Program Specialist
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-301-13

Agency: Department of Health

Area of Consideration: Open to the General Public

Opening date: January 14, 2013
Closing date: February 27, 2013

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 2978 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Duration of Appointment: Term Appointment NTE 13 Months

First Screening Date: January 28, 2013

Promotion Potential: No Known Promotion Potential

Salary Range: $77,884 - $100,357

Tour of Duty: 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Number of Vacancies: One (1)


Brief Description of Duties: This position is located in the D.C. Department of Health (DOH), HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA), CARE, Housing and Support Division. Incumbent serves as a Program Specialist in the CARE Division, Aids Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Branch. The incumbent develops and maintains data protocols, outlining stages of collection, and the reporting of ADAP data. Projects the use of ADAP pharmaceuticals and funds, and analyses the fiscal implication of trend data. Serves as liaison between the Department of Health Care Financing (DHCF) and HAHSTA regarding AIDS drug programs managed by DOH and DHCF. Prepares periodic summary data reports for HAHSTA, the HIV/AIDS Drug Advisory Committee (HADAC) and Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA) related to deliverables and other technical proposals for submission to the federal government. Serves as data liaison among the DOH, Medicaid and Economic Security Administration (ESA) to ensure data coordination between agencies. Analyzes and makes recommendations regarding improvement of coordination with Medicaid and other activities associated with health care reform. Establishes and maintains relevant databases appropriate for subsequent generation of descriptive and/or inferential statistical data for purposes of program evaluation and monitoring. Serves as the data liaison in the development of the MAVEN data system for purposes related to ADAP.


Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with 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 to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Substitution of Education: A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM's Qualification Standards. However, in order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

Time-in-Grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Ranking Factors

Ranking Factor #1: Expert and applied knowledge and working experience with large data sets and appropriate software, particularly Microsoft Excel & Access, and one or more statistical packages, e.g., SPSS, SAS, etc.

Ranking Factor #2: Expert comprehensive technical knowledge of AIDS Drug Assistance Program and Medicaid Health drug benefit and care.

Ranking Factor #3: Expert applied experience providing program information and guidance to clients or potential clients of an AIDS Drug Assistance Program, or similar public health services or entitlement program.

Ranking Factor #4: Expert applied experience communicating orally or in writing, in a variety of settings, both within and outside the agency for the purpose of formally presenting ADAP data outcomes and other programmatic information.

Ranking Factor #5: Expert knowledge of current quantitative analytical tools that can be used routinely to monitor and evaluate ADAP systems, program implementation, data quality, and ADAP program changes, as well as the ability to effectively respond to data based inquiries.

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.


Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

How to Apply

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.

How to Apply: All applicants including Department employees and other DC government employees must submit the District of Columbia Application DC 2000. Please not that ALL applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at

Posting Cancellation: A non-competitive selection of an eligible candidate from the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) or the District's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) will result in the cancellation of this announcement.

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Closing Statement

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the District Government, Department of Health, Office of Human Resources only.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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