Program Analyst
Department Of Agriculture - Alexandria, VA

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This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC).

This position is located in the Deputy Administration for Special Nutrition Programs, Food Distribution Division, Policy Branch.
The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

Key Information:
FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

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KEY REQUIREMENTS

DUTIES:
As a Program Analyst, you will:
Develop legislative proposals, regulations, handbooks, FNS instructions, and guidance material for use by State and local program administrators responsible for the administration of child nutrition programs.

Participate in discussions with senior managers for the purpose of establishing priorities for operation of the child nutrition programs, to discuss recommendations for policy or procedural changes or technical assistance resulting from operation of the program, and to develop positions for negotiations with outside agencies, and similar matters.

Provide guidance to regional offices regarding the awarding and use of program grants for child nutririon programs.

Serve as project manager, leader, or coordinator for groups within the Division or Agency to carry out developmental projects or develop solutions to complex policy and operational issues.

Represent the Division or Agency as a speaker or panel member at conferences and meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

Minimum Qualification Requirement:
Specialized Experience:
You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes demonstrative experience analyzing and making recommendations to develop laws, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
Resume,

Responses to the online questions, and

Required supporting documents.

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements : Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

2. Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

Analyzing Skills

Communication Skills

Project Management

We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

3. Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
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BENEFITS:
Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining-designated position.

If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNS may grant service credit for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service that is directly related to the position being filled. Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information."

To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.

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

Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

Occasional travel required.

Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

Successfully complete a background investigation.

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