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Program Support Specialist – ORA


Description of Duties
  • Plans, organizes, carries out, and evaluates special projects affecting the administration of programs in ORA. Independently identifies the need for, plans, organizes, and conducts analytical studies based on examination of management needs with the supervisor.
  • Develops position papers to explain study findings and recommendations.
  • Prepares special reports, presentations, and summaries Office staff.
  • Obtains and verifies information by researching office records and reference documents and by conferring with program officials within and outside the Division.
  • Evaluates, analyzes, and correlates all information relevant to the subject and compiles data into reports, summaries and presentations.
·         Contacts officials throughout ORA to solicit input; reviews recommendations and selects those to be incorporated.
  • Examines, edits, and consolidates this information to be sure it is complete, factually correct, and written in an appropriate style.
  • Interprets requests for programmatic action or information, and provides guidance, advice, assistance, interpretations, and recommendations to Office and Agency officials, program directors, private industry representatives and others concerning Office programs and activities.
Basic requirements for all grades in this position include:
  1. 4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree, OR
  2. One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service applying established methods and techniques to evaluate the efficiency or effectiveness of programs, work operations, or procedures; identifying trends or deficiencies with administrative or program operations and procedures; utilizing established databases to track time-sensitive documents; and reviewing scientific or technical documents for accuracy and completeness.  -OR- 
    B. A Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in public administration, business administration, or a closely related field which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of this position.  -OR- C. A combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described in B that, when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours may be used in this calculation.)
Grade (Salary) Level
Federal General Schedule (GS) grade levels at which operations research analyst positions are commonly filled are: GS-5 through 11 at the headquarters.
Higher graded positions are directly related to additional education and/or specialized experience.
Geographical Locations
These positions are located at HQ (suburban Washington, D.C.) and in facilities throughout the U.S.