departmental goals, policy, programs, projects, and efforts related to assigned program areas.
  3. Knowledge of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–58); the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law 110–140); the National Energy Conservation Policy Act; the Energy Security Act; and Financial Assistance Regulations.
  4. Skill in project planning and management best practices, and the various means through which projects are executed.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups at all levels.
  6. Knowledge of the Federal budget process.
  7. Knowledge of federal technology transfer policies and programs, to include the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, Data.gov, and the Federal Data Strategy of 2020.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


There are no educational requirements for this position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.

The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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Required Documents

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

  • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
  • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
  • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
  • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
  • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.

Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable.  It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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Agency contact information

Candice Dow








Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20585
United States
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/job/585891200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.