State Program Specialist
Corporation for National and Community Service - Trenton, NJ

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This position is located in the New Jersey State Office within the Office of Field Liaison, Department of the Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), Trenton, NJ.

ABOUT US:
The Corporation for National and Community Service was established as a Federal agency in 1993 to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community-based service. Together, its Senior Corps and AmeriCorps programs promote the ethic of service and help solve critical community problems in every state, many Indian tribes, and most U. S. territories. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Americans are joining forces to address community needs in education, homeland security, housing, health care, environmental protection, and disaster relief

Interchange Agreement:
The Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation) has an approved (by the Office of Personnel Management) civil service interchange agreement. The Corporation is an excepted service agency. Under the terms of the Interchange Agreement, permanent Corporation employees may be considered for appointment to positions in the competitive service in the same manner that employees of the competitive service are considered for transfer to such positions.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required
Relocation expenses will not be paid
A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal service employees
Merit Promotion applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify status and grade DUTIES:

The incumbent will manage a portfolio of AmeriCorps*VISTA and Senior Corps projects for the state of New Jersey and will be an active participant in furthering the mission and goals of the Corporation. Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting current and potential program partners with planning, designing, and submitting grant applications for Corporation support that are consistent with Corporation guidance;
  • Assuring that portfolio records are well organized and compliant with office requirements;
  • Annually reviews, promotes and implements Corporation program guidance and directives with grantees, sponsors and key partners;
  • Recording project status activities in the project management systems (eGrants and eSpans);
  • Reviewing and evaluating project operations, including on-site monitoring and progress report review and feedback;
  • Providing support to various training programs associated with AmeriCorps*VISTA and Senior Corps project management;
  • Assisting with promoting national service programs and activities to public and private sector entities;
  • Leveraging non-Corporation resources through the AmeriCorps*VISTA cost-share program, and assisting Senior Corps grantees in securing non-Federal resources; and,
  • Assisting with a variety of administrative requirements. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (paid, unpaid, or volunteer work) comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the upper range of the NY-01 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to, the GS-05 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes work directly related to community service programs on the local, state, national or international level, non-profit organizations or foundations. This specialized experience includes grants management; program planning, management, monitoring or evaluation; and project management.

Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.

Education

If you are qualifying based on education alone , you must have one full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement as defined by being in the upper third of your graduating class; or possessing a 3.0 GPA or higher over four years of education; or possessing a 3.5 GPA or higher during final 2 years of education. Such education must be from an accredited institution and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work. You must submit an unofficial copy of your college transcript. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards.

You may also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.

Requirements

If you are selected for this position, you will be required to satisfactorily complete a background investigation. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

1. Program Management

2. Collaboration

3. Communication

4. Information Technology

5. Organizational Awareness

Important Note : Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in a reduction of your score. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible . Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:

1 - Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.

2 - Well Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.

3 - Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.

NOTE : Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the Corporation's Human Resources system which allows for:

1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and

2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.
Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive.

Nonstatus candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information."

IMPORTANT NOTE : If you are identified as a leading candidate for this position, you may be contacted via email and asked to respond to the following narratives within 5 days of contact:

1. Please describe, in 500 words or less, your professional experience related to program and/or grants management. Include a description of the organization you worked with and your role.

2 In the application for this position, you answered "Yes" to the following question: "I have served as a team leader on a multi-disciplinary team working collaboratively to resolve community problems." Please describe, in 500 words or less, the organization you worked with, define the stakeholders, and explain what obstacles you encountered in your team's collaboration.

Please do not submit this information at this stage in the application process. BENEFITS:

The Corporation for National and Community Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Veteran's Preference : If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."

Special Employment Consideration : Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, please indicate the type of appointment you are seeking on your application and follow all other instructions for applying that are shown below. Applicable documentation must be submitted with your application package.

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