[Program Specialist
Department Of Agriculture - Alexandria, VA

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This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC).

This position is located in the Special Nutrition Program in Alexandria, VA. The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

Key Information:
FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

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The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. As a Program Specialist, you will:

Work with a Financial Officer to obtain fiscal year budget and participation information necessary to authorize and advance program funds and entitlements.
Conduct cost analyses and studies of new programs to manage spending and monitor compliance.
Identify and document system discrepancies and issues and work with appropriate FNS and contractor staff to correct discrepancies.
Develop necessary tools and analyze complex data on commodity program projects nationwide.
Develop Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Quote (RFQ), Statement of Work (SOW), and Statement of Objectives (SOO) documentation in support of procurement and contracting activities.
Provide support to technical, program, and contractor teams with requirements and analysis for the development of program systems.
Meet with commodity program stakeholders to discuss IT system features and enhancements desired to better support the commodity program.
Keeps all interested parties, internal and external, informed and updated on activities.

Retain and update documentation, reports, memoranda, and correspondence routinely to ensure data is accurate and original submissions can be verified.

Minimum Qualification Requirement:
Specialized Experience:
For GS-11 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: participating in the analysis of policies, procedures, regulations, supply chain requirements, budget and financial management, and computer applications of a nutrition assistance or social service program.

For GS-12 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: analyzing policies, procedures, regulations and computer applications of a nutrition assistance or social services program. Participating in the supply chain computer application system life cycle (requirements determination, design, etc.) business process re-engineering and budget development and management processes regarding Federal, State, or local Government programs.

You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:

For the GS-11 level: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency.

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

Your application includes your:

Responses to the online questions, and

Required supporting documents.

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements : Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

2. Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Ability to manage and monitor program and organization budgets. Provide documentation and spreadsheet analysis of budget scenarios and current status.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing as a representative of an agency to present ideas, concepts, policies, and procedures, and resolve conflicts, in a clear, precise manner.
  • Ability to communicate program needs to technical and non-technical stakeholders and to understand the nature of a problem, identify the root cause, and effectively communicate solutions.
  • Ability to establish relationships, negotiate agreements, and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate with program stakeholders concerning changes required for computer system improvements and process standardizations.
  • Ability to analyze and compile data from multiple sources to make recommendations for policy modifications and changes in operational procedures.
We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference- eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference- eligibles in that category. Qualified preference- eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

3. Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • This is a bargaining designated position.
  • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.
  • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
  • Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNS may grant service credit for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service that is directly related to the position being filled. Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information."
  • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
  • FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.

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