Communications Analyst (Written)

District of Columbia, D.C
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 24, 2019
Full Time


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GAO is seeking experienced professionals to serve as Communications Analysts (Written); responsible for supporting teams and offices in developing and producing written products and providing instruction on message development and writing. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

- Providing advanced-level written communications support concurrently to multiple teams or individuals working on complex or high-risk reviews of agencies and programs.
- Working with teams to frame research objectives and identify potential writing problems related to the study design.
- Facilitating discussions to help teams assess evidence, identify themes, and reach consensus on a message.
- Working with teams or individuals to write reports and testimonies using plain language to help communicate GAO's complex findings to a general audience.
- Reviewing and revising drafts to improve coherence, logical flow, clarity, and adherence to GAO quality and stylistic standards.
- Checking that report findings and recommendations are supported by a sufficient level of evidence.
- Working with teams to review and incorporate reviewers' comments.
- Building and maintaining strong working relationships and collaborating with staff at all levels.
- Serving as a resource on clear and concise writing, and as a writing coach.
- Working with analysts, particularly new staff, to help them improve their writing skills.
- Applying appropriate style manuals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or national.
  • You must be suitable for federal employment.
  • Completion of a satisfactory background investigation may be required.
  • Completion of a probationary period is required.
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.

Candidates must possess the education (if applicable) and specialized experience as described to be determined basically qualified for this position.

All requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent to the GS-11 in the federal service, or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience reviewing and analyzing written information to identify strengths, gaps in content, problems in logical flow, or other issues affecting the quality of written products; adeptly managing a dynamic workload; and collaborating with issue area experts as an advocate for clear writing and other institutional standards.

You must meet all qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

This is a bargaining unit position.

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Selectee will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit SSS .

Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

Selectees will be subject to a determination of suitability for Federal employment.

GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email

GAO's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a probationary period.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the stated qualification requirements, you will further be rated on your responses to the assessment questions. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Your rating may be affected or you may be determined ineligible if you provide incomplete answers, fail to provide a narrative response to any assessment question(s) that requires further explanation, or if your response to an assessment question is "see resume."

All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
  • Advanced skill in analyzing and helping to develop complex written products.
  • Extensive knowledge of principles of writing to analyze written information of a technical nature for logic, clarity, consistency, and readability.
  • Advanced skill in collaborating with teams to reconcile differing perspectives, while working on multiple engagements.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

- Resume: Must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

- SF-50: Current and former federal employees eligible for reinstatement must submit a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure and type of service.

- Veteran Hiring Authority Eligibles: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty: an official statement of service from your command.

- Disability: If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring Authority for individuals with disabilities you must submit proof disability.

If you fail to submit any of the documentation listed above your application will be considered incomplete, and will result in loss of consideration.

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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