Highlight Technologies

Program Specialist

Job Locations US-DC-Washington | US


We are seeking a full-time Program Specialist to support the Office of Grants Management and Office of Head Start Services within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).


This role provides professional, administrative, and technical services to support grants management systems for federal clients.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Performing data management, document & records management, grant application reviews & analyses.
  • Providing guidance and technical assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start grant programs.
  • Provide support to grantee programs as needed.
  • Attend client meetings as assigned and organize documentation (as required).
  • Assist with preliminary grant application reviews.
  • Perform program support tasks as requested.


  • Ability to obtain Public Trust suitability.
  • At least two (2) years of specialized experience providing guidance and technical assistance to state, local, or federally funded early childhood education, social or behavioral science programs.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of performing programmatic oversight of state, local, or federally funded early childhood education, social or behavioral science programs.
  • A minimum of a BA or BS Degree, with a preference for a Master’s degree, in a field related to behavioral or social science, early childhood education, or public administration from an accredited university or college.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the administration of discretionary grants is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to review, aggregate, and present data gathered from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly (oral and written), and produce high quality written products such as memoranda, presentations, and correspondence.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite.
  • Familiarity with Federal operations and regulations.

About Highlight

For over ten years, Highlight has provided Development and Modernization, Secure IT, and Mission Solution services to our federal government customers. Our team knows the technology; we understand how our customers and their stakeholders work; and we know how to implement industry best practices to deliver high-quality, end-to-end solutions that minimize risk and maximize results.


Since our inception, Highlight has had an employee-first mindset. Our mission is to provide employees with rewarding and impactful career opportunities. In 2021, Highlight’s founder and CEO, Rebecca Andino, implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan to embody and expand our culture of transparency, teamwork and rewarding the work of our employees. By becoming an ESOP, our employee-owners share in the success of the company through their ownership stake. To learn more about ESOPS, check out: www.esopinfo.org


We’re an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that empowers our people to fearlessly drive change - regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics. Our team is dedicated to foster diversity within our teams to promote creativity, innovation, and teamwork to deliver the best solutions for our customers.




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