Public Affairs Specialist

Vacancy ID: 565113   Announcement Number: MG2012-T0064-VTR-565113-D/M   USAJOBS Control Number: 303301300

Occupational/Assessment Questions:


1. Please indicate your eligibility to apply under Merit Promotion Procedures.

A. I am a current or former civilian Federal employee in the competitive service who has: career or career-conditional status, reinstatement eligibility, or eligibility under an interchange agreement.  You are encouraged to submit a copy of your latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action showing time-in-grade (52 weeks at the next lower grade).
B. I am a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. You are encouraged to provide official documentation documenting your military service such as a DD-214 or statement of service.  NOTE:  If you are a current career or career-conditional employee without time-in-grade you will not be considered under this authority.
C. I am a current or former displaced Federal employee in the local commuting area. To be considered you must be rated at or above the well qualified rating criteria for this position. You must submit supporting documentation such as a copy of your separation personnel action (SF-50) and a copy of your reduction in force letter.
D. None of the above. I am not eligible under Merit Promotion Procedures.


2. Please indicate your eligibility to apply non-competitively.

A. I am a current or former civilian Federal employee who has held a permanent position in the competitive service with the same or higher promotion potential as this position or am eligible under an interchange agreement. You are encouraged to submit a copy of your latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action.
B. I am eligible to be hired under a Special Hiring Authority authorized for persons with disabilities such as Schedule A.  You must provide a copy of your certification from state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
C. I am eligible to be hired under a Special Hiring Authority authorized for disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. You must provide a copy of your DD-214 and VA letter
D. I am eligible to be hired under a Special Hiring Authority authorized for returning Peace Corps volunteers. You are encouraged to provide your Peace Corps documentation.
E. I am eligible to be hired under a Special Hiring Authority authorized for military spouses.  My active duty military spouse:  (1) received a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; (2)  has a 100% disability rating; or (3)  died while on active duty.  You must provide a copy of the appropriate PCS orders, documentation of your spouse's disability, or documentation of your spouse's death and your marital status at time of death, as appropriate.
F. I am eligible for a Veterans Recruitment Appointment based on the fact that I am (1) a disabled veteran; (2) a veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; (3) a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or (4) a recently separated veteran. You are encouraged to provide documentation documenting your service, such as a DD-214 or statement of service.  If you are eligible as a disabled vet, you must provide a copy of your DD 214 and VA letter
G. None of the above. I am not eligible to be appointed non-competitively.


3. From the responses below, select the one that BEST describes your experience that allows you to meet the qualification requirements of this position at the GS-12 grade level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, developing communications products that includes brochures, news releases, fact sheets, videos, and/or web content; managing media affairs initiatives; planning for public affairs-related needs for special events; and coordinating activities related to emergency response media releases. Experience managing a news desk is desired.
B. I do not possess the specialized experience as described above.

From the following items, choose the ONE statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Be sure to describe the experience that supports your responses to the task statements below in your resume. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skill levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your resume submitted for this position. If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or firing you after you begin work.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised or managed performance of this task and consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

4. Planning, implementing, and managing highly visible public affairs programs related to emergency management, crisis communication activities, and controversial subjects.

5. Developing strategic outreach plans and activities as they relate to the development of informational materials about preparedness and emergency management for communicating to the general public.

6. Providing public affairs advice to senior emergency management leadership and coordinating messages with internal and external partners.

7. Planning, implementing, and staffing media briefings with senior organization leadership and providing support for public speaking opportunities.

8. Adept at maintaining a high level of energy and commitment to juggle multiple tasks and priorities, and use available resources to get more done with less; all without losing focus.

9. Researching, writing, and editing news releases and media advisories on non-routine and/or controversial issues.

10. Publishes articles in internal and external publications (e.g. produces written material for campaigns using a variety of writing styles for publicity purposes; works closely with editors, graphic designers and printers to produce publications; participates on committees to plan and publish internal and external communication material).

11. Writing and editing speeches and remarks for senior leadership on non-routine and controversial issues.

12. Drafting responses to congressional and media inquiries to explain agency policy, and to include summary papers on program initiatives including opinion/editorials, articles, brochures, and web features.

13. Drafting and writing key messages and talking points on non-routine and/or controversial issues.

14. Maintains established working relationships with news media to include experience interacting with members of the media on a daily basis providing both "on the record" and "background" briefing information as necessary (e.g. communicates/coordinates on technical/specialized subject matter with a wide range of contacts, including print and broadcast media representatives).

15. Experience with writing and posting information for dissemination to external audiences via the World Wide Web.

16. Experience at using analogies, visuals, and other techniques to tailor communications to specific audiences.

17. Prepares oral material which requires interpretation of source documents (e.g. collaborates with reporters to develop products and respond to multiple reviewers).

18. Works in a consultative capacity with people who have conflicting opinions or whose expertise varies.

19. Gives formal presentations on problems which necessitated explanation.

20. Serves as a mediator and facilitator.

21. Conduct training sessions.

22. Responds to correspondence regarding media inquiries or requests for information by researching issues and responding to points addressed in the inquiries.

23. Utilizes various research tools to analyze/recognize newsworthy activities of the organization with a potential impact on public attitudes.

24. Identifies resources to ensure internet/intranet systems meet the communications needs of the agency/organization and its intended audiences.

25. Prepare designated personnel and plan for public presentations, media interviews, news conferences and/or other special events.

26. Identifying issue areas, developing key message/talking points for responding to media inquiries, coordinating messaging/activities with other affected/involved organizations.

27. Reviews external information and news to learn about political and social issues that might affect an organization.