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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Writer/Editor Specialist

Agency:Office of the Inspector General, USPS

Job Announcement Number:2013-27-855826-KC

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

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SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GG-1082-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (USPS OIG) mission is to provide reports to Postal Service Executives, the Board of Governors, and Congress to help the Postal Service maximize revenues (over $65 billion a year), minimize costs, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

 

The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill our Writer/Editor Specialist position in the Office of Audit located in Arlington, VA.  The successful candidate must be highly motivated and should specifically demonstrate experience and skill in writing and editing.

 

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 will be considered.

 

The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

 

This position is being advertised at the Specialist Band level, equivalent to a GS-14. The salary range for this position is $105,211 - $136,771.  The salary figures include locality pay.

 

Relocation expenses will not be paid.  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and physical examination
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to complete a 12-month probationary period
  • May be required to take a writing assessment

DUTIES:

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Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

 

The employee serves as the authoritative resource for the agency in the area of writing and editing. The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serves as the technical expert for matters concerning writing and editing style, process, and guidelines
  • Provides advice for improvements to agency publication standards
  • Provides improvement advice for templates, report format, and style guidance
  •  Writes a variety of materials on audit subjects, such as reports and articles in approved formats and in language suitable for the intended audience
  •  Reviews audit subject materials, such as reports, and provides editorial and format suggestions for improvement
  •  Gathers and develops information by researching factual materials through available sources, including library resources and subject-matter experts
  •  Establishes topics and content and analyzes, selects, and organizes the information to determine the most logical and effective sequence of ideas.  Determines overall document length and tone based on the objectives, medium, and audience.  
  • Reviews materials for clarity and consistency with agency policies and style requirements and is responsible for the design, preparation, and layout of all copy.  Reproduces and distributes the product through established procedures and channels.
  • Edits written materials prepared by others and reviews and verifies information gathered through research or in consultation with subject-matter experts.  Examines the organization, length, and tone or materials; and edits text for grammatical correctness, clarity, appropriate reading level, and consistency with agency regulations and style requirements. 
  • Travel required; may be up to 30%.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.

 

 

  •  Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in English, journalism, communications, or related field.  For current OIG employees, 4 or more years of work specifically related to the Postal Service or the Postal Service OIG may be substituted for a degree.  


 AND

 

  • At least 5 years of specialized experience in writing and editing, including providing advice on writing style, format, and publication standards

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Advanced Degree
  • Professional certification(s)
  • Experience in the news and/or print media

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

EVALUATION FACTORS

 

Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume.

 

  • Mastery of writing and editing as well as complete command of sources and research methods to develop authoritative information on the programs, policies, functions, and research of the agency
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, interpret, and integrate information in a variety of formats, such as graphs and tables, data bases, and spreadsheets, and present that information in a format suitable for news media and public consumption
  • Demonstrated ability to present complicated agency information in a style highly readable by the general public and demonstrated mastery of publishing skills
  • Skill in managing publishing projects from conception to printing and distribution, and integrating and troubleshooting the work of others in the publishing process

 


BENEFITS:

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Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:

 

Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options.  For more information about these programs visit www.opm.gov/insure.

 

Retirement and Thrift Savings.  For more information about these programs see www.opm.gov/retire and http://www.tsp.gov/.

 

Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.

 

Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.

 

For further information, please refer to our website at:
http://www.uspsoig.gov/faq.cfm?SECTION=EMP
 
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).  



OTHER INFORMATION:

This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please call 703-248-2210. The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED

 

The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: fail to respond to all of the questions in the self-assessment questionnaire; fail to attach all required documentation; or if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position. Only the top-rated, minimally-qualified candidates will be referred to a review panel or the selecting official for further consideration. If your application is referred to the review panel, the review panel will compare your self-assessment questionnaire responses to your resume and supporting documentation. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. If your questionnaire responses are not adequately substantiated, the review panel will amend your rating to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview and/or a writing assessment. Your rating may be further adjusted by the review panel or the selecting official based on your interview or writing assessment performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision.

 

APPLY THROUGH THE USAJOBS WEBSITE:

 

When you are ready to begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or to login to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to create or upload required and applicable documents, and submit the Occupational Questionnaire.
 
NOTE: To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must complete this Fax Cover Page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 855826 and fax to 1-478-757-3144.
 
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the Occupational 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. 

 

If you need assistance applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

 

You are strongly urged to read and print the entire vacancy announcement.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, March 27, 2013;

 

1. RESUME.  Required: When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document). IMPORTANT:  You will be asked questions in the self-assessment questionnaire.  It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.


2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire.  (Required:  You must click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process) Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete questionnaire you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.


3. UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS which may include:

  • Certificates or Licenses, if applicable.  Upload and save as "Other" document.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation.  If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 (www.opm.gov/forms) and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records, and can download a copy of their VA letter from https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each veterans document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document")
  • SF-50 if you are or have been a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" document.)
  • TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor's Degree issued.  Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent.

 

NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred.  Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Vacancy Inquiries
Phone: (703)248-2210
TDD: (202)855-1234
Email: JOBS@USPSOIG.GOV
Agency Information:
US Postal Service Office of the Inspector General
Human Resources
1735 N Lynn Street
Arlington, VA
22209

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the Occupational Questionnaire has been received you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail that your submission was successful. After a review of your application package has been completed, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the Selecting Official. 


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Job Announcement Number:

2013-27-855826-KC

Control Number:

339545700