Program Specialist

Job posting
Closing date: 1 May 2020

The mission of the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. FNCS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNCS!

FNCS is hiring program specialists in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) division and the Special Nutrition Programs (SNP) division (i.e., Child Nutrition, Food Distribution, and the WIC Programs) of the Western Regional Office (WRO). Located in San Francisco, WRO oversees nutrition assistance programs in Alaska; California; Hawaii; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Washington; the Pacific Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and Indian Tribal Organizations within these jurisdictions. 

The full time positions currently available may start at the GS-9, 11, or 12 level with promotion potential to a GS-13.  FNCS is a great place to work, offering a rewarding career where each staff member has the opportunity to positively impact the lives of individuals in need of nutrition assistance. 

Duties

  • Analyze and provide technical assistance and consultation on all aspects of assigned program operations.
  • Plan, direct, and participate in formal management evaluation reviews of State and local agency program operations.
  • Lead negotiation of acceptable and appropriate corrective action to address the findings and recommendations and independently performs follow-up of review reports to bring findings to closure within agreed upon time frames.
  • Develop written reports of findings and recommendations.
  • Makes presentations at state, regional, and national meetings and represents the Regional Office in meetings with State agency officials.

Qualifications

GS-09: One year of Specialized Experience which is defined as: researching and analyzing information such as laws and regulations that govern Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs or other public assistance programs in order to ensure compliance with program requirements.

OR

EDUCATION: Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or JD in a related field.

Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of 18 semester hours may be combined with experience.

GS-11: One year of Specialized Experience which is defined as: assisting in providing oversight and technical assistance to a Federal Nutrition Assistance Program or other public assistance program and researching and analyzing regulations and policies to ensure compliance with program requirements.

OR

EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M in a related field.

Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of 36 semester hours may be combined with experience.

GS-12: One year of Specialized Experience which is defined as: providing oversight and technical assistance to a Federal Nutrition Assistance Program or other public assistance program and interpreting regulations and policies to ensure compliance with program requirements and provide recommendations for program improvement.

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; religious; 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.

How to apply

Please submit your complete application to chad.davis-montgomery@usda.gov.

Your complete applications MUST include:

1. Résumé.

2. Peace Corps or VISTA service/certification of noncompetitive status letter.

3. Transcript (not required but suggested as it may help you to qualify at a higher grade).

4. Email from you including one of the following statements:

I closed my Peace Corps/VISTA service on (mm/dd/yyyy). Since that date was less than one year ago, I have noncompetitive eligibility.

OR

I closed my Peace Corps/VISTA service on (mm/dd/yyyy). However, I am/was enrolled in a full-time graduate program at [university name] from mm/dd/yyyy until (mm/dd/yyyy). I therefore have X months of noncompetitive eligibility left.

OR

I closed my Peace Corps/VISTA service on (mm/dd/yyyy). However, I am/was a member of the U.S. military from (mm/dd/yyyy) until (mm/dd/yyyy). I therefore have X months of noncompetitive eligibility left.

OR

I am/was a Peace Corps civil service employee. I entered on duty on (mm/dd/yyyy), and separated from the Peace Corps on (mm/dd/yyyy) [or, "I have not yet separated from the Peace Corps"]. I therefore have (X) months of noncompetitive eligibility left.

Location

San Francisco, CA 94103
United States
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
Yes

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