Grants Management Specialist

U.S. Department of Labor
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Aug 02

Position description

As a Grants Management Specialist you will:

Works on grants management and cooperative agreements for one of several major grants programs within ETA; participates in the administration of grant/cooperative agreements including, but not limited to technical panel reviews of applications, building grant awards, modification reviews and processing, assisting with financial reporting, researching policy questions, resolving audits or performing closeout duties. Performs work in the development of federal assistance objectives for applicable programs in compliance with governing regulations federal assistance standards.

Assists in providing guidance to program officials, grants applicants and recipients in the interpretation, application and implementation of applicable laws and regulations, policies, procedures pertaining to all aspects of federal assistance program activities, e.g., grants, cooperative and interagency agreement planning and solicitation through program administration, expiration and closeout, etc.

Participates in various meetings and conferences in the field and at headquarters where grants and cooperative agreement items are discussed; may assist as a trainer for grantee orientations or workshops.

Assists in the planning of a negotiation strategy, participates in negotiations conducted with grantees to develop the budget and grants terms and assist in the preparation of award document for signature.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations.  As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.  If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency.  The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.

Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation.



GS-11: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-09, 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 duties of the position.

Must have experience in both of the following specialized areas. Evidence to support your work must be included in your resume and you must be able to explain your experience during the interview:

  • Experience working with grants/cooperative agreements programs by providing grants-related assistance and services; and
  • Experience evaluating a variety of sources such as regulations, policies, and/or directives in order to make grant program interpretations.

OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

OR a combination of education and experience.  




Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.


Additional information


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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 can participate and contribute to their full potential.


Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs.  Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor’s Telework Program.

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