Public Affairs Specialist
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) specialized experience, (2) the appropriate level of education OR (3) combination of education and specialized experience for the grade to which you are applying as outlined below.
Specialized Experience GS-09
To qualify for the GS-09, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
1) Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) assist in the development of communication plans for senior management officials regarding strategies to provide outreach to social media, press and the general public for program projects and events; 2) assist in the development and management of a strategic social media campaign in various formats (i.e., text, image, audio, video and animation to support the organization’s mission and goals; 3) prepare drafts for review of press releases, website information and/or exhibit content to audiences including media, press or the general public.
2) Education: 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 related. (Transcript Required)
3) Combination: A combination of specialized experience and education that totals 100% of the experience requirement. (Transcript Required)
NOTE: In addition to the above, if granted an interview, a writing sample of a speech may be requested.
Specialized Experience GS-11
To qualify for the GS-11, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
1) Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) assist in the development of communication plans for senior management officials regarding strategies to provide outreach to social media, press and the general public for program projects and events; 2) assist in the development and management of a strategic social media campaign in various formats (i.e., text, image, audio, video and animation) to support the organization’s mission and goals; 3) prepare drafts for review of press releases, website information and/or exhibit content to audiences including media, press or the general public); 4) write articles, news releases and speeches to convey information and clarify organization’s operations.5) utilize the press to promote and support organizational activities and objectives; 6.) provide factual and coordinated responses, subject to shifting deadlines on short notice, to Congress, press, social media and/or general public.
2) Education: Completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related. (Transcript Required)
3) Combination: Have a combination of specialized experience and education that equals 100% of the requirement for the GS-11 level. (Transcript Required)
NOTE: In addition to the above, if granted an interview, a writing sample of a speech may be requested.
NOTE: If you are substituting education for specialized experience, you must provide transcripts in order to verify that the educational substitution requirement has been met. This information must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Failure to provide this information will result in your receiving an “INELIGIBLE’ rating.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.
Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4
Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.
NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.Read more
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver”. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Platinum” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
1. Written Communication- Ability to develop written materials to convey information concerning programs and functions to the public having diverse levels of understanding of the organization’s programs and activities.
2. Multimedia Communication – Ability to make on-the-spot presentations to audiences with various points of view or understanding of agency positions to achieve a more balanced perspective.
3. Interpersonal Communication- Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with individuals and groups interested in or affected by bureau programs and create meaningful communication interchanges between them and the organization.
If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.
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