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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:13-05000001-4109G-YREA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$67,963.00 to $105,897.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Friday, March 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Vallejo, CA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Career/career-conditional federal employees with competitive status within the local commuting area (49 miles) of Vallejo, CA. Promotable candidates outside the comuting area will not be considered.  Non-Comp candidates outside the commute area can apply and receive consideration. 

JOB SUMMARY:

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position serves as a Public Affairs Specialist located in a Regional Office. The incumbent performs a wide variety of activities in planning and implementing a comprehensive public affairs program for the Region.

For additional information about duties of this position, please contact Sherry Reckler at (707) 562-9016 sreckler@fs.fed.us.

This position is being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (open to US Citizens) under announcement  number 13-05000001-4109DP-YRE .  Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/3159 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES:

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Duties listed are at the full performance level.  Organizes, coordinates and implements effective employee and public meetings, workshops, field trips, or other forums designed to foster employee and public participation.  Incorporates situation analysis, targets public identification, media and message strategies, and evaluaties of effectiveness and costs in each campaign.  Participates in the development and implementation of Public Affairs communication plans, program strategies & techniques for dealing with critical and complex public issues.  Participates in the evaluation of the effectiveness of Forest issue management programs and implements improvements.  Plans and implements with the assistance and in coordination with other Regional staffs, the communications campaigns needed to address critical issues.  Uses a variety of communications methods and techniques (i.e., written, oral, visual and personal) in devising the appropriate communication method for each public affairs campaign.  Stays abreast of the most current and effective communication methods and techniques.  Explains Forest Service policies, programs, and activities to inform National Forest users and customers.  Establishes two-way communication with the public including the news media and elected officials.  Makes public statements as necessary within the framework of established policy guidelines after consultation with supervisor.  Coordinates, implements, and evaluates the Region's internal communication program, with responsibility of informing employees about National and Regional philosophies and culture, practices, programs, positions, and initiatives.  Analyzes public reaction and recommends changes to improve understanding.  Recommends methods of minimizing misconceptions and improving understanding of Regional direction.  Provides input into the long-range planning, development and coordination of the overall Public Affairs program.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-11:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade level; Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are: Experience in public affairs matters to include subject research; preparation of internal communications; and media and community relations. Provided information about unit programs; participated in the development of projects and/or campaigns to internal/external audiences through social media and websites.

GS-12:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Established and maintained effective working relationships at multiple levels within an organization in order to develop and disseminate coordinated messages that accurately address organizational programs; and prepared written material to promote the organization’s position on a variety of sensitive, controversial and/or complex issues. OR  Designed and tailored meetings and public involvement strategies to audiences that involved a degree of controversy.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


REQUIREMENTS:

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your resume, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Ability to research, prepare and disseminate Public Affairs program information
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
  • Knowledge of communication and public affairs principles, methods, practices and techniques.
  • Ability to determine the need for, plan, coordinate, and conduct public affairs and media activities.
Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.
To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=63ad999f-fd6f-45c7-9bbc-a17a00fada54


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • This is a bargaining unit designated position.
  • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
  • This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
  • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.


HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step1 – Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2 - Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3 - Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted to constitute a complete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents will result in elimination from consideration.

1. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.

2. College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application, however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required.

3. DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and/or SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference if claiming Veterans’ Preference or eligibility for appointment under the VRA, VEOA, or 30% Disabled Veterans hiring authority.

4. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee that will verify your federal status, position title, series and grade. FSA County employees must provide the most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher.

5. Annual Performance Appraisal if you are a current Federal employee. Submit the most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.

6. Certification of Disability if you are eligible for appointment based on a disability under the Schedule A hiring authority. This certification can be documented by a counselor from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; by a statement or letter on a physician/medical professionals’ letterhead stationary; or by statements, records, or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. The certification must verify the applicant has a severe disability, is eligible under a Schedule A appointment authority, and he or she is able to perform the essential duties of the position. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. You can review additional information at: https://www.opm.gov/disability/appempl.asp.

7. If you are eligible for appointment based on service in the Peace Corps, Vista, Action Cooperative, or another special authority, submit proof of eligibility.

8. CTAP/ICTAP documentation if separated from Federal service or pending separation based on a reduction in force (RIF) or other management workforce reduction action. Proof of eligibility must include a separation notice or Certificate of Expected Separation, SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action or most recent SF-50 (that is not an award), and latest performance appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a statement advising why one is unavailable.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 866.338.3024
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
United States
Fax: 866.338.3024

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected.  If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application.  Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.   Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

13-05000001-4109G-YREA

Control Number:

339618600