Public Affairs Specialist

US Minority Business Development Agency
Washington, DC
Oct 14, 2021
Oct 16, 2021
Accountant, IT
Full Time
Duties Summary This position is located in the Department of Commerce,Minority Business Development Agency, Washington, District of Columbia. The primary purpose of this position is to inform and educate both internal and external audiences about the opportunities available through MBDA, its mission, and activities. Responsibilities Plan public information programs and specific relations campaigns. Respond to media inquiries and coordinate media interviews. Review public opinions and reactions to organizational digital content. Travel Required Not required Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 13 Job family (Series)1035 Public Affairs RequirementsRequirementsConditions of Employment - You must be a US citizen to apply for this position. - You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. - A probationary period may be required. - Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ). - If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application. - All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. - License required: No - Pre-employment physical required: No - Bargaining Unit Position: Yes - Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.QualificationsSpecialized Experience:GS-13: You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal government, performing the following duties: - Developing recommendations to improve a public affairs program; - Writing press statements, media advisories, press releases, and/or informational materials for dissemination through a variety of media; - Developing executive level speeches and presentations; - Utilizing a variety of electronic media (eg, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, blogs, etc.) to develop plans to launce information campaigns; - Create digital graphics to use on social media channels or websites using photo-editing and/or graphics-design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, or similar software; - Promoting awareness using digital communications strategies to support the mission, programs, and activities of an organization.GS-12: You qualify for the GS-12 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal government, performing the following duties: - Assisting in the development of plans to launch information campaigns through a variety of electronic media such as an organizational website or social networking site (eg, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube Instagram, blogs, etc.); - Utilizing photo-editing and/or graphics-design software (eg, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, or similar software) to create digital graphics to use on social media channels or websites; - Assisting with planning press conferences and/or similar events.NOTE(s): - Education: You must submit a copy of your college transcripts (official or unofficial) to document education. - Experience: Your resume must support your claim of experience or you may be found ineligible.All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.NOTE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (eg, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (eg, 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.EducationEducation may not be used or combined to qualify for this position.Additional informationPromotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Commerce requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement in this Noncritical Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.The physical worksite for this position is located in Washington, District of Columbia . However, the Minority Business Development Agency is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position's telework schedule will likely change in the future when Minority Business Development Agency moves away from its maximum telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit's telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement from your command if currently on active duty that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form. For more information on veterans' preference see or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an Assessment Questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are: - Ability to promote awareness using digital communications strategies to support the mission, programs, and activities of an organization. - Skill in launching information campaigns through a variety of electronic media. - Knowledge of media/press/social media practices related to business industries and trends that address access to financing, contracting, domestic and global markets. - Ability to develop and prepare plans with Agency counterparts and programs for carrying out responsibilities, determining methods to be used, approaches to be taken, resolving conflicts that arise.If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: Category Rating Process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). For more information on category rating, please go Transition Assistance Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) will be eligible 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; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to: checks and security clearanceSecurity clearanceOtherDrug test requiredNoPosition sensitivity and riskNoncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate RiskTrust determination processCredentialing, Suitability/Fitness Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsTo apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:1. Your resume showing a detailed description of your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates with the month and year and hours worked per week (if less than 40) for each paid and non-paid work experience job title listed. For work in the federal service, include the grade level for the position(s).2. Other supporting documents (only submit if applicable to you): - Are you claiming veterans' preference? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference must fill out the SF-15 and provide an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, and/or any other associated documentation based on your preference. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. - Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP)? If so, submit: * A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement; * A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action'', documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.; * A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and * Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. - Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: * Position title; * Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee); * Agency; and * Beginning and ending dates of appointment. BenefitsBenefitsA career with the US Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.Review our benefitsEligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. Help This job is open to Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee. The publicU.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the US Clarification from the agency All US Citizens

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