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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Supervisory Legislative Affairs Specialist, GS-0301-15 DE

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:LPA-2013-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Thursday, December 13, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time. - Permanent.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Any US Citizen.

This opportunity is also open to status candidates and veterans eligible under VEOA under announcement LPA-2013-0002.

JOB SUMMARY:

If you are intrigued by the idea of working at a unique federal agency that has a tremendous impact on the funding and advancement of science, engineering and education, then the National Science Foundation is the place for you.  In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, NSF also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!
More about NSF.

This position is located in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA).  OLPA communicates information about the activities, programs, research results and policies of the National Science Foundation (NSF) by employing a variety of tools and techniques to engage the general public and selected audiences including Congress, the news media, state and local governments, other Federal agencies, and the research and education communities.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship.
  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.

DUTIES:

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The work of this position is centered on directing the government relations staff, providing management and oversight of Congressional reporting and outreach processes, providing expert advice regarding interactions with Congress and the Administration (including other federal agencies) and with international governmental science funding organizations.  Specifically:

  • Oversees NSF’s participation in hearings and associated testimony development.
  • Monitors actions of Congressional committees, including the authorizations and appropriations committees related to NSF interests.
  • Oversees analysis, development, and preparation of material for the NSF Director and key NSF officials on budgetary, programmatic, and legislative developments important to NSF, the NSB, and the science and engineering research and education communities.
  • Manages processes and engages with NSF leaders in ensuring the timely delivery of Congressional reports and response to requests from Congress and the Administration.
  • Manages the development and delivery of presentations to new Congressional members as well as annual legislative strategy presentations and updates for senior NSF leadership and the NSF Director’s Congressional Report to the NSB, NSF officials, and members of the scientific and engineering research and education community.
  • Manages issues analysis and development of recommendations for NSF’s positions on appropriations and programs before Congress.
  • Coordinates legislative and other public outreach strategies with colleagues in other federal science funding agencies, and with OSTP and the White House, as well as the scientific community.
  • Serves as the immediate supervisor of the government relations staff.
  • Develops and implements strategic, long-term, and short-term program plans.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include:  overseeing the analysis, development, and preparation of material for senior officials on legislative developments impacting the scientific community; providing management and oversight of Congressional reporting activities on federal scientific research topics; forging partnerships at the National level with the science and engineering research communities; and developing and implementing a scientific legislative affairs program.  Additionally, in order to meet minimum qualifications, applicants must also identify in their resume experience which demonstrates that the candidate meets the following selective factor.  Candidates who do not show such experience on their resume will no longer receive consideration for the position. 

Selective Factor:  I have experience on Capitol Hill working with stakeholders at the Federal level to address a scientific and engineering agenda during the legislative process.   

 


Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles.  Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score.  Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed:  Excellent, Very Good, or Good.  Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.  
Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.

Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least "Very Good."
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington.  Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage.  There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.  Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking
    Public transportation subsidy
    Child Development Center on site
    Child care subsidy
    Flexible working hours
    Telecommuting
    Physical Fitness Facility on site
    NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    Health Services Unit on site
    Employee Assistance Program


OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

WARNING!  Applications submitted online must have a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

NOTE: THE AUTOMATED APPLICATION TOOL IDENTIFIES A NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS THAT MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR THIS POSITION BUT ARE NOT ACTUALLY REQUIRED.  THE DOCUMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW ARE THE ONLY ONES REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB. ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS LISTED ARE OPTIONAL.

If you are eligible under a special appointing authority (e.g., veterans appointment
authorities
or persons with mental retardation, severe physical disability or psychiatric disabilities), you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:
1. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and only if applicable, SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, plus the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating for preference under the disabled veterans appointing authority.
2. Schedule A Certification - from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.

If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.  If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Bonnie Beavers
Phone: 703-292-8319
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-8044
Email: bbeavers@nsf.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
22230
US
Fax: 703-292-7478

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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Job Announcement Number:

LPA-2013-0001

Control Number:

332277100