Specialized Experience required to qualify for the GS-15: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as: working in Public Affairs or Public Relations on the issue of disability employment within the Federal Government or other sectors; authoring speeches and testimony; advising senior officials on all aspects of the public affairs program; providing advice, assistance, and guidance to subordinate specialists on all public affairs matters and issues; advising and directing subordinate public affairs personnel; developing, recommending, and executing strategies and approaches and establishing standards for the development and evaluation of all public affairs activities; providing recommendations to senior officials; and coordinating with national and local news media and/or diverse individuals and groups.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information. Education is not a requirement for this position.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Core Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
Leadership-Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.
Oral Communication-Effectively speaks to individuals or groups, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive,controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Writing-Punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information,which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.Recognizes or uses correct English grammar.
Project Management-Methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
Requirements Analysis (Public Affairs)-
Partners with and advises key senior leadership on strategic communications related matters; compiles and analyzes regulations, policies, and procedures in order to provide an organization with a consistent, well-defined infrastructure; strategically delivers messages by evaluating the most appropriate media channel(s) for the particular needs of the target audience(s); and develops messages for various audiences.
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The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Also, one or more additional assessment tools may also be applied (e.g., a structured interview, panel review, written test, work sample, etc).The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview.