Congress / Legislative Affairs Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Baileys Crossroads, Virginia
Posted
Aug 05, 2022
Closes
Aug 13, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position serves as a Congressional and Legislative Affairs (CLA) Specialist, responsible for managing a limited portfolio of legislative issues for the Service, and supporting the Chief, Deputy Chief, and other CLA Specialists with various duties such as preparation for Congressional hearings and meetings, tracking legislation of interest to the Service, and coordinating legislative referrals from the Department of the Interior. As a Congress / Legislative Affairs Specialist your duties will include but are not limited to the following:
  • Tracking the status of wildlife conservation legislation and legislative issues of interest to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service);
  • Assisting with the preparation for congressional hearings to include, compilation of background information, development of a hearing briefing book, preparing witnesses, and responding to follow-up hearing questions or information requests;
  • Assisting with the drafting of written documents through compiling of information related to wildlife conservation legislation or issues;
  • Working with Service programs and regions to ensure coordination on congressional communications and legislative issues;
  • Serving as a liaison with congressional staff, other federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to identify opportunities to increase effectiveness of Service and Service-related programs and policies;
  • Analyzing pending legislation, enrolled bills, and legislative proposals to identify the programmatic impact on the Service;
  • Assisting in conveying technical information on wildlife conservation legislation or issues to varied audiences;
  • Interacting with Congressional and agency staff to respond to inquiries and facilitate the exchange of information;
  • Participating in meetings with the Department, Office of Management and Budget, other agencies, members of Congress and congressional staff ;and
  • Reviewing congressional correspondence to ensure responsiveness and consistency with policy.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).
  • Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.


Qualifications

Only experience and education obtained by 08/12/2022 will be considered.

In order to qualify for this position you must possess Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualification [GS-09]
  • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-07 in the Federal service. Experience may include: tracking and analyzing Congressional actions on wildlife conservation legislation and issues; and reporting to management officials on the status of key legislation and actions; assisting with the drafting of written documents through compiling of information related to wildlife conservation legislation or issues including one of the following: reports on Congressional action on wildlife conservation legislation; organization/agency comments on legislation; responses to questions for the Congressional Record; components of Congressional testimony; and assisting in conveying technical information on wildlife conservation legislation or issues to varied audiences; interacting with Congressional and agency staff to respond to inquiries and facilitate the exchange of information. OR
  • A master's or equivalent graduate degree in a discipline related to the position OR successful completion of 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.B. or J.D., if related to the position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work of this position. OR
  • A combination of graduate level education (beyond the first year of progressive graduate study) and specialized experience as described in 1 and 2 above which together equals 100% of the qualification requirement.
  • Minimum Qualification [GS-11]
  • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-09 in the Federal service. Experience may include: tracking and analyzing Congressional actions on wildlife conservation legislation and issues; and reporting to agency/organization/office on the status of key legislation and actions; advising organization officials on a portfolio of congressional and legislative activities related to wildlife conservation legislation; developing written documents related to wildlife conservation legislation or issues including two of the following: regular reports of Congressional action on wildlife conservation legislation; organization/agency comments on legislation; responses to questions for the Congressional Record; components of Congressional testimony. OR
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a discipline related to the position or successful completion of 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M., if related to the position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work of this position. OR
  • A combination of graduate level education (beyond the second year of progressive graduate study) and specialized experience as described in 1 and 2 above which together equals 100% of the qualification requirement.
  • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Time In Grade Requirement: Applicants must meet both eligibility and qualification requirements for the position of interest by the closing date of the JOA. Specifically,
    i. Area of Consideration.
    ii. Time-in-grade (TIG) requirements as specified in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
    iii. Time after competitive appointment as specified in 5 CFR 330.502.
    iv. Qualification requirements outlined in OPM's Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions or for Federal Wage System (FWS), wage grade positions, applicants are evaluated using the OPM Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations and the job element examining method
    Your SF-50 will be used to confirm you meet all requirements

    Education

    PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.

    PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    PCS INFORMATION:
    No PCS entitlements authorized

    Telework:
    This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

    Additional Vacancies: One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.
    For information on CTAP and ICTAP click here

    The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA),P.L. 114-47 , allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures.

    For Eligibility Information click here: USAJOBS Help Center | Land Management

    Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority: Served as a qualified youth on an appropriate conservation project completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included at least 120 hours through the PLC and received a certificate of non-competitive eligibility. Completed most recent Corps service, for which a certificate of non-competitive eligibility was issued, within the last 2 years. Appointment must be effected within the 2 year period.

    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire