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1. From the descriptions below, select the response that most closely and accurately describes the education and/or experience you possess which demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of a Communications Director at the GS-14 grade level. Read each response carefully and select only one.
For each task in the following group choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.
2. Develop national level public affairs programs.
3. Coordinate a variety of programs, projects and events for a specific program.
4. Plan public affairs projects for national deployment.
5. Produce oral and written national level communication products for senior executives.
6. Assess management controls, information and documentation systems to assure management needs related to marketing are met.
7. Formulate the marketing, public affairs, and communications budget.
8. Present the marketing, public affairs, and communications budget.
9. Analyze the marketing, public affairs, and communications budget.
10. Devise and develop communication campaigns and strategies, and supporting products that convey information to various publics.
11. Plan, develop and implement various programs and projects that require public relations intervention.
12. Initiate contact with news media representatives.
13. Advise public affairs officers on the media relations aspects of current national issues.
14. Evaluate public affairs programs while helping to track effectiveness of activities in the field.
15. Develop new ways to communicate messages on controversial or sensitive issues where public response is historically negative.
16. Provide expertise to senior leadership and/or officials on responding to public affairs issues.
17. Develop new approaches and strategies in communicating programs to a variety of audiences.
18. Persuade others to adopt organization and/or agency viewpoints.
19. Address controversial or sensitive subject matter so to reduce negative reactions.
20. Analyze target audiences and determine the style of publication and content matter best suited for recipients.
21. Present information on program accomplishments.
22. Present information to refute public misinformation.
23. Participate in panel discussions or media interviews as a representative of a company, office, and/or agency.
24. Answer questions regarding organization policy and/or viewpoints in one-on-one interviews
25. Prepare speeches, news releases, talking points, fact sheets, and responses to requests for information.
26. Provide layout design and publication expertise in accordance with appropriate style guidelines.
27. Compose and prepare information articles on specific topics.
28. Provide analytical and educational support to aid in the determination of document making and programmatic information releases to the media.
29. Review and edit publications prepared by others.
30. Respond in writing to inquiries regarding organization policy and/or viewpoints, and/or requests for information.
31. Prepare and write brochures, pamphlets and/or website materials to support agency public information goals and objectives.
32. Respond to inquiries from the print and broadcast media.
33. Foster professional relationships through personal action such as phone calls, on-site visits, and participation in activities sponsored by various organizations.
34. Relate to people from varied backgrounds and situations.
35. Display courtesy and tact in a variety of situations, including media interviews, informal meetings, and/or public appearances.
36. Answer questions regarding organization policy and/or viewpoints, and/or requests for information over the phone or in person.
37. Establish and maintain contacts with the media and public interest groups.