Job Title: Public Affairs Specialist, ZA-1035, BEA-D-JMWJob Announcement Number: BEA-CD-2013-0004
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: Bureau of Economic Analysis
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Friday, September 27, 2013 to
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Competitive Services: Career or Career Conditional -
1 vacancy in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
All qualified United States citizens.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is one of the world's leading statistical agencies, recognized throughout the United States and around the world as a key source for the best and most comprehensive economic statistics available. The data produced by BEA are among the most important tools used in decision-making by policy-makers in the Congress and the executive agencies, including the Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Reserve, the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury. BEA's data are also used extensively by private businesses and a wide range of regional organizations, state and local governments, businesses and educational institutions.
Applications under this vacancy announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only. This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as (BEA-CD-2013-0003). Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and clicking on "Search Jobs." Merit promotion procedures apply to current or previous Federal employees in the competitive service who are eligible for transfer, promotion, reassignment, or reinstatement. Merit promotion procedures MAY also apply to applicants seeking consideration through a special appointing authority such as Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA), Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), Schedule A, etc. Please read the vacancy announcement to determine who may apply.
This vacancy is for a Public Affairs Specialist position in the Public Affairs and Outreach Branch, Communications Division, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.
BEA is seeking a highly skilled Public Affairs Specialist to support the Communications Division of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The individual will serve as a news media contact, interacting with national and local media to support the Bureau's statistical products and broader external communications needs, on traditional platforms as well as on social media and other multimedia platforms. The individual will also play a key role in executing the Bureau's communications plans aimed at key constituents and in executing internal communications programs.
BEA has been ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies for which to work. It has a dynamic and motivated staff, and encourages professional growth. BEA has an unparalleled location in the heart of downtown D.C., only blocks from the White House and within walking distance to three Metro lines. The Penn Quarter, Logan and Dupont Circles, and the Kennedy and Verizon Centers are all within walking distance. This location provides for a unique balance of intellectual pursuit during the day and wealth of cultural and social activities after work.
This position is in the competitive service.
One year probationary period may be required.
Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.
This is a non-bargaining unit position.
The Full Promotion Potential of this position is: ZA-03.
This position may be filled through means other than the competitive promotion process.
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- If your resume is incomplete, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
- You must be registered with Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
- You must be suitable for Federal employment.
- Any required investigations and clearances must be
- completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.
DUTIES:Back to top
The individual selected for this position will:
*Major Duty 1: Provide responses to questions from news media representatives about BEA estimates and programs;
*Major Duty 2: Work with BEA program area economists to improve the content, presentation and consistency of BEA news releases and related communications across all media, especially digital media;
*Major Duty 3: Work on general outreach tasks involving Web site content;
*Major Duty 4: Work on high-profile outreach and communications projects involving key constituents; and
*Major Duty 5: May also serve as a liaison with the Department of Commerce Office of Public Affairs.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
You must have the education or experience listed below or a combination of both.
Band III (GS 11/12) equivalent:
EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience at the band II equivalent to the GS-9 equivalent level. Specialized experience is work experience writing, editing and producing videos, blogs and other multimedia products; experience using social media sites to promote an agencies mission and goal.
EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of a Public Affairs Specialist.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts, if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze.” However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) for all positions except for Professional and Scientific positions at the grade 9/ band II and above.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
KSA 1: Skills to write scripts; edit audio, printed word and visuals into a cohesive, final product that accomplishes stated mission;
KSA 2: Knowledge of social media tools including developing content for internal blog and internal website;
KSA 3: Knowledge of specialized economic topics, such as national accounting; Knowledge of publishing standards and practices;
KSA 4: Ability to communicate in writing and in person to a variety of audiences, news and media;
KSA 5: Knowledge of social media tools; Knowledge of social media metrics; and
KSA 6: Ability to promote BEA’s mission to attract followers in media and elsewhere.
To preview questions please click here.