Program Specialist

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - Tampa, FL (30+ days ago)3.9

Duties of the Program Specialist assigned to Research and Development Service with extensive knowledge of program management and administration practices, principles, and techniques related to Veteran Health Administration (VHA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Research Safety and Animal Welfare (RSAW), and other federal and local directives/policies.

Gathering and analyzing data to present administrative findings and recommendations to Research & Development Administration in accordance with accepted organizational and management principles
Planning, developing and evaluating the research administrative programs
Conducting surveys of space utilization, manpower and equipment to resolve administrative problems arising in the normal operation of research programs
Preparing annual budgets and research projects by coordinating research activities with other VA and non-VA programs, academic institutions, service organizations, the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation (TVAREF) and other groups and individuals
Serving as a liaison for an assigned JAHVH hospital affiliate on the Research & Development Committee and its subcommittees communicating the requirements of the committee and advising investigators on how to comply
Assembling, organizing and presenting information for budget development
Formulating a budget plan each fiscal year for all research functions
Working with principal investigators during the planning and operational phases of their research proposals to ensure that the program's budget is properly developed in accordance with VA Central Office (VACO) guidelines
Steering annual equipment inventories are conducted to assure all property is accounted for by the principal investigator
Gathering, coordinating data, analyzing, and preparing all JAHVH affiliate worksite research reports for the Administrative Officer and the Associate Chief of Staff for Research & Development

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: /PD#06182-O
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/29/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-7) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: presenting budget estimates or requests to higher management; monitoring budgets, including expenditures or cash flow; processing or recording financial transactions or information; preparing budget requests or justifications for funding; interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures to specific issues; processing or analyzing research data using computer systems or applications; keeping abreast of key organizational activities, policies, and priorities likely to affect operations or the program area; keeping abreast of latest technology, information, research, etc., to maintain knowledge in field of expertise (for example, reads trade journals, participates in professional/technical associations); reviewing and providing feedback on the content of complex information (for example, research or contract proposals, financial, technical, or management reports). OR,
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a master's or equivalent graduate degree, 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related to the position being filled. NOTE: A TRANSCRIPT MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION IF YOU ARE BASING ALL OR PART OF YOUR QUALIFICATIONS ON EDUCATION OR,
Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the amount required for th enext lower grade level to qualify at the GS-09 grade level.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Customer Service
Financial Management
Information Management

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Cover Letter
Other Veterans Document

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit