Lead Public Affairs Specialist - MP-NIDCD


Vacancy ID: 840477   Announcement Number: NIH-NIDCD-MP-13-840477   USAJOBS Control Number: 339949400

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in the Lead Public Affairs Specialist (GS-1035-14) position at our Agency. We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Your responses are subject to verification. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this questionnaire.

1. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the basic qualification requirements for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-14 position as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-14 level because I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: developing and implementing innovative and strategic information, education, and outreach efforts; developing short term communication plans; establishing work priorities for a team; and assisting scientific staff in summarizing research findings and data for presentation or publication.
B. My experience does not match the choice above.

The following section is used to determine your eligibility for appointment. Please respond yes or no to the following questions. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THESE QUESTIONS WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBILE RATING. NOTE: You must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility as indicated. Failure to provide the required documents WILL render you not eligible for consideration.

1. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Employee – I am a current permanent Title 5 Department of Health and Human Services employee.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent competitive career or career conditional Standard Form-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from the eOPF Page.

A. Yes
B. No

2. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) – I am a current or former federal employee displaced from a position within the Department of Health and Human Services in the same local commuting area of the vacancy. I have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or the equivalent. Applicants eligible under CTAP are provided priority selection for vacancies within the local commuting area for which they apply and are considered well qualified. NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit copies of the appropriate documentation, such as a reduction in force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You must also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record. For more information on CTAP, please visit OPM’s The Employee's Guide to Career Transition Page.

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training.

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.

1. Assess and evaluate public information activities, services, or products to ensure they meet organizational goals and objectives.

2. Develop organizational health communication plans and programs.

3. Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of a communication plan.

4. Develop, review, or evaluate publications development plans.

5. Develop, review, or evaluate web content guidelines.

6. Develop, review, or evaluate public information/inquiries programs, including information clearinghouses.

7. Define the scope, requirements, and objectives for projects.

8. Create and maintain a work breakdown structure of project tasks with staff resource allocations and timelines.

9. Track and monitor project schedules.

10. Identify and manage project risks.

11. Recommend methods to present information on the Web for a variety of audiences.

12. Develop collaborative working relationships with constituent organizations.

13. Write communications that clearly articulate organizational policies and programs.

14. Collaborate with organizations with differing or opposing views.

15. Conduct presentations, briefings, or other communication activities to keep appropriate management informed of the status of project activities and issues.

16. Respond to requests for background information on the organization's research initiatives.

17. Advise senior staff on information dissemination and scientific communication.

18. Write or edit speeches that present program information.

For the following question, please indicate YES or NO to best describe your experience and/or training.

19. Have you served as a liaison between organizations on public participation activity and outreach effort issues?

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training.

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.

20. Train scientists to conduct mock media relations interviews.

21. Provide background information and updates of high visibility research initiatives for the media.

22. Compile information to enhance the effectiveness of a media relations interview.

23. Monitor and assess new research findings prior to publication or presentation for any legislative or public affairs impact of highly sensitive and complex issues.

24. Facilitate working relationships with individuals from the media.

25. Organize and develop media outreach programs to publicize organizational programs or policies to national audiences.

26. Write briefing materials for dissemination to national audiences.

27. Write and edit internal publications, speeches, and/or reports.

28. Develop and implement crisis communications plans.

29. Develop and implement health promotion materials.

30. Ensure project/contract work is completed according to project/contract requirements, resource allocations, and schedules.

31. Write feature stories or press releases for dissemination to national audiences through the news media.

32. Advise senior staff in the planning, designing, developing, and implementing of web-based initiatives that disseminate organizational programs, policies, functions and research information.

33. Plan work assignments for colleagues, team members, or multiple teams working on different assignments at the same time.

34. Ensure that the organization' strategic plan, mission, vision and values are integrated into the team's work plans.

35. Identify training needs for a group or team.

36. Monitor and report on the status and progress of work.

37. Review completed work for technical accuracy and timeliness.

38. Communicate to staff members on the work to be completed and the timeframes in completing the work.

39. Coach a team in the selection and application of appropriate problem solving methods and techniques.

For the following question, please indicate YES or NO to best describe your experience and/or training.

40. Have you been a team leader in either a formal or informal organization?

A. Yes
B. No


As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.

If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.

41. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.