Associate Director, Special Programs
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: MS-301-14

Agency: DC Department of Employment Services

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Duration of Appointment: Managerial Supervisory Service (At Will)

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Opening date: January 9, 2013

Closing Date: January 21, 2013

Salary Range: $88,545 - $ 123,963

Tour of Duty: Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m- 5:00 p.m.


Brief Description of Duties: This position is located in the Office of Workforce Services and Economics in the Department of Employment Services. The incumbent will be directly responsible for the oversight of the following programs; Labor Exchange, Rapid Response, Job Bank, Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Trade Act Program (TAA), Senior Community Employment Service Program (SECESP), and the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

The incumbent provides intellectual leadership relating to all aspects of the programs operations, federal grant mandates and will have direct involvement in the, preparation, analysis, and dissemination of related statistics. works under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Workforce Programs.

Specific Duties include:
Work closely with the employer community and other business groups and associations in an effort to strengthen agency's image in the area of providing an efficient and effective public employment services program within the District

Collaborates with heads of other departmental components to negotiate, decide upon, and/or

coordinate work-related changes and/or significant policy changes within the Department

Participates in meetings with officials of Federal and District agencies directly or indirectly concerned with the administration of the Office of Workforce Development programs.

Solves a myriad of complex problems that may arise and identifies contingencies employing originality, ingenuity and creativity in finding solutions, and in accordance with government regulations and agency policies and procedures.

Maintains continuous contacts with departmental, Federal, Regional and District officials, the employer community, interest groups, organizations, associations and applicants utilizing the services. These contacts are to coordinate service delivery, resolve problems and promote support for departmental program objectives.

Monitors reports, regulations, and procedures related to the delivery of employment services for

the purpose of identifying program deficiencies. Provide expert technical assistance in the

formulation of corrective action plans.

Provides leadership and guidance as required to staff in changes in policies and procedures:

Provides relevant liaison and coordination activities with other District agencies and community based organizations. Continuously maintains updated information regarding new developments

in the implementation of employment and training delivery systems and economic development

organization objectives. Work closely with the employer community and other business groups

and associations in an effort to strengthen agency's image in the area of providing an efficient

and effective public employment services program within the District

Has oversight responsible for staff who provide technical assistance regarding federally mandated

programs operated by the department.

Department's programs and services to the employer community, Coordinates activities with the US Department of Labor's State Veterans Employment Director for DOES and DOES' veteran staff to promote special services to veterans.

Performs a variety of special projects, often of a highly confidential and sensitive nature require the utmost tact and discretion for successful accomplishment. Assignments are such that guidelines are not adequate or readily available. Incumbent is expected to utilize an exceptionally high degree of initiative to the extent of developing or modifying the guidelines to achieve results in a timely manner.


Education Requirement: Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, education, or related field required. Master's preferred.

Specialized Experience: Four (4) years of progressive supervisory experience, preferably in a workforce setting. Experience managing the day-today tasks of a team of professionals, allocating roles, and delegating responsibilities while working towards specific and time sensitive goals and outcomes.

Ranking Factors

Ranking Factor #1: Expert knowledge in developing innovative operational strategies for workforce development programs. Extensive knowledge of, and application of workforce methods, practices, techniques, and principles concerned with the implementation, promotion, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of programs for the development and utilization of workforce resources and programs that deal with the identification of and communication with disadvantaged citizens requiring employment assistance.

Ranking Factor #2: Mastery knowledge of workforce development techniques, contract management and oversight, budget and financial management, project management, and program evaluation. Knowledge in negotiating small and large scale contracts and service agreements

Ranking Factor #3: Knowledge in organizing work, setting priorities, determining resource requirements, and coordinating with various entities to produce positive results

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.

Ranking Factor #4: Extensive knowledge of the Workforce Investment Act and other District and federal laws, rules, codes, and regulations governing employment / unemployment benefits programs and services.

Ranking Factor #5: Demonstrated skill and experience in providing leadership in a managerial/supervisory capacity and in a team-based environment and securing the support and cooperation ofsubordinate staff.

Conditions of Employment

Other Significant Factors (At-Will): At-will employment applies to the Management Supervisory Service (MSS). All positions and appointments in the MSS serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

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

Other Information:
Until notice to the contrary, effective October 1, 2011, no freeze on within grade increases in is effect.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

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

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.

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. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700. Applicants are encouraged to apply online at

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 DOES, 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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