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Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys

Job Announcement Number:13-GAN-763783-DE

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$71,901.00 to $111,148.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 to Tuesday, October 23, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlanta, GA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

If you are a highly motivated, exceptionally talented individual with experience with the processes, operations and culture of federal and/or private sector print or broadcast media in the United States this position is for you!

With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.

The United States Attorneys Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #11 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive United States Attorneys Office/United States Attorneys Offices ranked #17 out of 240 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2011 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See www.bestplacestowork.org

 

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/

 

To view the entire announcement, including instructions on how to apply, click on tabs above.

 

This position is also being announced to applicants eligible to apply through Merit Staffing procedures under 13-GAN-763520-MS.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

DUTIES:

If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for conducting the public affairs and information program for the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia. You will plan, coordinate and disseminate public information and internal information for the US. Attorney’s Office. Your public involvement will include interaction with various groups in the Atlanta metropolitan area, civil rights groups, bar associations, trade associations, community organizations, law-enforcement organizations, as well as the general public. Typical work assignments will include:
• Interacting with representatives of the news media and serving as point of contact for responding to requests for information from all local and national media, including television, radio, print, major magazines, and other federal agencies and/or private organizations.
• Developing a communication plan designed to educate the public about the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) initiatives, programs, and operations;
• Establishing and maintaining effective and professional working relationships with print and broadcast media representatives;
• Assuring the media receives accurate and timely information and responses from the USAO;
• Planning and coordinating publicity campaigns and media events.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
 

Travel Required: Occasional travel throughout the District will be required.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

To qualify for the GS-12: You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level, performing the following types of tasks: working as a reporter, news director, editor, or other position that involves covering, developing, and/or presenting news stories for a private sector media organization, such as a major television network, major newspaper or widely circulated news journal; providing representatives of print and broadcast media with timely and accurate explanations of an organization’s programs, policies and objectives; or managing the distribution of public information of an organization whose business involves complex, or sensitive matters and daily interaction with the media.

 

To qualify for the GS-13: You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level performing the following types of tasks: working as a reporter, news director, editor, or other position that involves covering, developing, and/or presenting news stories for a private sector media organization, such as a major television network, major newspaper or widely circulated news journal; developing public information distribution plans to educate the public about an organization’s work, initiatives, and priorities that involve complex, or sensitive matters and daily interaction with the media; or planning media publicity campaigns related to an organization’s work, initiatives and priorities.

 

Selective Placement Factor:

A selective placement factor is determined to be essential for successful performance in this position. Those candidates who do not meet the following selective placement factor will be rated "not qualified" for the position.

 

Knowledge of the processes, operations, and culture of print or broadcast media, needed to establish and maintain productive working relations with media organizations in a major U.S. media market. Applicants must have at least one year of experience that involves one of the following:

A. Serving as a public information officer for an organization having daily interaction with private sector print or broadcast media representatives in a major U.S. media market (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, AP, Bloomberg, or the equivalent) regarding "hard news" stories, e.g., news stories relating to crime, law enforcement actions, justice, legislation, trials, court decisions, developments in the financial market, scientific research, and technology. Daily interaction includes writing and issuing press releases or news articles for distribution to the public or to print or broadcast media; and receiving and responding to media inquiries, either orally or in writing, or arranging for another person in the organization to respond to the media inquiry.

OR
B. Working as a member of the private sector print or broadcast media in a major U.S. media market (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, AP, Bloomberg, or the equivalent) as a reporter, news director, or editor, writing, orally reporting, editing or directing "hard news" stories, e.g., news stories relating to crime, law enforcement actions, legislation, trials, court decisions, and developments in the financial market, scientific research, and technology.


 

If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.

 

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

 

You will be rated on the following Competencies:

Writing: Recognizes and 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.
Communication and Media: Knowledge of the production, communication and dissemination of information and ideas to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Oral Communication: 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.
Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

 

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions


BENEFITS:

Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

 

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) - The ICTAP provides 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 consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) - The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your 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 satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Veterans' Preference- If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming in your application and submit the appropriate documentation, as specified below.

•In order to verify your Veterans' Preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of 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 shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
•In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower if a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed and dated Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal Agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.



HOW TO APPLY:

You may apply online or fax in your documents. Applying online is the quickest and most convenient way to process your application and track your status.

The complete Application Package to include all Required Documents listed below must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

To begin the online process, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Apply Online button at the upper right hand corner of this screen.  You will either need to create an Application Manager account or log in with your current user id and password.  Once you log in, follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of this process.
  2. To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page,http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and use the following Vacancy ID, 763783 Fax your documents to 1-(478)-757-3144. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps:

  1. Print a copy of this vacancy announcement.
  2. Print the Occupational Questionnaire using the link here so that you can read the questions offline.View Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Print the OPM Form 1203-FX, in order to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. You may obtain the form by using this URL link, http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.
  4. Be sure to double check your application before submission. Fax the completed 1203-FX, resume, and supporting documents to 1-(478)-757-3144.Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  • Required: Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)
  • Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (cover letter optional).
  • Required, if applicable: Veterans' Preference documentation. (See Benefits and Other Information section for details.)
  • Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.)
  • Required:  As a part of the applications process applicant are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of a press release, news article, or similar writing sample. Writing sample should be no more than two pages.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Debra Matthews
Phone: (404)581-6021
Email: DEBRA.MATTHEWS@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
Northern District of Georgia
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
Atlanta, GA
30303

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit check, and a drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Control Number: 328476100
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