Job Title:Program Specialist (Conflict Resolution)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:CRS-15-1347851-DEU


$63,722.00 to $99,296.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 to Monday, March 16, 2015




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


United States Citizens


Public Trust - Background Investigation




Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Community Relations Service (CRS) is seeking to hire a highly qualified Program Specialist to assist in the development, coordination, integration, analysis, evaluation, and execution of conflict resolution policies, plans, programs, and training conducted by CRS.

CRS is responsible for resolving conflicts and preventing violence when racial tensions that threaten community peace and stability arise by assisting state and local officials, law enforcement officials, business leaders, and community residents. CRS also prevents and responds to hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizen or National
  • Background Investigation to include drug testing
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
  • You may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.
  • A one year probationary period will be required.


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The incumbent provides advice and assistance to the Director related to the development and coordination of CRS special projects, operational issues, and dispute resolution/mediation training. Specifically, the incumbent will perform duties including but not limited to:

  • Developing, coordinating, and executing proposals to enhance conciliator/facilitation competencies.
  • Promoting conflict resolution education addressing community issues among law enforcement organizations.
  • Researching and analyzing pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents related to civil rights and hate crime issues.
  • Evaluating and determining impact of hate crimes on community responses and law enforcement practices.
  • Writing position papers to effectively communicate information.
  • Developing and preparing training recommendations and proposals.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progresses.


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To qualify for GS 11: You must possess at least one of the following:

A. You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service that includes applying mediation and facilitation practices, tools and techniques within the fields of law enforcement, civil rights and/or education; OR

B. You must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of a Program Specialist GS-301-11. A copy of your transcript is required to verify educational claims; OR

C. You must have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and have more than two years but less than three years of education as described in B. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond the second year by 36. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify).

To qualify for GS 12: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 11 level in the Federal service that includes: 1) researching and analyzing proposals to enhance conciliator competencies such as mediation, facilitation, and dispute resolution within the fields of law enforcement, civil rights, and/or education; and 2) researching, analyzing and evaluating pertinent laws (the 1964 Civil Rights Act Title X and the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Junior Hate Crimes Prevention Act), regulations, policies and precedents involving civil rights and hate crime issues in determining their impact on community responses and various law enforcement practices.

You must complete all academic degrees and coursework at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see  

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligible.

All applicants’ qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):

  • Education and Community issues
  • Research and Analysis
  • Communication

Please Note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 90 days after the HR office issues the selection certificate.


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DOJ offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. Specific documentation requirements and information are found at:  

Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at:

NOTE: To verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-pointDERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference" in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.

DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: Is found at:  

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to , and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found at:

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at:  


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You must apply through the USA Staffing on-line job application system, complete the occupational questionnaire, and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 16, 2015 to receive consideration.


* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,  ,select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


· Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional)

· Veteran documentation, (if applicable)

· CTAP/ICTAP documentation, (if applicable)

· Schedule (A) Documentation (if applicable)

· An unofficial college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.)

Submitting Documents

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you applied online and your application is complete, DO NOT fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s), you may fax your supporting documents by following the procedures outlined below:

1 . To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1347851

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 16, 2015 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.

The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

· Not using the special cover page mentioned above

· Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number

· Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


Lakeya Hunt
Phone: (202)616-0535
Agency Information:
Justice Management Division
145 N Street NE suite 9W 300
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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