External Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12


Vacancy ID: 622296   Announcement Number: MG-201290710-KCD-622296D/M   USAJOBS Control Number: 311334200

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 that has: career or career-conditional status or reinstatement eligibility or are eligible under an interchange agreement. You must 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. If you are a current career or career-conditional employee without time-in-grade you will not be considered under this authority. You must provide official documentation documenting your military service such as a DD-214 or statement of service.
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. You are 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 are eligible under an interchange agreement. You must 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 such as those 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 such as those authorized for returning Peace Corps volunteers. You must provide your Peace Corps documentation.
E. None of the above. I am not eligible to be appointed non-competitively.

THE RESUME YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

3. From the descriptions below, select the letter that describes the education or experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-0301-12 External Affairs Specialist work.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-11 grade level or pay band in the Federal service. Specifically, specialized experience is described as experience developing and applying knowledge of external affairs and crisis communications strategies during disasters and emergencies.
B. I do not have the education or experience as described above.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of emergency management systems as it relates to establishing and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders and implementing external affairs activities.
For each of the task statements below, please select the response that best indicates the skill level that you possess for each task listed. Please select only one letter for each item. The task statements were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform the work of this position. 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 skills 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.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have received education and/or training in external affairs programs.
C- I have experience in emergency management system of state or local governments.
D- I have experience in emergency management system of state or local government as it relates to emergency and disaster operations and emergency public information policies and procedures.
E- I have experience emergency management systems of the Federal and State governments as it relates to emergency and disaster operations and emergency external affairs policies and procedures.

4. Establish, maintain and enhance functional relationships with members of Congress, federal, tribal and state/local governments, news media, private sector organizations, and other appropriate organizations and associations.

5. Ability to coordinate, develop and maintain a working relationship with congressional district offices in the region and track records of all events pertinent to each congressional office.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your skill in analyzing and developing recommendations from a wide array of conflicting and divergent sources.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have experience and training in analyzing information.
C- I have experience in collecting data and presenting facts.
D- I have demonstrated experience in compiling and analyzing information from various individuals and groups.
E- I have demonstrated experience in coordinating and conducting studies, analyzing data, developing recommendations and implementing strategic communications plans that are accepted by an organization.

6. Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of informational materials designed to reach various audiences.

7. Experience utilizing a high level of expertise to research, write and/or edit information on programs, policies and functions.

8. Experience preparing probing and innovative analyses that explain complex issues with a broad impact.

9. Experience sorting and compiling information in broad subject fields, where users need specialized and complex information such as reports of advanced scientific research or information on complex, conflicting, incomplete or unclear issues.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your skill in developing communications plans and products designed to help affected groups understand emergency management issues.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have received education and/or training in emergency management.
C- I have experience in writing news releases.
D- I have experience preparing written materials used to relay ideas and concepts to various individuals.
E- I have demonstrated experience in developing emergency management articles, press releases, newsletters and briefing materials on a variety of issues that may be controversial or meet with opposing views. I have presented these through various mediums to include Congressional offices and advisories, the news media, websites, public meetings, community organizations, etc.

10. Develops and implements clear, concise and timely communication plans for highly visible agency-wide and regional initiatives related to disaster response and recovery, preparedness, prevention and mitigation.

11. Conceives, develops and implements emergency and hazards awareness campaigns designed to lessen the effects of disasters and other emergencies.

12. Coordinates major press conferences and interviews of agency officials, and assists leadership in handling both crisis and non-crisis special events, using a style that upholds credibility and audience interest.

13. Prepares and reviews all correspondence from congressional offices and develops responses for Regional Administrator's signature or coordinates with appropriate division.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your skill in oral communication.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have experience and training in public speaking.
C- I have experience in disseminating information.
D- I have experience in attending meetings for the purpose of gathering information and/or conducting briefings.
E- I have experience in conducting meetings with a variety of groups on differing issues that require tact, diplomacy and knowledge of FEMA programs and national emergency management systems and procedures.

14. Represent the agency as a recognized external affairs authority in a variety of settings, provides interpretation of agency external affairs programs, policies and procedures.

15. Serve as agency contact with counterparts in federal, tribal state/local and voluntary agencies and organizations participating in the operation of External Affairs in the Joint Field Office (JFO) and other field-related activities.

16. Maintains contact and works with public information officers from other federal, tribal and state/local agencies in planning, training and exercising functional plans of External Affairs in disaster response and recovery.

17. Secures and conduct interviews with news organizations on disaster issues and other information.