Supervisory Program Specialist GS-301-14 (DEU)
Department Of Education - Washington, DC

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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. If you are a highly-motivated, creative individual who would like to work for an agency that establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, distributes as well as monitors those funds; collects data on Americas schools and disseminates research; focuses national attention on key educational issues; and prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to education, ED is the place for you!

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Education (ED); Office of Management (OM); Facilities Services (FS); Customer Services Division. The incumbent of this position performs a wide variety of program assignments, including reviewing plans, analyzing and developing program requirements, establishing and revising operating procedures, reviewing operations, facilitating and managing program changes including resource requirements, and providing technical assistance to customers.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • May be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period.
  • Must complete a one year probationary period.

DUTIES: As a Supervisory Program Specialist, you will:
  • Serve as the ED, OM, FS expert and manager for assigned program area(s). Plan, organize, coordinate, administer, and evaluate implementation of all aspects of the program(s).
  • keep abreast of and employ state-of-the-art methods to assist in the support of customer service to Facilities Services' internal and external customers/stakeholders. Maintain an up-do-date awareness of changes which may affect financial and subordinate/team work requirements;
  • develop plans, administer projects and monitor expenditures, e.g.,, regarding the "Real Property Cost Savings & Innovation Plan, and OMB's No Net New and Freeze the Footprint Policies" , and other budget matters;
  • develop property management, space management, project, and building service documents, including policies, directives, manuals, budget proposals, space and equipment improvement proposals, communication materials, and related management documents for Director of Facilities and other senior level staff;
  • plan, direct and coordinate the development and updating of short-and-long term space management plans and requirements;
  • serve as supervisor, develop and schedule space and furniture projects that are programmed and budgeted for, in the master housing plan for ED and, manage, project/program planning and disposition of old space.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: One year of specialized 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. This experience must be equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal government. Examples of such experience may include: providing authoritative advice and consultation to senior management; negotiating agreements to resolve conflicts; preparing draft policies for senior management consideration; studying the impact of legislation and regulations on a program; recommending new approaches to address current or anticipated problems; and developing national guidelines.

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APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS 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 KSA's are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs. Your answers to the online 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 the principles, techniques and methods applicable to the program's subject-matter sufficient to conduct operational,evaluation, and improvement projects.

2. Ability to set priorities and work effectively with other team members to complete assignments within set deadlines.

3. Knowledge of program objectives and requirements sufficient to develop, adapt, and apply new techniques and methods to solve problems, improve effectiveness, and provide technical assistance to customers through oral and written communications.

4. Ability to utilize project management in the management and development of an agency's initiative involving space management, leasing, renovations, consolidations, and building services functions.

5. Ability to provide leadership and guidance to subordinate staff.

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

2 - Well Qualified Category

3 - Best Qualified Category

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: “Veterans interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, may send an email to to schedule an appointment for a session. Veterans Counseling Session must be placed in the subject line of the email.”

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Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)- Eligible federal employees who were in positions and who were displaced from their positions may be eligible for selective 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.



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