Assistant Commissioner for Media Affairs

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Silver Spring, Maryland
Posted
Jun 13, 2019
Closes
Jun 19, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The OEA's functions include the development, coordination, and dissemination of FDA communications and outreach to the news media and various stakeholders; publication of materials for consumers, patients, and healthcare professionals, including FDA's Consumer Updates and the FDA Voice blog.

To learn more about OEA visit, https://www.fda.gov/about-fda/office-commissioner/office-external-affairs

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Responsibilities

  • Advises the Commissioner, Chief of Staff, Associate Commissioner for External Affairs and other senior coordinating officials on public information and agency programs relating to media communications;
  • Directs and manages all aspects of the Office of Media Affairs (OMA) commonly referred to as the "Press Office";
  • Plans, directs and executes media relations efforts to inform and educate general and specialized public about FDA programs, actions and accomplishments;
  • Serves as spokesperson for FDA on high-profile and sensitive agency issues;
  • Briefs the Commissioner and other senior leaders for agency media events;
  • Cultivates and maintains effective working relationships with members of the media, particularly with FDA "beat" reporters;
  • Facilitates press conferences, media briefings, media availability and media interviews with agency senior officials and prepares officials on advisable conduct during agency news events;
  • Provides expert advice and guidance on all aspects of communication to press officers, subject matter experts, principals and other agency officials;
  • Acts quickly and effectively as a senior communication counsel to staff as well as senior officials in providing sound media relations advice for major roll outs, agency announcements and key initiatives;
  • Responds to questions and/or criticism for members of the news media concerning sensitive and complex subjects;
  • Serves as immediate supervisor to GS-12 through GS-15 public affairs specialists. Assigns work, and reviews and evaluates completed work; and
  • Serves as Agency focal point for formulation and dissemination of public warnings as well as general news of FDA activities.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required for federal employment.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation is required.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Application package must be received by closing date of this Announcement.
  • Ethics pre-clearance is required.


Qualifications

In order to qualify for the Assistant Commissioner for Media Affairs, 1035, ES - 00, you must possess the following:
      • Specialized Experience Requirement
      • Basic Qualification Requirements
      • Technical Qualifications (TQs)
      • Managerial Qualification (MQ)
      • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

Specialized Experience Requirement
To be qualified for this position, your résumé must reflect experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations and preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in such programs and operations. This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. At this level, you would have typically been responsible for planning, directing, and evaluating work that included managing and/or supervising other managers. You must demonstrate in your résumé, significant achievements, increasing levels of responsibility as a manager, and a solid record of successful professional performance.

Basic Qualifications Requirement
As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), your résumé must show evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability, and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under:

1) Technical Qualifications (TQs);
2) Managerial Qualification; and
2) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

Technical Qualifications (TQs) -- Your résumé must show that you possess the following TQs:
1. Demonstrated experience planning, organizing and carrying out media relations and communication activities for an organization which includes, the timely release of information to the media, advising senior leadership in the agency on the management of public affairs initiatives and media matters; and evaluating the efficiency or effectiveness of public information programs, projects or operations.

2. Demonstrated knowledge overseeing the release of all information provided to news media and ensure all communication products are well written and in line with media principles, practices and expectations and formulating and interpreting program-related policies and experience developing key messages, questions and answers, news releases and other communication documents.

3. Demonstrated experience serving as a spokesperson on high-profile and sensitive organization issues and representing the agency in internal and external meetings; building constructive relationships with customers, peers, supervisors, managers and subordinates; and advising on all news media engagement opportunities on sensitive/controversial issues and providing recommendation for strategic communication messaging.

Managerial Qualification (MQ)--Your resume must show that you possess the following MQ:
1. Demonstrated experience managing an organization of press officers, senior advisors and subordinate supervisors; developing and recommending strategy for all press matters, particularly for controversial and time sensitive communication challenges; disciplining employees and evaluating employee performance ; inspiring, motivate and guide others towards team goal accomplishments and fostering team commitment, cohesiveness and trust and develop leadership by coaching, mentoring and rewarding team members.

Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected.

Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQs is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) -- Your résumé must show that you possess the following ECQs:

1.Leading Change
2. Leading People
3. Results Driven
4. Business Acumen
5. Building Coalitions

Fundamental Competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs and should be evident over the course of your résumé:

1. Interpersonal Skills
2. Oral Communication
3. Integrity/Honesty
4. Written Communication
5. Continual Learning; and
6. Public Service Motivation

It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/.

1. Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

2. Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

3. Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

5. Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

The application process for this position is RESUME ONLY. You should address the TQs, MQ, and ECQs within the context of a 5-page résumé. Any information submitted in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered. We strongly encourage you to submit a résumé that is tailored specifically for this position to ensure it includes relevant examples of how you possess the technical qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications. Your résumé should emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed (e.g., budget, type/# of staff supervised) and program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

If selected, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs for submission and certification by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you will not need to draft the ECQs.

Education

There is no education requirement for this series.

Additional information

      • If you are serving or have served in the last 5 years from the closing date of this announcement as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to beginning employment. You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the question in the assessment and certify your responses to the questionnaire. Political Appointee FAQ - OPM
      • Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the SES must have their ECQs approved by the OPM Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
      • Relocation/Moving Expenses: May be authorized.
      • A one-time Relocation or Recruitment incentive may be offered.
      • Mobility: Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment across geographic, organizational, and functional lines.
      • Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by electronic direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
      • Selective Service: As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after 12/31/1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
      • Veterans' Preference: Does not apply to the SES.
      • Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Center Helpdesk (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email quickquestions@fda.hhs.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
      • Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
      • E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
Benefits for federal employees:
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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the job opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm ET on ---------).

Your résumé and responses to the Assessment Questionnaire are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Responses that are not supported by your résumé will eliminate you from consideration. Your application will be evaluated in the following manner:

1. Application packages will be reviewed for completeness. Incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration.

2. Basic qualifications review. Your résumé and questionnaire will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement. If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration.

3. If it is determined that you meet the basic qualifications for the position, your application package will be further evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a structured interview, submit writing samples, and undergo reference checks. Top candidates may be required to submit further written documentation of qualifications.

4. The HHS FDA Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.

All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability, security information and take that information into account in making employment offers. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, and/or appropriate disciplinary action. All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 1-year probationary period. For additional information concerning the SES visit http://www.usajobs.gov/SeniorExecutives

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
      • Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
      • Cover Letter
      • SF-50 (If applicable)-please submit if you are current Federal employee or have held a federal position in the past.
      • Other (QRB Certification, if applicable)
We strongly encourage you to submit a résumé that is tailored specifically for this executive position to ensure it includes relevant examples of how you possess the technical qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications. Your résumé should emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed and program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.
      • Applicants typically provide the following information in their résumé:
      • Vacancy announcement number and title of position -
      • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers.
      • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities attended, as well as the type of degree received.
      • Information about paid and unpaid work experience related to the position, including: title, duties and accomplishments, employers' name and address, duration of employment, and salary (or Grade, if Federal).
      • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
Financial Disclosure Reporting: The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE form 278) prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment. Visit the Office of Government Ethics website at www.oge.gov and select Financial Disclosure. Frequently Asked Questions can be found at FAQs/. https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/Public%20Financial%20Disclosure.

Do NOT include Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as Social Security Number or Date of Birth on your résumé.

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Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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