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Job Title:Writer-Editor

Agency:Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Job Announcement Number:FRTIB-13-DE-019-809952

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1082-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans.  We are seeking a champion for its continual improvement.

Voted as one of the top three “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” as ranked by the Partnership for Public Service in its 2012 Very Small Agencies Best Places to Work Rankings, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) is an independent Federal Agency with a single mission: To administer the Thrift Savings Plan solely in the interest of its participants and beneficiaries.  We help Federal employees and members of the Uniformed Services retire with dignity by providing benefits similar to private sector 401(k) plans.  The TSP manages over $300 billion for 4.6 million participants located in every time zone around the world. 

 

The FRTIB is looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual to serve as a Writer-Editor / TSP Communications Specialist to develop, write, edit, correct, revise, and proofread written and electronic TSP materials used to educate and inform TSP participants about the TSP program, while ensuring quality, organization, accuracy, clarity, and appropriateness.

Management will make a selection at the GS-9 or GS-11 grade level only with a full performance level of GS-13.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below):

DUTIES:

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The major duties of the position are:

·         Demonstrates command of language, composition, sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation to present complex topics in an understandable way to a large and diverse population.

·         Applies the principles of effective communication and the appropriate application of electronic and print media to achieve desired results.

·         Develops multi-media participant communications that are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse audience.

·         Analyzes and interprets legislation and regulations to determine impact on the TSP, ensuring that the information is accurately explained in the communications materials.

·         Monitors assigned projects throughout the design, development, review, approval, and production stages to ensure schedules are met and objectives are achieved.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the specialized experience as described below:

GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 grade level which involves experience reviewing material for clarity and consistency with an organization's policies and style requirements, and providing assistance in the development of communications materials.

- OR - Substitution of Education for Experience: You may substitute education for specialized experience at the GS 09 level by possessing a master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

- OR - Combination of Experience and Education:  You may combine education and specialized experience as identified above.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-9 grade level which involves experience providing assistance editing and preparing materials for publication, providing assistance in the development of communications materials, and assisting in the research and analysis of topics for publication.

- OR - Substitution of Education for Experience: You may substitute education for specialized experience at the GS 11 level by possessing 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or LL.M., if related to the position being filled

- OR - Combination of Experience and Education:  Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the GS-9 grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grades GS-11. Therefore, only education in excess of a master's or equivalent graduate degree; 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, may be used to combine education and experience.

-AND-

Possess the general experience demonstrating three years of progressively responsible experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4, that demonstrates the ability to:

  1. Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions;
  2. Plan and organize work; and
  3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.


 **TRANSCRIPTS are required to verify satisfactory completion of the educational requirement related to substitution of education for experience and combination of education and experience. Please see "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" section below on what documentation is required.**

 

You must provide your transcripts to support your educational claims.  Transcripts may be unofficial copies, but they must come from an accredited college or university, and they also must include the courses' names and number of credit hours.  To search the database of accredited institutions visit: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx

 

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 U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE DATE THE REFERRAL LIST IS ISSUED.

Three writing samples should be submitted with your resume; while it will not be used as a rating assessment, it will be subject to review to ascertain if candidates have the ability to write clearly and concisely by applying the rules of grammar, composition, sentence structure, and punctuation.  Candidates will not be eliminated from consideration simply based on writing sample submission.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
 

Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.

Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position.

Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.
 

If you are among the Best Qualified candidates, your application may be referred to the selecting official for consideration and possibly, an interview.

All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies: Writing, Attention to Detail, and Message Development and Delivery.

 

To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link View Assessment Questions.

If your final rating places you among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Retirement System.  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board also has agency specific benefits including flexible work schedules and the possibility of student loan repayment.


The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more click here https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

 

Alternate work schedule options are available.

 

Telework may be available after you have come on board.

 

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.  Our human resources office can provide additional information on this program.

 

Direct deposit: Direct deposit of pay is required.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found Well-Qualified for this vacancy.  Well-Qualified means, you must meet all the minimum qualification standards listed above and be assessed and assigned the rating of at least Well-Qualified to receive special selection priority.

You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See http://www.sss.gov/

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in the "Required Documents" section.  For more information regarding veteran's preference please go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

Relocation incentives:  No relocation expenses will be paid for this position. 

   Probationary Period: One-year trial/probationary period may be required.

   Background Suitability Investigation: Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and the granting of a Federal suitability or security clearance.

Temporary Duty Travel: TDY for this position is 5 percent.

   Noncompetitive promotion potential to target grade GS-13.

Management may select at the GS-9 or GS-11 grade level only.

   Many vacancies: Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 809952.

 

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View.
2. Print 1203FX form to provide your response to the questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm1203fx.pdf, 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.

The complete application package must be submitted by Wednesday, January 02, 2013.

NOTE: If all required documents are not received by the closing date, you will be rated ineligible, and your application will not move forward to the selection official.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please be advised, the following documents are required even if you are already a current FRTIB employee:
1. Resume (For qualifications determinations, your resume must contain the dates of employment, hours worked, and GS grade or equivalent / salary). Resumes that do not contain this information may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.  Your latest resume submitted will be used to determine your qualifications. 
2. OF-306, please visit http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/OF.asp for a fillable OF-306 form.

3. Responses to questionnaire.

4. You must submit documents verifying your eligibility along with your application package.  These documents may include, but are not limited to: a non-award SF-50 - for current Federal employment verification; Veteran’s Preference documentation e.g. DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate; ICTAP documentation, e.g. RIF separation notice along with last performance rating or appraisal; and/or College Transcripts – this will be necessary if the position has an education requirement, or if you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience, or solely on education.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FRTIB Personnel
Phone: (202)942-1600
Email: PERSONNEL@TSP.GOV
Agency Information:
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
77 K Street NE
Suite 1000
Washington, DC
20002
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by the office for a possible interview.

 

Once this process has been completed, you will receive notice via email (or by mail if no email address was provided during the application process).  This process is generally completed within 4-6 weeks.


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Job Announcement Number:

FRTIB-13-DE-019-809952

Control Number:

333944300