Program Specialist (Animal Systems)


Vacancy ID: 506569   Announcement Number: NIFA-S11M-0009   USAJOBS Control Number: 300608300

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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 506569
1. Title of Job

Program Specialist (Animal Systems)
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

Applications for this vacancy will be accepted from U.S. Citizens, current and
former competitive service Federal employees, and candidates eligible under
special hiring authorities.  Please indicate below how you would like to be
considered for this position.  You may make more than one selection as
applicable.  You will only be considered under the options you have selected, so
please choose carefully.
 
ALL U.S. CITIZENS - You may apply under open competitive procedures if you meet
the requirements for one of the following categories:

1. U.S. citizens with no prior Federal status
 
2. Applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference (Documentation Required for Veterans'
Preference)
 
3. Applicants with Federal status (as defined below) who would like to be considered under
competitive examining procedures.  Note: Federal status applicants selected
under competitive examining procedures will be required to serve a new
probationary period.
 
MERIT PROMOTION – You may apply under Merit Promotion procedures if you meet the
requirements for one of the following categories:
 
1. Applicants with Federal status (i.e. current competitive service
Federal employee with career or career-conditional status; or former competitive
service Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility.)  Your status is
identified in block 24 on your SF-50 and the position occupied may be found in
block 34 .  You must provide a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel
Action.  Do not submit SF-50s for awards.  You should also submit your most
recent performance appraisal.
  
 
2. Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act
(VEOA).  To be eligible, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable
conditions (honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either:  a
preference eligible OR a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of
continuous active service.  You must submit a copy of your DD-214.

NON-COMPETITIVE AUTHORITY - You may apply under Non-Competitive procedures if
you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:

1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or
career-conditional status who hold a position with the same or higher promotion
potential as the position applying for; OR former competitive service
Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility who held a position with the
same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for.  You must
provide a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing the same
or higher promotion potential as that of the position applying for (i.e. initial
hire action, promotion action or reassignment action.)  Do not submit SF-50s for
awards, within grade increases or pay adjustments.

2. Veterans eligible for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA).  You are
eligible for a VRA appointment if you:  are in receipt of a campaign badge for
service during a war or in a campaign or expedition, OR are a disabled veteran,
OR are in receipt of an Armed forces Service Medal for participation in a
military operation, OR are a recently separated veteran (within the last 3
years), AND separated under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or
general discharge).  You must submit a copy of your DD-214.  NOTE:  VRA only
applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.
 
3. 30% or more disabled veterans.  You are eligible if you retired from active
military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more OR
you have a rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs showing a compensable
service-connected disability of 30% or more.  You must submit your DD-214, a
completed SF-15, and required documentation.
 
4. Military spouses whose active duty military spouse:  1) receives a Permanent
Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while
on active duty.  For further information, eligibility criteria and documentation
requirements, please visit: 
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx#msaa.
 
5. Persons with Mental Retardation, Severe Physical Disabilities, or Psychiatric
Disabilities eligible for a Schedule A appointment.  You must provide proof of
disability and certification of job readiness.
  For further information, please
visit:  http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.

6. Former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers.  You must provide documentation as
proof of non-competitive eligibility. 

7. Employees in the excepted service under an OPM approved Interchange
Agreement.


01 All U.S. Citizens
02 Merit Promotion
03 Non-Competitive

20. Occupational Specialties

001 Program Specialist

21. Geographic Availability

Select at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment.  The location code(s) for this position is/are:
0675 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Select the answer below that describes your education as it relates to the basic qualification requirements for this position. If you select A or B, please submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.

A. I have completed a bachelor's (or higher) degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

B. I do not have at least a bachelor's degree in a discipline related to this position; however, I do have a combination of education and experience. Specifically, I have course work equivalent to a major in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education.

C. My education/experience is not reflected in the above statements.

Your responses to the questions below will be used in the evaluation of your qualifications for the Program Specialist (Animal Production and Protection) position. Your resume and application materials must support the level of experience and/or education you claim in this questionnaire. If, after a complete review of your application package, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible for this position.

2. Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience, or combination of education and experience for the GS-9 grade level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: (1) Knowledge of animal sciences relevant to research, education, and extension programs in animal production and/or protection. (2) Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a diverse audience. 3) Ability to use database systems, word processing and spreadsheet software.

B. I have two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree. This education is directly related to the work of the position and demonstrates that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities described in option A above.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described in options A and B, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%. (Note: only education in excess of the first year is creditable.) To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours beyond the first 18, and divide that number by 18. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience.

D. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.

3. Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience, or combination of education and experience for the GS-11 grade level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level. Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: (1) Knowledge of animal sciences relevant research, education, and extension programs in animal production and/or protection. (2) Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a diverse audience. (3) Ability to use database systems, word processing and spreadsheet software; and (4) Knowledge of the practices and regulations used to evaluate grant proposals and make competitively awarded or targeted grants.

B. I have three full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree that is directly related to the work of the position and demonstrates that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities described in option A above.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described in options A and B above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%. (Note: only education in excess of the first two years is creditable.) To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours beyond the first 36, and divide that number by 18. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience.

D. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.

For each of the following tasks, choose the statement from the list of level descriptions below that best describes your experience and/or training. You must respond to questions about the education and/or specialized experience you have had that is related to the requirements of the job you are applying for. Answer the questions to the best of your ability. Your narrative resume and/or other application materials must contain evidence to support your responses. Your responses are also subject to verification through background checks, job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Please select only one response for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

4. Participate as a member of a team conducting research, education or extension in animal production and/or protection.

5. Provide support to a research, education, or extension program in animal production and/or protection.

6. Participate in the development of a research, education, or extension program related to animal production and/or protection.

7. Contribute to the development of solicitations, programs, regulations, application kits, or special instructions pertaining to grant programs in animal production and/or protection.

8. Develop written reports, briefing papers, and/or presentation documents covering complex issues for recipients both within and outside of my organization.

9. Develop or revise policies, procedures and schedules.

10. Contact individuals by telephone to request and obtain specific information, and recognize cultural differences and sensitivities when communicating with stakeholders.

11. Coordinate and collaborate with others to exchange program-related information and resolve problems.

12. Use basic office software programs (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, etc.) for business purposes to enter, store, track, manipulate, and retrieve information.

13. Provide advice to applicants and administrative officials on technical procedures for submission of grant proposals and program processing requirements.

14. Assess the quality and accuracy of scientific data and information to present sound findings and/or recommendations to professional colleagues.

15. Prepare reports, collate information, track programs and projects, and ensure the accuracy and completeness of information transfer among documents and database systems.

16. Serve in a lead role in the research, education, or extension grants process, specifically as related to the biological sciences or engineering. Such participation should include two or more of the following: solicitation development, proposal development, proposal evaluation, funding administration, or related activities.

17. Serve as an information source for applicants, grantees, user groups and other Federal agencies about the program goals, policies, and practices.

18. Advise applicants and grantees about the merit evaluation process and anticipated time frames for completing review and award processes.

19. Develop and implement processes for monitoring post-award performance.