Grants Management Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Atlanta , GA 30301

Posted 4 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

The primary purpose of this position is to provide customer service representative services such as greeting visitors, answering telephones, responding to routine inquiries from a variety of customers and providing overall support to the administrative staff on the unit.

Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website

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  • Provides advice and counsel to managers and program staff on a wide variety of grants, cooperative agreements, and other agreements (instruments).

  • Develops instruments, disseminates grant/ cooperative agreement requests for proposals, reviews/analyzes responses, and recommends acceptance by higher authority as appropriate.

  • Reviews applications and other agreement proposals for technical adequacy and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policy.

  • Provides advice and assistance in response to inquiries on standard grant/agreement determinations.

  • Read and keep apprised of information and procedures to be aware of changes and new requirements.

  • Reviews grant applications and other agreement proposals for technical adequacy and compliance with applicable rules, regulations, and policies.

  • Administers assigned grants after award including conducting regularly scheduled monitoring of the grantees to ensure compliance with grants/agreements awards.

  • Maintains a tracking system of awarded grants and cooperative agreements. Independently closes out grants and agreements.

  • Generates reports and correspondence for all phases of the standard awards processes.

  • Develops recommendations for any grant management issues encountered.

  • Assists in performing administrative analysis of assistance applications to check for compliance with policies and procedures.

Travel Required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    1109 Grants Management

  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit


In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the date the certificate of eligible candidates is issued. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-9 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7 grade level; OR Masters Degree or have a successfully completed two (2) full academic years of graduate level education or completion of all requirements for an LL.B. or J.D. degree. Graduate education must be directly related to the position and demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; such as: contracting, financial management, business administration, public administration, or any other related field. OR a combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience are: Reviewed grants and agreements and/or acquisition proposals to ensure alignment with statutes, regulations and agency policies; provided support in the execution and administration of grants, agreements, or acquisitions/contracts; assisted in the closeout of grants, agreements, and/or contacts/acquisitions including reconciliation of expended funds; and/or reviewed statements of work and financial plans to determine appropriate instrument and applicable provisions.

For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9 grade level; OR Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or three years progressively higher level graduate education which must be directly related to the position and demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; such as: contracting, financial management, business administration, public administration, or any other related field. OR a combination of successfully completed post graduate level education and specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience are: Monitored conventional grant and/or cooperative agreements to assess compliance with regulatory, policy, and reporting requirements, such as monitoring long-established formula grants to ensure compliance with award provisions and to track financial performance trends; performed standard grants or agreement administration tasks, such as independently conducting standard grant close-out processes, including the preparation of final assessments of compliance with statutory and agency requirements for disposition of property, financial and accounting reconciliation, and resolution of any adverse audit findings; and/or applied new or modified work methods in performing conventional grant and/or cooperative agreement pre-award tasks, such as generating grant solicitations, identifying potential negotiation strategies, and making recommendations to resolve problems.

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

This announcement includes two (2) positions which are located in Region 8, Southern Region.

For additional information about the duties of these positions, please contact:

For Cooperative Forestry Unit, Regional Office, Region 8, Southern Region, with a duty location of Atlanta, Georgia: Kay Reed at email Telephone 404-347-7200.

TOS Paid: Yes, basic transfer of station only. See section 16, "Additional Information" below for further details.

Career Ladder: GS-1109-09/11

For Acquisition Management,Regional Office, Region 8, Southern Region with a duty location of Atlanta, Georgia: Plez West at email Telephone 404-347-2688.

TOS Paid: No (TOS) transfer of station authorized for this position.

Career Ladder: GS-1109-09/11


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Grants Management Specialist

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