Job Title: Supervisory Public Affairs SpecialistJob Announcement Number: NIFA-M13N-0016
Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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/ Per Year
Thursday, May 30, 2013 to
Thursday, June 27, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Current and former status applicants, VEOA eligibles and persons eligible under special hiring authorities. This vacancy is also being announced under Delegated Examining. Any U.S. Citizen may apply to Delegated Examining vacancy announcement number NIFA-S13N-0015.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. To learn more about NIFA, please visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov.
The Director of the Communications Staff serves as a top advisor to the NIFA Director and manages the public affairs program with responsibility for planning, designing, and executing a program to inform and educate the public, news media, and specialized audiences about NIFA programs and outcomes.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
DUTIES:Back to top
As the head of the Communications Staff, you will be NIFA's lead public affairs expert. You will establish priorities, manage the budget, and allocate resources for NIFA publications and services. You will also recommend various communication strategies to increase the effectiveness of NIFA communication programs and serve as the NIFA liaison to the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Communications, as well as working closely with the Communications Officers at the land-grant universities and Communications Officers of other Federal and private science organizations. You will develop materials and resources to be used for public presentations as well as serve as a spokesperson for the agency, presenting NIFA's position on controversial issues and explaining program developments and announcing upcoming events. Additionally, you will provide administrative and technical supervision to the Communications Staff.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
To qualify for the GS-15 grade level, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level. Specialized experience is experience in or related to the work of this position and which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of the position. Your work experience relative to the following examples of specialized experience must be evident in your resume. Examples of qualifying experience include the following: directing a national communications program conveying complex and scientific information; communicating program information and activities to scientific and professional organizations, media, and university personnel; and leading or supervising a staff of professional and support employees.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Merit Promotion.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- Technical Competence in Communications and Media
- Planning and Evaluating
- Written Communication
- Customer Service
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, June 27, 2013. You must apply online or by fax (see below for details). Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted. Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.
Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:
Option A: Online Application
Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents. You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: 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.
To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 900948. Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
Option B: Fax
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.
1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144. The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.
The following documents are required:
- Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
- Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)
In addition, you may also need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below). Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.
Merit Promotion: If you are a current or previous Federal employee with competitive status and would like to be considered for this position, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 and performance appraisal. Additionally, if you are requesting consideration for non-competitive eligibility, but do not yet hold the full performance level of this position, you must submit an SF-50 that documents your full performance level. Failure to do so may cause you to lose consideration for this position.
Special Hiring Authorities: To be considered under special hiring authorities (e.g. Schedule A, VRA, 30% or More Disabled Veteran's Program, etc.), you must submit documentation that provides evidence of this eligibility. For further information click here.
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA): If you are applying to this position based on your eligibility through the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, you must submit documentation to support your eligibility. Generally, this will be your DD-214.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.