Protocol Liaison Officer

Washington D.C.
Mar 15, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Selectees are subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A probationary period may be required for employees and supervisors.
  • Work Schedule: Regular office hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Alternate work schedules may be available.
  • Work Environment: The work is performed in an office setting that is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. It may require visits to local restaurants, shopping centers, and military installation.
  • Physical Requirements: The work is generally sedentary, with almost constant use of computer equipment. However, some walking, standing, bending, and carrying or items is involved.
  • To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Note: 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; religions; 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 you document, to include volunteer experience.

    Specialized experience:
    To qualify, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-12) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is experience in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is characterized by a thorough knowledge of protocol with one year of experience that includes (1) Planning official events for senior leadership and distinguished visitors to include conferences, ceremonies and formal dinners; (2) Briefing executive leadership on issues relating to protocol with visitors; (3) Coordinating travel arrangements for leadership to attend meetings. You must also be able to demonstrate expert communication skills in order to present and articulate findings to upper level management.

    Such experience may have been gained in a position while working for Federal, State or local government, or for a non-profit or consulting firm.

    VA supports the use of telework to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility may be discussed during the interview process. Telework is subject to approval by individual supervisors and managers, is considered a privilege not a right, is subject to approval based on performance and other varying factors, and is not guaranteed.

    Promotion Potential: There is no promotion potential for this position. It is expected that this position will be filled at the full-performance level of grade GS-13.

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) based on the number of years they have served in Federal service. VA may offer newly-appointed employees credit for their job-related non-Federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used to determine the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. A well-qualified candidate is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. Specifically, a well-qualified candidate will score 90 or above within the assessment portion of this vacancy announcement. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found here.

    Position Sensitivity: This position has a sensitivity level of Public Trust - Moderate Risk. Selections made under this announcement are conditioned upon favorable adjudication of a National Agency Checklist with Written Inquiries (NACI) per VA Handbook 0710. An investigation will be conducted after the effective date of the selection. An individual currently holding the appropriate clearance will not require additional investigation. An individual receiving an unfavorable adjudication will be ineligible to remain in the position.

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill the vacancy by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Applicants who do not fully address in their resumes the specialized experience needed for the position (as described in the job announcement), will not be referred for further consideration.

    You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

    • Knowledge of customs, social etiquette, religious dogmas, and dietary restrictions associated with foreign visitors.
    • Knowledge of available guidelines directives and instructions concerning the foreign counterpart program.
    • Mastery of the principles, methods, practices and techniques of protocol in order to serve as an Office of the Secretary Protocol technical authority and to advise the senior leadership on the application of protocol practices to ensure the Secretary's objectives are achieved.
    • Ability to function both independently and on teams without constant guidance and use sound judgment in complicated protocol situations.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing on complex issues with individuals at all levels within and outside the organization.
    If you are referred for consideration you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined in the announcement; and/or completion of a work sample; and/or an interview.

    Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or your further consideration for employment.

    Notice to Applicants: It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

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