Education Program Specialist, GS-1720-13

Department Of Education DC (District of Columbia)
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

The position is located in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Monitoring and State Improvement Planning (MSIP) Division. MSIP carries out major activities related to the Part B, Part C, and 619 formula grant programs. The Division is responsible for State Plan review and approval, and for monitoring OSEP's formula grant programs to ensure consistency with Federal requirements and to ensure that States and other public agencies continue to implement programs designed to improve results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

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The incumbent will serve as a State Lead responsible for the following: administers or supports programs funded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Part B or C programs for infants, toddlers, children and youth and/or adults with disabilities and their families with special needs; provides substantial input into the development of objectives, policies, and long range work priorities for the program unit to which assigned; provides broad levels of advice to managers in virtually all aspects of the program and activities related to it; provides authoritative leadership and guidance for important special projects that have a significant bearing on the direction and operation of the organizational unit. These projects may require a significant level of integration with the objectives and functions of other organizational units as well as high levels of demonstrated programmatic expertise. Responsible for research and development of new and revised regulations, program guidelines, and strategies for achieving overall objectives including such areas as: grant review, and on-site monitoring. Handles the most complex features of the operational aspects of the program, providing coordination and leadership where necessary to the other members of the staff and/or representatives from other organizations. Advises managers on important aspects of program operations and interprets program requirements, criteria, rules and regulations to assist in resolving controversies and/or settling issues with the potential for significant policy impact. Initiates, plans and provides leadership for national, state and local meetings, seminars and conferences for the purpose of providing training to professional specialists on major program activities. Holds roundtable discussions with staff and program officials to obtain their cooperation and input on controversial issues raised by program heads. Elicits and compiles viewpoints and alternatives that afford the Assistant Secretary the benefit of diverse points of view and options.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. Citizen.

* You must complete a background Investigation and fingerprint check.

* You must complete a one-year probationary period.

* Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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. We will consider all qualifying experience, including any volunteer experience.


Specialized Experience for the GS-13

One year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:

* Experience presenting at local, state, national and/or regional conferences on special education practices related to infants, toddlers, children, you and/or adults with disabilities and their families

* Experience reviewing and analyzing special education data and providing technical assistance on system change plans to improve outcomes for children with disabilities

* Experience servicing as a specialist in a Federal, State, district or institution of higher education in the area of special education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).

* Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory provisions of Part B and/or Part C of the IDEA.

* Skill implementing early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families or special education and related services for children and youth with disabilities.

* Knowledge of education theories, principles and practices and the roles of the federal, state, and local governments sufficient to plan, evaluate, and advise on funded educational programs, their requirements and problem.