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					USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Office of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships, and Outreach
Job Openings
Background
The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to reduce hunger and
food insecurity in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing
children and needy people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education
in a manner that supports American agriculture. Among the 15 programs
administered by FNS are the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(formerly the Food Stamp Program), School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, the
Summer Food Service Program, WIC, the Child and Adult Food Care Program
(CACFP), and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Within FNS, the Office
of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships, and Outreach (OSIPO) works to increase
participation in these programs through the development of strategic initiatives
and partnerships and through outreach activities. The following two positions in
OSIPO are available to VISTA volunteers and Peace Corps volunteers who have
completed their volunteer service within the last year or who will soon be leaving
volunteer service.

1. Program Analyst (Partnership Branch)
   General Schedule Grades – 11, 12, 13
   Salary Range: $58,2067 - $107,854

2. Program Analyst (Outreach Branch)
   General Schedule Grades – 12, 13
   Salary Range: $69,764 - $107,854

If you are interested in applying for either of these positions, please send a resume
and cover letter to Duke Storen, Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives,
Partnerships, and Outreach (Duke.Storen@fns.usda.gov and 703.305.1431).
Program Analyst (Partnership Branch)
INTRODUCTION

The position is located within the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). FNS administers
the food and nutrition assistance programs in the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and
provides children and needy families with better access to food and a more healthful diet
through its programs and nutrition education efforts. The Office of Strategic Initiatives,
Partnerships, and Outreach (OSIPO) serves as the focal point for all FNS outreach efforts
and is responsible for coordination with other relevant FNS offices, including those
responsible for communications, governmental relations and program management.
OSIPO also provides leadership and technical support for the development and
management of strategic partnerships designed to support FNS policy and program
management priorities. The incumbent serves as a program analyst in the Strategic
Initiatives and Partnerships Branch of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships, and
Outreach, and is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating outreach
plans, projects, and strategies which promote utilization of nutrition assistance programs,
services and resources. The incumbent also establishes and maintains effective working
relationships with strategic partners to further FNS program goals.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary role of the position is to plan and evaluate strategic initiatives and
partnerships for efficiency, effectiveness, and consistency with the policy goals
established by the Administrator.

The incumbent will serve as a senior analyst, responsible for independently planning,
reviewing and recommending changes to strategic initiative and partnership efforts that
promote utilization of FNS programs by underserved populations. Partnership activities
may be program-specific or cover multiple FNS programs and/or services. Duties
include:

       Analyze, evaluate, and provide advice on improving the efficiency and
        effectiveness of strategic initiative and partnership plans, activities, and
        promotional materials for FNS in coordination with FNS program offices.

       Provide sound guidance to other FNS staff on partnership strategies and
        techniques; partnership policy direction as established by senior leadership and
        policy officials; and on program policies and operations impacting partnership
        strategies and activities.

       Independently plan and execute studies of strategic initiatives and partnership
        activities to evaluate consistency with outreach priorities and program legislative
        and regulatory requirements, and identify operational needs in a timely and
        effective manner.
       Develop and evaluate program activities and operations against measurable
        outcomes. Identify areas for improvement, as well as best practices, and present
        findings to management.

       Initiate and maintain strategic partnerships with entities outside of the
        organization to support and promote FNS programs and policies. This includes
        coordinating with FNS program offices and with other FNS staff with
        responsibility for executing outreach activities to support the timely and effective
        execution of improved operational processes;

       Develop and presents reporting materials based on studies and analyses. Reports
        include both findings and recommendations for improvements, and are used by
        management to make decisions regarding programs operations, policies, and
        procedures.

       Utilize various written and oral communication techniques and tools (including
        webinars and video conferencing) to present program information to both
        partners and management.

       Performs other duties as assigned

FACTORS

FACTOR 1-KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
Comprehensive knowledge of FNS’ nutrition programs in order to identify and
recommend effective outreach activities and plans, and to understand and incorporate the
Administration’s priorities related to outreach activities into recommendations.

Mastery of a wide-range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods in order to plan and
conduct studies to assess program efficiency and effectiveness.

Knowledge of project management practices and principles sufficient to plan and conduct
projects to evaluate program data.

Thorough knowledge of reporting methods and techniques sufficient to organize
information clearly and concisely, summarize findings and conclusions, and present
recommendations.

Mastery of the skills necessary to plan and manage effective partnership activities,
including developing and adhering to detailed project plans; identifying potential barriers
to the timely achievement of project objectives; and identifying options for resolving
such barriers.

Mastery of the skills necessary to establish and maintain effective and collaborative
working relationships with other FNS work units, as well as USDA, and external
stakeholders, including federal, state and local government entities and nonprofit
organizations.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing to communicate agency objectives and
program information, to others in FNS, USDA, and external stakeholders.

FACTOR 2-SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

The supervisor designates areas of responsibility. The incumbent plans and executes
assigned responsibilities within applicable statutes, policies, regulations and procedures
and in line with direction provided by the supervisor. The incumbent is accorded
virtually complete independence in performing analytical and technical aspects of the
work; setting priorities (in consultation with the supervisor); and completing work on
own initiative. The incumbent also suggests or initiates assignments. All written material
is expected to be acceptable in final form. Completed work is reviewed for thoroughness
of analysis, soundness of judgment and recommendations, and consistency with national
program objectives.

FACTOR 3-GUIDELINES
Guidelines include broadly stated legislative mandates and policy and program objectives
as defined by FNS managers. The incumbent uses ingenuity in developing new methods
to solve problems not previously encountered with few, if any, guidelines available. The
incumbent uses judgment in deviating from previously used methods to address specific
issues or problems.

FACTOR 4-COMPLEXITY

The work requires the incumbent to be able to extrapolate meaning from information
available from different sources. The incumbent must draw conclusions from this
information, and make recommendations that will affect management’s ability to make
decisions about program operations.

FACTOR 5-SCOPE AND EFFECT

The purpose of the work is to ensure that FNS outreach activities are effective in
increasing awareness of FNS programs and services; and to provide support to other
organizations for their outreach efforts. The work impacts the ability of FNS to
administer Federally-assisted nutrition programs efficiently and effectively.

FACTOR 6: PERSONAL CONTACTS

Contacts are with employees throughout the National office, regional offices, State
agencies, and other Federal Agencies, private organizations and the public in general.
FACTOR 7: PURPOSE OF CONTACTS

Contacts are for the purpose of researching outreach activities and developing
recommendations. The incumbent must also persuade contacts to accept and
implement findings and recommendations related to outreach programs.

FACTOR 8: PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work is sedentary, but may involve prolonged use of the telephone, and computers.

FACTOR 9: WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work is performed in a typical office setting. Some travel, including overnight
travel, is required.
Program Analyst (Outreach Branch)
INTRODUCTION

The position is located within the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). FNS administers
the food and nutrition assistance programs in the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and
provides children and needy families with better access to food and a more healthful diet
through its programs and nutrition education efforts. The incumbent serves as a program
analyst in the Outreach Branch of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Partnership, and
Outreach (OSIPO), and is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating
outreach plans, projects, and strategies which promote utilization of nutrition assistance
programs, services and resources. OSIPO serves as the focal point for all FNS outreach
efforts and is responsible for coordination with other relevant FNS offices, including
those responsible for communications, governmental relations and program management.
OSIPO also provides leadership and technical support for the development and
management of strategic partnerships designed to support FNS policy and program
management priorities.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary role of the position is to plan and evaluate outreach-related projects and
activities for efficiency, effectiveness, and consistency with the policy goals established
by the Administrator.

The incumbent will serve as a senior analyst, responsible for independently planning,
reviewing and recommending changes to outreach efforts that promote utilization of FNS
programs by underserved populations. Outreach activities may be program-specific or
cover multiple FNS programs and/or services. Duties include:

       Analyze, evaluate, and provide advice on improving the efficiency and
        effectiveness of outreach plans, outreach activities, and promotional materials for
        FNS in coordination with FNS program offices.

       Provide sound guidance to other FNS staff on outreach strategies and techniques;
        outreach policy direction as established by senior leadership and policy officials;
        and on program policies and operations impacting outreach strategies and
        activities.

       Independently plan and execute studies of outreach activities to evaluate
        consistency with outreach priorities and program legislative and regulatory
        requirements, and identify operational needs in a timely and effective manner.

       Coordinate with FNS program offices and with other FNS staff with
        responsibility for executing outreach activities to support the timely and effective
        execution of improved operational processes;
       Develop and presents reporting materials based on studies and analyses. Reports
        include both findings and recommendations for improvements, and are used by
        management to make decisions regarding programs operations, policies, and
        procedures.

       Manage outreach contracts and grants. This includes serving as the Contracting
        Officer’s Technical Representative.

       Performs other duties as assigned

FACTORS

FACTOR 1-KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
Comprehensive knowledge of FNS’ nutrition programs in order to identify and
recommend effective outreach activities and plans, and to understand and incorporate the
Administration’s priorities related to outreach activities into recommendations.

Mastery of a wide-range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods in order to plan and
conduct studies to assess program efficiency and effectiveness.

Thorough knowledge of reporting methods and techniques sufficient to organize
information clearly and concisely, summarize findings and conclusions, and present
recommendations.

Mastery of the skills necessary to plan and manage effective outreach activities, including
developing and adhering to detailed project plans; identifying potential barriers to the
timely achievement of project objectives; and identifying options for resolving such
barriers.

Mastery of the skills necessary to establish and maintain effective and collaborative
working relationships with other FNS work units, as well as USDA, and external
stakeholders, including federal, state and local government entities and nonprofit
organizations.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing to communicate outreach and program
information, to others in FNS, USDA, and external stakeholders.

FACTOR 2-SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

The supervisor designates areas of responsibility. The incumbent plans and executes
assigned responsibilities within applicable statutes, policies, regulations and procedures
and in line with direction provided by the supervisor. The incumbent is accorded
virtually complete independence in performing analytical and technical aspects of the
work; setting priorities (in consultation with the supervisor); and completing work on
own initiative. The incumbent also suggests or initiates assignments. All written material
is expected to be acceptable in final form. Completed work is reviewed for thoroughness
of analysis, soundness of judgment and recommendations, and consistency with national
program objectives.

FACTOR 3-GUIDELINES
Guidelines include broadly stated legislative mandates and policy and program objectives
as defined by FNS managers. The incumbent uses ingenuity in developing new methods
to solve problems not previously encountered with few, if any, guidelines available. The
incumbent uses judgment in deviating from previously-used methods to address specific
issues or problems.

FACTOR 4-COMPLEXITY

The work requires the incumbent to be able to extrapolate meaning from information
available from different sources. The incumbent must draw conclusions from this
information, and make recommendations that will affect management’s ability to make
decisions about program operations.

FACTOR 5-SCOPE AND EFFECT

The purpose of the work is to ensure the that FNS outreach activities are effective in
increasing awareness of FNS programs and services; and to provide support to other
organizations for their outreach efforts. The work impacts the ability of FNS to
administer Federally-assisted nutrition programs efficiently and effectively.

FACTOR 6: PERSONAL CONTACTS

Contacts are with employees throughout the National office, regional offices, State
agencies, and other Federal Agencies, private organizations and the public in general.

FACTOR 7: PURPOSE OF CONTACTS

Contacts are for the purpose of researching outreach activities and developing
recommendations. The incumbent must also persuade contacts to accept and
implement findings and recommendations related to outreach programs.

				
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