Public Affairs Specialist
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Applicants must have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the federal government. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience for this position includes being a point of contact for disseminating and conveying complex information to the general public concerning an organization's initiatives, programs, and operations; creating content for intranet or internet publications, such as brochures or newsletters; public speaking; working knowledge of social media, such as YouTube, Twitter, etc.
Master's or equivalent graduate degree (unofficial transcripts required)
2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
LL.B. or J.D., if related (unofficial transcripts required)
Combination of the experience and education (unofficial transcripts required)
To qualify for the GS-11:
Applicants must have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the federal government. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience for this position includes developing social media content (e.g., YouTube, Twitter, etc.); responding to oral and written information requests and inquiries from the general public; experience arranging and conducting briefings, workshops, webinars, and other meetings with various stakeholders; writing, editing and preparing educational content for public dissemination.
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (unofficial transcripts required)
3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
LL.M., if related (unofficial transcripts required)
Combination of education and experience (unofficial transcripts required)
To qualify for the GS-12:
Applicants must have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal government. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience for this position includes planning, organizing, preparing, and executing complex and diverse communication strategies to educate the public and to promote programs and/or services of an organization; independently researching, writing, editing, and preparing communications materials related to law, regulations, and court decisions; developing, managing and editing content for social media (e.g., YouTube, Twitter, etc.) to create appropriate messaging about an organization's priorities and initiatives; interacting with the public on behalf of an organization; and advising senior level management on communication needs.
In addition to the above qualifications, your experience in your resume must reflect that you possess the below Competencies.
Communications and Media - Knowledge of the production, communication and dissemination of information and ideas to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media
Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Writing - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.
Applicants must submit a cover letter no more than 1 page summarizing your accomplishments relating to the above competencies listed under the "Qualification Section".
Failure to submit a cover letter addressing the competencies will deem you ineligible and you will not receive further consideration for this position.
Time in Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service.
All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
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 provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
If qualifying using education alone or a combination of education and experience at the GS-9 level applicants must have: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D.,
If qualifying using education alone or a combination of education and experience at the GS-11 level applicants must have: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-12 Level.
If selected for this position using education alone or in a combination of education and experience to qualify you will be required to submit official college transcripts.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ and https://www.opm.gov/
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
FEC offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; transportation subsidies.
If you receive a tentative offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, FEC requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, the selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.
The FEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, physical disability, lawful political affiliation, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation. The FEC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing HR Office. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.
Your resume must address the competencies listed in the Qualifications Section.
If you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application along with your answers to the on-line assessment will be further evaluated and ranked by a subject matter expert (SME) panel.
Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.
We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.
Failure to provide all of the required documents and information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating and/or may affect your overall rating.
The ranking panel will identify the 10 best qualified candidates who will then be offered an interview by the selecting official. As part of the interview, candidates will be asked to complete a writing sample within a selected time limit.