Writer/Editor


Vacancy ID: 815250   Announcement Number: FS-815250-BM13   USAJOBS Control Number: 334658600

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

815250
1. Title of Job

Writer/Editor
2. Biographic Data

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3. E-Mail Address

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4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

(Required) 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

Enter the lowest grade you are willing to accept.
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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

Enter your veterans' preference claim. (Note: If you are claiming veterans' preference YOU MUST submit supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement to receive eligibility consideration.)
15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

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16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Select at least one occupational specialty code. The specialty code(s) for this position are 001, 002 and 003. Please note that you must select at least one specialty code but may select multiple codes if desired. Each code is defined below:

001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 815250.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Non-competitive & Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
510100013 Arlington, VA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY 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). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Minimum Qualifications

1. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-11 level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) assisting in the drafting of various written materials (e.g. pamphlets, handbooks, training materials, manuals, regulations, and guidebooks, etc.); 2) writing and editing documents that incorporate authoritative information gathered by personal research; 3) reviewing and editing written documentation to ensure accuracy of content, readability, spelling, grammar, and format.
B. I have successfully completed three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or a Doctorate or Ph.D., or equivalent degree, e.g., at an accredited college or university in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include journalism, creative writing, or English literature. YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
C. I have a combination of graduate education and specialized experience as described in "A" and "B" above. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert them to semester hours by multiplying by 2/3rds. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
D. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position at the GS-11 level.

2. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-12 level.

A. I have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) articulating the plans of an organization through the development and publication of written communication items (i.e. directives, guidelines, standard operating procedures, etc.); 2) drafting talking point or speeches for intended speakers, while interpreting themes and conflicting points of view in tasks; 3) recommending acceptance or rejection of technical written documentation based on the following criteria (i.e. compliance, contract requirements, technical accuracy, completeness, manner of presentation, reproducibility, and technical content); and 4) analyzing the impact of new, revised, or proposed legislation or policy changes for application to written material.
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position at the GS-12 level.

Ability to communicate in writing

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list A through E following each task that best describes your experience and/or training. Your resume must support your answers or your overall score may be lowered or considered ineligible.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work 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 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. Write and publish various written materials (e.g. pamphlets, handbooks, training materials, manuals, regulations, and guidebooks).

4. Write and publish materials that are complex and/or controversial and that require a high degree of tact and diplomacy in presentation method.

5. Write or edit web site material/content for an organization.

6. Draft talking points or speeches that are intended to be delivered to new sources or the general public.

7. Review and edit written communications to ensure for the accuracy of content, correct spelling, grammar, and format.

8. Participate in peer reviews, inspections, and other activities that support establishing and maintaining the quality of written materials developed.

9. Develop, implement, and maintain editorial best practices, guidelines, and standards to achieve more effective communication in publications.

10. Write or edit responses to inquiries from the White House, Congress, the Government Accountability Office, or other authoritative establishment.

Skill in analyzing and presenting information

11. Conduct research to develop authoritative information to be reflected in speeches covering topics pertaining to the organization's missions, functions, goals, programs, priorities, activities, and accomplishments.

12. Gather and analyze information by interviewing subject matter experts in a specific field of study.

13. Research, verify, and compile information to amplify or provide full subject coverage.

14. Ensure that collected information does not conflict with current policies and objectives of related programs.

15. Present information that addresses specific issues or events that requires a response from an internal or external group.

16. Present information that adheres to current policies and style requirements.

17. Present information that is consistent with other information that has previously been presented.

18. Analyze the impact of new, revised and proposed legislation or Executive Orders for application to potential future speech writing assignments.

19. Research, interpret, analyze and apply document clearance procedures for written communications.

Ability to interpret and explain a variety of subjects and to write materials tailored to specific audiences

20. Maintain awareness of the types and disposition of audiences to which materials would likely be provided.

21. Develop sequences, and order of presentations of items for the speech, employing expressions and technologies most suitable for the speaker and the audience.

22. Utilize the appropriate processes for presenting written information to audiences within and outside the Federal government.

23. Prepare answers to anticipated questions from the audience for a speaker.

24. Translate the broad guidance and topics for the speeches into effective presentations appropriate for the speaker and audience.

Knowledge of computer-based software and applications to edit, analyze and communicate information

25. Use a word processing application to create and edit written documents.

26. Use an internet browser to conduct research for written publications.

27. Access a web based browser to get the most current and up-to-date guidelines on formatting.

28. Use a word processing application to manipulate the format and/or graphics for written communication items (i.e. articles, reports, pamphlets, news releases, etc.)

29. Use email to disseminate interpretive information for an organization.

30. Review and edit information /content on a web page.