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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Job Announcement Number:NIFA-S13N-0015

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, May 30, 2013 to Thursday, June 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens. Status Candidates, VEOA eligibles, and those eligible under noncompetitive or special appointing authorities may apply to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement number NIFA-M13N-0016.

JOB SUMMARY:

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. To learn more about NIFA, please visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov.

The Director of the Communications Staff serves as a top advisor to the NIFA Director and manages the public affairs program with responsibility for planning, designing, and executing a program to inform and educate the public, news media, and specialized audiences about NIFA programs and outcomes.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

DUTIES:

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As the head of the Communications Staff, you will be NIFA's lead public affairs expert.  You will establish priorities, manage the budget, and allocate resources for NIFA publications and services.  You will also recommend various communication strategies to increase the effectiveness of NIFA communication programs and serve as the NIFA liaison to the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Communications, as well as working closely with the Communications Officers at the land-grant universities and Communications Officers of other Federal and private science organizations.  You will develop materials and resources to be used for public presentations as well as serve as a spokesperson for the agency, presenting NIFA's position on controversial issues and explaining program developments and announcing upcoming events.  Additionally, you will provide administrative and technical supervision to the Communications Staff.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-15

To qualify for the GS-15 grade level,  you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level.  Specialized experience is experience in or related to the work of this position and which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of the position.  Your work experience relative to the following examples of specialized experience must be evident in your resume.  Examples of qualifying experience include the following:  directing a national communications program conveying complex and scientific information; communicating program information and activities to scientific and professional organizations, media, and university personnel; and leading or supervising a staff of professional and support employees.

 


Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.  Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures.  Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire.  We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:  

  • Technical Competence in Communications and Media
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Written Communication
  • Leadership
  • Customer Service


Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA 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.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit 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.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


BENEFITS:

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A benefits package is authorized for this position. CLICK HERE for more information concerning federal benefits.

Travel and relocation expenses may be authorized.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.
CLICK HERE for further information.

Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment:
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.
CLICK HERE to access the Optional Form 306.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the
REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.


HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, June 27, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  https://applicationmanager.gov/.  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1.
Click here to print a fax cover page
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 835287.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the
1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire, and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
  • Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)


In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Veterans' Preference:  To determine your eligibility for Veterans' Preference, CLICK HERE.  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Vivian Brooks-Marshall
Phone: (301)504-1758
Email: VIVIAN.BROOKS@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
800 9th Street SW
Washington, DC
20024

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

NIFA-S13N-0015

Control Number:

337333200