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Employment and Training Administration Workforce Development Specialist in United States


This position will support the Federal Government’s response efforts to COVID-19.

This (1) position is located in the U.S. Department of Labor,Employment and Training Administration (ETA).ETA provides Federal grants and technical assistance to State and local levels that provide workforce development services to various populations.

  • These positions are located inside the bargaining unit.- Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.


Boston, MA - $85,428 - 111,062; Philadelphia, PA $83,397 - 108,421

*There is (1) position available at one of the two locations listed above. Please apply for the location(s) that you are able and available to report to.

Duties Include:

General Grants Management: Develops comprehensive knowledge of ETA programs and applicable statutes, regulations, policies, and ETA standard operating procedures.

Serves as a technical resource on workforce development programs pertaining to a full range of issues. Acts as a principal point of contact (liaison) between the Government and ETA grantees.

Manages a grant portfolio within assigned program area(s) of moderate to high complexity, scope, and impact, and conducts the day-to-day grant management for the grants within his/her grant portfolio.

Performs analyses of grant-related data, policy and program issues, and applies problem solving techniques to address issues.

Engages in on-going communication with grantees in order to identify and resolve issues.

Assists in the development of policy guidance and technical assistance resources for ETA grantees and workforce system stakeholders. ProvidesCompliance Assistance: Communicates Federal and grant award requirements to grantees to ensure understanding of grant requirements.

Ensures that grantees deliver agreed upon products and services, achieve negotiated performance outcomes, and operate in accordance with programmatic, administrative, and budgetary requirements. Conducts Oversight: Conducts risks assessments of assigned grants.

Conducts quarterly desk reviews of assigned grants (i.e., in-depth performance analysis of grantee quarterly progress and fiscal reports).

Develops and carries out monitoring plan, in accordance with annual work plan instructions. Provides Technical Assistance: Provides technical assistance to grantees to assist them in accomplishing the goals and objectives of the grant by applying problem solving techniques to address deficiencies.

Conducts on-site technical assistance (TA) visits to grantee sites. Maintains Grant Records: Effectively utilizes electronic grant management systems in accordance with established guidelines and protocols.

Maintains grant files and adheres to grant management documentation requirements established in Employment and Training Orders (ETOs). Performs other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

Must be 16 years or older.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

A temporary appointment is an appointment lasting one year or less, with a specific expiration date. Click Temporary employees for more information.



GS-12:Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled, and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Applicants must demonstrate and meet allof the specialized experiencesto reflect: Reviewing and evaluating proposals, grants, and other documents for technical accuracy.

Conducting presentations to that promote workforce development programs.

Analyzing, interpreting, and/or reporting on data related to grants, contracts, or other matters to identify opportunities for improvement.

Conducting reviews and analyses of workforce development programs and grant projects sufficient to identify violations and areas of concerns and to make sound recommendations for appropriate changes to or improvements in the workforce program/project.

Interpreting and applying Federal laws, regulations, and other requirements to grants and/or contracts.


You may not use education to substitute for specialized experience.

Additional Information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

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