Writer-Editor (Scientific), GS-1083-13 DE (Science Writer)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Feb 23, 2021
Closes
Mar 04, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is in the Public Affairs Section of the Public and Media Affairs Branch in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation. The mission of the Public and Media Affairs Branch is to develop overarching messages and strategic themes to tell a compelling NSF story to external audiences and engage with media to identify opportunities to educate and inform on the NSF mission.

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Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to develop external written and oral communications to inform the public about complex scientific matters in an understandable and interesting way. Specifically:
  • Independently initiates, creates, writes and edits materials on complicated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
  • Interprets complex research activities and results to assure complete understanding of the subject; chooses language appropriate for the target audience; and, analyzes complex science facts, and research findings.
  • Exercises discretion, and sound judgment to handle sensitive subjects to avoid misinterpretation of research goals or results.
  • Interviews subject matter experts for position papers, communication products and reports on all aspects of research and education; synthesizes and clarifies complex, technical information to be shared with a variety of audiences; creates communications that reflect specific research and development activities; and identifying opportunities to advance the NSF mission.
  • Develops and revises digital content to include web, press releases, video and research blogs.
  • Works in close collaboration with OLPA management team on a variety of projects.
  • Collaborates with scientists and researchers to improve public relations and technical information products and services.
  • Tracks status and performs research as needed to keep the Head of OLPA and other leadership informed of progress, milestones, or activities warranting additional attention.
  • Advises and assists the NSF in preparing materials for publication or presentation.
  • Tracks measurements to ensure relevancy, consistency of messaging, readability and understanding across multiple networks.
  • Collects and analyzes quantitative and qualitative input from many sources to support development and review of program initiatives. Assesses the degree to which work products contribute to the success NSF mission activities.

Competencies:
  • Technical Writing
  • Analytical Skills
  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Collaboration
  • Attention to Detail
  • Communication


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

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 Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience developing original technical written products that articulate and explain scientific or technical research findings or information, including products, such as: papers, articles, speeches, reports of agency achievements, testimony, research findings, etc. tailored to specific audiences; cultivating reliable information sources within the scientific community; analyzing data to create reports and STEM presentation materials; and have developed campaigns for a scientific funding organization.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirement described above, all candidates must meet the following selective factor. Candidates who do not show in their resume that they meet the selective factor will not receive consideration for the position.

Selective Factor: I have demonstrated experience writing complex scientific findings in all areas of science to include: biological sciences, computer and information science, education, engineering, geosciences, mathematical and physical sciences, and social, behavior and economic sciences for a variety of audiences.

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 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.

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

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

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.

Performance appraisals and awards may be considered during the evaluation process if voluntarily submitted.

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 uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

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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