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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
U.S. Department of State
Position Title:
Program Manager
Open Period:
05/18/2018 - 05/29/2018


GS - 0080 14
USD $114,590 - USD $148,967
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time; Non-Permanent
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Dunn Loring, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Sophie Linshitz


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Open to all U.S. citizens

"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."

"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."
Security Clearance Required:
Top Secret
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Temporary Non-Status Position: 1 year renewable for up to 4 years
About the Agency
This is a non-status, non-permanent Personal Services Contract (PSC) position. You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position.

This position is located in the Training Management Division, Office of Antiterrorism Assistance, Training Directorate, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The incumbent(s) serve as a Washington-based Program Manager responsible for the planning, implementation, and management of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program activities within a specified geographic region.

This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Domestic or overseas may be required.


-Manages budget, program design and implementation of assistance to partner nation security personnel; coordinates with the Regional Program Manager, Regional Security Officer (RSO), and the ATA offices to ensure shipping, logistics, and operations are delivered; provides comprehensive operational leadership, program management and planning.

-Serves as the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for assigned programs related to the design of training courses and delivery of training materials and equipment; performs technical and management oversight of programming activities; monitor contracts for compliance; verify receipt of goods and services; provide guidance in development of new contracts.

-Liaises with senior-level host nation officials and the RSO to identify ATA mission priorities and oversees the implementation of the program in partner nations; works with other ATA divisions and the Bureau of Counterterrorism to identify and determine training requirements; briefs USG officials on strategic goals and status of training in geographic region.

-Ensures effective execution of program requirements; establishes systematic methods of program execution, evaluation, or advocacy; manages the ATA office in the assigned country, overseeing contract and locally employed staff; responsible for Leahy vetting, end use monitoring, procurement and supplies, budgeting, accounting, and general administrative support.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to employment.
  • Education Requirements:
    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

    1. Knowledge of current security and counterterrorism issues.

    2. Knowledge of resource management principles, methods, and practices.

    3. Knowledge of contracting regulations, policies, and practices.

    4. Ability to establish liaison and negotiate at all levels and make recommendations to senior level leadership.

    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here.

    Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100.  

    If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience.  This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity.  Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
    Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

    Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

    Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

    - Experience planning, organizing, and managing analyses of resource requirements to include budget performance and funding priorites. 

    - Experience recommending and implementing improvements to program management and administration to include: technical and management oversight for a program.

    - Experience negotiating and liaising with variety of individuals at all levels.

    - Experience as (Contracting Officer's Representation) COR, providing technical guidance and advice to contracting officers and program leadership related to program planning and contract management; 

    There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.


    Benefits and Other Info

    The Bureau of Diplomatic Security has a program that allows personal services employees to be reimbursed for their health premium costs that they incur during their period of performance. The program pays 72% of the insurance premium cost (to the maximum limits set by OPM annually) for self, self plus one, or self plus family. To be eligible for the PSC Health Insurance Reimbursement Program, the PSC must be included on the plan and NOT be enrolled in any other form of group plan such as a spousal plan or a retirement plan. This program does not cover Dental or Vision supplements. 

    Former Military Service and Annual Leave Accrual Rates:

    Personal service contract employees entering on duty with prior military service can credit their years of uniformed military service for higher annual leave accrual rates. Please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 form for consideration of higher annual leave accrual rates. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit:
    Other Information:

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

    To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the application system.  This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

    You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

    STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

    STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

    STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.  

    STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement.  For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

    Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET


    NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

    NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
    Required Documents:
    All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    1.  Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    2.  A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

    3.  Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application.  If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

    4.  If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

    Next Steps:
    After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
    You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

    1. Upon receipt of your application.
    2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
    3. After the certificate is issued.
    4. After final selection is made.

    For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.