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Job Title:Research and Writing Specialist

Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:Air Force Personnel Center

Job Announcement Number:AFPC-676543-626072-OPM

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

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$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Friday, June 8, 2012 to Thursday, June 21, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Maxwell AFB, AL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid


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The primary purpose of this position is: to perform professional-level research, writing, and editorial duties and to serve as a team leader within the Air University (AU) Press publication system. The major duties include:


  • Plan and prepare new texts and revise exiting ones. Identify target audience, objective, and scope of projects in conference with authors, subject matter experts, and other personnel.
  • Deal effectively with authors and project officers to develop and improve manuscripts, to coordinate changes, to monitor and report project status, and to meet customer expectations.
  • Act as a consultant and troubleshooter to management, faculty, and other personnel from AU schools and academic agencies on planning, design of instructional materials and other issues for publications.
  • Maintain currency in word processing programs used by AU Press.


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Basic Requirements


A. Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a directly related field to the position.


B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a field directly related to the position, plus appropriate experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must also meet one of the following:


A. Specialized experience: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service or equivalent pay band in other pay systems, performing the following duties: planning and preparing new texts and revising exiting ones; dealing with authors to develop and improve manuscripts, coordinate changes, and meet customer expectations; acting as a consultant and troubleshooter on planning, design of instructional materials and other wirings for publications; using word processing software to develop manuscripts for publication.




B. Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of a Research and Writing Specialist.




C. Combination of education and experience: To compute, first determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required in "A" above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education required in "B" above. Then, combine the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100 percent to qualify. NOTE: You must submit copies of your transcripts.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:


  1. Knowledge of effective writing and editing, which includes standard word usage, syntax, parallel construction, transition, sentence structure, spelling, capitalization, syllabication, grammar, abbreviation, punctuation, indexing, and format as needed to compose documents and to ensure continuity and lucidity of complex subject matter for formal publication.
  2. Knowledge of research methods and techniques, including use of the various finding aids appropriate to traditional and on-line library/archives, as needed to locate and identify subject matter sources, document sources properly, verify content, and select supporting information.
  3. Skill in analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of information.
  4. Skill in written and oral communication, both for preparing manuscripts for formal publication and for exchanging information with a variety of personnel such as students, project officers, authors, editors, instructors, subject matter experts, other production team members, and supervisors so that others follow instructions, consider recommendations, and cooperate to meet deadlines and quality standards.
  5. Skill in controlling, coordinating, monitoring, tracking, and reporting on multiple, complex projects involving internal and external actors under conditions of shifting priorities, late changes, and deadline pressure.
  6. Knowledge of, and skills in, effective research, writing, and editing for formal publication. Knowledge of word processing software as used to develop manuscripts for publication.
  7. Ability to motivate, train, and work effectively with diverse subordinates.
  8. Ability to inspire, motivate, and guide others toward goal accomplishment. Leadership ability, including the ability to coach, mentor, and challenge subordinates, ability to adapt leadership style to a variety of situations; and ability to model high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, and respect for the individual by applying these values to daily behavior.



PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:



  1. The employee must obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance.
  2. This position requires the employee to occasionally travel away from the normal duty station.


CATEGORY RATING: Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Please follow instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are:

Category 3, Best Qualified: Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for this position.

Category 2, Well Qualified: Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for this position.

Category 1, Qualified: Candidates in this category meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements for this position.

Your rating will be based on your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you category rating score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration.

The Category Rating Process does not add veteran' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligible 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)


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This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service of at least three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  1. Your Resume
  2. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below):
  4. Veterans Documentation (if applicable)
  5. College Transcripts (if qualifying based on education or position have a positive education requirement)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, June 21, 2012.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 676543. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



  • 1. Your Resume
  • 2. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire
  • 3. Other supporting documents:
  • Veterans Preference Doumentation (if applicable)
  • College transcript(s) (if qualifying based on education, or if job have a positive education requirement)
  • Veterans’ Preference -  a copy of your DD Form 214 which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service.  In addition, if claiming 10 point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).
  • If claiming 5 point veterans’ preference,  a copy of your DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy), which includes character of service, or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which includes service dates, type of separation, and character of service. Below is a website for veterans to gain access to their DD214 online:

  • 30% Disabled Veteran - DD 214 (Member 4 copy same requirements as above). Must provide VA Disability Letter (with percentage of disability) OR document of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.

  • Documents Not Listed Above – Provide required documentation to substantiate your eligibility for the appointment authority you are claiming.
  • ALL supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of self-nomination or applicants may receive an ineligible rating.




    Electronic submission is the quickest and easiest option.



    Elisa Acevedo
    Phone: (210)805-3733
    Agency Information:
    AFPC OPM Office
    Please do not mail documents
    San Antonio, TX


    Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. You will receive status notifications through Application Manager at If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.


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