Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist (Division Chief)
Occasional travel - Travel will be as needed
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. This position is under the Administrative and Management Qualification Standards.Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume.
For GS-15: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-14) in the Federal service is required. Examples of specialized experience at the GS-14 level or equivalent level include: Experience directing and managing the development of regional and/or national policies, procedures and guidelines for public affairs programs and in counseling top agency officials on the development and implementation of policies related to this area; experience developing program policies, procedures and guidance for all aspects of public affairs programs, including in uncertain situations; experience providing technical direction to subordinate employees on the work to be accomplished where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable. Experience addressing complex and highly controversial issues and problems identified relative to policy guidance implementation through public affairs, national and regional press, TV, radio, and Social Media. Providing support of formulating new concepts, principles, and methods to resolve issues. Experience in integrating the interests of key internal and external stakeholders, including Congress, Administration and the non-government organizations in the development and implementation of agency policy.
Substitution of Education: There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-15 grade level.
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.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement#: WO Merit-2018-0055 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one-year managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.
Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to: Selective Service Website.
Occasional travel may be required.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke-free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
KSA 1: Knowledge of organizational leadership and management requirements in order to effectively lead, motivate, supervise, and manage the Public Affairs staff, and to provide effective input into management team deliberations and decisions.
KSA 2: Knowledge of the legislative process and the composition of the United States Congress and state legislatures to ensure attainment team deliberations and decisions.
KSA 3: Skill in overseeing the development and execution of effective communication strategies involving complex natural resources issues to be delivered to both supportive contentious audiences.
KSA 4: Skill in establishing and maintain effective working relationships with others, inside and outside the organization.
KSA 5: Skill in developing written and multimedia information products that clearly and effectively convey information to the public, including media and stakeholders, with varying levels of knowledge, priorities, and interests.
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