Congressional Affairs Specialist, NB-301-V

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 25, 2021
Closes
Sep 29, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Congressional Relations Division of the Deputy Comptroller of Public Affairs, Chief of Staff Department. As the Congressional Affairs Specialist, you will maintain relationships with Congressional staff, industry legislative affairs offices, senior OCC officials and others serving in roles in legislative issues affecting the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the national banking system.

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Responsibilities

As a Congressional Affairs Specialist, you will:
  • Establish and maintain productive and professional relationships with Congressional staff and facilitate an effective two-way exchange of information between the OCC and congressional offices. Schedule briefings, meetings, and presentations with congressional staff and OCC subject matter experts, answer staff questions, provide feedback on legislative initiatives, and highlight OCC's fulfillment of our mission and expertise.
  • Attend congressional hearings and prepare written summaries to distribute to agency leadership. Monitor legislative and congressional activities pertinent to the OCC, the financial services industry, the economy or Comptroller priorities.
  • Prepare OCC witnesses to testify at congressional hearings and write testimony and develop testimony briefing materials. Prepare written responses to congressional inquiries.
  • Advance agency priorities important to the OCC through outreach and provide analysis to the Director and senior OCC officials, and the Comptroller.


Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
05

Requirements

Conditions of Employment



• Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
• Complete a background investigation (unless already completed).
• Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
• Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
• Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
• Travel frequently to attend conferences and/or training.
• Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
• File an OCC Financial Disclosure Form.
• Complete a financial disclosure review and resolve any ethics issues.
• Click here for important information about OCC ethics standards, such as the requirement that new hires divest their bank securities.
• Successfully complete a background investigation that includes criminal history, financial history (including a credit check) and other information to obtain and maintain a Public Trust (Moderate Risk) clearance.

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the NB-IV or GS-11 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience for this position include:
  • Interacting with, responding to, and advising Congress, Congressional staff and/ or State government officials on organizational programs and activities AND
  • Counseling and advising Directors or Executives and senior officials on congressional and legislative matters. AND
  • Drafting and reviewing and preparing legislative documents, hearing summaries, and congressional testimony. AND
  • Knowledge of congressional and legislative processes and procedures.

The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or through volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.


To receive any credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate the number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

Education

Education cannot be used to qualify for this position.

Additional information

• Salary range includes 22.26% geographical pay.
• For specific information on geographic pay differentials, click here .
• If you are a current OCC employee who previously received a waiver determination permitting you to retain bank securities due to extenuating circumstances, please note that this determination may be rescinded if the nature of your duties changes. We strongly suggest that you discuss the potential implications of any change in duties on a prior securities determination with your ethics official.
• We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more positions.
• Click all links in this vacancy announcement to view additional information and instructions.
• Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
• Click "Print" to review the entire announcement before applying.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating:

Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
  • Congressional Relations
  • Research and Analysis
  • Legislative Process
  • Written Communication
  • Internal/ External Awareness

Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories (Outstanding, Excellent, or Qualified) depending on your responses to the online questions regarding your experience, education and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference eligibles in that category. Qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) , you must be rated as well-qualified to receive special selection priority. "Well-qualified" means that in addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective placement factor(s), if applicable, you must be assigned to the Outstanding or Excellent category.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application includes: 1) A resume, 2) vacancy question responses, and 3) submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

RESUME: All applicants are required to submit a resume by either creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive any credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please review Resume Tips .

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing actual or expected dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15 , along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets .

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) or INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS : In addition, you may submit the following:
- Cover letter
- Recent performance evaluation (be sure to redact/remove all sensitive information prior to submitting)

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