United States Department of Agriculture

SNAP Program Analyst

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Posted On: Monday, 1st October 2018
Category: Administrative
Location: Alexandria, Virginia

Job Description:

About United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service:

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!  

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • 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 unusually 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.

 

Position Qualifications:

All documents must be received, and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

TIME AFTER COMPETITIVE APPOINTMENT: Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

For the GS-09 level: Your resume must demonstrate at least fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-07 level, or equivalent, which includes participating in the analysis of policies, procedures, regulations and statutes of a nutrition assistance or social services program.

or

EDUCATION: A related master's or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D.

For the GS-11 level: Your resume must demonstrate at least fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, which includes participating in the analysis of policies, procedures, regulations and statutes of a nutrition assistance or social services program AND using analytical techniques to assess information, identify issues, and answer public policy questions.

or

EDUCATION: Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or LL.M. in a related field.

For the GS-12 level: Your resume must demonstrate at least fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent, which includes using analytical techniques to evaluate and interpret policies, procedures, regulations and statutes of a nutrition assistance or social services program to identify issues, answer public policy questions.

For the GS-13 level: Your resume must demonstrate at least fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which includes using analytical techniques to evaluate and interpret policies, procedures, regulations and statutes of a nutrition assistance or social services program to identify issues, answer public policy questions AND experience with the policy development processes regarding that program AND communicating program information to management through oral presentations and written reports

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.

 

To Apply:

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.

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