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Training Specialist, GS-1712-7/9/11, Census-D-LPS

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Department Of Commerce
All qualified United States citizens. Full Time Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional Applications under this vacancy announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only. This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as FLD-2015-0007. (Click here if you cannot find this vacancy in USAJOBS) Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into / and clicking on "Search Jobs." Merit promotion procedures apply to current or previous Federal employees in the competitive service who are eligible for transfer, promotion, reassignment, or reinstatement. Merit promotion procedures MAY also apply to applicants seeking consideration through a special appointing authority such as Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA), Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), Schedule A, etc. Please read the vacancy announcement to determine who may apply.
This position is in the competitive service.
This vacancy is for a Training Specialist, GS-1712-07/09/11 position in the American Community Survey Support Staff, Field Division, located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland.
One year probationary period may be required.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
This is a bargaining unit position.
This position may be filled through means other than the competitive promotion process. You must be a U.S. citizen. If your resume is incomplete, you may not be considered for this vacancy. You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable ( ). You must be suitable for Federal employment. Time-in-grade requirements must be met. The individual selected for this position will:
Develop instructional design strategies based on core competencies including the development of performance assessment models for measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of training.
Coordinate the development and delivery of computer-based, internet/intranet/network-based training, and other distance learning products for adult professional training programs.
Develop and write procedures and related training materials for a comprehensive professional development program.
Develop curriculum plans that outline the individual training programs for developing the skills corresponding to identified core competencies.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
1. Knowledge developing training to include skill/proficiency checks; performance assessments; designing and incorporating relevant practice exercises; selecting appropriate approaches for delivering training; writing self-studies; workbooks; classroom training guides; job aides and training aids.
2. Ability to determine the appropriate sequence of instructional activities, and conducting a dry run or read-through of the training materials.
3. Knowledge preparing manuals, user guides, and instructional materials for specialized training of all levels of RO personnel on the technical and administrative aspect of current programs, and one-time surveys.
4. Ability to work under tight deadlines on multiple time-sensitive projects.
5. Knowledge of the requirements for developing a system of training program and evaluates the effectiveness of training through methods such as, evaluation/feedback from trainees and trainers; end-of-training, final review exercise for ongoing training packages; evaluation reports describing the strengths and weaknesses of training approaches.
6. Knowledge and experience in preparing evaluation reports containing strengths and weaknesses of training approaches.
7. Knowledge and experience conducting assessments of existing instructional approaches which do not appear adequate and alternatives are desired. Works with other Census Bureau divisions in special experimental studies to improve survey research.
To preview questions please click here. MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
You must have the experience listed below.
GRADE 07 EXPERIENCE:
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 05 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is work experience assisting in developing original course content and instructing and subsequent modifications to course content to meet objectives and selecting the instructional method to effectively present and/or implement training and/or testing materials for formal courses. This experience may have been gained in work such as instructing an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment; supervising or administering a training program; or developing or reviewing training/course materials and evaluating training results.
GRADE 09 EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 07 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is work experience in developing original course content and instructing and subsequent modifications to course content to meet objectives and selecting the instructional method to effectively present and/or implement training and/or testing materials for formal courses. This experience may have been gained in work such as instructing an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment; supervising or administering a training program; or developing or reviewing training/course materials and evaluating training results.
Education: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degrees (such as an LL.B or J.D.) that has equipped you to perform the duties of this position.
Grade 11 Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is work experience in developing original course content and instructing and subsequent modifications to course content to meet objectives and selecting the instructional method to effectively present and/or implement training and/or testing materials for formal courses. This experience may have been gained in work such as instructing an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment; supervising or administering a training program; or developing or reviewing training/course materials and evaluating training results.
Education: Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree or PH.D., or an equivalent graduate degree with major study in a field related to the position.
Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at . To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.
To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and place your cursor over "My Account" and then click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk immediately by e-mail at or phone at . The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.
For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Lisa Scott at or lisa.p. .
A complete application consists of the following:
Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
Veterans' Preference documentation. If applicable, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 OR Armed Forces certification letter specifying discharge or release from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed, VA letter, SF-15 (revised October 2013), etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: .
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable. See the "Other Information" section.
Education. If this position requires higher education, you may be asked to submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. If using foreign education to qualify, you must submit a certified evaluation of foreign equivalency to comparable U.S. education programs. Please refer to for more information.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found here at . You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. You can check the status of your application by logging into your USAJOBS account at and placing your cursor over "My Account" and then click on "Application Status."
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.). Additional benefits available at our Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include: fitness center; child-care facility; credit union; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; car pools/van pools; etc. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: . CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, .
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