Office of Innovation and Improvement
$114,590.00 to $148,967.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$114,590 to $148,967 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Temporary Position .
Permanent - Temporary position not to exceed one year.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
Washington DC, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
This position serves as a Supervisory Education Program Specialist, in the U.S. Department of Education, Teacher Quality Programs. This position reports to the Director, Teacher Quality Programs Office. This Office oversees Department activities that support and test innovations in the area of teacher and principal quality. The Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSLIP/TIF) is a 230 million discretionary grant program with a 4 million dollar TA contract to support national activities authorized by Congress, with high political and department visibility.
Awards are made to States, LEAs including charter LEAs, the Bureau of Indian Education and consortia of those entities with nonprofit or profit agencies to develop, improve, or expand human capital management systems and performance-based compensation systems that focus on recruitment, development, and retention of excellent educators in high-need schools in order to raise student academic achievement.
**THE SELECTION CERTIFICATES MAY BE SHARED AMONG PROGRAM OFFICE ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION**
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As a Supervisory Education Program Specialist, one of the incumbent’s responsibilities include the Teacher and School Leader Incentive program, and will direct staff development including assisting in the development of individual staff training and development plans, developing Department of Education Performance Appraisal System (EDPAS) performance agreements that address staff development and training goals, assisting with hiring and providing orientation to new staff members. Further, the incumbent will work closely with all TQP Office team leads to ensure that work products meet program, OII and ED goals. The incumbent will work with the program officers on their respective teams to develop Budget and OMB documents and responding to related questions and issues. He or she will attend, lead and organize staff and policy meetings on behalf of the TQP Office Director, advise the TQP Office Director and staff on teacher quality studies conducted by Policy and Program Studies Services, the Institute of Education Sciences, and other organizations, and interpret legal, policy and political issues relevant to TQP policies to brief the TQP Office Director and other program staff.
Provides substantial input into the development of objectives, policies, and long range work priorities for the program unit to which assigned.
Provides authoritative leadership and guidance for important special projects that have a significant bearing on the direction and operation of the organizational unit. These projects may require a significant level of integration with the objectives and functions of other organizational units as well as high levels of demonstrated programmatic expertise.
Responsible for the research and development of new and revised regulations, program guidelines, and strategies for achieving overall objectives including such areas as: procurement, competitive selection, grants review, and on-site monitoring.
Handles the most complex features of the operational aspects of the program, providing coordination and leadership where necessary to other members of the staff and/or representatives from other organizations.
Advises managers on important aspects of program operations and interprets program requirements, criteria, rules and regulations to assist in resolving controversies and/or settling issues with the potential for significant policy impact.
Initiates, plans, and provides leadership for national, state and local meetings, seminars, and conferences for the purpose of providing training to professional specialists on major program activities.
Holds roundtable discussions with staff and program officials to obtain their cooperation and input on controversial issues raised by program heads. Elicits and compiles viewpoints and alternatives that afford the Assistant Secretary the benefit of diverse points of view and options.
Represents the Office in a variety of meetings and conferences and maintains effective relations with lay and professional organizations and education officials at the federal, state and local levels.
Incumbent may be called upon to design and conduct evaluations of educational programs (or components thereof) sponsored by the Office and prepare recommendations for new approaches and initiatives.
Incumbent works with the program officers on their respective teams to develop Budget and OMB documents and in responding to related questions and issues.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Occasional travel - Less than 25%
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
• Current U.S. Department of Education employees serving under competitive, permanent appointments; and,
• Current U.S. Department of Education employees serving under temporary appointments with reinstatement eligibility.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
1720 Education Program
High School Principals
High School Special Education Teachers
Primary Education Professors
Principals, High School
Professors, Primary Education
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
May be required to serve a 1 year supervisory probationary period.
Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
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:
Experience leading a team; assigning work; providing guidance and technical assistance to both subordinates and grantees; and evaluating the work performance of subordinates.
Knowledge of educator preparation and professional development program design, implementation and evaluation; knowledge of higher education, state and district level education programs; experience providing technical assistance to program staff.
Knowledge and experience with grants administration.
Experience drafting regulations and application notices for the Federal Register.
Applicants will be considered basically qualified if they will meet all of the requirements within thirty (30) calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Applicants may not be permanently placed in the position until requirements are met.
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.
52 weeks 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 advice to organizations and State officials about planning, developing, and carrying out education programs; improving and evaluating education programs; making recommendations for the objectives, policies, and priorities in a work unit; developing guidelines, regulations, and strategies for an education program; developing, testing, and applying innovative education techniques and methods; developing regulations and guidelines for an education program; providing technical assistance to regional offices on demonstration projects; administering grants or projects; and preparing selection criteria for grant and contract awards.
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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.
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.
The Department of Education is an empowering agency engaging in a culture of diversity and inclusiveness, inspiring all employees to work together for the benefit of students, stakeholders, educators and communities throughout the United States.
One or more selections may be made.
ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE ISSUANCE OF THE SELECTION CERTIFICATE(S), SHOULD VACANCIES OCCUR.
Position could be made permanent without further competition.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. Applicants who meet the qualification requirements will be further evaluated on their responses to the on-line announcement questions. Eligible applicants will receive a numerical rating based on their responses to the application questions for this position submitted on-line via EdHIRES.ed.gov. These responses must be substantiated by your on-line resume. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions may be rated ineligible.
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Background checks and security clearance
Please carefully read the information provided under the link listed below. The section entitled How to Apply provides detailed instructions on faxing your supporting documentation. All required supporting documentation MUST be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You are encouraged to thoroughly review the list of supplement documents required. It is critical to note that many documents may not pertain to you. You are only required to submit those that apply to you.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits
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How to Apply
How to Apply
Applications submitted via EdHIRES must be received before 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. No extensions will be granted. If you fail to submit a COMPLETE online resume, you WILL NOT be considered for this position. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the Servicing Personnel Office listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. Applicants MUST CONTACT the Servicing Human Resources Office PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.
WARNING! Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your online 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.
Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
Agency contact information
Brenda Burton Brenda Burton
EDUCATION-OFFICE OF INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Washington, District of Columbia
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Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to produce a writing sample. You will be notified of your application status by the servicing personnel specialist via e-mail. It is essential that you have a current e-mail address on file. You may also check the status of your application at www.USAJOBS.gov
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Fair & Transparent
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Office of Innovation and Improvement