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Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist 1035 GS 9/11/12

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys

Job Announcement Number:13-MN-880918-MS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$50,275.00 to $94,778.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 to Tuesday, May 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Twin Cities, MN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Attorneys' Offices and Executive Office for the U.S. Attorneys - Current permanent competitive service employees in all U.S. Attorneys' Offices and Executive Office for the U.S. Attorneys. plus well-qualified surplus and displaced DOJ employees (CTAP) in the local commuting area.

JOB SUMMARY:

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.

 The United States Attorneys Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #11 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive United States Attorneys Office/United States Attorneys Offices ranked #17 out of 240 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2011 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See www.bestplacestowork.org.

 

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

 

To view the entire announcement, including instructions on how to apply, click on tabs above.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

DUTIES:

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If selected, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for administering a program to inform and educate a state-wide or region-wide audience consisting of various racial, ethnic, economic, and social groups, bar associations, community organizations, and law enforcement organizations and agencies. Typical work assignments include:

  • Executing state-wide or region-wide efforts to convey complex information concerning an organizations initiatives, programs, and operations;
  • Planning a comprehensive public affairs effort to inform the public and enhance understanding of an organization’s initiatives;
  • Responding to routine information requests from local and regional news media on significant program initiatives.
  • Arranging special events, workshops, seminars, community outreach events and other meetings with various organizations;
  • Maintaining direct contact with the general public, specialized groups, and community and governmental entities directly affect by an organization’s programs; and
  • Developing press releases.
  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with print and broadcast media representatives;
  • Preparing magazine and newspaper articles, brochures, news releases, booklets, etc., for publication and dissemination;
  • Assisting personnel in other agencies and Departmental components on carrying out community relations activities.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Travel Required: Intermittent.


 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS 9: To be eligible at the GS 9 level, you must meet at least ONE of the following conditions, as defined below: Specialized Experience, Education, OR a combination of Education and Experience.

Specialized Experience: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level.
Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped you with the competencies needed to perform the job duties. Examples of specialized experience are: having direct experience in media relations or news reporting; gathering facts and drafting press releases or news stories for publication; editing written press releases, news stories or reports; assisting in statewide or regional efforts to convey complex information concerning an organization’s initiatives, programs, and operations.

Education: One of the following types of education in a related field: Master's or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B.); OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of 1 full year.

GS-11: To be eligible at the GS 11 level, you must meet at least ONE of the following conditions, as defined below: Specialized Experience, Education, ORa combination of Education and Experience.

Specialized Experience: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level.
Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped you with the competencies needed to perform the job duties. Examples of specialized experience are: having direct experience in media relations or news reporting; gathering facts and drafting press releases or news stories for publication; editing written press releases, news stories or reports; executing statewide or regional efforts to convey complex information concerning an organization’s initiatives, programs, and operations; arranging special events, workshops, seminars, community outreach events and other meeting with various organizations.

Education: One of the following types of education in a related field: PhD or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of 2 full years.

GS-12: To be eligible at the GS 12 level, you must meet one full year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level.

Specialized Experience is defined as performing the following types of duties: developing and conducting a public affairs program in a law office; developing news releases, fact sheets, talking points, and related materials for publication in printed media; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with print and broadcast media; and conducting workshops, seminars, and other meetings with various audiences.


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov.

If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.

Time-in-Grade:Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

You will be rated on the following Competencies:

Attention to Detail : Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Communications and Media: Knowledge of the production, communication and dissemination of information and ideas to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Customer Service: Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who is or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations, knows about available products and services, is committed to providing quality products and services.

Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others, may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed, relates well to people from varied background and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Oral Communication : Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Organization Awareness: Knows how social, political, organizational, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them. This includes the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the work unit or organization.

Writing : Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

 

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link TAG:Link to Questions Only


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees

http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)-The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal Agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

EEO Statement:The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.) 

3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 880918.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 07, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

Required: Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)
Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (cover letter optional).
Required if you meet qualifications based on education: An unofficial college transcript.(Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript will be required prior to your first day.)

Required if you are a current or former Federal employee: a recent copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing title, series, grade, and full performance level (FPL); AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal
Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.)

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Darlene Gruenke
Phone: (612)664-5682
Email: DARLENE.GRUENKE@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
Executive Office for US Attys
do not mail applications
apply online only , MN
55415

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit check, and drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

13-MN-880918-MS

Control Number:

342305300