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Job Title:Technical Writer/Editor

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Science and Technology Directorate

Job Announcement Number:GV-873859-NH-13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$73,408.00 to $113,478.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Tuesday, May 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1083-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlantic City, NJ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The primary purpose of this position is to write and edit technical materials, such as reports of research of findings, scientific or technical articles, regulations in technical areas, technical manuals, or speeches, or scripts on scientific or technical subjects; and to manage and maintain deliverable reporting at a Government-run laboratory.   

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL).

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Relocation Expenses WILL NOT be paid.

DUTIES:

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·        Develops, and continually improves document delivery processes to ensure all technical and business-oriented documents originating and/or flowing through the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) are provided on time and at the appropriate level of quality for the material and audience.

·        Develops technical materials (printed, electronic, video scripted, and computer based) such as reports of research findings, scientific or technical articles, regulations in technical areas, technical manuals, or speeches or scripts on scientific or technical subjects (i.e. technological capabilities of contraband detection systems) for command use.

·        Serves as the organization's expert in writing and editing for all technical documents associated with the mission space, vision, and business model.

·        Develops and publishes an annual report reflecting activities identifying customers, funding, deliverable, outcomes, technical approaches, recommendations and scientific findings.

·        Identifies appropriate levels of editing for all documents and serves as senior member for sheparding documents through the appropriate levels of edit (proofreading, copyediting, substantive editing, & developmental editing).


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Individual Occupational Requirements:

 

Applicants must meet one of the following in order to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Technical Writer and Editing Series GS-1083:

 

Have a total of 15 semester hours in an appropriate scientific, technical, or social science field(s), and at least one course above the introductory level in the field(s) (such as engineering, physics, chemistry, or life sciences) covered by the position. For technical manuals and specifications writers or editors, the equivalent of 15 semester hours may have been gained through vocational or educational training above the high school level at a public, private, or Armed Forces school. (Submit transcripts in order to qualify)

OR

Experience that required substantial subject-matter or technical knowledge of the field. This experience must have demonstrated the ability to acquire and present technical information through independent reading, interviews with subject-matter specialists, observation of tests and experiments, interpretation of blueprints or diagrams, or other appropriate methods. Such experience may have been acquired as a writer or editor of technical reports, articles, manuals, or specifications.

 

Specialized Experience:

 

In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Technical Writer and Editing Series GS-1083, to qualify for this position you must also possess one year of specialized experience in private industry, public service, non-profit or volunteer work that has provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

For the GS-12 Grade Level:

One year of specialized experience in a technical editing position (equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal government) performing work that involved all of the following: 1) write and edit technical manuals or scripts on scientific or technical subjects; 2) advise on technological capabilities of contraband detection systems in order to develop information for the intended audience; and 3) integrate information from a variety of formats, such as graphs, tables, and spreadsheets into a media presentation that is at a level appropriate for the intended audience.

For the GS-13 Grade LevelOne year of specialized experience in a technical editing position (equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal government) performing work that involved all of the following: 1) develop technically accurate technical materials in printed, electronica, video scripted, and/or computer based formats for publishing; 2) review written reports or presentations on the technological capabilities of contraband detection systems; 3) develop or implement a  document delivery system within a highly technical activity; and 4) assist in managing a publishing project from inception to printing and distribution.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level. 

The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement).  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Special Instructions For Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SECRET SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this NONCRITICAL SENSITIVITY LEVEL position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to place you in one of the three categories based on your experience, education and training. The knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:  

    1.      SKILLS IN OVERSEEING A DOCUMENT DELIVERY SYSTEM WITHIN A HIGHLY TECHNICAL ACTIVITY

    2.      SKILLS IN WRITING AND EDITING TO DEVELOP INFORMATION ON PROGRAMS, POLICIES, AND FUNCTIONS

    3.      KNOWLEDGE OF PUBLISHING CONCEPTS, PRACTICES, AND STANDARDS

    4.      KNOWLEDGE OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SUBJECT MATTER RELATED TO CONTRABAND DETECTION SYSTEMS

    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the well qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans:   Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.   Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  For information on veterans' preference, please click here.


On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). The VOW Act amended chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) by adding section 2108a, “Treatment of certain individuals as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligibles.”


This job opportunity announcement (JOA) include Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). Active duty service members who have begun their civilian job search prior to discharge or release from active duty will know how their application will be considered.

a.  Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be conserved for competitive service positions and granted tentative veteran’s preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD-214, when applying to a federal job.
b.  A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date of certification is signed.


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/content_multi_image_0016.shtm."



OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS-13.

This position may be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 level. If selection is made at the GS-12 level, promotion to the GS-13 level may occur without further competition.

Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

 

Veterans, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.   If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.

If you are a person with disabilities see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities, you may qualify for a Schedule A appointment (a special authority used to hire people with mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities who have documentation from a licensed medical professional or other entity (such as rehab counselor)?  If you qualify for Schedule A, you must submit appropriate documentation. For more information to determine your eligibility or to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, you may click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.



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 14, 2013 to receive consideration.

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


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·Resume
   ·SF-15
   ·Transcript


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 873859.

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 14, 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Nancy M. Hinds
Phone: (415)281-7089
Email: NANCY.HINDS@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
DO NOT SEND POSTAL MAIL
Washington, DC
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 60 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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Job Announcement Number:

GV-873859-NH-13

Control Number:

342968600