Public Affairs Specialist (Communications Specialist)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 19, 2019
Closes
Jun 27, 2019
Function
Communications
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Communications Section, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

The position description number for this position is 383117.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

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Responsibilities

  • As a Communications Specialist in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at the Library of Congress, reporting to the OCIO Communications Officer, this position serves as a trusted communications consultant to senior OCIO leadership, OCIO employees, and broader Library of Congress staff as requested; providing substantive advice and counsel on the planning, development, and execution of complex, and/or sensitive communication projects and activities related to technology at the Library.
  • In collaboration with the OCIO Communications Officer, develops and implements a comprehensive communications strategy to effectively articulate OCIO's mission, vision, and goals to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develops informational concepts and/or content designed to promote understanding of OCIO's mission, programs, and activities; including informing, educating, and persuading Library management and staff, as well as Congressional and public audiences.
  • Independently drafts, reviews, and edits in-depth, complex communications material. Disseminates information to stakeholders using the full range of media and communication methods. Based on assignment, methods may include town halls, roundtables, OCIO senior principal speeches and Congressional testimony, Congressional inquiries, emergency communications pertaining to information technology incidents, memoranda, presentations and briefings, publications and reports, press releases, talking points, feature articles, op-eds and blog posts, questions and answers (Q&A) and frequently asked questions (FAQs) documents, e-mails, and/or web 2.0 communication. Reviews, revises or edits as necessary the contributions of other OCIO staff.
  • Develops and implements plans to enhance relationships with agency stakeholders and to increase effectiveness in communicating OCIO program goals, priorities and areas of concern. Cultivates and maintains productive working relationships at multiple levels within Library programs, and, as appropriate, members of the media, community leaders, policy groups, and/or concerned constituencies, in order to develop and disseminate coordinated messages that accurately address OCIO programs. Advises OCIO leadership on outreach and engagement activities and programs. Supports collaborations, partnerships and other interactions with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.


Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


No additional requirements to those listed above.

Qualifications

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of communication and public affairs principles, methods, and techniques.**

Ability to develop and implement a division strategy of outreach to meet changing needs.**

Ability to communicate in writing and review the writing of others.**

Ability to exercise judgement and discretion.**

Ability to develop and maintain relationships, interact collaboratively, and convey information through briefings, consultations, and other presentations.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

Additional information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

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 email ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview.

The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

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.