Education Specialist, GS-1701-07
Department Of Homeland Security - San Juan, PR

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1245-SE-AM-M. APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.


This position is located in Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard (CG), 7th CG District, Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation (MWR) Department in San Juan, PR.

There is a 4.20% (of basic pay) Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) authorized for this position location. Please see Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowances for more information.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).

DUTIES: The incumbent serves as the senior Educational Specialist in a Coast Guard Child Development Center (CDC). The candidate will perform a variety of daily operational administrative and child development related duties in support of the center and the Director.

Being a CG Civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignment include:

* Assisting in the operation of a developmental program that impacts the growth and development of children from infancy to school age. Resolving routine problems and conflicts with the staff and the parents.

* Keeping director informed on status of reports and assisting director prepare annual operating budgets and requests for new equipment and major projects.

* Monitoring and maintaining the health history records and physician reports for all children and staff, including volunteers.

* Substituting in any classroom to provide oversight and leadership of NAF teachers in classes of 12-20 children ages six weeks to five years. Assisting the lead teach inside his or her classroom.

* Working with parents whenever possible to promote, conferences, courses, and other aspects to ensure professional growth.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicant must have one year of education experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal sector. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line work. Examples of specialized experience include: conducting courses of instruction, developing educational curriculum, advising on or informing others about programs designed to educate, or administering educational programs.


One year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement. SAA is met through one of the following: Ranked in the upper one-third of your graduating class; OR earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on the average of required courses completed in your major or required courses in your major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR election to membership in a national scholastic honor society

In addition to experience applicant must have, a bachelor's degree that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.


A combination of education and experience that is 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.

Transcripts: You must submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts to document your educational accomplishments. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying.

This position does have an education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:
***KSAs*** 1. Knowledge of the goals, principles, objectives, practices, and theories of early childhood education acquired through formal education.

2. Knowledge of child development norms, behaviors, growth and progress necessary to implement meaningful activities, assigned duties and responsibilities which promote a child's physical, social, emotional, creative and intellectual growth and development.

3. Ability to communicate effectively and at appropriate levels with children, parents, staff and director concerning a variety of subject matters relating to the field of early childhood development.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.

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BENEFITS: DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION: Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will not be paid.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6287. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation - 13 months ago - save job - block
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