About the Agency
This position serves as an Education Program Specialist in the Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), Parental Options and Improvement (POI) programs division in the United States Department of Education. The position may perform professional work for multiple program teams within POI such as: Arts in Education, Magnet Schools Assistance, Full-Service Community Schools, Place-based Initiatives, Opportunity Scholarship Program, and/or the Promise Neighborhoods programs. Program objectives are achieved through the management of grants, contracts, and/or interagency agreements, as well as through professional leadership and expertise.
Employees in POI serve as principal advisors on the development of promising educational interventions, including reforms that expand parental choice and information; and, neighborhood revitalization and community transformation.
Plans and manages grant competitions, which include the development of the grant announcement; organizing the application review process; recruiting, recommending, and training reviewers for grant applications; and, developing the final slate of applications recommended for funding.
Administers the grant program and assists in the formulation of program regulations and policies, including the establishment of management goals and priorities. Also provides information to the education community and others concerned with the issues addressed by the grant program.
Serves as a contracting officer’s representative responsible for managing and overseeing the provision of technical assistance to a discretionary grant program or content area; drafting statements of work and contract modifications; paying contractor invoices; and writing contractor performance evaluations.
Provides technical assistance to potential applicants and grantees; managements the monitoring of grants to ensure federal funds are used in accordance with program regulations and promotes project success; and, coordinates project directors’ meeting or local/national workshops for the program.
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.
Handles the most complex features of the operational aspects of the program, providing coordination and leadership where necessary to other members of the staff and/or representatives from other organizations.
Analyzes and evaluates on a quantitative/qualitative basis the effectiveness of line program operations in meeting established goals and objectives.
Analyzes management information requirements.
Performs other duties as assigned.