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Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist (Technical Career Field Recent Graduate)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-538-13-LK-897787

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$39,810.00 to $76,589.00 / Per Year


Thursday, May 23, 2013 to Monday, June 10, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Chillicothe, OH United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The Chillicothe and Ross County Community represents an ideal relocation opportunity and has been cited in popular periodicals as one of a growing number of smaller communities (approximately 75,000) with positive economic and cultural influences.


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 897787


Some evening and/or weekend hours may be required.”


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to  



  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.


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What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This position is being filled under the TCF Recent Graduates Program.  TCF is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions.  The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the field.

Individuals selected for these positions are trained, coached, and supervised by a preceptor. Preceptors are selected annually, through an extensive application process, for their technical expertise, their commitment to training and the suitability of their facility as a training location.

If selected for the TCF Recent Graduate Program, you will follow a formal training plan for 2 years. During the first year, you will be under a temporary appointment in the excepted service. Participants who are successfully meeting the requirements at the end of their first year are eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term appointment (1-4 years in duration) without further competition.    This conversion is at the agency's discretion.

Selectees will be required to sign Mobility, Training, Continued Service and Participant Agreements.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

In order to be eligible for an appointment under the TCF Recent Graduate Program you must meet the following requirements:

·         You must be a recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution such as an accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum. Note: Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that’s part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

·         Veterans (as defined in 5 USC 2108) who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon their release or discharge from active duty; however, this eligibility period cannot extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of the requirements of an academic course of study.


Work Schedule: 7:30 to 4:00 or 8:00 to 4:30 (some evening and/or weekends may be required)

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.  Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. The full performance level of this position is GS-11


This is position is located in Public Affairs Office at the Chillicothe, Ohio, VAMC. This is a developmental level postion and responsiblitlies will advance as incumbent moves toward the GS-07 level, which continues on toward the full performance level of a GS-11 Public Affairs Specialist, applying the appropritate rules/regulations used in conduting Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) business as well as the Technical Career Field program guidelines.



Performs supervised work related to public affairs and communication activities such as responding to media inquires, generating media interest, and coordinating agency information and outreach programs, etc. Assists in the organization and coordination of print and broadcast media interviews and news conferences with subject matter experts. Writes news releases, features stories, information packets, media kits, and fact sheets. Assists in planning and coordinating special events for various audiences. Establishes, maintains, and updates a facility events calendar. Reviews news coverage on VA-related topics to keep staff apprised of relevant issues. Provides news clippings to the Regional and VISB Public Affairs Offices, and other key VHA and VA officials in a timely manner.  Archives news clips files for use by the agency historians' office and staff.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Monday, June 10, 2013. 


Time-in-grade:  Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.


Candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with VA and OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

In order to qualify based on experience:

Basic Qualifications: You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.


Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Applicants may qualify based on one or more of the following: specialized experience, undergraduate level coursework, graduate level coursework, or a combination of specialized experience and either undergraduate or graduate level coursework. Please carefully review the requirements listed at each grade level as they differ.


For the GS-7 level: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience for this position include: Interacted with the public (e.g. providing information and answering questions); assisted with preparation of information releases, brochures and/or pamhplets and presentations to the public.



Substitution of Education for Experience: One full year of graduate level education.




Superior Academic Achievement (go to this site to determine if you are eligible: ). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.




Combination of Education and Experience.


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). 

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .



Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.   


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 10, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 897787.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed. 


1.  Resume

2.  Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

3.  Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.

4.  Latest Performance Appraisal (Required for Chillicothe VA Medical Center Employees)

5.  SF-50  (No AWARD SF-50 will be accepted)ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE?  You must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action."  This is the most recent SF-50 that indicates proof of status (If you are a career or a career-conditional employee) and identifies your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

6. Transcripts: You MUST submit your unofficial college transcripts with your application package (which shows graduation date, semester hours, and grades for each course successfully completed including transfer courses, if any).

7. OF-306 (Declaration for Federal Employment) Available at  (Not Required for Chillicothe VA Employees) 


Make sure to date and sign all required documents.


Monica Hollon
Phone: (740)773-1141x7069
Agency Information:
VHA Chillicothe VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
17273 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


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