Supervisory Education Program Specialist
Department of Defense Education Activity - Alexandria, VA

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About the Agency

Department of Defense (DoD)
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)

Mission Statement
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), through its Community Strategic Plan, has made a commitment to be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities by which they live. The mission to educate, engage and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world is achieved through its five strategic goals of Student, School, Talent, Organization, and Outreach Excellence.
DoDEA employs more than 12,500 individuals responsible for the education of more than 86,000 students in schools located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam and Puerto Rico. DoDEA is responsible for the oversight of two distinct educational systems, the Department of Defense Dependents' Schools (DoDDS), DoDEA's overseas schools and the DoD Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), DoDEA's domestic school system. DoDEA is responsible for providing a quality education from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve for the eligible minor family members of DoD military and civilian personnel on official assignments.
DoDEA is currently seeking a Supervisory Education Program Specialist to work in the Education Partnership Branch located in Alexandria, VA.

If you are applying through Merit procedures, the following information applies to you:

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees in the Competitive Service; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Eligible Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6 or www.opm.gov/disability .)

If you are applying through Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) procedures, the following information applies to you:

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: All U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees in the Excepted Service.

TRAVEL REQUIRED
  • Occasional Travel
  • Position may require occasional travel

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
  • Yes
  • Permanent Change in Station (PCS) costs are authorized

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
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  • College Transcripts are required.

DUTIES: Back to top As a Supervisory Education Program Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Incumbent serves as the Education Program Specialist for the Non-DoD School Program (NDSP)
  • Implements policy and providing guidance to staff, families and commands that receive assistance from the Department of Defense Education Activity through the NDSP
  • Assists in reviewing goals and outcomes, including keeping abreast of the wide variety of international education programs, eligibility procedures and systems which overlay and support the education mission of NDSP
  • Devises new solutions to management and educational challenges and in promoting the educational continuity and options for families in NDSP locations, initiative and skill in enlisting appropriate support as needed
  • Provides supervision and support to regional staff advising and assisting parents with essentials and materials for planning their child’s international education, resulting in appropriate placement and assistance
  • Serves as an expert in broad areas of U.S. and international education
  • Assesses program requirements and making recommendations to Service, Agency, State and DoD to ensure student’s educational needs are able to be met and are being met
  • Performs a full range of first-level supervisory responsibilities

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top This position has a Basic Requirement for the 1701 series:

  • Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position. or
  • Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.


  • *NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

    The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Monday, May 12, 2014 .

    You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving 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. Experience must be reflected in your resume.

    Specialized experience required for this position is:
    • Service in a broad range of educational arenas including elementary, secondary and special education levels (experience at the school level as a leader/administrator, school principal, or counselor, or at the district level as a program administrator)
    • Assist in the design of international education support efforts
    • Assessing program requirements to ensure student’s educational needs are able to be met
    • Collaborating with partners on various issues; i.e. assignment process, new locations, educational screening

    Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • Mastery of the broad areas of U.S. and international education, with a special education emphasis
  • Professional experience equivalent to that of a school or district educational change leader
  • Skill in developing all stages of critical education support initiatives
  • Ability to effectively communicate to upper level management, senior government officials and others


  • Time-in-Grade Requirements: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration. Time-in-grade is the 52-week requirement Federal employees in competitive service, General Schedule (GS) positions at GS-5 and above must serve before they are eligible for promotion (advancement) to the next grade level. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade, time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Monday, May 12, 2014

    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

    WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
    OVERTIME: Occasionally
    TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
    PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION (PCS) COSTS: Are Authorized
    FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA): Exempt
    FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Not Required
    TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
    SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions under Selective Service law. If you are required to register but knowingly and willfully fail to do so, you are ineligible for appointment by executive agencies of the Federal Government.

    Other Notes:
    Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.

    If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.
    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: How You Will Be Evaluated for Merit Promotion:
    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    How You Will Be Evaluated for Delegated Examining (Open to the Public):
    We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

    Best Qualified : This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.
    Highly Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.
    Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
    http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/HiringReformRequirements/CategoryRating/index.aspx .

    Names of the candidates in the Best Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

    Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans’ preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

    BENEFITS: Back to top You can review our benefits at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    OTHER INFORMATION: ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified is defined as meeting or exceeding the fully successful level for competencies required by the position.

    ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified prior to Veteran's preference points being added. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they met the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible. Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant. http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

    VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on Monday, May 12, 2014. Information on veterans’ preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp

    MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx

    REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf

    *NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.

    REGARDING INTERVIEWS:
    Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

    *NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

    This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

    Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position.

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