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    Duties

    Summary

    The Area of Consideration for this vacancy announcement is Local. US Citizens Only.

    This position is located at the Stars and Stripes' Headquarters, located in Washington, DC.

    This is a Regular-Full-Time position, with 40 hours guaranteed per administrative week. This position includes benefits.

    To better expedite the hiring process, we recommend including full contact information (name, address, phone number, email, etc.) for professional and personal references on your resume.

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    Responsibilities

    • Responsible for publishing news on top-level decisions at the Department of Veterans Affairs, covering veterans policies and legislation on Capitol Hill, and also for stories that shape the private lives of veterans and their families
    • Expert in working with social media, writing on daily print deadlines, filing stories for the web and able to shoot photos/videos to engage readers across multiple platforms; generating enterprise stories
    • Responsible for developing an understanding of newsmakers and events, able to provide perspective for the readership, able to develop sources and contacts within the civilian and military coverage area

    Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    4

  • Job family (Series)

    1082 Writing And Editing

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Direct Deposit and Social Security Card is required
    • Meet qualification/eligibility/background requirements for this position
    • A one year probationary period may be required
    • Satisfactorily complete an employment verification (E-Verify) check
    • Completed and signed DA Form 3433 is required prior to entrance on duty
    • Subject to satisfactory completion of all pre-employment checks requirements in accordance with AR 215-3, 2-15j to include a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation.
    • Subject to extensive temporary duty travel, to include travelling to conflict/war zones and other hazardous areas
    • A valid motor vehicle operator's permit (US and/or local military-issued license in assigned area) is required
    • May be required to work weekends and holidays

    Qualifications

    1. At least one (1) year demonstrated experience in reporting and writing for a newspaper, journal, wire service, magazine, or online journalism. Previous work experience covering a variety of topics from hard news to features.
    2. Demonstrated strong English language verbal and written skills.
    3. Ability to use computers with standard software package is required.
    4. Ability to take and transmit publishable photographs with a digital camera.

    OR

    Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in Journalism or a related field.

    Preferred skills:
    *Two (2) years reporting and writing experience working for a commercial newspaper or news website.
    *Able to work independently and as part of a team; strong organization and communication skills, work quickly and accurately on deadline, and able to manage multiple assignments

    Highly Preferred Candidate: In addition to the qualifications above, applicant will be well-versed in working with social media, writing on daily print deadlines, filing stories for the web, and able to shoot photos/videos to engage readers across multiple platforms + possess experience with publishing news on top-level decisions at the Department of Veterans Affairs, covering Veterans' policies and legislation. (The experience must be clearly identified in your resume application.)

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    Additional information

    • Manual Application: If you are unable to apply online, you may submit your application package using a manual application method. Please contact the NAF Human Resources Office or representative listed on this job announcement to request a copy of the manual application form. All completed manual application forms (along with resume and other supporting documentation) must be received no later than 3:00 pm on the closing date of the announcement in order to process your application in a timely manner. Please note that neglecting to respond to the job related questions may result in an ineligible rating.
    • Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement for up to 90 days after the closing date.
    • Payment Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government's interest.
    • Please check out our Applicant Information Kit to view additional information you may find useful when applying for our jobs. (Click here to view kit or copy this URL: https://acpol2.army.mil/chra_dodea/NAF_applicant_info_kit.pdf

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants can claim the following eligibilities:

    • NAF Priority Consideration - Business Based Action
    • NAF Priority Consideration - Current Appropriated Funds Employee CNE (APF)
    • NAF Priority Consideration - Current/Former NAF Employee (CNE/FNE)
    • NAF Priority Consideration - Outside Applicant Veteran (OAV)
    • NAF Priority Consideration - Spouse/Widow/Parent of Veteran (OAV)

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted with your application:

    • Resume

    Optional: Job Application (DA Form 3433) will be accepted in place of a Resume.

    The below items are accepted and may be needed to support a qualification and/or a claimed priority/preference:
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • DA Form 3433
    • DA 3434
    • PCS Orders
    • Reasonable Accommodation Documentation
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    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

    https://www.armymwr.com/m/emplyee-portal/human-resources/naf-benefits/health-insurance

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    How to Apply

    You may submit your application package using one of the two methods identified below:

    1. Electronically (preferred) at https://www.usajobs.gov/ and search for Vacancy Identification Number (VIN). Announcement closes at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date listed on this announcement.
    2. Manually: Please refer to the "Additional Information" section of this announcement for instructions.

    Agency contact information

    Nicole Bell

    Address

    HT-NAF-STSTUS STARS STRIPES
    DO NOT MAIL
    Arlington, VA 22202
    US
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    Stars and Stripes has reported first-hand on military conflicts since the Civil War and continuously since World War II by reporting information and news of interest and value. We offer the military community a choice of media to assure access by service members, their families, veterans, civilian employees, and other interested readers. Our news gathering and publishing activities are guided by the principles of a free press and are free of any and all outside control.

    This position serves as the Writer Reporter Photographer, to cover news and issues about Veterans.

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Defense Media Activity, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.stripes.com/

    Next steps

    Your resume will be reviewed to verify that qualification requirements have been met. We appreciate your interest in this position!

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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/542266800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.