50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may qualify based on your experience as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Directing a large national program conveying complex agency information that affects most the country's population. Informs news media about programs and policies providing benefits and services to the customer. The program segment and work directed typically has national coverage.
Performance requires mastery of the principles, methods, practices and techniques of communication so that incumbent functions as the technical / professional authority on public affairs and community / consumer relations and issues.knowledge that allows incumbent to use multiple software packages to manage social media, electronic message boards, electronic signage marquee, and a variety of office packages. Working knowledge that allows incumbent to use multiple software packages to manage social media, electronic message boards, electronic signage marquee, and a variety of office packages.
Mastery of layout, format, grammar, and punctuation skills are required for written material and applicable for development of oral presentations. An understanding of market studies and other analytical methods is crucial in carrying out assigned tasks. Skill in good interpersonal relations is paramount in the role of Communications Officer. Interactions at many levels of the organization and with community leaders and dignitaries is vital in building coalitions and ongoing business partnerships.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Communications and Media
- External Awareness
- Oral Communication
- Planning and Evaluating
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, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements: The position is primarily sedentary with much of the work being performed on a keyboard. Some periods of walking, standing, bending, lifting is required for special events, media visits, and presentations. Incumbent is required to lift up to 15-20 pounds in the form of document copies, community relations materials, or other shipments. Incumbent is required to push carts and set up public relations venues such as a booth to share RCS or VA information.
Work Environment: The work is primarily in an administrative office setting. Occasionally the incumbent must travel in government vehicles, airplanes, taxis, buses, and other automobiles. Work space has adequate lighting, heat, and ventilation, which provides for a comfortable environment. Work may sometimes require incumbent to hold events outdoors or accompany media or others on tours that may require walking outside.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
VA supports the use of telework as a way 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 will be discussed during the interview process.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies 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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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