The Office of Communications at NASA's Ames Research Center is seeking a highly qualified strategic communications specialist to perform work administering, supervising, or performing work to disseminate information to pertinent publics, including internal and external, about the work of NASA in the most vast, feasible, and fitting way, as directed by center and agency communications leadership. Responsibilities also include measuring effectiveness to continuously improve efforts.Learn more about this agency
- Advises NASA management officials on how to apply communications strategies to achieve programmatic goals.
- Plans, initiates, and implements comprehensive communications campaigns to enhance the understanding of the agency's programs, activities, and results among the general public and specialized audiences.
- Determines appropriate goals, objectives, and scope of communications plans and the tactics needed to be successful.
- Ability to manage and track multiple communication plans and associated activities across teams over an extended period of time while meeting milestone deadlines.
- Maintains constant awareness of current NASA messaging and goals to effectively incorporate into plans, activities, and products.
- Advises team on strategic messaging and communication tactics for creative digital products and social media to achieve organizational and agency communications goals.
- Develops and disseminates a wide range of information and data concerning the nature and objectives of NASA programs and missions, with strong understanding of the center's primary channels of dissemination and synergies between them.
- Surveys mass and specialized media coverage of agency activities and recommends methods and techniques for disseminating information that will increase public awareness of programs and benefits to the public.
- Researches, maintains proficiency of, and recommends methods and techniques for disseminating information that will increase public awareness of NASA's work and benefits to the public.
- Identifies, analyzes and evaluates, metrics for effectiveness of communications products, adjusts strategy, and advise management on the impact and effectiveness of communications programs.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
- You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
QualificationsYou must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
To qualify for GS-12, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level includes: effective project management skills, strong writing and editing skills, efficiently and comprehensively developing integrated strategic communications plans and component products, determining and summarizing essential information for leaders; creating documentation meant to capture and convey knowledge of topics to others; planning and coordinating communications campaigns to convey specific topics or items of news widely, resulting in intended key messages reaching targeted audiences; evaluating communications efforts for effectiveness toward achieving goals for conveying key messages, and identifying, recommending, and implementing strategies for improved future results in activities of the organization.
Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement.
This position is announced under Direct Hire authority.
If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:
- Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.
- Meet the minimum qualifications requirements for the position
-Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents'
For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/#ictap.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. To determine your qualifications and referral status, we may review your resume and supporting documentation and compare it against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration.
You will be assessed on the following competencies:
Communications and Media, Influencing/Negotiating, Planning and Evaluating, Problem Solving, Public Communications and Outreach, and Writing
NASA considers paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., 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.
A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire. Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume. Your resume should describe your specialized experience and support your answers to the vacancy announcement questionnaire.
The following documents are required:
There may be other supporting documents (licenses, certification, veterans preference, etc.), depending on your answers to the questionnaire and job announcement description, that you may have to submit, please verify your application.
If you are a surplus or displaced employee (CTAP and ICTAP), submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes copies of your agency notice, most recent Performance Rating and most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
Official documents are required at the time of appointment for verification of eligibility and qualifications.
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.
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.
How to Apply
A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
To begin the application process, click on the 'Apply' link. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the "Include Personal Information" section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process. You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify all required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
If you have questions about this announcement, you may contact the agency toll free at the phone number located below. Be advised - application materials faxed, emailed, and/or mailed to Ames Research Center will not be accepted for this announcement.
Agency contact information
NASA Shared Services Contact Center
AddressAmes Research Center
Mountain View, CA 94035
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