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Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services

Job Announcement Number:HHS-IEA-DE-14-1186965

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$73,460.00 to $106,955.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to Thursday, August 21, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
San Francisco, CA View Map
Dallas, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

These positions are located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA), in Dallas, TX and San Francisco, CA.

 

Salary:

Dallas, TX- $73,460.00-$95,496.00

San Francisco, CA- $82,275.00-$106,955.00


These vacancies are also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-IEA-MP-14-1186968 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic- 20%

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation required.
  • Writing sample is required.

DUTIES:

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Incumbent serves as a Public Affairs Specialist performing the following duties:

  • Developing and providing staff direction involving all public information, internal information, and community relations activities
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with print and broadcast media representatives in disseminating information or answering inquiries about the organizations' operations or activities
  • Advising directors and others involved regarding activity operations and handling problems and incidents related to a regional public affairs programs
  • Writing articles and speeches, and preparing and/or publishing a variety of agency publications
  • Arranging for an organization's representative(s) to speak to local or civic or service groups, informs local community of activities through various media; and speaking to a diverse audience and participating in meetings to promote the dissemination of information concerning the agency's public information program


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service developing communication strategies or campaigns that will effectively transmit the information necessary for the public's understanding of issues pertaining to health care or human services policies, programs and initiatives; and developing appropriate communication channels, techniques and strategies for use by others in disseminating information to hard-to-reach audiences.


Conditions of Employment:

 

1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

 

2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

 

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

 

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

 

5. Financial disclosure statement required: No

 

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

 

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No

 

8. Bargaining Unit Position:  No

 

9. Drug Screening Required:No

 

10. Travel Required: Yes- Domestic-20%

 

11. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No

 

12. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No

 

13. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.

 

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

 

 

1. Knowledge of public affairs and communication services.

2. Ability to coordinate and respond to media requests for information and interviews.

3. Skill in developing communication products that can reach a wide range of audiences.

4. Skill in oral communication.

5. Skill in written communication.

 


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.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.

 

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

 

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.



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 Thursday, August 21, 2014 to receive consideration.

1.    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.

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

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

4.    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.

5.    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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (Innovative Writing Sample is required, please limit to twenty-five pages or less)
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15

Innovative Writing Sample is required for this position, please limit to twenty-five pages or less- upload under the Section titled "Other"

NOTE: Failure to submit a “Writing Sample” for this position will result in an ineligible rating.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1186965.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

NOTE: If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 21, 2014  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire (1203FX form) and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 

For Most Effective Resumes Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Most_Effective_Resumes.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 21, 2014 .

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Angelique Green
Phone: (216)615-4042
Email: ANGELIQUE.GREEN@HHS.GOV
Agency Information:
HHS NCR Center
200 Independence Ave SW
HHH Building
Suite 801
Washington, DC
20201

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

 

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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Job Announcement Number:

HHS-IEA-DE-14-1186965

Control Number:

377914800