Program Specialist

  • HHS, Washington, D.C., us
  • Full-time

Company Description

Investing in People, Serving our Nation

Job Description

Highlight Technologies is seeking a Program Specialist to support the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office, which provides national leadership and direction to plan, manage, and coordinate the nationwide administration of comprehensive and supportive programs for vulnerable children and families. 

You will participate in on-site reviews for the purpose of assessing grantees performance and compliance with Federal regulations.  Provide advice and assistance to grantee in program planning.  Serve as liaison between grantees and designated ACF program operations; promote new and cross-cutting initiatives, and provide technical assistance to grantees at the local, state, regional and national level, as appropriate.

Your Responsibilities: 

  • Establish and maintain contact with grantees in order to determine implementation strategies utilized by grantees.
  • Monitor grant activities for conventional or pre-established grantee/contractor programs.
  • Review grant applications and work statements received from perspective grantees/contractors
  • Collect and analyze data, provide information and advice, and prepare, update, monitor, and report on designated program operations and grantee activities, issues and accomplishments.
  • Coordinate, carry out and monitor special projects and initiatives focused on grantees in designated programs. 
  • Prepare reports addressing the specific areas analyzed and identifying significant internal control weaknesses and other issues discovered in the analysis with corrective action recommendations. 
  • Review, study, monitor, analyze and evaluate financial, narrative, and statistical reports and program data submitted at the local, state, regional, and federal levels.  
  • Plan, monitor, and evaluate the progress of designated program operations especially those dealing with social services, education and training activities and prepare recommendations for improving program quality and performance.
  • Prepare descriptive background and analytical reports, memoranda, and other types of written responses for reports to senior management, supervisors, team leaders, and staff on significant issues of legislative and operational concern within the incumbent’s area of specialization. 


  • Ability to obtain a Public Trust clearance. 
  • 3 yrs. of experience providing grants & financial management support. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Head Start/Early Head Start or other early childhood programs are required.
  • Bachelor's Degree 
  • Working knowledge of computer skills in database management, MS Excel, MS Word, and mail merge.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the current laws, regulations, and policies that govern Head Start.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in utilizing a variety of web-based and off-the-shelf data management software packages.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, and produce high quality written products such as memoranda, presentations and correspondence.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.