Posted Date: February 10, 2015

Author:  Robin Minor, Chief Compliance Officer, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Employment Opportunities-Vacancy Annoucement for Management and Program Analyst (GS-0343-12)

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. If you are a highly motivated, creative individual who would like to be involved in establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds; collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research; focusing national attention on key educational issues; and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education, ED is the place for you!

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: FSA/PC-2015-0020
POSITION TITLE: Management and Program Analyst
DIVISION TITLE: Federal Student Aid, Program Compliance Office, Performance Improvement and Procedures Service Group
SERIES, GRADE: GS-0343-12
SALARY RANGE: $76,378 - $99,296.00
LOCATION: 4 vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DC
OPENING DATE: 02/06/2015
CLOSING DATE: 02/20/2015

Federal Student Aid (FSA) is responsible for administering all aspects of the operations for the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. The Program Compliance office is responsible for administering a program of monitoring and oversight of the institutions, guaranty agencies, lenders, and servicers participating in the Department's Title IV programs.

The Performance Improvement and Procedures Service Group (PIPSG) provides support to the School Eligibility Service Group (SESG) and the Financial Institution Oversight Service Group (FIOSG) through the development and review of policy, procedure development and refinement, training, and resolution of difficult matters.

Performance Improvement and Procedures Service Group (PIPSG) serves as liaison to Federal Student Aid’s policy organization to provide recommendations for policy development and communicating policy decisions back to Program Compliance. Performance Improvement and Procedures Service Group (PIPSG) addresses regulatory and statutory changes with the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE); conducts quality assurance evaluations, coordinates with Technical and Business Support Services Group (TBSSG) in the development of systems and Training of staff in the use of program compliance automated systems; and reviews and evaluates programmatic publications for consistency with established policies and procedures.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen. Security Clearance
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check
  • Must complete a One-year Probationary Period
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

MAJOR DUTIES

The incumbent will conduct detailed analyses of complex functions and work processes of broad administrative or technical programs and makes recommendations for improvement in the effectiveness and efficiency of work operations. The incumbent will develop new methods, organizational structures, and management process. Incumbent will counsel and advise program managers on methods and procedures, management surveys and reports.

Developing and evaluating technical skills and updating sessions for case management staff. Represent Program Compliance in addressing regulatory and statutory changes with the Office of Postsecondary Education. Drafting, refining and communicating changes in business process procedures.

REQUIREMENTS

EVALUATIONS

WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line 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.

Eligible candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three (3) categories as described below:

1 - Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "Q" score between 70 and 84.99 meets the specialized experience outlined in the Minimum

Qualification Requirements section of this announcement.

2 - Well Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "WQ" score between 85 and 94.99 exceeds the Minimum Qualification Requirements based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions.

3 - Best Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "BQ" score between 95 and 100 Outstanding level based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions.

Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.

To perform successfully the duties of this position, applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs.

  1. Knowledge of federal Title IV statues, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively to brief and to make recommendations to management.
  3. Skilled in evaluating and compiling information from multiple sources into various reports.
  4. Ability to translate analytical findings or technical information into recommendations for system updates.

QUALIFICATIONS

(GS-12)

All qualified candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in federal services.

Examples of such experience include: working with Title IV laws and regulations and the federal student aid application process; translating analytical findings or technical information into practical recommendations; identifying procedural problems in program operations using qualitative or quantitative methods; conducting studies on operating programs; studying proposed legislation or regulations for their impact on programs; researching current or new management practices for their application to programs and operations; and making improvement recommendations in reports.

NOTE: Applications must be submitted by the closing date: February 20, 2015.

Please see the job announcement at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/392987500 application information.

   

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