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Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-7/9/11

Agency:Selective Service System

Job Announcement Number:AN1132020

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,631.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, June 09, 2014 to Friday, June 20, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-07/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is in the Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Directorate, National Headquarters, Selective Service System (SSS).  As a Public Affairs Specialist, you will be responsible for establishing and maintaining mutual communications between SSS and other Federal agencies and the general public and developing informational materials regarding SSS programs.

Join the Selective Service System's team of energetic, career minded professionals!  The Selective Service System offers an opportunity for self-motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic to launch or continue a career in public service.

Our fast paced environment consists of challenging and rewarding work, training opportunities, and the potential for advancement. The Selective Service System offers competitive wages, a thrift savings plan with matching funds (similar to a 401k savings program), extensive health care benefits (dental and vision coverage available), paid vacation time, and a host of unique work-life benefit options that include Tele-work options as well as Alternate and Flexible Work Schedules.

The Selective Service System is an independent agency whose mission is to maintain a system which can promptly and efficiently furnish untrained and trained manpower for induction into the  U.S. Armed Forces during a national emergency; and provides an Alternative Service Program for men classified as conscientious objectors  by a Selective Service Board during a draft.

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

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.

DUTIES:

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·         Write, edit, produce, and disseminate information and communication materials to include news releases, feature articles, speeches, fact sheets, background papers, public service announcements, and website content.

·         Serve as an Agency point of contact with Headquarters, the public, and the media in support of communications and public awareness programs.

·         Assist in managing public awareness programs and exhibits/displays; aids in directorate budget management and correspondence control; and perform as duty records manager.

·         Arrange media interviews and appearances, plan and coordinate media events, and produce collateral materials.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-07: 

A. I have a bachelor's degree and superior academic achievement. (Refer to the announcement for information on the Superior Academic Achievement provision.)  OR
B. I have one full year of graduate level study (18 semester hours) or possess a master's or higher degree in a subject that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such subjects include journalism, advertising, creative writing, radio and television, speech, public speaking, group dynamics, interviewing techniques, or questionnaire design.  OR
C. I have at least one year of work experience, equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service,  that included gathering, assembling, preparing, and disseminating information in support of communications and public awareness programs; assisting with producing informational materials and public documents; and dealing with diverse contacts via email, telephone, and written correspondence. OR
D. I have less than the full amount of graduate education described in "B" and less than the amount of experience described in "C," but I have a combination of the type of education described in "B" and the type of experience described in "C."

GS-09: 

A. I have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related, in a subject that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such subjects include journalism, advertising, creative writing, radio and television, speech, public speaking, group dynamics, interviewing techniques, or questionnaire design.  OR
B. I have at least one year of work experience, equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service, that included collecting, assembling, preparing, and disseminating information in support of communications and public awareness programs; producing written information materials such as news releases, speeches, feature articles, and public service announcements; and dealing with diverse contacts via email, telephone, and written correspondence.  OR
C. I have less than the full amount of graduate education described in "A" and less than the amount of experience described in "B," but I have a combination of the type of education described in "A" and the type of experience described in "B."

GS-11: 

A. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related, in a subject that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such subjects include journalism, advertising, creative writing, radio and television, speech, public speaking, group dynamics, interviewing techniques, or questionnaire design  OR
B. I have at least one year of work experience, equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service, that included writing, editing, producing, and disseminating information and communication materials such as news releases, speeches, feature articles, and public service announcements; supporting the execution of public awareness programs; and arranging media events, media interviews, and media kits.  OR
C. I have less than the full amount of graduate education described in "A" and less than the amount of experience described in "B," but I have a combination of the type of education described in "A" and the type of experience described in "B."

For information on Superior Academic Achievement: click on the link superior academic achievement 


 

If education is a basic requirement or you are qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial).  Failure to submit transcripts may result in an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For further information, click on foreign education.

 

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). You must include an SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one) that supports meeting this requirement with your application package.

All qualification requirements must be met by midnight (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the job opportunity announcement closes, your résumé and supporting documents will be reviewed and evaluated against your assessment questionnaire responses to determine whether you are qualified for this position. If a determination is made that you have inflated your responses, you may lose consideration. Be sure to carefully follow all instructions; errors or omissions may affect your consideration for this position.

 

For Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants:  The highest rated merit promotion/VEOA candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For Noncompetitive Appointment Applicants:  All qualified noncompetitive candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

  • Communication principles, concepts, and techniques
  • Written Communication
  • Community Outreach
  • Office Automation

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion consideration, you must be:  1) a preference eligible; or 2) a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility; and 3) be rated well-qualified for the position.  To be well qualified the evaluation of your resume and supporting documentation must place you at an 85 or above for consideration under merit promotion procedures. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to:  http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

 

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/

Hiring Authorities for Veterans

People with Disabilities

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, go to: http://www.sss.gov/.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

 

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 20, 2014 to receive consideration.

 

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account @ https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login and click 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 @ https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login  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 complete a hard copy assessment questionnaire and submit it via fax: Do not complete the steps below if you have already applied online to the questionnaire for this position.

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 

1-478-757-3144.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

      Your Résumé (if you submit a personally developed résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written format, be sure to include a detailed description of your job-related qualifications, beginning/ending dates, and hours worked per week, for each paid and non-paid position you included).

      Assessment Questionnaire responses

      Performance Appraisal OR a written statement as to why one cannot be provided must be submitted (applies to current Federal service employees). Your performance appraisal must be your most recent (within the previous 18 months) performance appraisal.

      Standard Form 50 (applies to current or former Federal service employees)

Other Supporting Documents: (only submit if applicable to you)

      College transcripts if qualifying all or in part based on your education. You may submit official, unofficial, or a self-certified list of course titles, grades earned, completion dates, and number of semester or quarter hours earned.

      VEOA documentation (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15, VA letter, etc.)

      ICTAP/CTAP documentation (notice of separation, SF-50, current performance appraisal

      Noncompetitive appointment eligibility documentation

If you are unable to upload supporting document(s) online, you can fax them by completing the following:

1. Print out a Fax Cover Page @ http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and complete the required information. The Vacancy ID is  TAG:VacancyID

2. Fax a Cover Page with each supporting document to 1-478-757-3144 by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Email: NORFOLKMAIL@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Mid Atlantic Svc Branch Norfolk
OPM Federal Building
200 Granby Street
Suite 500
Norfolk, VA
23510-1886

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified on the outcome of your application once a list of candidates has been sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

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Job Announcement Number:

AN1132020

Control Number:

371295700