External Affairs Specialist (National IMAT External Affairs Officer)-AD-0301-05


Vacancy ID: 833461   Announcement Number: MG-2013-MJH-833461IMAT   USAJOBS Control Number: 336638000

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

PLEASE BE SURE TO DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR RESUME THAT SUPPORTS YOUR RESPONSES TO THE QUESTIONS BELOW. It is important that your submitted application package clearly shows that you possess the experience and skill levels that 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 for this position. If not, your rating score will be adjusted or your application will be determined not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating your application ineligible and losing consideration or terminating your employment, if hired.

1. Read each of the following descriptions and select the one response that BEST describes your highest level of experience that allows you to meet the qualification requirements of External Affairs Officer-AD-0301-05 position.

A. To qualify for this position at the AD-301-05 level you must demonstrate: Experience establishing and managing public information strategies; training and managing a cadre of temporary employees in support of external affairs efforts; and leading disaster communications and emergency management communications during complex, large-scale disasters and incidents.
B. I do not possess the experience as described above.

IMAT REQUIREMENTS
DEFAULT SCALE: Please select the response below that reflects your understanding of the Special Requirements of National Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT).

A- YES
B- NO

2. Are you aware that all FEMA employees are subject to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency, and all Federal employees may be subject to emergency deployment?

3. Are you able to meet this commitment?

4. Do you understand that the length of such deployment may last anywhere from days to months, depending upon the nature of the emergency or disaster?

5. Are you able to meet this commitment?

6. Do you understand that in the event of an emergency deployment, your travel requirements may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require you to relocate to emergency sites, some of which are quite austere?

7. Are you able to meet this commitment?

For each of the following items, select a response from the choices below (A-E) that best describes your highest level of training and/or experience in performing that task. Your resume and other supporting documentation you submit as part of your application will be reviewed to verify your responses.
DEFAULT SCALE: Please select the response that best reflects your experience performing the specified tasks.

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 have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored by a supervisor or senior coworker 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 assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
E- I have instructed or managed other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.

8. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with representatives of the community, clients, government officials, public interest groups, and media representatives.

9. Provide support to an organization's management officials participating in program planning related to outreach and communications in support of emergency management programs.

10. Advise management on evaluating and achieving organizational goals and program planning related to community relations outreach and strategies in support of emergency management programs.

11. Develop and execute communications strategies related to emergency management that integrate messages and information flow across multiple audiences to include the general public, congressional, intergovernmental, media and other stakeholders inquires.

12. Plan and conduct senior level informational briefings to explain complex and/or controversial programs and policies.

13. Plans, researches, writes, and edits memos, articles, reports, and other internal and external documents.

14. Responds to congressional inquiries and media inquiries, including serving as an on-record spokesperson for sensitive controversial topics.

15. Delivering of oral briefings and presentations on agency policies and programs in the field of emergency management/disaster assistance for diverse audiences.

16. Disseminates information to the public through the news media, state and local governments, public and private agencies.

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

18. Use all forms of communication to obtain effective public attention and retention.

19. Establishes and nurture effective working relationships with key external representatives of the print and broadcast media, Congress, and a wide range of national organizations.

20. Identifies main stakeholder groups and audiences and determines the best way to communicate information to them.

21. Communicates with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources for purposes of disseminating information.

22. Implement communications activities to convey factual information on emergency management programs and policies including producing written products and managing project rollout.

23. Plan and implement communications activities that engage and impact a variety of stakeholder groups (e.g. disaster survivors, private sector organizations; congressional members and staff: state, local and tribal officials; other federal agencies, etc.).
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24. Identifies main stakeholder groups and audiences and determines the best way to communicate information to them.

25. Communicates with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources for purposes of disseminating information.

26. Implement communications activities to convey factual information on emergency management programs and policies including producing written products and managing project rollout.