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Job Title:Speechwriter

Agency:Peace Corps

Job Announcement Number:DPC13-A0143-LH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$65,840.00 to $119,327.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 to Tuesday, August 13, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

FP-1082-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

03

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington D.C., Dist of ColumbiaView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Ten Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 4 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" for small agencies in 2012, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the chance to be selected for an annual Leadership Development Academy. (7) The working environment is highly flexible with alternative schedules, credit hours, teleworking. (8) There's a Distinguished Speaker Series, and (9) work-life programs including Metro and bicycle subsidies. (10) Peace Corps has a vibrant "Community" atmosphere; established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants "what you can do for your country" . . . and the world.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Peace Corps applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=IMIOR.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:

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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

The Speechwriter position will be the lead speechwriter for the Peace Corps Director and Deputy Director, focused on preparing speeches and other written materials, including keynote addresses, blog items, opinion editorials and other articles, and video scripts. The position reports to the Director of Communications, but will work across the organization with a variety of people outside the function. The Speechwriter oversees all aspects of Director speeches and presentations, including support required at events.

An understanding and familiarity of the Peace Corps, volunteerism and international development is preferable.



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

(The KSAs below may not apply at all grades)

Ability to communicate in writing.

Knowledge of international volunteer organizations, preferably Peace Corps.

Ability to process, edit and distill large amounts of information.

Skill in crafting written narrative to make a persuasive, clear and concise case.

Skill in conducting independent research to create written products.

Skill in writing speeches.

Ability to provide advice, liaison support, and communicate in an articulate and persuasive manner.

Skill in writing speeches for a public figure, high-ranking official or other leader.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Grade 04: Qualifying experience for the FP-04 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-05 or GS-9 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Example of Specialized experience: Develop written products that articulate, interpret, and explain highly complex, potentially controversial, and important agency policies, programs, and research findings.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements at the FP-04 level may be met by three (3) full academic years of graduate level education or the successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

Grade 03: Qualifying experience for the FP-03 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-04 or GS-11 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Example of Specialized experience: Writers and editors develop finished products, verifying by discussion with program officials only those points not verifiable through their own research


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system. Additionally, we will conduct a quality review of your on-line application and supporting documents. Your on-line responses must be supported by the information you provide in your work history information.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

This is an Excepted Service Appointment. Initial appointments to the Peace Corps normally are for 60 months (5 years). Employees are paid on the Foreign Service pay scale and receive the same benefits as other Federal employees. A background security investigation will be required for all hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

If you are a current Peace Corps employee, you must select "I am a federal civilian employee" in the Eligibilities section of the application. You must also select "Peace Corps" as your Employer Name. An incorrect response may result in your being found ineligible for this vacancy.

PEACE CORPS EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES, ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

Qualified internal applicants will receive first consideration.

Applicants are required to provide justification to support the selections made in the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) portion of the application. Reference to an attached resume does not fulfill this requirement, although applicants may attach a resume as optional information. Failure to provide the KSA information will result in the applicant not being considered for the position.

If you have engaged in intelligence activity or related work, you may not be eligible to apply for positions at Peace Corps. Please click on the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement and refer to the 'Other Significant Facts' section for details.

If you are claiming Veteran's Preference you must attach your supporting documents to receive your preference points. For more information please click on the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement and refer to the 'Other Significant Facts' section for details.

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.

Requirements for Overseas Jobs: Candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for non-selection or if the candidate has been hired, termination of employment.

Candidates and eligible dependents will be required to obtain a medical clearance as a condition of employment. The clearance is granted by the Department of State, Office of Medical Services. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for non-selection.

Both online and offline application assistance can be obtained by contacting the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 or joeavue@avuetech.com or by clicking on the "TECHNICAL SUPPORT" button while working in the automated system.
 
When completing your Avue application online, you will receive a pop-up warning message after 45 minutes.  It is strongly recommended that you save your data often, and turn off your pop-up blocker in order to receive any system time-out warning. 

The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at www.avuedigitalservices.com/pc/applicant.html. If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may call the contact phone number listed on this announcement to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement, applicant qualification form (Form No. F-15566-AVUE), and instructions for completing the form. No other form of application will be accepted.

Familiarity and/or experience with diversity and inclusion strategies and tactics within the workplace preferred.

Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system. Additionally, the Peace Corps Human Resources Office will conduct a quality review of your on-line application and supporting documents before your rating becomes final. This quality review will be based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training as it relates to the duties of this position. Your on-line responses must be supported by the information you provide in your application and work history information.

Applicants are required to provide justification to support the selections made in the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) portion of the application. Reference to an attached resume does not fulfill this requirement, although applicants may attach a resume as optional information. Failure to provide the KSA information will result in the applicant not being considered for the position.

Applicants submitting documents can electronically attach them, or scan and attach them, to the employment application. If this is not possible, copies of documents can be faxed to 253-573-9869, or mailed to the following address: Peace Corps, c/o Avue Technologies Corporation, ATTN: Direct Services, 1145 Broadway Plaza, Suite 800, Tacoma, WA 98402. All faxed or mailed proof documents must be identified with applicant's name and vacancy announcement number.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

If you have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation, please contact our American Diversity Program office at 202-692-2139. You can send an email to adp@peacecorps.gov or americandiversityprogram@peacecorps.gov.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; and training and development opportunities. Employees located in the United States may also receive subsidized transportation, flexible work schedule, and a family/worklife program.

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming 5-point Veteran's Preference, a DD-214 must be submitted with your application. To receive 10-point preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must also submit an SF-15 and an official statement, issued in 1991 or later, from the Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more. This documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement; failure to submit will disallow the additional points for preference being added to your score.

This position is excluded from provisions of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).

A 12-month trial period is required.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Peace Corps applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=IMIOR.

If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please call Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 or email atjoeavue@avuetech.com

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Avue Help Desk
Phone: 18004070147
Fax: 2535739869
Email: joeavue@avuetech.com
Agency Information:
Peace Corps
1111 20th Street, NW
Office of Human Resource
Washington, Dist of Columbia
20526
US
Fax: 2535739869

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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Job Announcement Number:

DPC13-A0143-LH

Control Number:

348570000