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Program Analyst Fellowship Opportunity [VA]


Become a part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) team.

SNAP is the cornerstone of the nation’s nutrition assistance safety net, serving over 43 million people each month. At FNS, you can give back to communities across America by reducing hunger and providing low-income families with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education.

 

Description of Opportunity

SNAP is seeking to hire highly motivated individuals as Program Analysts in the Program Design Branch at FNS’ National Office in Alexandria, VA.  If you want to apply your knowledge and skills towards increasing food security, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with SNAP.

Through the Fellows Experience Program, FNS offers opportunities for candidates with expertise and professional experience to fill positions at the

GS-12 and GS-13 levels (Tier II Fellows) to assist the agency in meeting specialized expertise requirements.  These positions offer experience individuals the opportunity to broaden their professional careers within FNS’ mission areas, serving in areas of critical need.

FNS is seeking candidates with experience and expertise in SNAP policy and the development and operation of integrated eligibility systems.  The selected individuals will join a fast-paced team responsible for providing policy guidance to FNS regional offices and State agencies on a number of high- profile issues centered on SNAP eligibility and program access, including program integration, application processing timeliness, system development and implementation, and oversight of major changes in SNAP administration.

FNS is looking for individuals with excellent analytic and writing skills who have the desire to develop policies in a team environment.  Members of the team work both independently and together to streamline program administration while maintaining integrity and access for SNAP households.  Duties of this position may include:

•             Coordinating with FNS Regional Offices, Office of State Systems, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and SNAP State agencies to appropriately integrate SNAP eligibility policy into the development of new Integrated Eligibility Systems and system enhancements to ensure program access and integrity.

•             Communicating program policy and providing technical assistance through drafting of regulations, handbooks, toolkits, implementation plans, and guidance material for use by State and local program administrators.

•             Researching, analyzing and interpreting policy to ensure consistent understanding and application of program rules regarding client access and State agency administration.

•             Providing recommendations on how apply statutory and regulatory language to specific situations based on a thorough understanding of program objectives, management philosophy and perspective, legislative and regulatory history, and program administration constraints.

•             Composing well-written, concise briefing materials, talking points, and memoranda to inform senior leadership and decision makers, including Branch Chief, Division Director, Associate Administrator and Under Secretary.

•             Researching and responding to sensitive or complex inquiries from Congress, States or local offices, Office of General Counsel, other Federal agencies, program participants and the general public relative to assigned program policy.

•             Assist lower grade program analysts in accomplishing their responsibilities by providing appropriate background information, insight, and mentoring as directed.

 

Fellows Experience Program:

The Fellows Experience Program is a time-limited appointment in the Excepted Service.  FEP appointments may be made in one-year increments with additional one-year extensions not to exceed a total of four years.  The FEP appointment confers no rights to further Federal employment in either the competitive or excepted service upon expiration of the appointment, and does not provide non- competitive conversion to another appointment in the Federal Service or conversion to a Career or Career-Conditional Appointment.  Fellows interested in remaining with FNS at the end of their fellowships must compete and be selected for competitive service vacancies.  Fellows can apply to federal job announcements open to everyone in the general public at any time during their appointment (as long as they are United States Citizens/Nationals; non- citizens may not be selected for positions in the competitive service unless they attain U.S. citizenship).

Tier II Fellows will work with their supervisor on an Individual Development Plan (IDP) appropriate to the program area.  The Fellow will be also be assigned a Mentor.  In addition, an FEP Agreement will be established and signed by the Fellow and the Supervisor.

 

Qualifications:

For these FEP program analyst positions, SNAP is hiring at 2 different pay grade levels: GS 12/13 (Tier 11 Fellows).  The pay scale for these positions is $77,490 through $119,794

FEP requires that candidates have completed undergraduate or graduate school prior to their appointment; inclusion of your transcript with your application is required.

•             For GS-12 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes demonstrated experience conducting policy analysis and utilizing the results to make recommendations for the development of laws, regulations, guidelines, procedures or integrated eligibility systems within SNAP or similar Federal or state nutrition assistance, health, or social services programs.

•             For GS-13 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes using analytical techniques to evaluate and interpret policies, procedures, regulations and statutes of a nutrition assistance or social services program to identify issues and their interrelationships, draft laws, regulations, guidelines, and procedures, and anticipate political and implementation challenges of policy changes or development integrated eligibility systems within SNAP or similar Federal or state nutrition assistance, health, or social services programs.

 

Application Procedures and Deadline:

Interested candidates should forward a resume, cover letter, and transcript to MaryRose.Conroy@fns.usda.gov by November 20, 2016.