Communications Analyst (Written)

District of Columbia, D.C
Jun 11, 2021
Jun 17, 2021
Full Time


GAO's Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics (STAA) team is looking for a communicator to lead the team's external speaking events, including written presentations and executive coaching of all forms, and to enhance the absorption of the team's work throughout the S&T policy community. This position will also support a wide range of written S&T audit reports and other digital publications.

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- Providing expert-level crafting of presentations, including executive coaching and public speaking support to a wide range of senior executives in support of domestic and international speaking engagements throughout the S&T policy community.
- Providing advanced-level strategic written communications consulting and tactical communications support concurrently to multiple teams or individuals working on complex or high-risk scientific or technological reviews of agencies and programs.
- Working with teams to frame research objectives and identify potential writing problems related to the study design of audits.
- Facilitating discussions to help teams assess evidence, identify themes, and reach consensus on a message.
- Working with teams or individuals to write reports and testimonies using plain language to help communicate GAO's complex findings to a general audience.
- Reviewing and revising drafts to improve coherence, logical flow, clarity, and adherence to GAO quality and stylistic standards for audit work or other digital content.
- Checking that report findings and recommendations are supported by a sufficient level of evidence.
- Working with teams to review and incorporate reviewers' comments.
- Building and maintaining strong working relationships and collaborating with staff at all levels.
- Serving as a resource on clear and concise writing, and as a writing coach.
- Working with analysts, particularly new staff, to help them improve their writing skills.
- Applying appropriate style manuals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - .

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be registered with the Selective Service as applicable.
  • You must be U.S. citizen
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Completion of a probationary period is required.
  • You must be suitable for federal employment.


Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent to the GS-11 in the federal service, or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as;
  • reviewing and analyzing written information to develop public presentations around scientific or technological topics;
  • coaching senior executives in public speaking about scientific or technological topical areas, including familiarity with pitching, verbal and non-verbal engagement coaching, prepping panelists, and managing events;
  • formal communications consulting and planning at a strategic and tactical level; and
  • writing federal audits in accordance with the Yellow Book.

You must meet all qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

This is a bargaining unit position.

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Selectee will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit SSS .

Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

Selectees will be subject to a determination of suitability for Federal employment.

GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email

GAO's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a probationary period.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. If you meet all of the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume."

All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
  • Advanced skill in analyzing and helping to develop complex written products.
  • Extensive knowledge of principles of writing to analyze written information of a technical nature for logic, clarity, consistency, and readability.
  • Advanced skill in collaborating with teams to reconcile differing perspectives, while working on multiple engagements.

Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans' preference please visit

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

- Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

- If you are using your education to qualify (even partially), you must submit a copy of your transcripts. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you will be required to provide official transcripts. Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service.

- If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty and are within 120 days of discharge or release from active duty, you must submit certification of expected discharge or release under honorable conditions with your application. The certification must be an official statement of service from the armed forces command.

- Current or former federal employees may submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

-Work Samples: Upload one presentation or one audit report narrative that you developed to explain a scientific or technical topic. Upload under the "Writing sample" document type in Career Connector.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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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