This position is located in the Office of Disability Employment Policy(ODEP). ODEP provides leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. ODEP's customers include: individuals with disabilities and their families; private employers and their employees; federal, state, and local government agencies; educational and training institutions; disability advocates; and providers of services and government employers. This position is inside the bargaining unit
Serves as a principal technical Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary on broad federal-level policy issues and concerns that are of major significance. These issues will usually cut across federal agencies, functional systems, federal and state programs and/or disciplinary lines.
Develops broad national policy strategies and concepts pertaining to current and emerging issues m a variety of federal programs designed to serve youth and adults with disabilities.
Advises on the continuation of or abandonment of specific programs and the far-reaching consequences of such actions speak.
Prepares, contributes to, and encourages others to prepare articles, reports, and similar documents which develop, interpret and disseminate vital data and information related to employment and disability.
Analyzes, organizes, and presents program and application policy options and recommends Office positions to the Assistant Secretary and/or the Director of the Office of Policy for decision.
Reviews and analyzes materials related to youth with disabilities necessary to define or sharpen significant policy issues or to develop alternative courses of action that should be considered by the office m making national policy decisions.
Directs the work of office policy staff teams focusing on specific analyses, research and strategies as determined by the Assistant Secretary, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy or the Director of OP.
Directs the work of temporary or adhoc federal task teams and committees convened under the authority of the ODEP organization, for the purpose of addressing specific complex, technical, and/or sensitive national policy issues that often cross federal agencies. These groups are highly flexible in terms of the varied specialized skills required to address specific policy issues, the length of time convened, and exact nature of the broad-scale analysis performed.
14 - The full performance level is GS-14.
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0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
Conditions of Employment
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13. Specialized experience is experience that has given the incumbent the knowledge, skill, and ability to do the work.
The specialized experience for the GS-14 includes the following-(1)documented knowledge of the legislative requirements of and experience with the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the Rehabilitation Act; titles II (Social Security), XVI (Supplemental Security) and XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act; and transition provisions of IDEA (2) documented experience developing policy (including legislative and regulatory recommendations, and various forms of policy guidance) and related technical assistance designed to increase the hiring and employment opportunity of youth with disabilities (3) Superior writing skills including documented experience in the development of briefing and outreach materials related to the transition of youth with disabilities.
This position does not have an educational requirement.
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
Technical Competence/Policy Knowledge - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
Oral Communication - Expresses ideas and facts to individuals or groups effectively; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; facilitates an open exchange of ideas.
Written Communication - Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.
Policy Analysis - reviews and analyze policy documents, identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgement to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Leadership - Interacts with others to influence, motivate, and challenge them.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).
Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc).
The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents. The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY): ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE?
If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action” which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility. *WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status.
For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.
The following documents are required if applicable:
- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.
- Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here.
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility.
- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)
- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):
(a) Persons with Severe Disabilities (SCHEDULE A)
(b) 30% or More Compensably Disabled Veterans (DAV)
(c) Former Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) OR Current or Former Peace Corps Employees (PCE)
(d) Military Spouses (MISP)
(e) Other - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
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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