Program Analyst
Department Of Agriculture - Alexandria, VA

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There are up to two positions available. These positions are located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC).

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.

There are up to two positions available in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Program Development Division, Certification Policy Branch. 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.
  • Depending on a variety of circumstances, Telework may be available.
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
DUTIES: The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. As a Program Analyst, you will:
  • Develop regulations to implement necessary program modification. Analyze legislation, court suits, and policy changes in the area of eligibility certification.
  • Respond to inquiries from regional offices and other Federal agencies requiring the analysis of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program policy. Provides regional offices and State agencies with guidelines on how to implement new policy and how to apply regulatory language and intent to specific situations.
  • Develop solutions to meet needs for policy guidance, including recommending legislative and regulatory changes, assisting with the development of training and other materials, and conducting policy workshops.
  • Review and recommend appropriate action on State agency requests for waivers or deviations from program requirements, considering impacts on program objectives and recipients and successful alternative solutions in other States.
  • Compose replies to inquiries from Congress, businesses, States and the general public regarding above related issues.
  • Represent the Agency in liaison activities with HHS, DOL, HUD, and other agencies where existing programs or proposed changes interface with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • Develop/provide training and technical assistance in the certification policy area.
  • Provide assistance to the National Arbitrator on Quality Control cases submitted for national office arbitration.

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:

For GS-12 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes using analytical techniques to evaluate and interpret policies, procedures, regulations and statutes of a nutrition assistance or social services program to identify issues, answer public policy questions AND communicate findings to management through oral presentations and written reports.
For GS-11 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes participating in the analysis of policies, procedures, regulations and statutes of a nutrition assistance or social services program AND using analytical techniques to assess information, identify issues, and answer public policy questions.

For GS-09 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes participating in the analysis of policies, procedures, regulations and statutes of a nutrition assistance or social services program.

Education:

You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:
For the GS-11 level: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related.

For the GS-09 level: A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or JD in a related field.

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. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

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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:
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing as a representative of an agency to present ideas, concepts, policies, and procedures, and resolve conflicts, in a clear, precise manner.
    • Ability to establish relationships, negotiate agreements and maintain effective working relationships.
    • Ability to formulate policy proposals and strategies to support agency objectives through responses to Federal and State inquiries.
    • Ability to analyze and compile data from multiple sources to make recommendations for policy modifications and changes in operational procedures.
    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.

    To preview questions please click here .

    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.
    • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
    • 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 may be required.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.

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