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Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-14 DE

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:LPA-2013-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 01, 2013 to Thursday, February 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time. - Permanent.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

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-2013-0005.

JOB SUMMARY:

NSF is on the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, the agency also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow. NSF ensures that research is fully integrated with education so that today's revolutionary work will also be training future scientists and engineers. We are also at the forefront of federal business and operations best practices, ensuring accountability and efficacy of the work we do. More about NSF.

This position is located in the Office of the Director, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs in the Division of Public Affairs. The Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) communicates information about the activities, programs, research results and policies of the National Science Foundation. OLPA employs a wide 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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Incumbent will develop and formulate communication strategies to promote NSF’s science, engineering and education activities.  Specifically, you will:  Write press releases, articles, scripts, talking points and other materials to promote the research supported by NSF and to support NSF’s mission; initiate and oversee the design and production of multimedia products to support science communications; develop strategic communications plans that include advanced metrics; collaborate with communications colleagues at academic institutions, scientific and professional societies, and other federal entities to promote the research supported by NSF; serve as an advisor to directorate staff; and serve as an NSF-wide communications consultant in identifying content for communication products and services consistent with NSF policies and views. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify at the GS-14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: developing communication strategies and products for an organization; writing and editing press releases, articles and other written communication materials concerning scientific subjects related to the organization's programs; writing and editing speeches and talking points for public events, press conferences and other such appearances; providing authoritative advice to senior management for improving the delivery of program information; and experience using the Internet, social media, and/or web pages to communicate information to the public and media.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements described above, all candidates 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 with a science or engineering organization developing and implementing integrated communications strategies to promote basic research about science, technology, and engineering to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.


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 position is in the bargaining unit.

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 to verify 10-Point Veteran's preference and/or to document eligibility 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-2013-0006

Control Number:

336890600