Public Affairs Specialist


Vacancy ID: 775659   Announcement Number: LAG-OPA-775659-MA-193   USAJOBS Control Number: 329908200

Social Security Number

Vacancy Identification Number

775659


1. Title of Job

Public Affairs Specialist
2. Biographic Data

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

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

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15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Public Affairs Specialist

21. Geographic Availability

110010001 Washington DC, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

In this section indicate if you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special selection priority 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 vacancy announcement for additional information and instructions.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Select the statement that best describes your Federal employment status.

A. I am a current Federal employee serving on a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service.
B. I am a reinstatement eligible.
C. I am a current or former Federal employee eligible for a status appointment under an Interchange Agreement.
D. I am eligible for a VEOA appointment (i.e., a veteran who is a preference eligible or who has been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.)
E. None of the above.

If you answered A, B or C, you must provide your agency name and dates of service (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY). If you chose any other response, indicate “not applicable.”

2. There is a time-in-grade (TIG) requirement for promotion into this position. Have you completed one year in a position at or above the GS-12 grade level?

A. Yes, I have completed one year in a position at or above the GS-12 grade level.
B. No. I have not completed one year in a position at or above the GS-12 grade level.
C. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I currently occupy (or have previously occupied) a position at or above the GS-13 grade level.
D. Not applicable.  TIG does not apply to me because I am currently a non-General Schedule (GS) employee and have not held a GS position within the last 52 weeks.
E. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I am a VEOA applicant.

Please give the title(s), series, and grade(s) of the position(s) that support(s) your claim. Also give the beginning and ending dates (month/day/year) during which you occupied the position(s) listed.

3. There is a time-in-grade (TIG) requirement for promotion into this position. Have you completed one year in a position at or above the GS-13 grade level?

A. Yes, I have completed one year in a position at or above the GS-13 grade level.
B. No. I have not completed one year in a position at or above the GS-13 grade level.
C. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I currently occupy (or have previously occupied) a position at or above the GS-14 grade level.
D. Not applicable.  TIG does not apply to me because I am currently a non-General Schedule (GS) employee and have not held a GS position within the last 52 weeks.
E. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I am a VEOA applicant.

Please give the title(s), series, and grade(s) of the position(s) that support(s) your claim. Also give the beginning and ending dates (month/day/year) during which you occupied the position(s) listed.

The following questions will be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

4. Which of the following statements best describes your experience?

A. I have at least one year of GS-12 level specialized experience developing and disseminating information and educational material directly to the general public and/or specific interest groups; obtaining and analyzing feedback or input from the public and targeted groups to provide organizational leadership with reaction concerning organizational programs and materials; developing materials and preparing designated personnel for public presentations, media interviews, news conferences and other special events; serving as public affairs liaison with credentialed representatives of the media, and federal, state, and local government officials, leaders and members of a variety of professional business, civic and other public-interest organizations.
B. My experience does not meet the experience described above.

Provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) which demonstrates the experience related to your response.

5. Which of the following statements best describes your experience?

A. I have at least one year of GS-13 level experience serving as a technical authority on the design and execution of a national campaign concerned with conveying information about complex programs to publics having a diverse understanding of the organization's activities; designed and executed regional plans for the dissemination of written and oral information to encourage groups and individuals to adopt an organization's programs or a position on an issue; and prepared testimony, briefings, and speeches for high level officials on complex and often controversial subjects.
B. I do not possess the experience described above.

Provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) which demonstrates the experience related to your response.

6. Do you have skill in serving as the principal spokesperson for an agency/organization to representatives of the national, regional and local media, and issuing public statements "on the record" as to agency/organization positions on sensitive and controversial matters?

A. YES
B. NO

If you selected response A to this question, please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you chose any other response, you may indicate "not applicable".

7. Do you have skill in developing materials and preparing designated personnel for public presentations, media interviews, news conferences and other special events?

A. YES
B. NO

If you selected response A to this question, please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you chose any other response, you may indicate "not applicable".

For each task statement listed below, please select the response that best describes your skill level. These statements were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies needed to successfully perform the work of the position. Your resume must clearly and accurately reflect the experience and skill levels you claim in this questionnaire, in order to receive credit for your response(s).

8. Ensures that information and materials prepared and released accurately reflects the policies, views, and program initiatives of the organization.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

Provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) which demonstrates the experience related to your response.

9. Provides written forms of communication (e.g. fact sheets, news releases, news articles, speeches, feature articles, pamphlets, newsletters, etc.).

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

10. Responds to extremely sensitive and controversial inquiries concerning recent events and news items as well as program and organization background information.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

11. Advises on issues related to identifying information that will further the Agency's missions and goals.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

12. Develops/prepares written material that informs the targeted audience of agency policies, programs and/or procedures.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

13. Provides guidance concerning procedures related to specific requests from the media, the general public, specialized groups and community and governmental entities.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

14. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with national and international media representatives.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, 4and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

15. Serves as senior advisor on public affairs activities.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

16. Arranges news media visits to various offices.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

17. Manages communication projects to effectively convey a strategic message concerning organizational programs.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

18. Monitors and maintains editorial control of a website for materials and style content.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

19. Develops new web content and professional level site designs and logical and intuitive contact architecture.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

20. Conducts public affairs programs utilizing both internal and external means of communication and uses a variety of writing styles and media.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

21. Designs and communicates information through different media outlets.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

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

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

23. Prepares oral material which requires interpretation of source documents (e.g. collaborating with reporters to develop products and respond to multiple reviewers; working in a consultative capacity with people who have conflicting opinions or whose expertise varies; giving formal presentations on problems which necessitated explanation; serving as a mediator and facilitator; or conducting training sessions).

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

24. Provides oral communication and coordination on specialized subject matter with a wide range of contacts.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

25. Utilizes various research tools to analyze information and provide media with the most appropriate pitch.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

26. If you are a federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "pass," "satisfactory," or better?

A. Yes
B. No
C. I am a Federal employee but have not received a performance rating.
D. Not applicable. I am not a Federal employee.

If you are not a current federal employee, please provide the names and telephone numbers of three professional references who know your qualifications relative to this position and who we can contact to verify your credentials. Do not list personal friends or relatives.

Applicants who have permanently held a position with promotion potential equivalent to GS-14 or higher in the competitive service can be referred for selection without competition under our agency merit promotion procedures. Details and temporary promotions do not count. Your responses to the following questions will be used to determine whether or not you can be categorized as a non-competitive eligible. If you are referred non-competitively based on your responses and that information is later found to be incorrect, you may lose further consideration under this announcement.

27. Have you ever held (or do you currently hold) a competitive service position on a permanent basis in the federal government with promotion potential equivalent to GS-14 or higher?

A. YES
B. NO

If you chose response A in the previous question, please provide the position's title, pay plan, series and grade level (or pay band). Also include the promotion potential and the dates (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) you held this position.
Example: Management Analyst, GS-0343-13 with promotion potential to GS-14 held from 10/12/2004 to 6/05/2005.