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Open Permanent Career and Term Job Opportunities

Director of Public Affairs

Announcement: DE-10874615-20-JS (DE); ST-10871392-20-JS (MP)
Closes: 8/6/2020
Location: Washington, D.C.
Description: This position is located in the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, Office of External Affairs and Communications, Washington, District of Columbia. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as an adviser to the Director of the Office of External Affairs and Communications (OEAC), and the EDA Assistant Secretary regarding policy and programming issues relating to the media and other public facing entities.


Economic Development Representative

Announcement: DE-10863577-20-SC (DE); ST-10863578-20-SC (MP)
Closes: 8/11/2020
Location: Columbus, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio
Description: This position is located in the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, Chicago Region. This is a home based position and the selected candidate must reside in the state of Ohio.

  • Assist economically-distressed areas of the U.S in stimulating industrial and commercial growth.
  • Primary contact on project development activities related to assigned EDA programs.
  • Advises applicants and grantees; plan, coordinate and administer grant awards for economic development investment projects.
  • Analyze and communicate sound and authoritative recommendations on highly complex and sensitive economic development business/industry issues.
  • Represent the agency to key government and business officials and organizations.

Permanent Career Talent Management Database

The Economic Development Administration seeks to attract the best qualified talent for current and future career opportunities. EDA looks for qualified, motivated, innovative, forward-thinking talent with technical competence and capabilities who will enjoy working in a dynamic and mission driven organization with an elite group of team members.

EDA would like to add you to their Talent Management Database for current and future career opportunities.

Please submit a detailed resume (federal government format) and cover letter to EDACareer@eda.gov. The subject line of the email should specify: title of position and geographic location of the employment opportunity (i.e., Atlanta Regional Office; Austin Regional Office; Chicago Regional Office, Denver Reginal Office; Philadelphia Regional Office; Seattle Regional Office; Washington DC Office). Administrative positions are located in EDA Headquarters, Washington, DC. For Administrative positions that are not listed below (i.e. human resources, policy, procurement, etc.), subject line of the email should read as: Administrative (enter respective function, i.e. policy).

Please note the following:

  • Graduate degrees are desired but not required. If you are an upcoming graduate, please include anticipated conferred date on resume.
  • Please submit all non-competitive eligibility documents with application package (PLEASE REDACT SSN FROM ALL DOCUMENTS) – please refer to the Federal Hiring Tips & Recommendations document for more info.
  • All position descriptions below are written at the full performance levels. Positions filled at lower grades will serve in a supporting and developmental capacity and will be given greater oversight. These positions may have the opportunity for career advancement.
  • The Talent Management Database is separate from USAJOBS. Talent should ALSO register in USAJOBS and set alerts for permanent or term limited EDA job opportunity announcements (non-CARES Act positions). Talent MUST apply for specific openings through the USAJOBS portal, even if previously submitted a resume thru the EDA Talent Management Database. The EDA Talent Management Database will not automatically integrate information into the USAJOBS portal system. CARES Act positions DO NOT require Talent to apply through the USAJOBS portal. For CARES Act positions please submit a detailed resume (federal government format) and cover letter to be considered for no more than two positions and two geographical locations to EDACareer@eda.gov. Subject line: Insert Your Primary Position + Geographic Location of interest. Include secondary (if any) in the body of your email.
  • Employees hired under EDA’s CARES Hiring Authority are hired as Schedule A employees into the excepted service for a period not to exceed two (2) years.

PLEASE SUBMIT UPDATED RESUMES ASAP!!!

Economic Development Administration Core Positions

Economic Development Representative

This position requires Economic Development Representatives to develop and implement significant new program strategies; analyze key business and industry policy questions and contribute to significant agency decisions, policy recommendations and positions. The incumbent will plan and manage the delivery of high-priority economic development products and services which are central to the objectives of the Economic Development Administration. The incumbent will work closely with our Federal and non-Federal partners for the purpose of revitalizing, expanding, and upgrading distressed communities' physical infrastructure in order to attract new industry, encourage business expansion and generate or retain long-term private sector jobs and investment. The incumbent will serve as a technical authority for EDA and authoritatively and independently handle a broad range of programmatic areas and functions where the incumbent will apply their knowledge of the theories, dynamics and factors underlying economic development programs. The incumbent will fully brief EDA grant recipients and applicants (distressed communities, economic development agencies and organizations, public officials and civic leaders on EDA programs, funding opportunities, regulations, guidelines and investment activities.

In addition, the incumbent will serve in an advisory capacity with the investment applicants and recipients and provide them with comprehensive technical and financial guidance to assure maximum and timely impact and results from EDA economic development investments. The incumbent will prepare and present reports and informational briefings and status updates to the Area Director regarding program investment pipelines, applications, allocation management, Investment Review Committee actions, application approvals and post-approval monitoring and important issues as well as how the area team is meeting all Operational Guidance requirements.

To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-ADMIN

Economic Development Specialist

This position requires Economic Development Specialists to manage the grants approval process (pre and post award); conduct research and analysis, and strategic planning:

Grants Management (Pre-Approval): Provide technical support for the solicitation and development of investment proposals. Review and process applications for funding. Identify deficiencies and work with applicants to resolve them. Analyze proposals to determine pros, cons, strengths and weaknesses with regard to EDA's investment strategy and funding priorities. Prepare and deliver presentations of investment proposals. Respond to questions regarding proposals, and provide suggestions for their improvement and guidance on their disposition in accordance with applicable regulations and policies. Ensure that necessary reviews and clearances are accomplished. Prepare and convey notifications of funding decisions. Properly maintain physical and electronic application files.

Grants Management (Post-Approval): Prepare and convey grant award documents. Conduct project management conferences with recipients to ensure a good understanding of award terms and conditions, and expectations for performance and compliance. Receive and review periodic financial and progress reports. Monitor awards for compliance, quality assurance, and successful implementation. Review and approve disbursement requests. Close out awards upon completion. Prepare for and assist with audits of project records. Properly maintain physical and electronic project files.

Research & Analysis: Conduct research of socio-economic data relevant to proposed and approved investments. Analyze socio-economic data to provide the basis for determining levels of economic distress in communities and regions, and to assess regional economic strengths, weaknesses, and trends.

Strategic Planning: Review state, regional, and local Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) for compliance with EDA’s guidelines and their relevance to proposed investments.

To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-ADMIN

Civil Engineer

This position requires Civil Engineers with a wide range of engineering and, project management responsibilities. The incumbent will play a major role on a multi- disciplined team making recommendations to the Area Director regarding technical project feasibility and merits, and regarding all aspects of the construction of multi-million dollar projects, including management of development and implementation of strategies that anticipate customer needs, and the execution of vital change initiatives.

The incumbent is responsible for Construction Project Management; ensure conformance with acceptable engineering standards and all statuary and regulatory requirements; recommend appropriate action, to include changes to the EDA project scope of work; arrange for and participate in pre-construction conferences with representatives of the recipient and the construction contractors, outlining the duties of each during the construction and warranty period and explaining EDA policies and requirements to be followed in the implementation of projects; review recipients' final construction plans and cost estimates and other related documents for compliance with EDA policies and procedures; approve project scope according to applicable local, state, and federal codes and statutes; and monitor recipients' compliance with all applicable procedures and requirements which are prerequisite to solicitation of bids including, but not limited to, the requirements of Section 106 of PL 89-136, the Relocation Assistance Act, Flood Insurance Act, Clean Air Act, Davis-Bacon and related Acts, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order PL 90-480 concerning design of buildings for handicapped persons and all pertinent sections of the latest edition of EDA's Summary of Standards.

To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf (PDF)

Environmental Protection Specialist

The incumbent of this position serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist and implements EDA procedures for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and other environmental legislation affecting the agency's program activities. The incumbent will be responsible for economic development grant process, particularly in the areas of environmental legislation, skill in interpreting and implementing environmental laws and principles and experience with Federal, State and/or local environmental regulatory agencies; experience with the application of various disciplines of environmental science such as meteorology, geology and hydrology; experience representing an agency or organization authoritatively to key business and/or government officials and experience planning and managing the delivery of major, high-priority products and services particularly as they are related to grant processing and management. Agency projects cannot be processed for approval without clearance by the EPS. This clearance includes a certification that the project has been processed in accordance with all environmental requirements, and includes a recommendation to the Regional Director for approval, disapproval or modification based upon a balancing of the project's anticipated adverse environmental impacts against its anticipated economic benefits.

To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-ADMIN

Management Program Analyst

The incumbent works collaboratively to support the successful implementation of various EDA programs and initiatives focused on regional economic development. The incumbent provides assistance to higher-level staff on key activities associated with collection, management, and analysis of performance data and development and maintenance of data management systems. Most assignments will require advanced data analysis, mining, and visualization skills. Additional duties might include assisting in economic research, program evaluation, grants management, and other tasks in support of the bureau.

To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-ADMIN

Economist

The incumbent works collaboratively to support the successful implementation of various EDA programs and initiatives focused on regional economic development. The incumbent undertakes key activities associated with the collection, management, and analysis of performance data and development and maintenance of data management systems. Responds to data inquiries from internal and external stakeholders and prepares responses suitable for dissemination to internal and external customers. Undertakes evaluation of EDA programs, projects, and initiatives. Conducts economic research pertaining to data analytics, economic development, and program evaluation. Most assignments will require advanced data analysis, mining, and visualization skills. Additional duties might include serving as the subject matter expert for data-related Research and National Technical Assistance grants and other tasks in support of the bureau.

To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/economist-series-0110/

Training Specialist

The incumbent independently plans, organizes, and completes curriculum development assignments in alignment with the EDA’s Strategic Plan, organizational mission, vision, goals, and priorities. Works with external and internal stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to develop the curriculum and design a comprehensive set of iterative training modules and facilitator guides mapped to EDA’s programs and profile. Stays abreast of emerging grants management best practices and technologies and their applicability to the needs of economic development, to include, economic recovery and disaster recovery and resilience issues and trends to inform accurate and forward-leaning curriculum development. Economic recovery from a federally designated disaster and economic resilience is a growing part of the EDA portfolio.

To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1700/training-instruction-series-1712/

Attorney Advisor

The incumbent works on cases or legal issues of extreme complexity characterized by one or more of the following: 1) extremely complex and difficult legal or factual issues requiring a high order of legal endeavor with the incumbent often having to balance conflicting interests; 2) matters that can have the effect of substantially broadening or restricting the activities of an agency or have an important impact on a major industry whose economic position affects the health and stability of the general economy; or 3) the matter involves, directly or indirectly, very large sums of money and are frequently vigorously contested by extremely capable legal talent.

There are no Individual Occupational Requirements for this series.

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