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Army National Guard Units FAMILY PROGRAM SPECIALIST in Topeka, Kansas

Summary THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 32 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION. This National Guard position is for a FAMILY PROGRAM SPECIALIST, Position Description Number D1743000 and is part of the KS Joint Forces Headquarters, National Guard. Responsibilities A FAMILY PROGRAM SPECIALIST, GS-0301-09, is located in the Kansas Joint Force Headquarters, Manpower and Personnel Directorate (G1), Support Programs Division. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a team member and advisor on Family Program issues, assist in the development, planning, implementing, and administering the Family Program concerning family and quality of life issues. Serves as an advisor on quality of life and Family Program matters for National Guard and reserve members with the goal of maximizing retention and readiness. Assists in the development, planning, and implementation of the Family Program, which includes readiness, volunteer management and improving the quality of life and well-being of members and families. This includes issues involving benefits, entitlements, scheduling events, missions, roles, and functions of the National Guard. Assists in planning, maintaining, and updating an ongoing system of information and referral for use by the military community. Coordinates dissemination of information. Prepares and disseminates information to staff and units to provide to family members and stimulate interest and support on benefits and entitlements. Conducts or assists in conducting seminars, conferences, and workshops as appropriate. Conducts needs assessments to identify other programming needs of family members. Assists in developing and maintaining local information and referral programs. Provides technical assistance to personnel publicizing quality of life and the Family Program. Conducts briefings and training for staff and units to stimulate interest, support, and provide necessary information. Provides technical assistance to personnel publicizing the Family Program. Receives and maintains volunteer hours contributed; supports Family Readiness Groups; designs and conducts training programs for volunteers; and designs and conducts volunteer recognition activities. Identifies key volunteers at the unit level to serve as volunteer coordinators. Develops standard formats and procedures to collect data. Initiates and provides technical assistance for the development of Family Readiness Groups. Identifies training programs and recognition activities for volunteers. Implements Guard Family Team Building (GFTB) and Guard Family Action Plan (GFAP) programs. Develops standard formats and procedures to record volunteer hours and to collect other volunteer related data. Identifies and maintains current listings of professional volunteer literature and training materials for the orientation for current and new volunteers. Serves as representative at conferences and meetings on quality of life and Family Program matters. As required, prepares, explains, and defends budgets relative to quality of life and Family Programs. Provides staff assistance to local units in accomplishing the objectives of the program. Conducts staff assistance visits to ensure that policies conform to guidance, to assist and gather information for new initiatives and direction. Provides technical interpretation and guidance. Plans and coordinates mobilization processes for pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment issues. Coordinates with local community resource agencies, i.e., active-duty installations, American Red Cross, and military health benefit administrators. Advises chain of command of current and proposed programs and policies requiring modification to improve family readiness and wellness. Ensures all recommendations are in accordance with applicable guidelines, policies, and regulations. Provides staff assistance and conducts visits to ensure policy guidelines are met. Coordinates the state family youth program that addresses issues and concerns of youth related to Guard life and youth readiness and well-being. Coordinates with local youth related organizations and agencies. Performs other duties as assigned. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Military Grades: E6-E8 or O1-O3, however enlisted applicants who hold a higher grade, may provide a written statement of understanding with their application indicating a willingness to be administratively reduced in grade to the highest grade advertised, if selected for the position. See more information in Require Documents below. Desired Compatible Military Assignments: MOS - Immaterial; AFSC - 170 GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Must have experience, education, or training which provided a general knowledge of principles of organization, management, and administration; Experience using computer and automation systems. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must have at least 24 months experience, education or training in any position that required compiling reports, letters, memoranda, etc., and required person-to-person contacts to convey information. Applicants must have experience providing technical guidance and assistance in the type of work or in comparable work of the position to be filled. Applicants must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of administrative procedures and practices of management. Experience developing administrative procedures. * Completion of courses such as the Officer Advanced Course, Squadron Officer School, Command and Staff College, Air and Army War College, National Security Management Course and others of comparable level will be credited at the rate of 1 month of education for two months of specialized experience. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until filled. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred bi-weekly. Education If you are using Education to qualify for this position, completion of courses such as the Officer Advanced Course, Squadron Officer School, Command and Staff College, Air and Army War College, National Security Management Course and others of comparable level can be credited at the rate of 1 month of education for two months of specialized experience. You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position. 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 (Register | Selective Service System : Selective Service System (sss.gov)). PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required. Physical demands correspond with this level. Level 8-1 is credited. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate-controlled office. Work Schedule: This position works on a 5/4/9 compressed work schedule that consists of a 5-day workweek, then a 4-day workweek (eight 9-hour days and one 8-hour day and an SDO, Scheduled Day Off) to complete the 80-hour pay period. Work schedule is subject to change based on mission requirements. Telework: ELIGIBLE FOR SITUATIONAL TELEWORK ONLY, INCLUDING EMERGENCY AND PRESCRIBED "UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK"