Job Title: Public Affairs Specialist Job Announcement Number: HHS-OS-DE-13-802433
Department: Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency: Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services
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/ Per Year
Monday, December 10, 2012 to
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
1 vacancy in the following location:
Boston, MA United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.
This position is located in the Office of the Regional Director, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA), Office of the Deputy Secretary, Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Boston, MA. This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-OS-MP-13-802436 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.
PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.
This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in the same geographical location HHS-wide.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Background investigation required.
DUTIES:Back to top
Incumbent is responsible for analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of information and communication programs and developing programs/activities that inform the public about the policies, programs, and services of the agency in furthering its goals/objectives. Responsibilities also include: (1) developing and providing staff direction involving all public information, internal information, and community relations activities; (2) establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with print and broadcast media representatives in disseminating information or answering inquiries about the organizations' operations or activities; (3) advising directors and others involved regarding activity operations and handling problems and incidents related to IEA's regional public affairs programs; (4) writing articles and speeches, and preparing and/or publishing a variety of IEA's or HHS' publications; and (5) arranging for an organization's representative(s) to speak to local or civic or service groups, informs local community of activities through various media; and speaking to a diverse audience and participating in meetings to promote the dissemination of information concerning IEA's public information program.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service developing communication strategies or campaigns that will effectively transmit the information necessary for the publics' understanding of issues pertaining to health care or human services policies, programs and initiatives; and developing appropriate communication channels, techniques and strategies for use by others in disseminating information to hard-to-reach audiences.
Conditions of Employment:
1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.
6. One-year probationary period may be required.
7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No
8. Bargaining Unit Position: No
9. Drug Screening Required: No
10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No
11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No
12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of the 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. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles 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). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
1. Knowledge in conceptualizing, writing and distributing information about programs and policies to groups with differing levels of understanding.
2. Ability to use multiple forms of media including public service announcements, article placements in journals, press releases, speeches, brochures, technical documents, broadcast products and social media.
3. Skill in oral communication.
4. Skill in written communication.