Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, ZA-1035-IV (GS-14 equivalent)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Posted
Nov 17, 2020
Closes
Nov 24, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Public Affairs office in the Directors Office of NIST.

Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?

Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

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Responsibilities

The Director of the Conference Program and Audiovisual Services (CPAVS) Group oversees the Conference Program and Audiovisual Services teams that are responsible for planning, managing, and technically supporting NIST conferences, meetings, and events with the public and NIST-wide. The candidate serves as a lead expert in the logistical and technical support of conferences, meetings, and special events with external and internal stakeholders and VIPs, and enterprise-wide video teleconferencing and other collaboration applications. The candidate provides ongoing policy, budgetary, and outreach advice on all aspects of meeting services for both in-person and virtual events. The candidate develops procurement packages for and monitors contractors providing conferences support serves and audiovisual and video teleconferencing equipment, systems, and collaboration products and services. The candidate serves as the programmatic and technical expert on these areas and participates in strategic planning, and budgetary and programmatic oversight.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Trips to Boulder to meet with staff, conferences, and trainings.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
04

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment
  • Merit applicants must meet time-in-grade/band requirements, as applicable
  • If selected, you will be required to pass a drug test
  • If selected, you will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure form
  • If selected you must be able to obtain/maintain COR II certification
  • If selected you must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret clearance


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

Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.

Your application must include a written document showing an example of a statement of work or a purchasing requirements document for:
• the acquisition of audiovisual equipment and/or services and/or
• the acquisition of conference/event/meeting services support.


Please make sure you leave yourself an adequate amount of time to complete your application and submit your supporting documents. You may be required to reply to additional assessment question(s) as part of the application process. The additional assessment question(s) may take some time to complete. Your completed application must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday November 24th.

Qualifications

TO QUALIFY, you must possess one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level (ZA-III for NIST) in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as knowledge, expertise, and experience in conference and meeting services support; and audiovisual, video teleconferencing and virtual meeting services, and management of teams responsible for these areas.

IN ADDITION to the specialized experience, at the time of application, you must provide a writing sample that is an example of a statement of work or a purchasing requirements document for:
• the acquisition of audiovisual equipment and/or services and/or
• the acquisition of conference/event/meeting services support.

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.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/

Applicants may request reconsideration of their qualifications determination within three business days from the date their applicant status was changed. Applicants should email the Agency Contact listed in this vacancy announcement with their written request listing the announcement number; explaining why the original determination was improper; what factors were not considered; and, should provide any other pertinent information that would enable reevaluation.

Your application must include a written document showing an example of a statement of work or a purchasing requirements document for:
• the acquisition of audiovisual equipment and/or services and/or
• the acquisition of conference/event/meeting services support.

Education

Additional information

A probationary period may be required.

Your application must include a written document showing an example of a statement of work or a purchasing requirements document for:
• the acquisition of audiovisual equipment and/or services and/or
• the acquisition of conference/event/meeting services support.

Please make sure you leave yourself an adequate amount of time to complete your application and submit your supporting documents. You may be required to reply to additional assessment question(s) as part of the application process. The additional assessment question(s) may take some time to complete. Your completed application must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday November 24th.

This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grade with career paths and pay bands. For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, click here.

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. Applicants may then be reviewed and scored by a subject matter panel. The panel scores will be incorporated with your response to the scored occupational questionnaire to determine best qualified candidates.

Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, salary, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level/pay band.

The scored occupational questionnaire and panel rating process will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

* Knowledge of industry best practices and federal and agency rules and regulations for government meeting planning and the proper hosting of-government conferences, and the ability to develop and write agency guidance.
* Knowledge of industry best practices in the use of AV technologies, equipment, and applications in the support of professional in-person and virtual meetings and conferences, and skill in translating technical specifications into plain language requirements and strategic overviews.
* Ability and expertise in writing SOWs, conducting market research, and developing procurement estimates.
* Experience in overseeing financial accounting and budgetary planning for activities that involve $500 K- $1 M annually.
* Skills and ability to lead teams and communicate effectively in writing and verbally with staff, VIPs, stakeholders, and all levels of agency leadership.
* Skills and ability to lead a diverse workforce, manage and resolve conflict and personnel issues, and lead groups in effective and professional conduct.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Applying under a Special Appointing Authority (i.e., VRA , 30% or more disabled veterans , Peace Corps, Schedule A/persons with disabilities ): if you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, you will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be contacted for an interview. If two or more VRA candidates apply and one or more is a preference eligible, Veterans' preference will be applied.

Applying as a Merit Candidates:
Your responses to the job questionnaire along with the scores incorporated from the panel review process will serve as the basis for identifying best qualified candidates. Best qualified Merit and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act ( VEOA ) eligibles (i.e., candidates in the GOLD category) will be forwarded for consideration to the selecting official and may be contacted for an interview. Candidates must also meet time-in-grade/pay band requirements for consideration. Non-competitive consideration will be given to those Merit candidates that have held a position with the same promotion potential as the position advertised. Documentation (in the form of an SF-50) is required to show proof of promotion potential or highest grade held. In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.

Applying as an Agency Based candidate (i.e., outside the Federal government), your application package will be placed in one of three categories based on your responses to the assessment questions and the scores from the panel review process; Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If non-veterans can be referred, the Best qualified (i.e., candidates in the GOLD category) will be forwarded for consideration to the selecting official and may be contacted for an interview. More information about the three categories can be found at: Category Rating

Applying as a CTAP or ICTAP candidate: 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 regarding CTAP and ICTAP appointments and eligibility can be found at - CTAP/ICTAP

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The documents you are required to submit vary based on how you're applying (i.e., as a veteran or disabled veteran, current or former Federal employee, etc.). Please review the information on the following link to determine if there are any documents you need to provide - https://www.nist.gov/careers/information-new-employees/applying-jobs-required-forms

Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. Official documents are not required at the time of application, copies are sufficient. If selected, official documentation must be submitted prior to appointment.

Your application must include a written document showing an example of a statement of work or a purchasing requirements document for:
• the acquisition of audiovisual equipment and/or services and/or
• the acquisition of conference/event/meeting services support.

Please make sure you leave yourself an adequate amount of time to complete your application and submit your supporting documents. You may be required to reply to additional assessment question(s) as part of the application process. The additional assessment question(s) may take some time to complete. Your completed application must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday November 24th.

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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