Program Support Specialist

Vacancy ID: 831744   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-DE-13-831744   USAJOBS Control Number: 336463400

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

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1. Title of Job

Program Support Specialist
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

Are you eligible for the Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities? (For information on Schedule A appointments, see the OPM website.)

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

Enter the lowest grade level that you will accept for this position. The lowest grade for this position is 09.


11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are a male at least 18 years of age, born after December 31, 1959, have you registered with the Selective Service System?

01 Yes
02 No
03 Not Applicable

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

17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Select/enter at least one occupational specialty. The specialty code for this position is:

001 Competitive
002 Non-Competitive

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:

241450031 Silver Spring, MD

22. Transition Assistance Plan

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and/or education which meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements for Program Support Specialist, GS-301-9.

A. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience working on global issues, to include regulatory and global health, as well as national regulatory priorities that impact U.S. and global economies.
B. I have two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will satisfy an academic year of graduate study.
C. I have a combination of education and experience as described in "A" and education as described in "B" above. To combine the education and experience, determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
D. I do not possess the experience described above.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter 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 the 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 is normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Keep informed of Senior Leadership views and policies and helps in carrying them out by handling special assignments as they develop.

3. Research specific information on the functions and activities required by the supervisor for reports or for use in meetings.

4. Relieve staff of searches for articles by conducting literature searches of various libraries and cross¬ referencing publications via both library resources and on line systems.

5. Secure manuscripts prepared by Office employees and identifies the status of particular projects for senior staff.

6. Research relevant records, consolidates information, identifies project status, and provides any necessary explanation.

7. Develop position papers to explain study findings and recommendations.

8. Edit a variety of documents prepared by professional staff and assists in committing scientific observations and analyses to writing.

9. Provide reports and other necessary documents in the form of written memoranda for the record.

10. Prepare background information and options pertaining to those specific issues based on knowledge of the subject of meetings that address managerial questions or program support.

11. Assist the members of the staff in planning for and arranging the agenda of meetings or conferences.

12. Communicate orally with colleagues in preparation for international meetings and seminars, and other international fora.

13. Provide immediate and continuing support by briefing the supervisor on a variety of confidential matters pertaining to administrative operations, recommending courses of action, and keeping her/him informed of activities occurring when s/he is absent from the office for extended periods.

14. Provide expertise for office automation efforts directed toward creating a paperless environment (i.e., automating documents, records, budget, forms and communications).

15. Serve as the liaison to various entities those projects.

16. Adapt or write simple computer programs to process study data.

17. Use database management, word processing, graphics, emails and network functions.

18. Write operating procedures documenting office policies and methods and either plan, prepare, and arrange for specialists from other organizations to present large group training sessions or conferences or to provide this training personally, including schedules, invitations, and evaluation of results.

19. Serve as a point of contact for the Office, its management staff, and higher level program, management, and administrative specialists.

20. Coordinate and serve as the project manager working across diverse, and at times, challenging groups and stakeholder toward consensus and strategic solutions and pathways.

21. Represent the Senior Leadership or an organization at meetings or as a member of working groups to advocate their policies and priorities concerning administrative or management areas.

22. Make contacts with high level officials in regulated industry and trade organizations throughout the United States, in consumer groups.

23. Obtain and coordinate responses for general programmatic information requested by members and committees of Congress and industries.

24. Consult with the Office Directors and staff to relay information or to clarify information needs.

25. Conduct studies at the supervisor's request, researches sensitive issues, analyzes and presents findings, and recommends administrative strategies or changes in internal operating procedures to incorporate new legislative requirements, changing organizational relationships within the organization.

26. Conduct studies on the format and systems used to manage, coordinate and follow-up on various meetings and initiatives.

27. Conduct an analysis of the existing situation, alternatives and recommendations for action, and consequences of proposed actions.

28. Brief supervisor and senior staff on results and implements approved options.