Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GG-1035-14, Census-MP-AMC

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Suitland, Maryland
Posted
Sep 19, 2019
Closes
Sep 24, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This vacancy is for a Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist position in the Public Information Office (PIO) located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line - Suitland Station.

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Responsibilities

  • Manage a staff of public affairs specialists and information assistants responsible for the Census Bureau's public affairs and media events program.
  • Manage the timely, accurate release of statistical information to the media and public, including determining the release schedule, deciding appropriate communications channels, managing the clearance process, and maintaining resources.
  • Manage the Census Bureau's relationships with the media, including planning and conducting proactive outreach, preparing spokespersons for interviews, responding to queries, managing media events and serving as a Census Bureau spokesperson.
  • Manage the writing, editing and clearance of public affairs materials including news releases, blogs, talking points and their supporting graphics.


Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the announcement closing date.


Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This Announcement may be used to fill other Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GG-1035-14, FPL: 14 positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Please read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see PIO-2019-0007, Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GG-1035-14, CENSUS-DE-AMC .

This position may be filled as a competitive temporary promotion opportunity not to exceed (NTE) 5 years by a current career or career-conditional Department of Commerce employee. This temporary promotion may be extended, terminated earlier, or made permanent at management's discretion. At the conclusion of the temporary promotion, the employee will return to their position of record.

This position may be filled as a Term appointment, initial appointment is not to exceed (NTE) 2 years. This appointment may be extended 2 additional years at management's discretion.

A probationary period may be required.

A supervisory probationary period may be required.

This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.

Relocation expenses may be paid.

Qualifications

Specialized Experience:

For the GG-14, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service.

Experience for this position includes: planning, designing, executing, and evaluating communications campaigns to convey information to internal and external audiences; working relationships with senior managers and executive staff; managing a team of public affairs or communications specialists responsible for communicating and disseminating program information; developing and maintaining schedules; reviewing project proposals and documentation for consistency with agency goals and overall staffing and/or budget plans; writing news releases, talking points, blog posts or website content; guiding the development of graphic informational materials; developing and maintaining editorial standards; using digital tools as part of integrated communications campaigns; training senior leaders and staff on interacting with the media and giving media interviews; and serving as a spokesperson for an agency or organization to the news media.

Education at this grade level cannot be substituted for specialized experience.

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.

Education

Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
  • VRA (GS-11 or below)
  • VEOA (permanent positions)
  • 30% or more disabled
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • CTAP
  • ICTAP

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR § 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
  • Knowledge of a wide range of administrative programs such as hiring, staffing, awards, training, and performance management.
  • Knowledge of public affairs strategy, storytelling techniques and identifying news values in order to lead public affairs campaigns.
  • Knowledge of project management principles, including developing requirements, plans, schedules and budgets.
  • Skills in coaching others on working with the media and building relationships with reporters and editors.
  • Ability to write, proofread and edit statistical information into clear, concise text for the public, following agency style and requirements.

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application consists of the following:
  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
  • SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility, with the exception of current Census Bureau employees.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (Schedule A disability, 30 percent disabled veteran, certain military spouses, etc).

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

CTAP and ICTAP candidates:

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap .

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.

    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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