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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Content Specialist

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:FSI-2014-0066

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$63,091.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 28, 2014 to Monday, September 8, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GG-0301-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Temporary Appointment not-to-exceed 2 years, renewable.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC View Map
Arlington County, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. citizens
"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."


"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is located in the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC), a division of the Foreign Service Institute's Transition Center (TC). OBC is responsible for providing information on Foreign Service and Domestic Posts and on transition issues for adjusting to a mobile lifestyle for living overseas and re-entry to the United States. The incumbent reports to the OBC Division Director and independently overseas all publications for the Transition Center and manages and oversees multiple websites and is responsible for content and design. This includes all aspects of multimedia production (hard copy and online) including initiating and following through to completion on projects which meet the needs of the foreign service community. The incumbent maintains and updates existing publications, including web pages. This position supervises the distribution of all Transition Center publications.

Due to OPM maintenance, this vacancy has been extended by one day and closes 09/08/2014.




TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • One year trial period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret
    security clearance.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent is responsible for web management and design and oversees the web-based and electronic content maintained by Transition Center (TC), ensuring that it is accurate, current and achieves intended goals. S/he leverages web usability standards to maintain and enhance content on all available web and electronic platforms used by the Center. S/he is also responsible for all content on the TC public-facing website and oversees administrative aspects such as requesting additional sites, modifying site permissions, interfacing with appropriate Systems offices at FSI and in the Department, ensuring that TC sites are up to date, visually pleasing, easy to access, achieve objectives and are in compliance with Section 508 and copyright requirements.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants applying for the GS-11 grade level must meet one of the following requirements:
A. Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

- Experience maintaining an internet and/or intranet website.
- Experience working with computer based information storage and computer systems
- Experience planning and organizing work
- Experience conducting research using a variety of sources
- Experience working with administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms and other office procedures and terminology.
- Experience working through others to accomplish a specific goal

In addition to meeting the above specialized experience, applicants applying for the GS-12 grade level must also possess:
- Experience working with information technology speciality areas (e.g., application system design, database management, computer equipment, software systems. and
- Experience applying statutes, policies, and regulations governing information technology.
OR
B. Have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M. from an accredited college or university.
OR
C. Have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience (as described above), which is equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal Service. This experience and education together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
Combination of Experience and Education: When an applicant has less than one year of specialized experience as described in the announcement, he or she may combine successfully completed graduate-level education with experience to meet the total qualification requirements. Generally, 18 graduate semester hours is equivalent to 1 full-time year of graduate study (your school and department determine what constitutes 1 full time year of graduate study). The percentage of specialized work experience and the percentage of graduate study must total at least 100%.

Note: All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for this position.


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

- Ability to maintain an internet and/or Intranet website, ensuring timely updates and the accuracy of information.
- Knowledge of internet and computer software including applications and programming
- Knowledge of media production, communication and dissemination techniques and methods
- Ability to apply statutes, policies, and regulations governing information technology
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing
- Ability to communicate orally

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In addition to describing duties performed, your resume must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked per week. Qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here. Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position. Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://careers.state.gov/work/benefits



OTHER INFORMATION:

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or reasonableaccommodations@state.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.
STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.
STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.
STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department’s automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET

ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES: NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.
2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department’s automated system “Gateway to State”.
3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.
4. Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.
5. All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.
6. All non-competitive eligible applicants must submit proof of eligibility (i.e., SF-50 documenting the full performance level of a position held on a permanent basis).
7. Veterans who are preference eligibles OR who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities act (VEOA). You must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) showing the dates you served as well as your type of discharge and qualifying service campaign medals OR if you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a statement of service from your command/unit, which states the date you entered active duty, your expected discharge type and date, and the campaign medals you have received that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and the required supporting documents listed on that form. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov.

If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity as a preference eligible. To gain access to your DD-214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html

Current Federal employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show you meet time-in-grade requirements. For more information on Veteran Authorities, consult the Vet Guide at: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

8. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.

9. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:
ICTAP Considerations
CTAP Considerations

10. If you are applying under a special hiring authority you MUST submit proof of eligibility with your application. For information related to special hiring authorities for veterans visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx. For information related to special hiring authorities for severely disabled persons visit: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Raquel N. Manso
Phone: 703-302-6813
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: FSIJobApplications@State.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
Foreign Service Institute
Washington, DC
20522-4201
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.

You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

FSI-2014-0066

Control Number:

379620000