Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-14,Census-DE-KBL

Washington D.C.
Mar 21, 2019
Mar 21, 2019
Full Time

25% or less - Occasional Travel may requires at least 25%.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-14, FPL-14 positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

    This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see PIO-2019-0001, Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-14, Census-DOC-KBL.

    A probationary period may be required.

    A supervisory probation period may be required.

    This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

    This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.

    Relocation expenses may be paid.

    Specialized Experience:

    For the GS-14, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service.

    Experience for this position includes: planning, designing, executing, and evaluating communications campaigns to convey information to internal and external audiences; establishing effective working relationships with senior managers, executive staff and subject matter experts to ensure the agency’s mission, goals and activities are clearly communicated; managing a team of public affairs or communications specialists responsible for effectively communicating and disseminating program information; developing and maintaining schedules; reviewing project proposals and documentation for consistency with agency goals and overall staffing and/or budget plans; writing news releases, talking points, blog posts or website content; guiding the development of graphic informational materials; developing and maintaining editorial standards; using digital tools as part of integrated communications campaigns; training senior leaders and staff on interacting with the media and giving media interviews; and serving as a spokesperson for an agency or organization to the news media.

    Education can not be a substituted experience at this 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.

    The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

    The Department of Commerce 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 Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

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

    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility:  Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.

    Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

    • Skill in coaching staff on writing, building relationships with media and collaborating with internal stakeholders.
    • Knowledge of public affairs strategy and storytelling techniques; skill in leading public affairs campaigns and identifying news values.
    • Knowledge of project management principles, including developing requirements, plans, schedules and budgets.
    • Knowledge of the current media environment, skill in coaching others on working with the media and skill in building relationships with reporters and editors.
    • Ability to write, proofread and edit statistical information into clear, concise text for the public, following agency style and requirements.
    • Ability to manage deadlines and the process of clearing communications materials through subject matter experts and senior officials.

    For more information on category rating, please go to:

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

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    Drug test required No

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