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Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-13-HQ-881670-ESEP/MP

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All groups of qualified individuals

JOB SUMMARY:

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs. For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV.

 

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

The Indian Health Service (IHS) provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health services to over 1.9 million American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban (I/T/U) operated facilities and programs.  

 

This position is located at the Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of the Director (OD), Division of Public Affairs, Rockville, MD.   The Division of Public Affairs (DPA) is located under the Office of the Director. The primary purpose of DPA is to analyzes policy-related issues; (2) provides recommendations for resolving policy conflicts; (3) evaluates policy options and forecasts their costs, benefits, and long-term results; (4) ensures consistency between and within public agency statements, external correspondence, legislative and regulatory positions and internal policy development; (5) disseminates information to IHS consumers, stakeholders, and the general public regarding the activities of the IHS and the health status of AI/AN people and communities; and (6) participates in cross-cutting issues and processes including, but not limited to emergency preparedness/security, budget formulation, self-determination issues, Tribal shares computations and resolution of audit findings as may be needed and appropriate. This position reports to the Director of Public Affairs

 

Who may apply: 

·      Merit Promotion Plan (MPP): these are current or former Civil Service employees; PHS Commissioned Officers; or Veterans applying under VEOA

·      Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP): American Indians and Alaska Natives with no prior federal experience

 

See http://www.ihs.gov/jobsatihs/ for more details.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)

DUTIES:

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  • Arranges press conferences, media briefings, media availabilities, interviews and other news events and facilitate media interviews with agency senior officials and provide guidance to interview subjects on advisable conduct during news media contacts. 
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with the news media by providing needed information.   
  • Responds to questions and/or criticism from members of the news media concerning sensitive and complex policies. 
  • Consults with photographers, illustrators, and audio-visual personnel to use photographs, illustrations, and animation, video and/or sound files to help explain scientific concepts covered in written material. Develop and produce video products that convey the mission of the IHS.  
  • Staff IHS officials and serve as the point of contact for news media at advisory committee meetings, and workshops.  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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OPM Qualification Standard:

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1000/public-affairs-series-1035/

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:

Qualifications at the GS-09 level:

Specialized Experience (1 year): Assisting in the development of community or public relations projects, programs; assisting in the coordination of promotional, marketing or advertising activities; writing newspaper articles or other professional publications; preparing speeches or briefings; and preparing reports. Performing work related to building coalitions for partnerships. Assisting with tasks that communicating   with external audiences and with a full range of agency stakeholders; stakeholders including private large corporations, private small business, governmental and non-governmental, non-profit, tribal government, media, academic, individual members of the general public, local communities, Congressional/legislative committees and staffs, and/or other organizations to secure developing and expand existing partnerships. Applicants must have experience in assisting with the development of partnerships.

Qualifications at the GS-11 level:

Specialized Experience (1 year): Coordinating or m anaging projects within a community or public relations program; coordinating promotional, marketing or advertising activities; writing newspaper articles or other professional publications; preparing speeches or briefings; and preparing reports. Performing work related to building collaborations for partnerships. Communicating externally with a full range of agency stakeholders; stakeholders including private large corporations, private small business, governmental and non-governmental, non-profit, tribal government, media, academic, individual members of the general public, local communities, Congressional/legislative committees and staffs, and/or other organizations to secure developing and expand existing partnerships. Applicants must have experience in developing partnerships designed to improve communication products or services.

 


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You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

In order to receive credit for qualifying, specialized experience, the applicant's resume MUST support their responses to the assessment questions with clear examples. Applications will be evaluated to determine whether they document the specialized experience requirements above, by answering assessment questions based on the following competencies:  
 

  • Writing: Recognizes and uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct manner and produces written information that is appropriate for the intended audience. Arranges and facilitates media interviews with agency senior officials.
  • Integrity/Honesty: Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization and displays high standards of ethical conduct. Responds to questions and/or criticism from members of the news media concerning sensitive and complex policies.
  • Creative Thinking: Develops creative solutions for electronic communications and uses creative thinking to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems. Consults with photographers, illustrators, and audio-visual personnel to develop and produce video and electronic products that convey the mission of the IHS.
  • Technical Competence: Works with individuals who use and receive the services of public affairs by assessing their needs, by providing information and assistance, resolving problems and being familiar with American Indian and Alaska Native health care. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with the news media.
  • Oral Communication: Effectively communicates and speaks to groups and individuals taking into account the audience and nature of the information, makes clear and convincing oral presentations, listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Providing representatives of the print and broadcast media, trade associations, and industrial representatives with timely and accurate explanations of agency policies and regulations.

 


BENEFITS:

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Additional or alternate selections may be made within 90 days of the date the candidate referral roster certificate was issued.

Relocation Expenses:

Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.

CTAP/ICTAP:

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

http://www.ihs.gov/JobsAtIHS/documents/CareerTransitionAssistancePlansInfo.doc

http://www.hhs.gov/careers/jobs/tips/

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Insert any conditions, for example, On-call or confined to a designated location for stand-by purposes, if the position requires specific work hours, travel, drug testing, immunization, Supervisory/Managerial Probation, etc.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.  See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

  1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 881670. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.  If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire    View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
  3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
  4. 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

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.

The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Michelle Aguilar Bowser, (301)443-0847, and/or MICHELLE.BOWSERAGUILAR@IHS.GOV.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Required documentation for eligibility and preference:

All documents must be received by Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time in order to ensure that you receive proper credit for eligibility and/or preference categories.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Michelle Aguilar Bowser
Phone: (301)443-0847
TDD: 301-443-6394
Email: MICHELLE.BOWSERAGUILAR@IHS.GOV
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.


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Job Announcement Number:

IHS-13-HQ-881670-ESEP/MP

Control Number:

342397100