Education Program Specialist, GS-1720-13/14 (DEU)
Department Of Education 1,329 reviews - Washington, DC

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Join our Team! The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

This position serves as an Education Program Specialist in the United States Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education n, Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Monitoring and Administration Team (MAT). The position performs professional work for an educationally related program (or group of programs) directed towards improving American education. Program objectives are achieved through the management of grants, contracts, and loans, as well as through professional leadership and expertise.
  • Must complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • Must complete background and Fingerprint check.
  • Must be a US Citizen.

DUTIES: The incumbent serves as an area coordinator on the Monitoring and Administration Team with the responsibility as liaison to states in the assigned region of the United States proving oversight of grantees and leadership and support for efficient and effective planning and administration of formula and discretionary grant programs, including the planning and implementation of on-site monitoring, review of state plans, and administrative technical assistance to states. The incumbent provides assistance and advisory services to states on adult basic skills programs and adult secondary education programs and in programs for adults of limited English proficiency; provides assistance to sates in planning state adult education programs with special emphasis on serving educationally disadvantaged adults; provides assistance to states on disseminations and information-sharing activities; and promotes adult education services through business and industry linkages. Critical responsibilities include: 1) conducting accurate and timely reviews of Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) State plan revisions resulting in issuance of grant awards made in accordance with Department and OVAE formula grant policies and procedures; 2) with the division's annual monitoring plan for AEFLA grants thereby reducing the risk that grant funds are misspent; 3) negotiating corrective action plans and monitors state progress in completing required actions based on monitoring visit findings, thereby enhancing accountability in program activities and expenditures; and, 4) providing expert technical assistance and advise to state adult education agencies and other relevant adult education program stakeholders on program requirements of AEFLA thereby improving collaboration, innovation and improvement in program practices. Serves as a nationally recognized authority for AEFLA. Provides professional leadership and guidance to department and state officials in planning, developing, and carrying out program responsibilities. Develops, tests and applies new program approaches and innovative techniques to better meet the program's goals. Provides consultant services to top-level officials of ED, state and local agencies, institutions and organizations. Provides authoritative technical assistance in developing, planning, and evaluating programs. Develops program regulations, guidelines and other criteria that serve to promote program responsiveness and effectiveness. Analyzes development and keeps abreast of trends related to the program to which assigned. Initiates, plans, and conducts regional or national meetings, workshops and seminars.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Basic Requirements: A. Degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of course work in a field related to the work of the position to be filled (as presented in the description of duties), of which at least 9 semester hours were in education courses. OR B. Four (4) years of experience that demonstrated a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of the work in the education program specialist series. This experience must have been of such character and diversity to demonstrate that the applicant possesses an understanding of the field comparable to that acquired through completion of a degree from an accredited college or university. OR C. Combination of education and experience - (including at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, of which at least 9 hours must have been in education courses.) OR D. At least one (1) full academic year of professional teaching experience. This experience is defined as full and primary responsibility, under general supervision, for instruction of assigned students in an accredited school or institution. This includes responsibility for preparing and presenting lessons and for evaluating students' progress, including a determination of the students' progress, including a determination of the students' success or failure according to established criteria. Serving in an assistant capacity to a professor without the authority to determine the students' success or failure to meet course requirements does not meet this criterion.

For the GS-13 grade level : Candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Example of such expdrience include: direct work experience at the federal, State, or local level administering, instructing, or implementing programs and services funded under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. To perform successfully the duties of this position, applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for the position. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. 1. Expert knowledge of education theories, principles and practices and the roles of federal, state, and local governments sufficient to plan, evaluate, and advise state adult education agencies and other relevant adult education program stakeholders on program requirements of Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). 2. Skill in applying new developments and approaches to AEFLA program issues in order to recommend program improvements. 3. Comprehensive knowledge of AEFLA legislation and federal formula grant process. Ability to provide expert technical assistance to grantees of Federal formula, State-administered adult basic education grant program. 4. Skill in monitoring State compliance with Federal formula adult basic education program legislation, rules, regulations and policies in order to determine program compliance and develop corrective action plans, when necessary. 5. Ability to assess alternative approaches in order to address AEFLA program problems and issues. 6. Skill in adapting and extending established concepts and methods in order to improve adult education programs. 7. Skill in conducting in-depth analysis involving complex variables.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line resume. Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible. Eligible candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three (3) categories as described below: 1 - Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "Q" score between 70 and 84.99 meets the specialized experience outlined in the Minimum Qualification Requirements section of this announcement. 2 - Well Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "WQ" score between 85 and 94.99 exceeds the Minimum Qualification Requirements based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. 3 - Best Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "BQ" score between 95 and 100 Outstanding level based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.
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BENEFITS: The Department of Education offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Click on Benefits to find out more about federal benefits. Why Work at ED? The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is a great place to work. For more detailed information regarding our various work sites, please click on the link below: Work Site Locations As an ED employee, you will benefit from our family-friendly work environment. As part of our commitment to maintain a productive balance between work and home, we offer excused leave for Parent/Teacher Conferences (4 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service. Other incentives such as Telecommuting and Alternative Work Schedules also may be available to you. ED offers positions that are fair and competitive in compensation; developmental opportunities to exhibit teamwork and goal-oriented projects to enrich your federal career.

OTHER INFORMATION: Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) Eligible Federal employees who were displaced from their Federal positions may be eligible for selective placement priority over other candidates,under the ICTAP or the CTAP. Information about these programs may be found at the following links. In order to qualify, your application must receive a score of 85 in comparison with the knowledge, skills and abilities criteria. If you believe you are eligible for this special consideration, it is critical that you read the information provided in the links below. CTAP ICTAP Student Loan Default Applicants selected for positions are subject to a background check to verify that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment. ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE OPENING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, SHOULD VACANCIES OCCUR.

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