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Job Title:Legislative Affairs Specialist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:HQ-13-CAT-01-CI-00013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 06, 2013 to Friday, August 2, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens

This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, vacancy #HQ-13-MP-01-CI-00013.

JOB SUMMARY:

The U. S. Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs(CI) promotes the Department of Energy Policies, programs and initiatives through liaison, communications, coordination and interaction with Congress, State, Tribal, City, and County Governments, other Federal agencies, stakeholders, and the general public.  For more information please visit CI's website at: http://energy.gov/congressional/office-congressional-and-intergovernmental-affairs

The Office of Legislative Affairs is responsible for developing and recommending legislative strategies in connection with the Department’s policy and program initiatives.

 

A successful candidate in this position will:

  • Work interactively with program officials to ensure that the Department’s senior staff officials are fully aware of Members’ interests and concerns. 
  • Provide responsive and timely research and analysis to Departmental officials on legislative and other energy issues.
  • Facilitate testimony review, hearings coordination, scheduling and other staff work involving the Congressional hearings process.
  • Serve as CI’s back-up point of contact with Congressional authorizing committees and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for all authorization. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • Relocation is at your own expense
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • This position is in the bargaining unit covered under NTEU.

DUTIES:

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As a Legislative Affairs Specialist, you will:

  • Establishes procedures and policies to facilitate interactions between Department of Energy (DOE) offices, other government agencies, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Congress required in the effective coordination of legislative hearings for the Department. 
  • Establishes an operational system for the coordination, substantive review, and clearance process of DOE testimony, transcripts, Inserts for the Record, and Q’s & A’s related to Congressional hearings and assures effective and efficient coordination and clearance of these legislative matters.
  • Serve as the back-up focal point for testimony contacts between the Department of Energy (DOE) and OMB and initiates discussion and meetings to resolve intra‑departmental differences and to obtain concurrences on major policy issues. 
  • Represents DOE in contacts with top‑level management officials and OMB officials and conducts negotiations at all levels to secure coordination of policy and to assure compliance with the Administration's positions. 
  • Keeps senior DOE officials, to include the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs, informed on testimony, responses to Q’s & A's, and on coordination activities with OMB that could have an impact on the mission and objectives of the Administration as they relate to the Congress and also handles Congressional inquiries, requests for information, and logistics coordination for briefings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience working directly with Congressional offices and committees, conveying information about complex programs to a diverse audience and providing research and analysis to Department officials on legislative and other general energy issues.

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1. Knowledge of the principles, methods, practices and techniques of Congressional affairs from dealing with hearings, testimonies, transcripts, Inserts for the Record, and Q's & A's related to Congressional hearings.
  2. Ability to work in teams and perform as member of leader where appropriate in a matrix organization.
  3. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with key Departmental, Congressional committee staffs and subcommittees.
  4. Skill in applying fact-finding methodology and tracking and monitoring Congressional testimony.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Although a degree is not required, your educational background will be strongly considered in the evaluation of your overall qualifications for this position

You must provide documentation supporting your education claims. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

 

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your score places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.


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BENEFITS:

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The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits. You may be eligible for some or all of the following:
  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Worklife4You Resource
For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page.

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


HOW TO APPLY:

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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

Steps to submit a complete application:

  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.

If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under Merit Promotion procedure as announcement #HQ-13-MP-01-CI-00013. You must apply to the vacancy for which you wish to receive consideration. If you wish to be considered for this position under both DE and MP procedures, you must apply to both announcements.

 

NEED HELP?

  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail USAJOBS3.0@opm.gov.
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.

If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Applicants using education to qualify (if allowed): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Education cannot be substituted for experience in some positions at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Almaz Beyene
Phone: 202-586-8016
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-586-6155
Email: Almaz.Beyene@hq.doe.gov
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Human Resources Office
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
20585
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in USAJOBS. You can review your status in USAJOBS at any time. You may also elect to receive status updates via e-mail by changing the notification settings in your USAJOBS profile. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

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Job Announcement Number:

HQ-13-CAT-01-CI-00013

Control Number:

343011400