Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory Program Specialist/ PD#33122-0
Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Eligible
Telework: Eligible
Virtual Position: No

This recruitment is for one position with the Office of General Counsel, Management, Planning and Analysis located in Washington, D.C.
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Supervisory Program Specialist, PD#33122-0

The incumbent directly supervises two (2) GS-14 management positions. Plans and assigns work, sets and adjusts priorities, advises employees on program goals and objectives. Evaluates work performance of subordinates. Interviews and selects candidates for positions. Recommends appointment, promotion, or reassignment to such positions. Hears and resolves complaints from employees. Identifies developmental and training needs of employees and provides or arranges for needed development and training. Plans, manages, executes, and evaluates OGC's financial administration and business operations to include budget formulation and execution, contracts/interagency agreements, space and leases, purchasing, and travel. Accurately forecasts staffing and workforce requirements. Serves as an authoritative source, subject matter expert, and senior advisor in manpower management and continuous process improvement for OGC. Independently evaluates requests for additional resources from the 18 suborganizations and balances organization needs with overall mission requirements. Serves as OGC's Risk Management Officer. Performs audits and first/second line of defense risk management activities. Formulates OGC short and long-range program objectives linked to VA-wide strategic goals. In conjunction with 18 suborganizations offices, plans, develops and implements programs to improve and expand OGC's legal service delivery.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • ?You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • ?Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • ?Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • ?Position requires filing a Financial Disclosure report


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is performed, for the most part, while seated. However, the incumbent may be required to lift and carry personal computing equipment, books, manuals, papers and supplies. A moderate amount of standing and walking is required in getting to and from meeting places away from the worksite.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/11/2021.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a (GS-15) position you must have served 52 weeks at the (GS-14). The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.

Specialized Experience (GS-15):

  • Experience applying modern management theories, principals, practices and Techniques.
  • Experience using qualitative and quantitative analysis methods to analyze human capital, financial management, informatics, and training programs.
  • Experience with concepts, methods and tools of manpower management in a legal setting.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Federal Budgeting Cycle (i.e., budget formulation and justification, budget presentation/enactment, and budget execution in order to provide information, advice and guidance for budget formulation, justification and execution to OGC senior executives.
  • Experience with human resource management theories, principals, practices and techniques related to recruitment/staffing, classification, position management, and compensation.

There is no educational substitute for a GS-15.

Additional information on the qualification requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/classifying-general-schedule-positions/ .


Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http: www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

Competency 1 – Human Resources Management

Competency 2 – Analytical Thinking

Competency 3 – Forward Thinking

Competency 4 – Strategic Thinking

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

The following documents are required:

  • Your Résumé (Must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information).
  • CURRENT OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL EMPLOYEES ONLY, you must submit a copy of your last or most recent signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Applicants who fail to submit this form will be rated INELIGIBLE (SF-50 must be in PDF format; text format will not be accepted). Note:. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade. Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
    • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
    • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
    • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
  • Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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