Unemployment Insurance Program Specialist

US Departmen of Labor

About the organization

The mission of the Employment and Training Administration is to contribute to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market by providing high-quality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services primarily through state and local workforce development systems.


Incumbent serves in a developmental capacity as an UIPS. Duties may involve one or more of the following: a) developing interpretations of Federal legislation for unemployment insurance (UI) and related wage-loss compensation programs; b) reviewing State legislation for conformity with Federal requirements; c) developing operating procedures and policy guidance for State officials' to implement Federal UI and related wage-loss compensation program legislation; d) developing UI policy and guidance for state officials' use in establishing and operating state UI programs, systems and procedures consistent with Federal legislative requirements and policy issuance; e) reviewing the administration and operation of Federal and State UI programs and systems with a primary focus on agency internal operations including the planning and development of automated systems; f) establishing and maintaining systems for the assessment of UI program accuracy and quality; g) reviewing State UI and workforce security program budget plans; and h) participating in special studies, reviews, and evaluations of benefit functions systems, and/or activities designed to enhance program integrity, performance, or quality and to improve service to claimants and employers.


GS-9: Education - master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
Graduate Education: Major study -- one or a combination of the social sciences that included social science research methodology and techniques, and provided a knowledge of the history, concepts, methods, and techniques of social insurance and/or the social and economic conditions under which social insurance programs operate.
OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-7, in the Federal Service.

Specialized Experience: Exp related to social insurance. This includes experience applying statistics or mathematics to the social insurance field. Specialized experience must have demonstrated:
A knowledge of current social and economic conditions under which social insurance programs operate, and the principles of Federal/State/local relationships; The ability to extend and modify existing techniques and methods or to develop new ones to identify, isolate, and resolve special problems; and The ability to develop effective collaborative relationships with personnel in other fields and with groups having conflicting objectives.
Qualifying specialized experience may have been gained through work in the following or similar types of programs: UI; old-age/survivors' insurance; workers' compensation; disability compensation; or other public/private program.


$57,508 to $76,583 per year

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