Job Title: Supervisory Public Affairs SpecialistJob Announcement Number: NIFA-S13N-0015
Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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/ Per Year
Thursday, May 30, 2013 to
Thursday, June 27, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
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.
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.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
DUTIES:Back to top
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:Back to top
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
- 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.