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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field

Job Announcement Number:GR13B0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$59,681.00 to $110,580.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Cleveland, OHView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to all qualified U.S citizens. This announcement combines a merit promotion and a competitive announcement in one advertisement. Applications will be accepted from status and non-status candidates. Status candidates, including NASA term employees eligible for conversion under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, will be considered under merit promotion procedures. Non-status candidates will be considered under competitive procedures.

JOB SUMMARY:

NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

Serves as an Information Dissemination Specialist in the Knowledge Management Systems Office of the NASA Safety Center (NSC). Incumbent will have responsibility for planning, developing, and coordinating a broad range of communications activities to promote the NSC's products and services and to share safety and mission assurance information with NASA Headquarters and the Centers. Duties include disseminating all NSC information media resources such as publications, Internet, video, and email.

Relocation or travel expenses may be paid.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation

DUTIES:

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Develops and writes information materials that reach national audiences through use of the media. Written materials include news releases, fact sheets, feature stories, etc. Interviews and confers with management and other technical specialists to obtain information for use in informational materials. Collects, processes, and distributes time-critical highly technical information to the Agency. Manages, edits, and reviews material submitted for publication. Develops content for and monitors the NASA Safety Center Website. Prepares written articles and annual reports. Coordinates speech preparation and talking points; designs and prepares briefing materials using a variety of communication methods.

Prepares and disseminates safety messages, publishes Agency safety alerts. Distributes periodic publications and other NSC correspondence throughout the Agency, industry, and academia. Coordinates the information dissemination effort with other more senior level specialist and external organizations with whom the NASA Safety Center is engaged. Determines the most appropriate and expeditious avenues for disseminating information. Ensures information is absolutely accurate, complete, intellectually honest, adheres to information dissemination policies and that sensitive and classified information are protected from unauthorized disclosure. Monitors, directs, and manages contractor activities that support information dissemination.

Prepares communication plans that emphasize the most effective use of media in communicating to intended audiences. Participates in planning and implementing a proactive, external communication program. Develops and implements strategies to solve complex public affairs problems. Plans and organizes activities such as special events and visits by important guests.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position; this experience is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, applicants must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized work equivalent to: Conducting the internal information program for an organization about departmental, facility and community activities and news; Developing for dissemination through the print and broadcast media, information concerning the mission, programs and accomplishments of a headquarters organization within a Federal department; or Serving as a public affairs specialist in a headquarters organization responsible for administering a functional program within a Federal department, with primary responsibility for collecting, assembling, preparing and disseminating information concerning the various programs of the organization.

To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, applicants must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to: Conducting the public affairs program for an Agency with particular emphasis on writing and disseminating news releases and feature articles to the local and national print broadcast media; Establishing an interchange of ideas and issues with Agency personnel, local community leaders, civic groups, etc., concerning problems that might negatively impact the organizational activities; Organizing and coordinating print and broadcast media interviews with staff members, overseeing all arrangements with the media involving Agency activities; Initiating and preparing responses to inquiries from interests groups, the general public, and field personnel concerning organizational policies and activities; Coordinating Agency information programs with academic and professional organizations and with programs involving other national and local organizations; Arranging for sponsors and speakers to support lecture series for an organization, serving as a liaison with speakers, and recommending themes and potential speakers to the Director; and Preparing and editing lecture manuscripts with the publishers in order to allow the lecture series to be printed as a volume. Equivalent experience serving as a specialist in the public participation program of an agency's headquarters staff within a Federal department that required provision of assistance in the national direction and coordination of the organization's efforts to solicit public input in its decision making process is also comparable.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the grade levels specified in the table, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.

Combining qualification requirements for GS-11 consideration: Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grade GS-11. (When crediting education that requires specific course work, prorate the number of hours of related courses required as a proportion of the total education to be used.)


At the GS-11 grade level completion of a Ph.D., an equivalent doctoral degree, or three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree may substitute for specialized experience.

At the GS-12 grade level:: Education is not a substitute for Specialized Experience as described under "Qualifications Required".

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Announcement will be used for both internal and external applicants.

Internal (Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows:
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentative meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA'sApplicant Guide..

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.

External (Non-Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows:
Same process as Internal (Status) candidates, with the additional procedures related to Veterans:

The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.


BENEFITS:

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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW TO APPLY:

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This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link.

In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJobs' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application.

You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.

All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide.

Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Doris Tirone
Email: doris.a.tirone@nasa.gov
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL
35812
US

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

GR13B0007

Control Number:

336773100