Communications Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 22, 2021
Closes
Jun 24, 2021
Function
Communications
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Women's Bureau (WB), Washington, DC. The mission of the WB is to develop policies and standards and conduct inquires to safeguard the interests of working women; advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and promote quality work environments.

Selections may be may at either the GS-12 or GS-13 grade level.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

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Responsibilities

The responsibilities described below are for the full-performance level (GS-13). At the developmental grade level (GS-12), the responsibilities are similar but will be performed under closer than normal supervision. As the employee progresses, the assignments will become more difficult and complex to prepare the employee for the next grade level.

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:
  • Edits, writes, and develops communications products, publications, and visual materials, to include social media, other digital content, and web pages, to convey Bureau information to various internal and external audiences.
  • Establishes timelines; identify and balance different priorities; manage resources and risks; provide incremental progress and feedback; ensure that standards are maintained and products are well-documented.
  • Leads teams in planning and executing communications projects and activities.
  • Leads the implementation of strategic media and communications plans.
  • Drafts talking points and press releases for Women Bureau initiatives.
  • Keeps current with changes in communications technologies and recommends options for their use in communicating about Women's Bureau programs.
  • Assess the effectiveness of existing media coverage and recommends new/revised techniques for disseminating information that will increase public awareness of WB programs and activities.
  • Prepares materials for publishing that explains/interprets complex policies, programs, and/or organizational functions.
  • Writes speeches, briefing materials, reports, news releases, blog posts, tweets, website content, fact sheets and statements of work.
  • Assists in preparation of communications plans and schedules.
  • Adapts style, presentation, and format to the requirements of publications and intended audience. Reviews and revises information to ensure compliance with requirements set forth by the Associated Press, Government Publishing Office (GPO) and all appropriate DOL and other Federal standards and regulations.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive communication strategy and plan for the Women's Bureau.
  • Presents clear and concise information effectively and persuasively conveying complex information to stakeholders including women, high level officials, women's organizations, businesses, and labor.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - May be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor's recommendation to the next grade.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a 1 year probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment (90 days) and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.
  • Time-in-Grade Requirement for GS-12: 52 weeks at the GS-11 grade level.
  • Time-in-Grade Requirement for GS-13: 52 weeks at the GS-12 grade level.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

This position is also advertised as job #DE-21-BOS-WB-236 for non-status applicants; to be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.

Qualifications

In order to qualify, applicants must meet the experience requirements described below. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

To qualify for GS-12:

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience include, but not limited to the following:
  • Developing written information and data concerning the nature and objectives of agency programs, policies, and activities. This includes writing, developing, planning timely written technical materials, news release, blog posts, tweets, website content, fact sheets, speeches or scripts, on talking points, brochures, pamphlets, and research findings.
  • Collaborating and/or providing guidance on website content, coordinating promotion of website and products among intended audiences; and writing content about programs/initiatives for social media sites, blogs, twitter and Facebook.

To qualify for GS-13:

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience include, but not limited to the following:
  • Developing written information and data concerning the nature and objectives of agency programs, policies, and activities. This includes writing, developing, planning timely written technical materials, news releases, blog posts, tweets, website content, fact sheets, speeches or scripts, talking points, brochures, pamphlets, and research findings.
  • Collaborating and providing guidance on website content, coordinating promotion of website and products among intended audiences; and writing content about programs/initiatives for social media sites, blogs, twitter and Facebook.
  • Overseeing the development and execution of project plans and day-to-day project management, to include developing and implementing a project plan and exercising independent initiative and judgment to troubleshoot and monitor progress.


Education

There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at this grade level.

Additional information

Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Based on agency needs, additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Project Management - Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.

Communications and Media - Knowledge of the production, communication and dissemination of information and ideas to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Technical Competence - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

Oral and Written Communication- Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience. Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Creative Thinking - Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies new solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are not suitable or are unavailable.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references, and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

Click here for Evaluation details.

INFORMATION FOR CTAP/ICTAP ELIGIBLE(S) ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under CTAP or ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligible(s) will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

To preview questions please click here .

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

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password-protected documents.

The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step, and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Resumes are required - provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your computer and USAJOBS profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list the month, year, and the number of work hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions, and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) , and showing the character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)

Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents

- Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):

(a) Persons with Severe Disabilities (SCHEDULE A)

(b) Former Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) OR Current or Former Peace Corps Employees (PCE)

(c) Military Spouses (MISP)

- Land Management Eligible(s): a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act . This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time-limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here .

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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