Fort Eustis, Virginia
Nov 10, 2019
Nov 13, 2019
Full Time


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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Public Affairs Specialist at the nation's only Federal standing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Joint Task Force (JTF).

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  • HQ OPERATIONS: Coordinates plans, organization, and overseeing the activities for JTF-CS Public Affairs Office (PAO), ensuring it complies with legal and regulatory requirements and meets customer needs.
  • MEDIA OPERATIONS/ CIVIC and INTERAGENCY ENGAGEMENT: Represents the JTF-CS Public Affairs organization with a variety of installation and functional area organizations.
  • MEDIA/COMMAND INFORMATION: Reviews and edits JTF-CS publications released by the Public Affairs Directorate.
  • DEPLOYABILITY: Participates in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise operations or all-hazards response operations if called upon outside the primary mission; may deploy to hazardous locations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • A Top Secret/Critical Sensitive clearance is required for this position. The employee is required to possess and maintain a Top Secret/Special Sensitive as a condition of employment. Per AFGM2017-36-04, dated 4 Oct 17, cont'd
  • the investigative requirement CANNOT be waived for special sensitive positions.
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • This position is designated Non-Combat Essential and is a KEY position IAW DODD 1404.10. Duties of this position are essential to the accomplishment of wartime/contingency operations.
  • Incumbent of key positions must be removed from their military recall status if alternative for filling of the position during an emergency are not available.
  • This position is designated by the Air Force as a Test Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. As a mandatory requirement for employment in this TDP, cont'd
  • the incumbent is (A) to refrain from use of illegal drugs and (B) if required, to submit to urinalysis testing. The selectee must sign a statement acknowledging the position occupied is identified as a TDP.
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Work may require employee to drive a government motor vehicle. A valid driver's license is required for this position.
  • Incumbent may be required to wear an organizational civilian uniform with appropriate footwear and other personnel protective equipment to be issued by the organization.
  • May be required to work non-traditional duty hours which includes evenings, weekends and holidays. Overtime may be required on short notice. Shift work may be necessary during exercises, crises, or contingencies.
  • Frequently, incumbent may be required to be on a two or four-hour recall. Incumbent may be required to carry a phone (Government furnished).
  • Additionally, Incumbent must participate in any "call back" drills conducted by the organization (unless on approved leave).
  • Work may require travel by military or commercial aircraft or other modes of travel away from the normal duty station to locations within and outside of the Continental United States. Cont'd
  • Travel may be on very short notice and may be under field conditions.
  • Employee is expected to have a family care plan in place (if applicable) to allow employee to deploy in as little as 4 hours after notification. Employee's plan must allow for the possibility of deployments of at least 30 continuous days or more.
  • Deployments may expose incumbent to hazardous conditions and potentially life-threatening conditions. Training may be required to prepare the incumbent for extended TDY under field conditions. Cont'd under Additional Information


In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Administrative and Management Positions.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes using rules, procedures, and practices within the Public Affairs discipline with the ability to apply this expertise to develop new approaches, methods, or procedures in regards to media relations, community engagement, command information and senior leader support; Possess analytical skills to include: gathering, evaluating, and interpreting complex data in all areas of the Public Affairs discipline; and drawing appropriate conclusions from conflicting data including determining what kinds of information are needed and ways of collecting data.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in­-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of DoD Public Affairs policies, concepts, principles and practices and community involvement programs. Knowledge of joint programs and policies related to public affairs programs sufficient to plan, develop, and write meaningful guidance and operating instructions.
2. Skill in working with a wide variety of people internally and externally to the organization having a variety of viewpoints to better achieve unity of effort that is expected, especially during response operations. Skill in written and oral communication principles, methods, and techniques to conduct and coordinate public affairs activities for a variety of audiences.
3. Ability to present information orally in a logically, clear, and concise manner to audiences with differing levels of comprehension while adhering to the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manuel.
4. Knowledge of the principles and methods of the 24/7 global news cycle, news publishing and editing, story creation, graphical layout, and basic video story telling.
5. Skill in gathering, evaluating, and interpreting data to arrive at valid conclusions and offer meaningful recommendations. Skill in producing actionable data for the commanding general's decision making.
6. Skill in the Joint Planning Process or similar experience that lends to learning it sufficient to lead detailed Public Affairs planning efforts. Skill in the use of the principles, methods, practices, and techniques of public affairs with expertise and practical experience in all facets of public affairs or information activities and operations.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

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



ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act requires federal agencies to treat an eligible active duty service member as a veteran, disabled veteran, and preference eligible (as applicable) when applying for civil service positions before the effective release or discharge date. Appointment of military members before the release or discharge date is permissible if the member is on terminal leave. At the time the active duty member applies for a civil position, he or she must submit a "certification" memo in lieu of a DD-Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty . Active duty members applying for a civil service position without submitting a valid certification memo or DD-Form 214 with their application will render the member ineligible for the position. The certification memo must originate from the member's military service branch on official letterhead and contain the following:
  • Name/Rank/Grade of Service Member
  • Branch of Armed Forces
  • Dates of Active Service (Start and End Date(s)
  • Expected Date of Discharge/Release from Active Duty
  • Terminal leave start date (if applicable)
  • Expected character of service/discharge and type of separation (i.e. separation or retirement)
  • Must be certified within 120 days of anticipated discharge
  • Signature by, or by direction of the adjutant, personnel office, unit commander, or higher headquarters commander.
    Note: The VOW Act provides tentative preference. If appointed, a DD Form-214 must be submitted upon receipt.

Additional information

Cont'd from "Conditions of Employment"
  • Special dietary or religious requirements may not be accommodated during TDY or training exercises.
  • As a condition of employment, must be able to don Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) protective clothing, including a protective mask, unassisted, in the requisite amount of time to ensure the employee's safety, and remain in this posture until conditions are declared safe for removal of protective clothing. Grooming standards must be compatible with all required protective equipment.
  • A pre-employment medical exam is required. The duties of this position require moderate physical exertion involving walking and standing, possible use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. This position has deployment requirements for CBRN Response IAW NNCI 44-163 and DoDI 6490.07. Selectee must meet the requirements specified on the SF-178 Certification of Medical Examination. Certification of medical readiness is required annually as a condition of employment. Any condition that would cause the employee to be a hazard to him/her or others is disqualifying. The incumbent must immediately report to his supervisor any significant changes in health status and/or medication requirements.
  • Vaccinations and medication necessary to deploy to, and operate in, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or High Explosive (CBRNE) contaminated environment are required IAW NNCI 44-163 as a condition of employment. Maintaining a current and medically deployable status is a condition of employment.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):

Competencies Listed:
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Reasoning
  • Reading
The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

APPRAISALS/AWARDS: Hiring Managers use objective methods and consider previous performance appraisals and awards in the selection process. Current Federal Civilian employees should list any relevant performance related rating and/or awards in your resume.

BASIS OF RATING: The assessments for this job will also measure
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) as listed under Qualifications
In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.
  • Online Application: Questionnaire
  • Resume: For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
  • Transcripts/Registration/License: If qualifying on education/position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts and if required for the position, submit an active, current registration/license.
  • Veterans: If claiming VRA, VEOA or Veterans' Preference - Submit VOW certification memo or copy of the official DD-Form 214, which must include the character of service/type under honorable conditions (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This will be annotated in block 24 on member copy 2, 4, or 7 of the DD-Form 21 If you are also claiming 10-point preference and/or 30% Disabled Veteran, you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of Purple Heart, if applicable).
  • Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (includes current Air Force employees): You must submit a legible copy of a SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action . The SF-50, block 24 must contain "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a "1". Employees eligible under an OPM approved interchange agreement , block 34 may contain a "1" or "2".
  • Promotion Consideration: If you wish to be considered as a promotion candidate and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one-year time-in-grade requirements. You will need to provide additional SF-50s which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-Grade, Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
  • If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here

    Performance Appraisals for Current Federal Civilian Employees
    - Most recent performance appraisals (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable.

    Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a RA in your online application. Requests for RA for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for RA must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for RA are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a RA, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here:

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