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Announcement Number:
12-FNS-148P
Hiring Agency:
USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
Position Title:
PROGRAM ANALYST
Open Period:
04/11/2012 - 05/01/2012
Series/Grade:
GS - 0343 13
Salary:
$89033.00 - $115742.00
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
  • 1 Vacancy in Alexandria, VA, US
For More Info:
Applicant Call Center
304-480-7300
FNSINQUIRIES@BPD.TREAS.GOV

Overview

Who May Apply:
U.S. citizens; no prior Federal experience is required. Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, former Federal employees who have reinstatement eligibility, and individuals who are eligible under special appointing authorities may wish to apply under 12-FNS-147.
Duration Appointment:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:
This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC).
Summary:

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.
·         This position is for the Assistant to the Director in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Program Accountability and Administration Division.  The Division is responsible for monitoring and measuring program performance, to continually identify innovative and more effective ways to reduce improper payments and improve the integrity of the nation’s primary food assistance safety net that currently serves over 46 million Americans.  As a member of the management team, this position will offer challenging growth opportunities and focus on collaborative projects, often national in scope, that cross organization lines.  Candidates will need to possess excellent communication skills, organization, and demonstrate a strong ability to lead and manage projects in order to perform successfully in this position.  
·         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:


  • Relocation and/or recruitment incentives may be available.

  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
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    Duties

    As a Senior Program Analyst (Assistant to the Division Director for Program Accountability and Administration Division), you will:



    • Develop and/or analyze legislation pertaining to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

    • Analyze the impact of legislation, hearings, court decisions, policy and develop regulations to implement necessary Program modifications.

    • Make policy interpretations, as appropriate, to ensure operation of the Program in all areas is done in an efficient and effective manner.

    • Respond to inquiries from Regional Offices and other Federal agencies concerning application of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program policy and initiatives.

    • Provide guidance on how to implement new policy, and how to apply regulatory language and intent to specific situations.

    • Develop training materials and conduct policy workshops.

    • Develop FNS forms and reporting requirements, necessary to carry out Program eligibility-related functions in conjunction with Administrative Services, and coordinate through the Office of Management and Budget.

    Qualifications and Evaluations

    Education:
    Requirements:

     


     


     

    Evaluations:
    Your application includes your: 1. Resume, 2. Responses to the online questions, and 3. 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:
  •  Knowledge of government programs, operations, internal controls, and data reporting systems.

  •  Knowledge of current and historical legislative and/or regulatory documentation to analyze existing policies, and develop new policies and procedures within an organization.

  •  Ability to communicate orally as a representative of an agency, to present ideas, concepts, policies, and procedures.

  •  Ability to write clear, precise, detail oriented documents that accurately reflect agency views on proposed policy and/or regulation.

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    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. We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    Qualifications:

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


    Minimum Qualification Requirement:


     


    Specialized Experience: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes interpreting and analyzing the policies, procedures, and regulations of a Federal Nutrition Assistance Program and experience with the policy development processes regarding Federal, State, or local Government programs.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
    Other Information:
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

  • 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.

  • 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 identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

  • Travel locally and/or overnight.

  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

  • Successfully complete a background investigation.
  • How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. FNS provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips. Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.
    Required Documents:

    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible). Veterans' Preference Documentation If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veteran's preference, click here. CTAP/ICTAP If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here


    RECOMMENDED DOCUMENTS: In addition, we recommend that you submit the following: Performance Appraisal A copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18 months, that includes the final rating.

    What to Expect Next:
    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.