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Job Title:  Communications Specialist, GS-0301-14 NF
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  IRM-2013-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Full-time - Temp Promotion NTE 120 days; may be extended up to 1 yr or made permanent w/o further competition
FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, US  View Map

NSF employees on permanent competitive service appointments.


As an NSF employee, you are our most important strength. That's why we've consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work in the federal government! Leverage your current skills in a new capacity to build bridges across NSF and contribute to cross-cutting projects, while at the same time expanding your own career horizons by increasing your responsibilities and pursuing fresh perspectives.

This position is in the immediate office of the Director, Office of Information and Resource Management (OIRM). The OIRM office is responsible to the National Science Foundation Director for information systems, human resource management, and administrative and general management activities of NSF. The Director, OIRM is also the agency CHCO. IRM functions include: information technology including website management, all human resource management programs, support of the NSF’s business processes, and general administrative and logistic support functions, including safety, security and building services.  OIRM is also leading the planning and execution of a relocation of NSF HQ.

The Communications Specialist serves as a confidential advisor and resource person to the Director, OIRM, in support of their policy, planning and communication activities, as well as supports all OIRM divisions.



  • Background investigation
  • US citizenship
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.


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The Communications Specialist develops and implements a comprehensive plan for the establishment and maintenance of a coherent communication strategy to keep NSF staff informed about IRM initiatives, policies and processes and activities that impact all of NSF. The following are duties performed by the Communications Specialist:

  • Considers such items as topics to emphasize the most effective media/technology to use in communicating with intended audiences, the kind of information various groups want or need.
  • Works with OIRM Divisions to identify and describe issues to be communicated.
  • Develops and disseminates informational materials that transmit information concerning OIRM’s programs, initiatives, projects and areas of concern.
  • Maintains effective relationships with constituent groups and serves as a liaison for OIRM on various committees and workgroups. Works closely with the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.
  • Organizes, analyzes, and presents information, analyses, speeches, briefing materials, reports and formal replies to official correspondence.
  • Conducts special studies and program evaluations.
  • Reviews and edits policy documents, reports and analyses to ensure consistency with agency guidelines and OIRM policy. 


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To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: developed written materials and conveyed information to varied audiences using a variety of electronic resources; disseminated information to the public from an organizational point of view; presented information for publication; report, explain, and interpret factual information while keeping abreast of policy requirements.

Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

To be considered for Temporary Promotion, you must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date. All applicants must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire. All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.


This position is not in the bargaining unit.


Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.

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A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers: Pre-tax parking Public transportation subsidy Child Development Center on site Child care subsidy Flexible working hours Telecommuting Physical Fitness Facility on site NSF Federal Credit Union on site Health Services Unit on site Employee Assistance Program


This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation. Relocation expenses will not be paid. For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.


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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide. If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement. WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.


NSF employees in a permanent, competitive service position do not need not submit documentation to confirm status.


Eric Keene
Phone: 703-292-4367
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-8044
Email: EKeene@NSF.GOV
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-7478


You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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