Office of Innovation and Improvement
$114,590.00 to $148,967.00
Open & closing dates
$114,590 to $148,967 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full time
Permanent - Agency employees.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
This position is located in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), Charter Schools Program. It is established to oversee key grant programs and contracts, supervise employees, and analyze and advise management on the evaluation of the effectiveness of programs and operations or the productivity and efficiency of management, or both.
This position is responsible for supervising, performance management, administrative, program support and/or liaison work, such as strategic planning, designing and executing policy, conducting research; analyzing data; recommending process improvements; measuring and evaluating program performance; communicating in the areas of program outcomes, policy priorities, and budget justifications; and grant administration, audits, and financial program support to the CSP grant programs and staff.
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The Incumbent oversees one or more of the following CSP grant programs: State Entities; Non-State Entities; Replication and Expansion of High Quality Charter Schools (CMO); National Activities; Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities; State Incentive. This involves the following, either performed by the incumbent or by those supervised by the incumbent.
Directs and develops plans for project teams or other groups in accomplishing/producing projects/studies. Analyzes and evaluates on a quantitative basis the effectiveness of the line program operations in meeting established goals and objectives. Evaluates and advises on organization, methods and procedures. Analyzes management information requirements. Develops, analyzes, and evaluates new or modified program/management policies, regulations, goals, or objectives. Develops procedure and systems for assessing the effectiveness of programs/management processes.
Incumbent serves as an agency expert and authoritative consultant in providing technical assistance and resource management support across CSP on managing grant programs and/or budget expenditures.
Responsible for providing authoritative advice to ED and OII leadership and Charter Schools Program staff on the full range of issues relating to current and future year initiatives for the CSP grant programs, the strategic planning process, the Government Performance Review Act, and other matters required by legislation, and Department policies. Evaluates, recommends and facilitates implementation of new approaches and alternatives to address current or anticipated problems.
Develops guidelines for CSP staff on evaluation of grant projects and programs and reviews and evaluates analyses and reports submitted to the Director of the CSP Office. Manages the development of spending plans for each programmatic authority. Oversees the development, review and clearance process for the yearly spending plan for each CSP program.
Plans, reviews, and provides guidance and direction on issues related to charter school initiatives and choice in education at the K-12 grade levels. Analyzes data from individual grant projects, GPRA data, and other sources. Prepares a variety of statistical reports for OII and Department management and for submission to other offices in ED or to Congress.
Participates in budget preparation, coordinates formulation activities, reviews submissions for consistency with OII and Department strategic plans and objectives, and ensures that submissions are adequately documented.
Coordinates with CSP staff on the development of acquisition packages, interagency agreements, and Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with other governmental organizations in support of program activities for the office.
Manages contracts and interagency agreements to ensure fulfillment of commitments to OII.
Advises OII staff on proposals, policies, and emergent issues which have significant long-range effects on CSP. Serves as a liaison with other Departmental entities and other government agencies.
Designs frameworks for analyzing program performance and outcomes, using a variety of analytical methods, and facilitate portfolio performance reviews.
Lead efforts to implement operational improvements to CSP, in areas such as: the grant competition peer review processes; the focus on specific policy areas of importance with respect to charter schools; and the identification, and mitigation of, risks and internal control weaknesses in the CSP portfolio.
Conducts research and performs analyses for a wide range of projects. The projects may be of a recurring nature or on a one-time basis and are designed to assist management in improving processes to enhance the overall operations of the CSP office.
Acts as the primary liaison with high level officials and groups both inside and outside of OII on key processes and issues relating to charter schools, including research related to charter school performance, evidence-based practices, and current trends in the charter school sector.
Oversees complex administrative projects for OII operations, special reports, and administrative initiatives to ensure understanding of objectives and requirements are understood, appropriate response, and that deadlines are met.
Incumbent leads the CSP Office audit process with General Accountability Office (GAO) or the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Charter Schools Programs including scheduling the entrance conference, to reviewing audit findings, reviewing and submitting OII’s response to findings, developing corrective action plans, and tracking progress in accomplishing those plans.
Occasional travel - Less then 25%
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
This announcement is open to current Department of Education employees serving under a permanent appointment, or temporary employees with the Department of Education that have reinstatement eligibility.
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Job family (Series)
0343 Management And Program Analysis
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
May be required to complete a 1 year supervisory probationary period.
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 (a) working with different types of grant programs, especially those relating to charter schools; (b) managing grant competitions including the development of Proposed and Final Priorities, the development of notices inviting applications, drafting slate memos recommending awards and responding to feedback on those deliverables; (c) awarding grants including the responsibilities connected with obligating grant funds.
Knowledge in order to serve as a senior expert in the application of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems.
Experience devising and implementing solutions to strengthening the peer review process; supporting and providing technical assistance to grantees on various charter school policy topics; strengthening internal controls
Experience compiling documentation for auditors, interpreting audit findings, developing proposed solutions to findings, developing corrective action plans, and tracking program progress in addressing corrective actions.
Knowledge of charter school and choice in education initiatives at the Kindergarten through 12 grade levels and other administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to the administration of one or more important education programs.
Experience working with charter schools, state entities, charter management organizations, charter school authorizers, and national charter school organizations.
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: performing quantitative and qualitative analyses of the effectiveness of program operations in meeting goals and objectives; evaluating organizational structures, methods, and procedures; analyzing, developing, and evaluating new or changed program or management policies, regulations, goals or objectives; analyzing management information requirements; and developing procedures and systems for assessing the effectiveness of programs or management processes.
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ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE ISSUANCE OF THE SELECTION CERTIFICATE(S), SHOULD VACANCIES OCCUR.
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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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.
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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.
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Agency contact information
EDUCATION-OFFICE OF INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Washington, District of Columbia
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Office of Innovation and Improvement