Communications Specialist, GS-301- 13-DE

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Sep 09, 2019
Closes
Sep 17, 2019
Function
Communications
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The primary purpose of this position is to further develop and implement a strategy to communicate information about the Directorate's support of research and education within Directorate for Biological Sciences.

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Responsibilities

Supports the communication and implementation of the mission of Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and its strategic plans as well as research and education outcomes and economic impacts. Writes articles, blogs, news releases, audio and video scripts, general correspondence, presentations, and other materials as needed to communicate BIO's mission, positions or activities to various groups;

Monitors progress on activities of interest to the BIO Senior Staff;

Develops factual information about various areas of BIO research interest as well as information on other relevant research support by NSF, other Federal agencies, the academic community, and industry;

Collects and summarizes input from specialized groups or individuals through surveys, public opinion studies, or group meetings, and prepares reports and recommendations to management on public perceptions of BIO programs and activities;

Establishes rapport with continuously changing stakeholders and associates including, but not limited to, relevant professional societies, science organizations, industry representatives, and public and private institutions of higher education;

Uses basic understanding of biological sciences in developing information and conducting analyses to select and present information on specialized BIO-related topics in a form and at a level appropriate for the intended audience;

Fully utilizes contemporary computer technologies and web-based applications, techniques and tools to disseminate information and communications on BIO programs and activities;

Tracks usage to inform and implement ongoing improvements to BIO's websites; and,

Serves as the BIO representative to Agency-wide committees with responsibilities for web content and development, and stakeholder engagement.

Competencies
  • Technical Competency - Written communication
  • Technical Competency - Oral communication
  • Technical Competency - Computer technologies and web-based applications
  • Teamwork/ Collaboration
  • Customer service


  • Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    14

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • Background investigation.

    • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
    • US citizenship.


    It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

    All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

    This position is in the bargaining unit.

    Qualifications

    To qualify at the GS-13 level you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes a combination of the following areas: interpreting government policies, scientific materials, and related facts in order to convey information to varied audiences using a wide range of electronic resources; developing and implementing communication strategies for an organization; writing and editing articles and other written communication materials; editing press releases; writing talking points for public events, press conferences and other such appearances; providing authoritative advice to senior management for improving the delivery of program information to the public; and experience using the Internet, social media, and web pages to communicate information to the public, media and internal audience.

    Education

    Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

    Additional information

    Relocation Expenses Reimbursed will not be paid.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
    ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
    Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

    Veteran's Preference:
    If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

    NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

    For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide .

    This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

    The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles. Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed: Excellent, Very Good, or Good. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.

    Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.

    The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the competencies required of this position. Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

    Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or CTAP must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least "Very Good."

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    All applicants should submit a resume/CV of their choice, and may also submit a cover letter.

    Additional Documents, if applicable, may include:

    Veteran's Preference Documentation (DD-214 and SF-15): If you are eligible and claiming 5-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" and the documentation required by the SF-15. (Please note: An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing veterans' preference will not be accepted as proof of entitlement.)

    CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

    We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey . This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

    All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

    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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