The Office of Legislative and Public Affairs is a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will be expected to be flexible and efficient. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience or an educational background in new media studies, communication studies, journalism, public affairs, marketing, political science and government, or other related fields. The successful applicant should possess skillful knowledge and/or experience in as many of the following areas as possible: Web and new media development and strategy, writing for web or media, public affairs, the federal legislative process, criminal justice issues, and video/audio production (including podcasts).
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position, or experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. To qualify for appointment at the GS-12, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11.
Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to experience in media operations, public affairs, government affairs, or public relations. Drafting articles, fact sheets, news releases, and maintaining official websites and social media accounts are also representative examples of specialized experience. Salary is set commensurate with educational background and work experience.
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must address the following competencies in a cover letter or brief separate written narrative statement: (A) education and experience related to the mandatory qualification requirements, and (B) demonstrated experience in the following areas:
(1) Ability to communicate in writing and orally.
(2) Ability to work in and familiarity with web and new media formats and content development.
(3) Knowledge of public relations and communications matters and ability to administratively assist in the planning of communication efforts.
(4) Ability to research, compile, and analyze information.
(5) Knowledge of the federal legislative processes and criminal justice issues.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The U.S. Sentencing Commission evaluates applicants through a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. Applicants who do not address the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) in his or her application materials as stated in the vacancy announcement are automatically disqualified from consideration and must re-apply before the closing date to be considered for employment.
The Office of Human Resources: (1) Reviews the applicants application to ensure the proper materials are submitted, (2) Ensures that the application addresses all of the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) as stated in the vacancy announcement; and, (3) Determines whether the applicant meets the qualification requirements for the particular position and notifies the applicant about the status of his or her application.
Applicants who meet the mandatory qualification requirements will be considered and their application materials will be forwarded to the screening panel for review. Applicants who do not meet the mandatory qualification requirements for the position are automatically disqualified from consideration. In addition, some applicants may be asked to complete a writing test or may be tested using various assessment tools not listed on the vacancy announcement to verify an applicants experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for consideration and selection.