This Term Appointment will initially be for a three-year period, but may be extended for a total of five years. Should the need arise, this position may be made permanent without further competition.
As an employee on a Term Appointment, you will not acquire competitive status and you will not be covered by the agency's Interchange Agreement with the Office of Personnel Management, which allows for noncompetitive transfer from CNCS to other agencies in the competitive service of the federal government. More information about interchange agreements can be found
This position is located in the Illinois State Office within the Office of Field Liaison, Department of the Chief of Program Operations, Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation), Chicago, IL.
We are the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, we tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.
We invest in thousands of nonprofit and faith-based groups that are making a difference across the country. We are AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, the Volunteer Generation Fund, and more. We serve, we build, and we make an impact that changes lives and communities.
National service is a cost-effective solution that taps the power of citizens to get things done. We multiply the impact of our investment by generating hundreds of millions of non-federal dollars, mobilizing millions of additional volunteers, and operating with a high degree of accountability and efficiency.
Volunteering and national service are vital and cost-effective solutions to our nation's most-difficult challenges. The Corporation for National and Community Service stands ready to help Americans tackle these challenges and build a better future for our people, neighborhoods, and nation.
Employer of National Service
As an Employer of National Service, CNCS is committed to providing job opportunities to national service participants. Accordingly, qualified AmeriCorps members (current and former), returned Peace Corps volunteers and other national service participants are encouraged to apply to our positions.
The incumbent will manage a portfolio of AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps projects for the state of Illinois, and will be an active participant in furthering the mission and goals of the Corporation. Primary responsibilities will include:
Assists current and potential sponsors in planning, designing, and submitting grant applications consistent with CNCS guidance.
Assures portfolio records are well organized and comply with office requirements; annually reviews, promotes and implements CNCS program guidance and directives with grantees, sponsors, and key partners; and records project status activities in project management systems.
Provides technical assistance to project sponsors and monitors project/grants data indicators to affirm compliance with performance measurement requirements.
Continually reviews and evaluates project operations through on-site compliance monitoring and electronic progress report review and feedback. Researches issues involving AmeriCorps VISTA member and Senior Corps program management, individual performance and conduct issues as assigned and upon supervisory approval, provides feedback relative to resolving such issues. Seeks guidance of colleagues to help meet customer needs.
Under leadership of the State Program Director, fosters a collaborative relationship with CNCS-funded partners within the state. On occasion, may represent CNCS/State Office on assignments such as national projects/competitions, volunteer recruitment, community collaborations, and other public events; planning and serving as a resource in outreach efforts to new and diverse service providers; participating in state-wide conferences; supporting training events for AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps projects; and participating in on-site monitoring of CNCS-funded initiatives or projects outside of AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps.
Serves in a non-leadership role on cluster or national review teams and work groups in order to fulfill State Office requirements and gain familiarity with CNCS' various streams of service, their legal and regulatory foundation, and operational procedures. Completes State Office program and fiscal reporting requirements as may be assigned.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Who May Apply
This job is open toâ¦
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
Conditions of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen
A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal employees
Merit Promotion applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
Must be telework ready
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to satisfactorily complete a background investigation.
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the upper range of the NY-01 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to, the GS-05 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes work directly related to community service programs on the local, state, national or international level, non-profit organizations or foundations. This specialized experience includes grants management; program planning, management, monitoring or evaluation; and project management.
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 can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.
If you are qualifying based on education alone, you must have one full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement as defined by being in the upper third of your graduating class; or possessing a 3.0 GPA or higher over four years of education; or possessing a 3.5 GPA or higher during final 2 years of education. Such education must be from an accredited institution and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work. You must submit an unofficial copy of your college transcript. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards.
You may also qualify based on a combination of education and experience, if applicable.
If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."
Special Employment Consideration:
Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
Important Note: Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in elimination from further consideration. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible.
Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:
1 - Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.
2 - Well Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
3 - Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
NOTE: Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the Corporation's Human Resources system which allows for:
1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and
2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.
Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive. Nonstatus candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information."
If you are identified as a leading candidate for this position, you may be contacted via email and asked to submit a response to the following narratives within 5 days of contact:
Please describe, in 500 words or less, your professional experience related to program and/or grants management. Include a description of the organization you worked with and your role.
In the application for this position, you indicated that you have served as a team leader on a multi-disciplinary team working collaboratively to resolve community problems. Please describe, in 500 words or less, the organization you worked with, define the stakeholders, and explain what obstacles you encountered in your team's collaboration.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional);
Unofficial transcript (if qualifying based on education):
Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5-point preference), if applicable;
For Merit Promotion Eligibility: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (must indicate tenure and position occupied), if applicable;
Documentation supporting eligibility for Non-Competitive appointment, e.g., Schedule A (severely disabled), eligible veterans (VRA or 30-percent or more disabled), VISTA, Peace Corps, etc., if applicable
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Benefits for federal employees
Pay and leave
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.