Communications Specialist (Financial Services)


Vacancy ID: 748149   Announcement Number: PACA-12-MP-523MB   USAJOBS Control Number: 326583700

Social Security Number


Vacancy Identification Number

This the Vacancy Identification Number:  748149
1. Title of Job

Communications Specialist
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address


4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

Are you currently a permanent (non temporary) civilian competitive service employee in a Federal agency?
Are you former civilian Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service? (Generally, this means you have served three years on a permanent career-conditional appointment in the competitive service of the Federal government.)
Are you a former civilian Federal employee who served on a career-conditional appointment and you were separated less than three years ago without achieving career status in the competitive service?
Are you eligible for a noncompetitive appointment to the Federal government under authorities for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteer from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc.?
Are you currently in or have you previously held a permanent Federal position at the same grade level, with the same or higher promotion potential as this vacancy?
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

9. Languages

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

10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level that you will accept for this position.
12
13

11. Miscellaneous Information

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

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

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date


17. Service Computation Date


18. Other Date Information




19. Job Preference

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

20. Occupational Specialties

Please select the appropriate specialty code.  You must provide supporting documentation in oder to receive consideration.

 

001: Competitive: Please select this specialty if you meet the following criteria: You are a current or former civilian Federal employee in the competitive service who has: career or career-conditional status; OR, reinstatement eligibility into the competitive service. You must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action showing title, series, grade and the full performance level of the position; OR, you are a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. You must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) or if you are currently in the military a statement of service.


002: Non Competitive: Please select this specialty if you meet the following criteria: You are a current or former civilian Federal employee who held a permanent position in the competitive service that had the same (or higher) promotion potential as the full performance level of this job; OR, you meet these eligibility requirements from an excepted service agency with an interchange agreement. You must submit a copy of your SF-50 showing that you meet these requirements; OR, you are eligible to be hired under a Special Hiring Authority such as those authorized for persons with disabilities; disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more; certain other veterans; spouses of certain members of the armed forces; and returning Peace Corps volunteers. You must submit relevant supporting documentation.


001 Competitive
002 Non-Competitive

21. Geographic Availability


510040510 Alexandria, VA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience



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 statements below, select the one response that best describes your highest level of experience you fully possess that
demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a Communications Specialist at the CU-12 level.

A. I have at least one year of experience equivalent to the CU-11 level in the Federal Sector as described in the vacancy announcement.
B. I do not have the experience as described in the vacancy announcement.

2. From the statements below, select the one response that best describes your highest level of experience you fully possess that
demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a Communications Specialist at the CU-13 level.

A. I have at least one year of experience equivalent to the CU-12 level in the Federal Sector as described in the vacancy announcement.
B. I do not have the experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


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.

3. Draft press releases

4. Draft congressional testimony

5. Draft congressional correspondence

6. Draft speeches and op-eds and letters to the editor

7. Develop and write informational materials and presentations

8. Draft correspondence on sensitive or technical issues

9. Develop and write informational materials, slide shows, and presentations

10. Draft newsletter or newspaper stories

11. Write news, feature, or technical articles for a weekly or monthly publication

12. Write press releases for a breaking news event

13. Respond to cold call media inquiries

14. Review speeches or testimony and made recommendations for improving the delivery of the information to the intended audience

15. Review and edit documents produced by others to ensure proper quality, content, presentation, and grammatical usage prior to dissemination or publication

16. Review and revise material produced by others to ensure principles of plain writing

17. Analyze trade research materials and make recommend for improving the delivery of the information to the intended audience

18. Produce radio, television, or online media content



19. Brief senior Agency leadership on best practices regarding communication

20. Answer press calls and public inquiries

21. Conduct interviews of information sources

22. Pursuade decision makers above my immediate manager to work toward an objective or goal

23. Made formal presentations to policymakers or managers for purposes of persuading them to take action, change positions, or expend resources

24. Persuade others outside of my organization to change their position

25. Persuade reporters to change the premise of a story or include the agency's viewpoint in a story

26. Communicate with or on behalf of decision makers on financial services industry or consumer protection issues

27. Communicate with representatives of the print and broadcast media who cover the credit union industry or the financial services industry

28. Communicate/coordinate with a wide range of contacts, including print and broadcast media representatives, on complex technical/specialized subject matter

29. Provide information to media representatives on technical/specialized subject

30. Conduct interviews of information sources

31. Answer press calls and inquiries

32. Pursuade others to cange the core messages or arguments of a press release, press response, or policy document



33. Work in the credit union industry or in the financial services industry, for an agency regulating or an institution overseeing the credit union industry, or covering the credit union industry

34. Apply credit union industry or other financial institutions' policies and pracitces

35. Work in the credit union industry, for an agency regulating the credit union industry, or covering the credit union industry and am considered an expert that others consult when researching the credit union industry or other financial institutions' policies and practices.

36. Establish working relationships with various decision makers on controversial or complex matters related to legislative or regulatory issues concerning the financial services industry or consumer protection issues

37. Establish working relationships with a wide variety of contacts in government agencies, in Congress, in state agencies, and trade associations on financial services industry or consumer protection issues




38. Do you know who the technical experts are within the credit union industry or the financial services industry and able to access their expertise to produce written material about their program area?

A. Yes
B. No




39. Have you established contacts within credit unions or financial services providers and/or among credit union or financial services trade groups?

A. Yes
B. No


40. Have you made formal oral presentations and provided on-the-spot responses under adverse, hostile, time-sensitive, or similar conditions; or established rapport with media representatives and pitching stories to these individuals that resulted in publication?

A. Yes
B. No

41. Have you assisted in developing press kits and media contact lists; provided information to media on routine requests by explaining established procedures; assisted in the preparation of press conferences for major announcements; or assisted in the preparation of briefing books?

A. Yes
B. No



42. Have you developed specialized knowledge of complicated issues and communicated this information in simple, easy-to-understand terms?

A. Yes
B. No

43. Have you prepared one or more of the following documents? Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, regulatory, or management initiatives;Articles for a magazine or newsletter;Newspaper articles;Books; Academic papers;Research papers;Speeches;Policy guidance;Web material;Press releases;Strategic plans;Letters to the editor;Written responses to a media inquiry;Fact sheets for the general public;Press kits; Prepared quotes;Talking points;Television or radio story scripts.

A. Yes
B. No