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Job Title:Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist (Public Affairs Director)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food and Nutrition Service

Job Announcement Number:12-FNS-415

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,449.00 to $116,282.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 to Monday, October 22, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Boston, MA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. citizens who meet any of the categories shown under the heading "Who May Apply" at the end of the Job Summary section below.

JOB SUMMARY:

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

This position is located in the Northeast Regional Office, Office of Public Affairs and Outreach. 


Key Information:

  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
Who May Apply:
  1. Current, Federal employees on career or career conditional appointments in the competitive service, or former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;
  2. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles from the local commuting area;
  3. Individuals eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individual with disabilities, covered by an interchange agreement, Certain Military Spouses), etc.
  4. USDA employees currently serving on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA); OR
  5. Individuals eligible for appointment under the Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).
Individuals who do not meet the above may apply under 12-FNS-416P, open to the Public.

KEY REQUIREMENTS


    DUTIES:

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    As a Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist (Public Affairs Director), you will:

    • Provide oversight and leadership of the Public Affairs Staff in the Region.
    • Serve as senior advisor to regional management on public affairs activities and programs. Based on the needs of the region, develop policies and make recommendations for use region-wide regarding the dissemination of information to correct misperception and enhance public understanding.
    • Use a variety of methods and techniques in achieving communication goals such as arranging media interviews and speaking opportunities for VIPs, planning special events with agency partners, and using tools including news releases, radio and television scripts, feature articles, personal appearances, news conferences, exhibits, brochures, pamphlets, and so forth.
    • Establish relationships and answer questions of representatives of the media, the public, and public officials concerning news releases, public reaction, and agency programs. Use judgment in responding to questions from the media, advocacy groups, and the public.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    Although all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement (see "How to Apply"), applicants have until 30 days after the closing date to meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements listed below.

    Time-in-Grade:
    GS-13 level: Candidates must have been a GS-12 for 52 weeks (when applicable). Time After Competitive Appointment:
    Candidates who are current, Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.

    Basic Requirements:  

    Minimum Qualification Requirement: 

    Specialized Experience:
    GS-13 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes designing, planning, executing, and evaluating a public affairs and/or communications program to communicate agency policies, programs, and actions to various pertinent publics and groups; developing and disseminating informational materials to the general public or specialized target groups; building and maintaining partnerships and effective working relationships with all media; AND providing oversight and leadership of a team. 

    Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.


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    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Your application includes your:

    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions, and
    3. Required supporting documents.
    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1.   Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible. 

    2.   Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
    • Ability to direct, plan, organize, and coordinate the functions of a group of employees within a branch that support one or more segments of the Division’s mission.
    • Knowledge of communication principles, methods, practices, techniques, and interpersonal relations practices.
    • Ability to use a variety of methods and techniques in achieving communication goals such as arranging media interviews and speaking opportunities for VIPs, planning specials events with agency partners, and using tools including news releases, radio and television scripts, feature articles, and other forms of media.
    • Ability to present information on a wide variety of subjects using the full-array of written and oral presentation formats and techniques. 
    Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a rating of at least 85 out 100 to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.


    To preview questions please click here.


    BENEFITS:

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    Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit designated position.
    • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.  
    • Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNS may grant service credit for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service that is directly related to the position being filled. Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information."
    • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
    • FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.  
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: 
    • Complete a one-year supervisory or managerial probationary period (unless already completed). 
    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.  
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Some travel may be required.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.    
    • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.


    HOW TO APPLY:

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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. FNS provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips.

    Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

     Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    SF-50 (Current and Former Federal Employees)

  • Submit a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current grade and competitive civil service status. If your current grade is not your highest permanent grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
  • If you are currently on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing your appointment.
      
  • Performance Appraisal
    Submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18 months, that includes the final rating. If you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

    CTAP/ICTAP
    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here.

    Special Hiring Authorities Documentation
    If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

    Veterans' Documentation
    If you are applying through VEOA, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Applicant Call Center
    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 304-480-8725
    Email: FNSINQUIRIES@BPD.TREAS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
    ***WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAILED APPLICATIONS***
    Parkersburg, WV
    26106
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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    Job Announcement Number:

    12-FNS-415

    Control Number:

    327921400