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Family Program Specialist

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Army National Guard

$73,375.00 to $95,388.00

Helena, MT

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$73,375 to $95,388 per year

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GS 12

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Helena, MT

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

National Guard & Reserves

Current members, those who want to join, or transitioning military members.


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Area of Consideration

AREA I: All dual status permanent excepted technicians in the Montana Army National Guard.

Non Bargaining Unit

Selecting Official: COL Olson

This National Guard position is for a Family Program Specialist, Position Description Number D1740000,and is part of the Montana Army National Guard.

(A copy of the Position Description (PD) can be obtained from HRO upon applicant's request.)

The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense. We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your states and your community!

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.

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This position is located in the Joint Force Headquarters (State), Manpower and Personnel Directorate (J-1), Support Programs Division. The purpose of the position is to plan, develop, and direct the Family Program for National Guard and Reserve members and their families, including any family of deployed military personnel regardless of service or component (Army, Marines, Air Force, etc), who live in the vicinity, at all levels of contingency and mobilization with operations throughout the state.

Serves as the Joint Force Headquarters (State) advisor to the Adjutant General (TAG) on family readiness, quality of life and other Family Program matters and as the policy advisor in the development and implementation of work/life services and activities. Develops, directs, manages, implements, coordinates, and evaluates the human service delivery system to ensure that family program elements and support services are provided to military and family members, including any family of deployed military personnel regardless of service or component who live in the vicinity. Programs provide assistance, guidance, and support that enhance the quality of life for members during peacetime and upon mobilization.

Initiates, develops, prepares and implements policy and guidance on assigned programs. Interprets and adapts guidance, regulations, policies, and laws from higher headquarters and a wide variety of outside sources, tailoring it to the specific and unique needs of the diverse units.

Identifies, plans, and directs family readiness, mobilization, and deployment priorities based on mission requirements. Provides or coordinates pre-deployment preparation to include financial readiness, medical, legal and family care plan awareness, Family Readiness Groups (FRGs), and other benefits and entitlements.

Oversees all budget aspects for the Family Program. Forecasts, procures and executes Army appropriated/non-appropriated and Air Force appropriated/non-appropriated funds for the family program, youth program, volunteer reimbursement, and contracting.

Oversees the activities, services, and the establishment of the Family Assistance Centers (FACs) during all levels of contingency and mobilization for military families. FACs are located at various locations within the state to provide program support, family readiness information, assistance, guidance and referral to community resources for follow up on needs for assistance and support.

Provides education, prevention, support networks, direct services, and coordination with local, county, state, and national agencies and organizations to support special populations (e.g. geographically and socially isolated, special needs, extended, and high risk families).

Plans, organizes, and oversees all aspects of volunteer management to include recruiting, training, retaining, and recognizing volunteers. Responsible for the organizing, marketing, implementing, and monitoring of the Guard Family Action Plan and Guard Family Team Building including the tracking of volunteer hours and other data for trend analysis and recognition purposes.

Establishes, develops, and oversees the implementation of a comprehensive information, referral, and follow-up service in response to family needs. Establishes and provides a full range of well being and life skills education and training resources. Areas of focus include communication skills, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, health and family safety, stress and time management, disaster preparedness, employment and career planning, and other pertinent topics.

Plans, develops, markets, executes, and oversees an ongoing Guard family youth development program that identifies and addresses issues and concerns of youth related to Guard life. The program may include life skills, citizenship, character and leadership development; the arts; sports, fitness, leisure, and recreation; health and safety awareness; education and career development; mentoring, intervention, support services, and other programs and activities that enhance Guard family youth readiness and well being.

Serves as the TAG's representative on family issues. Establishes and provides liaison with military and community organizations, especially Employer Support of the Guard Reserve (ESGR), to ensure positive, ongoing relationships with these groups for the benefit of military families.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Open to Area I applicants for the Montana Army National Guard

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program



Conditions of Employment

National Guard Membership is required.

Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.

Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.

May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.


Compatible military grade and assignment required prior to the effective date of placement. This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the employing state's National Guard. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.

Military Grades: Enlisted: E7 - E9;

Warrant Officer: WO1 - CW5;

Officer: O1 - O4

Compatible Military Assignments: Enlisted: 00F;

Warrant Officer: 011A;

Officer: 01A

Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.


GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Must possess experience, education, or training which provided a general knowledge of principles of the organization, management, and administration. Experience using computer and automation systems.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must possess at least 36 months experience, education or training in program or managerial experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to the position to be filled or in comparable work or functions. Experience developing and recommending policy; organizing and carrying out specific programs, evaluating and recommending changes in methods of operations. Experience in supervisory, staff or technical work which included study, analysis or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of managerial or administrative policies, practices and procedures. Experience preparing written communications and oral presentations.


Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience - Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree, in an accredited college or university is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.

If you are using education to qualify for this position, you must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.

Additional information

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency (

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1. Skill in planning and organizing.

2. Skill and experience supervising personnel.

3. Knowledge or experience in the MTNG Deployment Cycle Support (DCS) System.

4. Knowledge or experience in MTNG Family Programs or Yellow Ribbon Program.

5. Ability to manage multiple budgets.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Applicable

Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed.

2. Other supporting documents: If you are using education to qualify for this position, you must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application/Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To view the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link:

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (

), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:

Agency contact information

Vanessa Toquero


(406) 324-3123




1956 Mt Majo Street

Fort Harrison, MT


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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

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.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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