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Job Title:Legislative Assistant/Legislative Officer, MC-301-5/4c

Agency:Millennium Challenge Corporation

Job Announcement Number:MCC-1199736-14-073-CPA-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$48,000.00 to $91,910.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 28, 2014 to Thursday, September 4, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

MC-0301-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Whether you are new to the Federal Government or an experienced professional seeking a career change, visit our Website at http://www.mcc.gov to see the kinds of dynamic projects our staff are undertaking.  If you want a career where you can see the difference your work makes, then join the Millennium Challenge Corporation!

MCC’s mission is to reduce poverty through economic growth. Our model is defined by principles of selectivity, country ownership, transparency, and a focus on results. Our values identify who we are and what is important to us. MCC’s values are CLEAR - Collaboration, Learning, Excellence, Accountability and Respect. We recruit staff that will embody and uphold these values.

This position is located in the Office of Public Affairs, Department of Congressional and Public Affairs (CPA), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The mission of the Office of Public Affairs is to engage with key stakeholders and communicate information about Corporation activities, programs, Compact results and policies to the public, the news media, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, academics and think tanks, and other Federal agencies.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some domestic and international travel may be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Investigation or Security Clearance/Drug Test
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance
  • More than one job may be filled ffrom this announcement

DUTIES:

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Assist the House and Senate Liaisons to maintain broad professional working relationships with the relevant congressional offices that have an interest in MCC policy issues. Pursue effective communication on behalf of the Corporation to promote the interests of MCC to the US Congress.

  • Coordinate MCC’s relationship with agency representatives on MCC’s Board of Directors and other interagency stakeholders.
  • Assist in the planning of briefings for senior management officials and support the meetings of MCC officials and staff with Members of Congress and their staff by providing logistical support and written briefings.
  • Provide technical assistance to officials and staff of MCC when responding to congressional or other requests for action. Conduct research and draft legislative related Memoranda and documents. 
  • Develop and review a wide variety of written materials related to Congress such as congressional correspondence and questions for the record, testimony and constituent letters. 
  • Prepare or coordinate critical documents and reports to Congress including those that inform Congress and other stakeholders of results, disbursements, MCC and partner country negotiations, compact signings and threshold programs.
  • Ensure compliance with congressional reporting requirements and manage a clearance process associated with reports. 
  • Prepare and manage legislative-related records and reports required by Federal laws and regulations, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management, other Federal agencies, Congress, the President and the general public. 
  • Participate in the execution of MCC’s legislative strategy as well as production of the, Congressional Budget Justification and other mandated reports or required congressional notifications to present issues and facts affecting MCC’s mission. 
  • Attend program briefings, congressional hearings, mark-ups and other informational meetings to track legislation that concerns MCC and produce written summaries. 
  • Respond to congressional contacts and requests for action as assigned. Promote the coordination and integration of MCC requirements and program plans with congressional requests and required reports. 
  • Provide general support to House and Senate Liaisons as needed. Organize material and set up staff briefings for all appropriate congressional committees regarding MCC operations, candidate countries, eligibility criteria, selection process, and compact development and implementation.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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For MCC Pay band 5:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (MCC pay band 5 or GS-07 level or equivalent nonfederal experience) that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. For this position, specialized experience is experience preparing and disseminating a variety of written materials such as legislative reports, correspondence and other formal documents; experience scheduling appointments, assembling background materials and briefing supervisor and staff on the subject matter; experience coordinating and attending program briefings, hearings or other informational meetings to obtain information of interest and producing written summaries; and experience serving as contact and focal point for providing office management services for an organization. Note:  This experience MUST be well documented within your resume or application.

OR

Education may be substituted for experience.

Applicants must have completed requirements for Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if directly related to this position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.

OR
Applicants must have equivalent combinations of graduate level education, directly related to this position and experience may also be qualifying.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.

  

For MCC Pay Band 4c:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience comparable to Pay Band 05 (GS-09) or an equivalent 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. For this position, specialized experience is experience-conducting research and identifying sources of information and documents to prepare and respond to legislative-related memoranda, congressional correspondence and questions for the record, testimony, constituent letters and Congressional Notifications.(Note:  We recommend that your application clearly show your possession of the specialized experience qualification requirement).

OR
The experience requirement for Pay Band 04c may be met by Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
OR
Equivalent combination of higher level graduate education and experience, described above, may be combined to meet the qualification requirements for this position.

 

 


Note: If qualifying based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:
http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by the selected applicant will be verified before an appointment is made to this position. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm for additional information on this topic.

Additional information on the qualifications requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

Additional information on the qualifications requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.  It is available for your review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of 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. All eligible applicants may be further evaluated by subject-matter experts. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows: 

  • Best Qualified – Demonstrates better overall or key knowledge, skills, or abilities for a specific position.
  • Well Qualified – Possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position, but does not necessarily meet the definition of best qualified.
  • Qualified – Meets the minimum qualifications standards, including any selective placement factors, for a specific position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  1. Knowledge of congressional and legislative affairs principles and methods to establish and maintain professional working relationships with congressional committees and other staff.
  2. Skill in communicating effectively with tact and diplomacy, orally and in writing, to advocate positions and explain programs, functions, and activities.
  3. Experience coordinating and attending program briefings, congressional hearings, mark-ups or other informational meetings to obtain information of interest and producing written summaries.
  4. Experience in the preparation of legislative-related records and reports.

 

Application of Veteran's Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligible within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information: Professional Positions/deu_handbook.pdf

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or your responses are not supported by your resume, your score will be adjusted. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure the work history portion thoroughly documents the duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments that are directly related to this position in order to verify specialized experience.


BENEFITS:

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MCC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. More information: http://www.usajobs.gov/ei/benefits.asp#icc. Other benefits include convenient location to metro, eligibility to join State Department Federal Credit Union, flexible work schedule and free use of an on-site gym and locker room with shower facility.

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.
  • The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. “The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower level, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."
  • IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
  • Your pay will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement and will be based on your qualifications, education, experience, training, and availability of funds.
  • Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.
  • Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
  • Selectee may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form (OGE 450).
  • Government Travel Card – You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government contractor issued travel card to be used for official business.
  • Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a one-year probationary/trial period.
  • PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit may be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. To receive credit, you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours worked per week. 


HOW TO APPLY:

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Candidates who do not submit complete a complete application as indicated below will not be considered. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. IN DESCRIBING YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION.

We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes. For tips on preparing your resume view the following resume writing video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk[MG(1]

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary
  • Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

Determining length of general or specialized experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 04, 2014
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page
http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 1199736 Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
  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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

MCC-HR Applications
Phone: (202)772-6810
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: HRAPPLICATIONS@MCC.GOV
Agency Information:
MCC Department of Congressional and Public Affairs
875 15th St NW
Washington, DC
20005 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Upon receipt of the online questionnaire, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. We will review your resume and transcript(s) (if appropriate) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and may interview the best-qualified applicants. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. If a selection is made, a tentative job offer will be extended, and a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement. Once this process is completed, generally within 4—6 weeks, you will receive a notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process.

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Job Announcement Number:

MCC-1199736-14-073-CPA-DE

Control Number:

379468500