Communications Director


Vacancy ID: 617622   Announcement Number: CK617622TW   USAJOBS Control Number: 310715000

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 617622


1. Title of Job

Communications Director


2. Biographic Data

All biographic information is required except for your telephone number and the contact time.


3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level that you will accept for this position. The lowest grade for this position is 14.


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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

If you are not entitled to veteran's preference, mark "No preference claimed."  Except for disabled veterans, (1) those who entered active duty on or after October 15, 1976, and before September 8, 1980, must have an authorized campaign badge; OR, (2) those who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered on active duty (through means other than enlistment) on or after October 14, 1982, must have (a) completed at least 24 months of continuous, active duty service AND have served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized; OR, (b) have served at least one day during the period for which a campaign medal has been authorized; OR (b) have served at least one day during the period of 08/02/90 through 01/02/92 AND have 24 months of continuous, active duty service, or been a reservist activated during that period.  Persons who returned from military service at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not entitled to veteran's preference except as disabled veterans.


15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

Please enter your dates of active duty military service, unless you have claimed derived preference (i.e., widows, spouse, etc.) Please use this format: (mm/dd/yyyy).


16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

In addition to competitive referral lists, separate referral lists may be generated for candidates who are eligible under merit promotion program procedures. You must provide documentation that supports your claim. Please indicate the response that reflects your eligibility:


01 I am a current Federal employee serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service or I am a former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service.
02 I am a preference veteran or I have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service AND I am not a current or former Federal employee.
03 I am eligible for a non-competitive appointment based on eligibility under the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority.
04 I am eligible for a non-competitive appointment based on a current disability.
05 I am a Former Peace Corps Appointee or I am eligible for another type of non-competitive appointment.
06 I do not meet any of the above.

20. Occupational Specialties

Select 001 if you are applying as an open-competitive candidate (open to all U.S. Citizens).

Select 002 if you are applying as a merit promotion candidate. Please refer to the How to Apply section for descriptions of eligibility.

You may select both 001 and 002 if you are eligible to apply as both a merit-promotion and open-competitive candidate.


001 Communications Director (U.S. Citizens)
002 Communications Director (Merit Promotion)

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


5229 Washington DC, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

In this section indicate if you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).

Note: To receive consideration for CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation. Refer to the "Benefits/Other" section for additional information and instructions.


23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

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.

A. I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in federal service. Specialized Experience is defined as experience that is in or directly related to a Communications Director position, which includes managing a public affairs program for a large, complex organization; developing and implementing public affairs programs in a national organization or equivalent; and developing marketing plans at a national level as part of a public affairs project.
B. I do not possess the education and/or experience as described above.

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.

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 performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

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.