Lead Technical Writer-Editor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 17, 2020
Closes
Sep 22, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The team lead will be responsible for coordinating the production of BJS publications. As team lead the incumbent interacts with the director of BJS, supervisors, program managers, analysts, etc. to coordinate the development of publications and products and manage the publishing process for BJS. The incumbent will be responsible for developing, writing and editing, technical documents, and producing materials on complex issues for both a technical and non-technical audience.
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Responsibilities

(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Serves as a team/work leader, leading team efforts in the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of program or project responsibilities. Facilitates team or unit processes by working with team members or employees to ensure that tasks are completed, that good working relationships among team members and with management officials are maintained, and that team priorities and goals, needs, and achievements are coordinated with management.

Articulates, interprets, and explains highly complex, potentially controversial, and scientifically significant issues in a range of presentation media, such as reports to Congress on agency achievements, proposed legislation, or reports on major research efforts to inform the public, academic or research community.
Produces materials on complex issues for both a technical and non-technical audience. Collaborates with subject matter experts in a particular area, such as criminal justice, social science, law, or other fields, to properly communicate technical information.
Develops, writes and edits technical documents, ensuring accuracy, consistency, format, completeness, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and syntax.
Prepares written publications and other products for dissemination using advanced technologies and processses.
Modifies established methods or derives new methods of developing and presenting complex information to maximize understanding and minimize controversy among intended audiences.
Writes or edits a range of technical materials, such as reports of research findings; scientific or technical articles, news releases, and periodicals; regulations in technical areas; or technical manuals, specifications, brochures, and pamphlets; speeches or scripts on scientific or technical subjects.

Serves as a liaison, providing expert information and consultation to managers, analysts, and other staff on technical and statistical presentation of information.

Works collaboratively with a highly productive team of analysts and editors to develop, compose, edit and deliver various statistical documents, reports, brochures, manuals, and other documents in support of BJS's mission and objectives.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May be required for meetings, conferences, and/or training.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Submit all required documents and Online Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.
  • Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit www.sss.gov.
  • Pre-employment drug testing required.
  • 1-year probationary period may be required.

See Other Information for further requirements.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifying experience for the GS-14 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-13 level. Specialized experience is experience that required substantial subject-matter or technical knowledge of the field. This experience must have demonstrated the ability to acquire and present statistical or technical information. Specialized experience is defined as: managing complex manuals or publication in research, statistics, or academia; editing or writing scientifically material for use of the scientific community, academia, or private industry; developing written technical material as a source of program and policy information; and presenting controversial or scientifically significant information to others, such as Congress, proposed legislation, or reports on research to the academia community.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

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

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications as described above will be further evaluated based upon the following technical qualifications:

- Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
- Ability to organize, plan, direct, and review the work of team members.
- Ability to communicate in writing.
- Ability to meet and deal with others.
- Knowledge of statistics and its applications.
- Ability to write and edit technical materials.
- Knowledge of reference sources and research techniques.

Click here to see the full Qualifications Statement.

Education

See Other Information.

Additional information

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: Status applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade by the closing date.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position may be eligible for telework per agency policy.

OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible.

For All U.S. Citizens: Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

For Status/Merit Promotion/VEOA candidates: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

For Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) applicants: The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice 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 consideration, or if your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Under merit promotion procedures, to be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. Under category rating procedures, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

REMINDER: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (ALL APPLICANTS):

1. Resume and/or work history profile,
2. Responses to the online questions,
3. Veterans' Preference Documentation (if applicable; see below for more information).

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (FEDERAL EMPLOYEES):

4. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (for current and former federal employees; see below for more information), and
5. Performance Appraisal (for current federal employees) Note: if not provided, will be required at time of interview.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Veterans Preference

In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of 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 shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under How You Will Be Evaluated, veterans' preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e., Best Qualified).

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act

To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(u) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the Agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action for Competitive Appointment.

Non-competitive Eligibility

You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30% or more; returning volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment, etc. Appropriate documentation to support your claim must be included in your application, along with the type of special appointment you are seeking.

Current/Former Federal Employees

If you are a current Federal employee in a permanent, competitive service position, you must submit document to confirm your status. Failure to submit an appropriate SF-50 will automatically disqualify you from further consideration.

- Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official agency documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".).

- Submit your most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal. If not provided at time of application, it will be required at time of interview.

If you are a former Federal employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior federal permanent competitive service, you must submit documents to confirm your eligibility.

- Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official agency documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show "1".)

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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