Education Program Specialist, GS-1720-9 (DEU)
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education - Washington, DC

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About the Agency

The incumbent in this position serves as an Education Program Specialist, in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), School Support and Rural Programs (SSRP). The incumbent provides oversight and technical assistance in the administration and management of funded projects. Advises applicants on requirements for submitting proposals for grants/contracts and on appropriate ways of developing program proposals to be submitted in applications.

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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must complete a One-year Probationary Period.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • Drug Testing (if applicable)

DUTIES: Back to top The incumbent provides oversight and technical assistance, guidance, and support to grantees in implementing the Office of School Support and Rural grant program. Provides assistance in the administration and management of funded projects. Advises applicants on requirements for submitting applications. Revises and evaluates proposals under consideration for awards of grants and related matters. Visits project sites for the purpose of evaluation. In consultation with other program staff, writes reports and makes recommendations regarding the renewal of on-going projects. Performs the full range of grant management duties and ultimately serves as a program officer. Writes reports, memos, correspondence, and other documents as required.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top Basic Requirements: A. Degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of coursework 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. GS-9 Two years of graduate education leading to a master's degree OR A master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 in the Federal government (Examples of such experience include reviewing proposals under the direction and oversight of senior staff; obtaining information for proposal or contract review panels; reading state education plans to compile information about education programs; reviewing and analyzing education policies, regulations, and procedures; and performing data analysis to support a study or program) OR Combination of education and experience.

APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS AND TIME-IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. 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. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs): 1. Knowledge of professional education principles and techniques used in the evaluation of proposals and projects for improved education. 2. Ability to independently resolve problems by application of precedents or established methods and practices. 3. Ability to communicate in writing, the outcome of research, its impact on the customer, or successful resolution of an issue.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, essay responses, 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.
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