Food Program Specialist (Claims)
Government of the District of Columbia 23 reviews - Washington, DC

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Opening Date: February 1, 2013

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Duration of Appointment: Educational Service "At-Will" Appointment

Agency: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Promotion Potential: NONE

Area of Consideration: "Agency Only"

Tour of Duty: 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Salary Range: $62,499-$79,959

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS-301-12

Closing Date: February 7, 2013


Brief Description of Duties:
This position is located in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Wellness and Nutrition. The division of Wellness and Nutrition administers child nutrition programs that are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Healthy Schools Act that is funded by the government of the District of Columbia. These programs provide improved levels of nutrition to young people in educational settings in the District. Services are provided to public and private entities, including schools (public, private, and charter), residential childcare institutions, community organizations, and government entities. OSSE's primary responsibility is to ensure that program benefits reach intended eligible recipients and are provided in accordance with specific program regulations.

The Food Program Specialist coordinates the outreach efforts for the areas. Is responsible for conducting program reviews and monitors the performance of the food service operations in public and private schools, special milk program, child and adult care centers, family day care homes and charitable agencies. Receives request for participation in the various food programs. Meet with program persons to inform them how to start, how to maintain records and what the issues of compliance are. Review and recommends for approval or disapproval of the State Director all requests for participation in the program. Prepares statistical reports related to review finding, as well as written reports that clearly outline the review findings.


Time-in-Grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Substitution of Education: A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM's Qualification Standards. However, in order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS MAY ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Knowledge of federal regulations and rules guiding the operation of the specified federal nutrition programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Ranking Factor #2: Knowledge of the goals, methods, principles and practices pertinent to the program operations.

Ranking Factor #3: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers.

Ranking Factor #4: Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, with local schools, agency or government officials, federal government, program participants, agency staff and community agencies.

Residency Requirement

Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1998: An applicant for a position in the Career Service or for an attorney position (DS-905) in the Excepted Service who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION, may claim a hiring preference over a non-resident applicant. To be granted preference, an applicant must: (1) be qualified for the position; and (2) claim preference at the time of application. Except for employees entitled by law to preference, preference will not be granted unless the claim is made at the time of application.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

How to Apply

Posting Cancellation: A non-competitive selection of an eligible candidate from the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) or the District's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) will result in the cancellation of this announcement.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies.

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700

Closing Statement

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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