Writer-Editor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 14, 2019
Closes
Aug 22, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Communications (OOC) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor. The OOC is responsible for OSHA's public affairs and communication activities.

- This position is inside the Bargaining Unit.

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Responsibilities

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:
  • Serves as a writer and editor for materials of various types whose subject matter covers a broad range of policies, programs, and activities of OSHA.
  • Researches, writes, and edits a variety of informational products, working closely with staff members and subject matter experts within OSHA.
  • Writes, develops, and edits original content of uncomplicated materials of various types whose subject matter covers the policies, programs, and activities of OSHA. Reviews and edits materials prepared by other authors. Reviews work submitted for quality, consistency, and compliance with established standards of style, format, and content.
  • Reviews work submitted for quality, consistency, and compliance with established standards of style, format, and content. Edits text for grammatical correctness, clarity, tone, appropriate reading level, and consistency with pertinent program objectives and OSHA policies and publication requirements.
  • Manages individual project details, schedules meetings, and consults with customer to determine overall project scope and establish timelines.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - This position has promotion potential to the GS-13. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Required to obtain Public Trust-Moderate Risk background investigation.


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

Qualifications:

To qualify for the GS-11 grade level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-09, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as experience researching, writing, and editing a variety of informational products (such as press releases, newsletters, compliance assistance materials, website content, and speeches).

OR

Equivalent combination of education and experience.

To qualify for the GS-12 grade level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as experience researching, writing, and editing a variety of informational products (such as press releases, newsletters, compliance assistance materials, website content, and speeches) and editing materials prepared by other authors for submission.

To qualify for the GS-13 grade level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as experience researching, writing, and editing a variety of informational products (such as press releases, newsletters, compliance assistance materials, website content, and speeches), editing materials prepared by other authors for submission and advising and assisting senior level staff on the development of communication themes, specialized strategies, information campaigns, and related communication products.

Education Requirements:
Education may be substituted for specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level ONLY.

GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Education

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement, if authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

(Technical) - Knowledge of the missions and program areas of OSHA directorates, and familiarity of Agency programs and initiatives. Knowledge of the principles, methods, practices and techniques of writing and editing to assist in the development of various publications of informational materials.

(Written Communication) - Knowledge of grammar, writing, editing practices, and style requirements. Skill in applying this knowledge to prepare appropriate materials, including reports and articles, etc., and to proofread content for electronic and printed media.

(Consulting) - Knowledge of OSHA policies, programs, and activities and the importance of presenting them to targeted audiences, including employers, workers, and the general public, to interpret and present information using written products and media.

(Project Management) - Manages multiple tasks and meets deadlines. Organizes and prioritizes assignments based on urgency and other factors.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc).

The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

- The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

- Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here .

- The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP Eligibility .

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)

- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):
  • Military Spouses (MISP)

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

- Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

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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