Full Job Description
This position will support the Federal Government's response efforts to COVID-19.
This position is located in the US Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Workforce Investments (OWI). It is established to provide a professional authority to conduct specific studies into complex problems relating to workforce development. This position is inside the bargaining unit.
Leads and/or carries out analyses of policy and program issues which may include such work activities as the preparation of reports on economic and labor market trends applicable to concerns and issues concerning workforce development programs; the development or refinement of legislative proposals, policy material such as analytical papers, and/or programmatic materials describing initiatives, plans for research, demonstration and/or evaluation agendas or projects relating to specialized workforce development content specialties such as performance measurement, skills standards, skills attainment and assessment.
Analysis and development of policy recommendations and options designed to resolve conflicting concerns or issues. Which may include identifying, developing, planning implementing, monitoring and maintaining either individual (often high profile) and/or multi-site projects, research initiatives, strategic research plans, budgetary analysis, statistical and economic analysis with inferences upon workforce development programs and activities. Or one or more subject or client-specific areas such as performance evaluation, adult employment and training assistance (including welfare recipients), and dislocated worker grant (DWG) employment and training assistance; occupational information, labor shortages, and occupational skills and assessment.
Conducts in-depth policy review of ETA programs to determine the need for modification in light of program performance and the future economic, labor market, political, and social environment. Analyzes findings to develop recommendations and options for research applications and new initiatives and participates as a recognized expert in work groups and in making professional presentation on the subject(s) areas. Organizes, arranges for and facilitates conferences/meetings to provide information and guidance to grantees which supports and promotes the goal and objectives of the projects.
Prepares or develops replies, reports and analyses regarding policy and guidance on workforce development matters directed to the Office by the Office of the Assistant Secretary, the Department of Labor and other Federal agencies, other ETA program offices and State, local and private agencies.
Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be necessary to attend meetings or training that is not available on-site.
13 - Position is at the Full Performance Level, GS-13.
Job family (Series)
0140 Workforce Research And Analysis
Conditions of Employment
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Must be at least 16 years old.
A temporary appointment is an appointment lasting one year or less, with a specific expiration date. Click Temporary employees for more information.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.
Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
Applicants must meet the Basic Qualification Requirement and Specialized Experience Requirement.
To meet the Specialized Experience Requirement: Applicant must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience providing technical assistance to grantees on a variety of dislocated worker grant (DWG) and training programs; analyzing regulatory guidelines and providing guidance to grantees on program requirements; developing technical assistance tools and briefing materials; and assessing program data to prepare performance analysis reports. Professional experience in studying, analyzing, and/or advising on the economic, social and/or psychological factors affecting employment and training problems. This experience must have required knowledge of one or more of the following:
Labor force dynamics, e.g., the population, economic, cultural, and political factors affecting employment and training problems; problems relating to labor force adjustment to automation and other technological change; the effects of collective bargaining agreements; and the impact on job content and educational and training requirements of a rapidly changing industrial environment.
The cultural, environmental, political, or sociological factors related to employ-ability or employment, e.g., employment and training problems concerning specific ethnic groups, group imbalances, skill imbalances, patterns of discrimination, rural community life, etc.
Examples of qualifying specialized experience are:
Experience analyzing performance data to inform decision making
Experience analyzing policies in order to develop responses to grantees regarding program requirements
Experience drafting policy analyses; and,
Experience providing technical assistance to grantees on workforce development issues.
Please ensure the specialized experience is reflected in your resume.
Basic Qualification Requirement for the 0140 Occupational Series:
In addition in meeting the Specialized Experience Requirement, applicants must also meet the Positive Education Requirement below:
Degree that included at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: sociology, social work, psychology, economics, political science, or allied social science subjects that are especially pertinent to knowledge and understanding of employment and training programs; OR,
Courses in a college or university consisting of 30 semester hours as described in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions. Visit the Database of Accredited post-secondary Institutions and Programs (DAPIP) here.
For additional information on the education requirements, please visit: Workforce Research and Analysis Series, 0140
Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. Unofficial copies are allowed to apply; however, a certified copy of official transcripts will be required before a final job offer letter is extended. Transcripts must be in English.
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.
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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.
Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against the competencies described below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories, based on responses to the vacancy questionnaire:
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying the critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
Communication Skills: Expresses ideas and facts in a succinct organized manner. Prepares, edits and reviews solicitations (Funding Opportunity Announcements), press releases, talking points, briefing documents, correspondence, training manuals and other documents. Interacting and presenting to managers, grantees and internal and external contacts on workforce development activities.
Performance Measurement: Knowledge of the principles and methods for evaluating program or organizational performance using financial and non-financial measures, including identification of evaluation factors (for example, workload, personnel requirements), metrics, and outcomes.
Policy Analysis: Prepares or participates substantively in the preparation of policy analysis on workforce development programs and issues which have short and long-term implications for improving the quality and effectiveness of training and employment services.
Program/Project Management: Knowledge of the principles, methods or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating and managing projects and resources.
Teaching Others: Helps others learn through formal or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.
Technical Assistance: Applies program knowledge and experience to develop innovative processes and provide technical assistance strategies to grantees, to improve the quality of workforce services and information.
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 resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
Referrals will be made in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans’ preference requirements. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. 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.
All applicant must submit:
Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - Positive Education Requirement: Submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit. You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature. If selected, OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to a Final Job Offer being extended. Reference the “Education Section” for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.
Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
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.
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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
This is an Excepted Service temporary position NTE 1 year which may be extended for an additional year for a maximum of 2 years in support of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act