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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is located in the Headquarters Office of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Office of Communications. The Office is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of national information and public affairs programs designed to promote product safety. The Office is also responsible for implementing the Commission's media relations program nationwide.

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    Responsibilities

    A Public Affairs Specialist at the CPSC creates and implements public information campaigns and outreach activities to promote consumer safety and prevent unintentional injuries. From writing press releases, to developing safety alerts and audio/visual information, to planning press conferences and public outreach events, the top priority is disseminating information concerning the mission, programs and accomplishments of the CPSC. You have an opportunity to make a difference and save lives.

    The incumbent serves as a spokesperson for the CPSC, conducting media interviews with broadcast, print, and online media on a variety of consumer product safety issues. Must be able to create content and write in a clear and concise manner on a variety of topics. Responsible for writing agency news releases, Web material, and other communications products used for creating, implementing and disseminating public information about defective products, emerging hazards, and seasonal hazards. Contributes to CPSC’s social media outreach, writing tweets, blogs and other platforms as they are utilized by the agency.

    Coordinates and formulates statements and materials for use in speeches, talking points, press releases, etc. Determines the need for and devises special consumer education programs to address safety issues, Congressional requests and meetings with businesses, consumer groups and other organizations. Engages and works effectively with the news media on consumer safety issues.

    Manages the printing, storage, and dissemination of publications for CPSC. This includes coordinating the annual printing plans and updating of publications; and coordinating the contractor’s response to field office requests for publications. Other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    1035 Public Affairs

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S Citizenship Required.
    • Background Investigation Required.

    Must be a U.S. Citizen.

    This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

    If you are a male 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. Please see http://www.sss.gov for more information.

    Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to appointment and the appropriate background investigation forms to determine suitability for Federal employment.  False statements or responses on these forms can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form. We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The system confirms employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    You are applying under Delegated Examining and if selected under this authority, you will be required to serve a 1-year probationary period, even if you are a transfer from another federal agency.  

    Qualifications

    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

    Applicants must meet the qualifications for this position within thirty (30) days of the closing date of this announcement.

    Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

    GS-12: 1) participating in executing and evaluating a media relations program 2) participating in planning, guiding, conducting, coordinating and evaluating a national information and/or public affairs campaign a national information and/or public affairs campaign 3) experience writing and editing all or part of communication material in a clear and concise manner.

    GS-13:  1) managing, executing and evaluating a media relations program 2) managing the planning, guiding, conducting, coordinating and evaluating a national information and/or public affairs campaign 3) expertise in writing and editing complex communication materials on a variety of topics in a clear and concise manner.

    Evidence of the above specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held.  Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

     

    Education

    There is no education substitution for specialized experience for the advertised grade levels.

    Additional information

    CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

    Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

    All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

    Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

     

     

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    After the vacancy closes, we will review your application package to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your responses to the questionnaire, resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed.  You will be placed in one of the three pre-defined categories. Your responses to the questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories: "best", "better", and "good". Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category. Your resume must support your answers to the questionnaire, or your category may be changed. The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official and may be invited to an interview.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section.  Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered.

    A complete application includes: 1. 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).

    If you are a current or former federal employee you must a copy of your most recent SF Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows: (1) permanent or career-conditional tenure (codes 1 or 2, in block 24), and (2) position occupied in the competitive service (code 1, in block 34). To be considered as a non-competitive eligible candidate, the SF-50 must show the highest grade level or promotion potential level applicant has attained competitively and grade must be equivalent or higher than the grade for which applying. Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.

    For proof of Veterans Preference you must submit a DD-214 (member copy 4)and, if applicable,  Standard Form 15, VA Letter. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

    If you are eligible for special hiring authority, please indicate this when you apply, and submit the supporting documentation for proof of eligibility for the special hiring authority, such as disability, Peace Corps service, Interchange Agreement, etc.

    Other documents identified in this announcement.

    All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
    1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or
    2. Upload your file(s); or
    3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.

    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. 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.

    CPSC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: paid vacation, sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year, life and health insurance, Long Term Care insurance, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account program, and retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) (Thrift Savings Plan).

    CPSC also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as, flexible work schedules, teleworking, transit subsidies, fitness center, and employee assistance and wellness programs.

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    Eligibility 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.

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    How to Apply

    This vacancy announcement is being advertised simultaneously to vacancy announcement 1600CM-2019-0004 (Merit Promotion). Applicants who wish to be considered under both announcements must apply to each announcement separately.  

    You MUST apply on-line through www.USAJOBS.gov. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT). Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.

    To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen.  Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.

    If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, including error messages received when submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at mgshelp@monster.com. The help desk is available for technical support questions Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

    Agency contact information

    HR Specialist

    Phone

    301-504-7925

    TDD

    301-504-7925

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    recruitapps@cpsc.gov

    Address

    CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
    Consumer Product Safety Commission
    Office of Human Resources Management
    4330 East West Highway
    Bethesda, Maryland 20814
    United States
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    Next steps

    After the closing date of the announcement, your package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed.

    You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJOBS and selecting "Application Status."

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530780200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.