Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs (Tech Hubs)

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The Tech Hubs program is an economic development initiative that leverages existing R&D strengths and technology demonstration and deployment capacities (public and private) within a region to drive technology- and innovation-centric growth and to catalyze the creation of good jobs for American workers at all skill levels equitably and inclusively. EDA is seeking quality job applicants under special hiring authority. Check out our open positions here and apply today. Employees hired under EDA’s Tech Hubs Hiring Authority are hired as Schedule A employees into the excepted service for a period not to exceed two years which may be extended an additional 2 years.

Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs (Tech Hubs)

Program Director (1 Position)

Location: Washington, D.C.

Program Implementation Oversight: Oversee the strategy and implementation of all assigned program.

  • Conduct outreach to build awareness, educate and provide technical assistance to potential applicants, particularly those from underserved communities;
  • Develop and implement a grant review process to review and evaluate application and select awardees in a transparent, consistent manner;
  • Announce awardee for the various grants, as well as appropriately notifying all applicants of their status, including informing key stakeholders (e.g., Congress, other federal agencies).
  • Provide technical assistance to applicants and awardees to ensure maximum participation in EDA programs

Project Management: Effectively run a project management team and office that will continually have a pulse on the status, metrics, success, issues, barriers, etc. of the various programs.

  • Regularly maintain an up-to-date dashboard on the key metrics to monitor progress and potential issues for the programs;
  • Appropriate action to address issues or escalating issues with the implementation of any programs;
  • Effectively coordinate grant management processes and decisions across programs.
  • Ensure all grant funds are distributed in a timely and effective manner.

Team Management: Oversee and manage a team of up to 10 direct reports and coordinate with a team to effectively implement EDA's programs.

  • Effectively work with and assign tasks to indirect reports.

Outreach and Communications: Oversee the outreach and communications strategy and implementation for the programs.

  • Manage the team that will execute the outreach and communications plan
  • Ensure outreach and communications aligns with overall priorities.
  • Ensure outreach and communications is designed to reach historically underserved communities.

Open Opportunities

Announcement: EDA-OCC-23-11872183-PNF
Closes: 4/7/2023
Location: Washington, DC

EDA is seeking two quality attorneys under special hiring authority provided under the Regional Technology and Innovation Hub (Tech Hubs) Program (15 U.S.C. § 3722a) and Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program (Recompete) (15 U.S.C. § 3722b) to interpret these new laws, draft notices of funding opportunity for the Programs, answer novel questions of legal interpretation for these new laws, help the program design operations to support the new Programs, and review grants that fund for projects funded under the new laws.

The incumbent serves as an Attorney Advisor in EDA's Office of Chief Counsel (OCC). The incumbent ensures that EDA complies with applicable legal requirements imposed on its programs by statute, regulation, case law, Executive Order, OMB guidance, or controlling policy. As such, this attorney will be responsible for, among other things, the legal sufficiency of EDA grant or cooperative agreement investments made under the Tech Hubs or Recompete Programs. To fulfill that role, the incumbent maintains close client relations with Headquarters staff.

As a Attorney Advisor (Public Notice Flyer), you will perform the following duties:

  • Support the Chief Counsel who serves as the primary individual responsible for legal and policy advice covering all aspects of EDA's operations and programs.
  • Be proficient in conducting legal research and analyzing federal and state statutes, regulations, policies, and guidelines.
  • Prepare legal opinions that include an analysis of facts and evidence, resolution of facts and legal issues, and recommendations for the client, as appropriate.
  • Provide legal advice on a full range of issues relating to the agency's economic development assistance programs, the review of audits, contracts, grant applications and award documentation, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiries, and other assigned tasks.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Attorney Advisor (Public Notice Flyer) GS-0905-14 positions within the Economic Development Administration in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

Announcement: EDA-OFMS-23-11881617-PNF
Closes: 4/17/2023
Location: Washington, DC

This position requires Budget Analyst to perform routine budget analysis functions in assigned areas including budget formulation, budget presentation-enactment, or budget execution.

As a Budget Analyst (Public Notice Flyer), you will perform the following duties:

  • Review, analyze, and interpret existing and proposed legislation, appropriation language, executive orders, and OMB circulars and bulletins.
  • Provide expert advice and recommendations for budgetary actions
  • Formulate budget estimates for multi-year programs.
  • Track progress of bureau appropriations through Congress.
  • Assist in justification of budget before OMB staff.
  • Provide liaison between OMB staff and bureau budget offices.
  • Develop cost-benefit analysis of proposed budgetary and program actions and advises Department officials and program managers of most advantageous courses of action.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Budget Analyst (Public Notice Flyer) GS-0560-12/13 FPL: 13 positions within the Economic Development Administration in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

Announcement: EDA-OAS-23-11871850-PNF
Closes: 4/17/2023
Location: Washington, DC

As a Management & Program Analyst (Contracting Officer Representative) (Public Notice Flyer), you will perform the following duties:

  • Assist the Contracting Officer in the pre-award and post-award phases of procurement processes, including conducting market research, preparing solicitations, and evaluating contract proposals.
  • Serve as the COR by coordinating and providing contracting packages, such as Statements of Work (SOWs), Statements of Objectives (SOOs), Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCEs), Sole Source Justifications (SSJs), and other contracting documentation to the acquisition office.
  • Review and evaluate contract proposals, including reviewing technical proposals, cost proposals, and past performance information, to ensure compliance with procurement regulations and agency policies.
  • Provide recommendations for contract award, modification, or termination to the Contracting Officer, including preparing and presenting recommendations based on the results of the evaluations.
  • Monitor contractor performance, including conducting regular site visits, reviewing performance reports, and ensuring compliance with contract terms and conditions.
  • Maintain auditable contract file system throughout development, pre-award, post-award, and termination or closure.
  • Negotiate changes to contracts, as necessary, with contractors, including conducting negotiations and preparing contract modifications.
  • Prepare reports on contract status and performance, including preparing and submitting performance evaluation reports, and making recommendations for contract action, such as extension, modification, or termination, based on performance results.
  • Participate in contract close-out activities, including reviewing final invoices and ensuring all contract documentation is complete and accurate.
  • Verifies and signs invoices. Coordinates and ensures the timely and accurate submissions of performance ratings to the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS).
  • Provide training and guidance to other government personnel regarding procurement processes and regulations, including conducting training sessions and preparing and distributing training materials.
  • Maintain knowledge of current procurement laws, regulations, and policies, including attending training courses and participating in professional development activities.
  • Attend meetings with contractors and other government personnel, as required, including participating in pre-proposal conferences and contract status meetings.
  • Work with management and/or more experienced professionals to solve problems.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Management & Program Analyst (Contracting Officer Representative) (Public Notice Flyer) GS-0343-9/11/12/13 FPL: 13 positions within the Economic Development Administration in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

Announcement: EDA-OAS-23-11879192-PNF
Closes: 4/10/2023
Location: Washington, DC

As a Program Analyst (Data Analytics) (Public Notice Flyer), you will:

Data Analysis, Interpretation, and Management

  • Serve as a senior Program Analyst (Data Analytics) and advisor to leadership at the Division and Group level in leading and coordinating the efforts of other Agency professionals and contractors in solving complex and far-reaching data management issues and problems for a wide range of systems, applications, and customers. Issue data interface, storage and require the application of data management principles, procedures, and tools such as modeling techniques, data backup, data recovery, data dictionaries, data warehousing, data mining, data disposal, and data standardization processes.
  • Translate complex concepts, findings, and limitations into concise, plain language. Closely ties findings and conclusions into the agency mission, original problem statement, and team objectives. Research and designs presentations and interpretations of analytical outputs tailored to specific audiences including the use of interactivity and narrative storytelling where appropriate.
  • Consult with stakeholders and customers to identify the appropriate data, methodological approach, and design. Conduct observational analyses using software and/or programming languages such as R, Python, or SAS to explore/group data, test hypotheses, predict outcomes, and inform decisions. Derive meaning from big data (i.e., datasets that may be large, disparate, unstructured, and/or complex), including structured, loosely structured, and unstructured data. Comfortable working with large datasets and numerous confounding variables. Use these tools to transform, combine, and clean data in preparation for analysis. Work with teams to develop data products and definitions.
  • Present the results of quantitative analyses to non-technical audiences. Is knowledgeable of chart typologies, mapping stories to appropriate chart types. Work with customers to create useful presentations and interpretations of analytical outputs. Independently synthesizes findings and turns them into actionable insights. Adhere to applicable style guides. Is responsive to a variety of stakeholders and team members with varying technical skills.
  • Collaborate with other subject matter experts or stakeholders to select the relevant sources of information, as needed, to perform job duties and makes strategic recommendations on data collection, integration, and retention requirements incorporating business requirements and knowledge of best practices. Provide strategic and technical guidance and hands-on support in the transfer of any required data needed for ad-hoc and ongoing analyses.

Data Science Consultant and Advisor

  • Provide technical advice in the development and analysis of pilot initiatives and applications and makes recommendations to management on the use of such technology as it relates to Agency data. Participate on cross-functional teams in the development, implementation, and oversight of new technologies related to data science.
  • Direct internal and external process or system reviews, studies, projects, and data validation efforts, which provide a mean for evaluating system performance and vulnerabilities. Accesses, merges, cleans, standardizes, and develops derived metrics on multiple structured datasets; has familiarity with appropriate software and automation tools. Also serves as a resource to junior analysts and contractor staff, as directed by the supervisor.

Project Leadership Related to Data Analytics and Technical Liaison

  • Serve as a resource and leader to Federal and contractor staff on implementing, managing, tracking, and evaluating large scale and extremely complex data analysis projects and their associated requirements and risks. Define customer and applies system architecture principles to develop and manage technical requirements and achieve formulating, planning, stakeholder needs and constraints, clarifies objectives, develops resource requirements and the appropriate balance among resources, schedule, and technical requirements. Develop and manage an efficient project organizational structure and applies system architecture principles to projects.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Program Analyst (Data Analytics) (Public Notice Flyer) GS-0343-13/14 FPL: 14 positions within the Economic Development Administration in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

Announcement: EDA-OAS-23-11900872-PNF
Closes: 4/3/2023
Location: Washington, DC

As a Senior Economic Development Policy Advisor (Public Notice Flyer), you will:

Policy Development and Implementation:

  • Interpret policy guidance and makes recommendations to senior management with the aim of anticipating strategic trends and issues which programs should address.
  • Participate in national programs decision-making regarding the design of programs and provide mid-to long-term alternatives for consideration by senior management.
  • Provide information and guidance on innovative funding sources for national programs with goals to increase investments and outcomes.

Writing and Communication:

  • Prepare decision papers, memos, information sharing materials reports reflecting policy analysis for senior management and external partners.
  • Summarize findings and respond to inquiries and requests for information and coordinates them as appropriate. Authors after-action reports, internal program reviews, and EDA-wide literature.
  • Develops produces, and prepares policy statements and written materials, including briefing or issue papers and memoranda for senior EDA and Department officials, including the Secretary and White House officials for the purpose of meetings, speeches, interviews, and testimony.
  • Collaborate with Office of External Affairs to develop brochures, pamphlets, and other outreach materials as required.

Measurement and Evaluation:

  • Assures effective implementation of policies and programs through extensive policy evaluation and recommendations for senior management action.
  • Collect participant feedback and produces lessons to guide program modification and internal review.
  • Document methods and formats for tracking programmatic developments, new program activities, and after-action policy reporting.
  • Regularly maintaining an up-to-date dashboard on the key metrics to monitor progress and potential issues for the programs.

Stakeholder Management:

  • Effectively build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to ensure they are appropriately engaged on implementation, including but not limited to:
  • Applicants and grantee organizations
  • Special interest groups (e.g., minority-focused groups, economic development organizations, trade associations)
  • Congress
  • Other offices and bureaus within Department of Commerce
  • Other federal agencies
  • White House
  • Thought leaders and researchers.

Equity Prioritization:
Ensure with all implementations, programs and processes, EDA prioritizes equity as aligned with the program objectives. This means investing in economic development planning or implementation projects that advance equity across America through
investments that directly benefit:

  1. One or more traditionally underserved populations, including but not limited to women, Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders or
  2. Underserved communities within geographies that have been systemically and/or systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic prosperity such as Tribal Lands, Persistent Poverty Counties, and rural areas with demonstrated, historical underservice.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Senior Economic Development Policy Advisor (Public Notice Flyer) GS-0301-15 positions within the Economic Development Administration in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.