Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist


Vacancy ID: 841622   Announcement Number: UK841622-RMA-SMG   USAJOBS Control Number: 337685700

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is:  841622
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1. Title of Job

Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist


2. Biographic Data

All biographic information is required except for your telephone number and contact time.


3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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

5. Employment Availability

Read the following questions and mark Yes to those applicable to you.

Question 1.  Are you a current permanent (non-temporary) competitive service Federal employee of the RISK MANAGEMENT AGENCY?

Are you a permanent (non-temporary) competitive service Federal employee of another Federal agency?

If your response to either of the above questions is YES, then answer "YES" to this question.  If your response is yes, you must submit the Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, that reflects permanent status.


Question 2.  Are you a former Federal employee with competitive service reinstatement eligibility?  (Have you worked for the Federal government in your past under a permanent competitive appointment?)

If your response is YES, then answer "YES" to this question.  If your response is yes, you must submit your Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50/FSA-50, from your previous permanent appointment.


Question 3.  Are you eligible and applying under special hiring authorities such as:  Individuals with Disabilities, former Peace Corps, Vista and Action Cooperative volunteers, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) or 30% Disabled Veterans?

If your response is YES, then answer "YES" to this question.  If your response is yes, you must submit proof of your eligibility with your application (i.e., DD-214).


Question 4.  Are you eligible and applying under Pub L. 106-117 Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)?

Are you a permanent county employee of the FARM SERVICE AGENCY?

Are you a permanent (non-temporary) Federal employee in an excepted service position covered by an interchange agreement?

If your response to any of the above questions is YES, then answer "YES" to this question. If your response is yes, you must submit proof of your eligibility with your application (i.e., DD-214) or your Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50/FSA-50, that reflects permanent status.


Question 5.  Have you served in a permanent Federal position (currently or in a prior position) at the GS-14 grade level or above? 

If your response to the above questions is YES, you must submit your Notification of Personnel Action, Form SF-50, to support your response.


Question 6.  Are you interested in applying utilizing two different recruitment methods:  Merit Promotion and Open Competitive?

Open Competitive announcement are open to the general public.  ANYONE MAY APPLY.

Merit Promotion announcements are open to current and former permanent Federal employees with competitive status and certain other candidates who are eligible for placement under special hiring authorities.

If you are interested in applying utilizing both recruitment methods, answer YES to this question.  Please submit your application and supporting documents online.


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

Required.  Enter the 14, the lowest grade level you will accept.


14

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

Required.  Enter your claim for Veterans' Preference.

For items 15, 16, 17 and 18 enter date information in this format:  MM/DD/YYYY


15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

Please enter your dates of active military service, unless you have claimed derived preference (i.e., widows, spouse, etc.)  Please use this format: (mm/dd/yyyy)


16. Availability Date

You may omit the availability date if you can begin work immediately.  Otherwise, you must provide the date that you will be available for employment.


17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

Please choose one answer to the following question.  How did you hear about this career opportunity?
1 Advertisement
2 Career Fair
3 College/University Career Fair
4 Local Job Service Center
5 MANRRS
6 Professional Association Conference
7 USDA Agency Official
8 www.usajobs.opm.gov
9 Other source

If applicable, in the answer box provided, please indicate the specific conference, career fair, and/or other source.
20. Occupational Specialties

Required.  Enter at least one occupational specialty.

Enter 001 as the occupational specialty to apply as a Merit Promotion candidate.
Merit Promotion refers to announcements open to current and former Federal employees, permanent FSA county employees, and certain other candidates eligible for placement under special hiring authorities.

Enter 002 as the occupational specialty to apply as an open competitive candidate.

Enter 001 and 002 in blocks 1 and 2 if you wish to to apply both as a Merit Promotion and Open Competitive candidate. If you submit all your application materials online, you need only submit one set of supporting documents.


001 Merit Promotion
002 Delegated Examining

21. Geographic Availability

Required.  Enter at least one geographic availability code.  The location code(s) for this position is:


99MTRO012 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

In this section indicate 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).  Otherwise, leave Section 22 blank.

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

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

24. Personal Background Information

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

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Respond to the following questions. Mark only one response for each question. Any experience claimed in response to the following questions MUST be supported by information in your application (resume, OF-612 or any other written format). This information must be SPECIFIC (i.e., duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments). Failure to provide this supporting documentation may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating. (Note: One year of specialized experience is based on a 40-hour workweek. If you have worked less than 40 hours per week, you must prorate your experience.)

1. Do you have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility at the GS-13 level in the Federal service (or private sector equivalent) that demonstrates a mastery ability to conduct news conferences and respond to media inquiries; and ability to plan, recommend and carry out nationwide campaigns?

A. YES
B. NO

You are to choose one answer to each question from among the alternatives presented. Do not mark more than one answer for each question. Multiple answers will not be counted.

2. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your knowledge of public affairs principles, methods and techniques of communications public affairs programs.

A. I have planned, organized and executed a public affairs program focusing on the development of dissemination of informational issuances designed to present explanations of program and policy decisions and activities.
B. I have used the news media, films, DVDs, exhibits, internet and intranet, newsletters and other public information vehicles to communicate the organization's matters, mission, progress, and successes.
C. I have defined the communications and public relations needs for critical agency audiences.
D. All of the above.
E. None of the above.

3. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your knowledge of public affairs principles, methods and techniques sufficient to design, plan and direct a comprehensive public affairs program.

A. I have developed communication strategies, campaigns and oral presentations to effectively transmit information concerning public affairs programs and activities to a variety of state and local government groups, trade and business groups or other organizations.
B. I have designed, planned and directed a public affairs campaign or program based on my knowledge of the fields of agriculture, financing, and the social and economic welfare of individuals, partnerships, corporations and cooperatives.
C. I have participated in program planning and implementation and in the development of policies and procedures to assure that programs are administered in a way that provides for equal opportunity for minority and socially disadvantaged populations.
D. I have worked as part of a team in program planning and the development of policies and procedures.
E. None of the above.

4. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the media, community groups, public affairs personnel, and governmental entities.

A. I have conducted formal presentations, workshops, seminars and other meetings with non-profit organizations, State and local government agencies and business industries to stimulate interest in the organizations program.
B. I have maintained a database of media contacts throughout my organization's sphere of influence and developed a working relationship with key contacts.
C. I have planned and organized special events throughout my organization's sphere of influence designed to highlight the organizations programs and to provide maximum exposure and reaffirmation of the mission and objectives of the organization.
D. All of the above.
E. None of the above.

5. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your ability to effectively interact and deal with a variety of people.

A. I have professionally represented an agency when in contact with the media, the stakeholder community and the general public.
B. I have worked within the public affairs area and outside public affairs function; such as program areas at various levels where the contacts are generally established on a routine basis.
C. I have worked with the media, general public, colleagues, other governmental organizations and private groups with common interests over many diverse areas.
D. All of the above.
E. None of the above.

6. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your ability to gather, coordinate, analyze, and interpret data.

A. I have analyzed a variety of feedback from external and internal audiences in developing recommendations for management on the overall improvement of a public affairs program.
B. I have screened material for completeness and presentation.
C. I have identified and compiled data for analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of public affairs programs with specific objectives.
D. I have worked independently or as part of a team to evaluate the effectiveness of public affairs programs and made recommendations for improvement.
E. None of the above.

7. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your ability to analyze the effectiveness of public affairs programs and develop recommendations for improvement.

A. I have gathered and organized data in a prescribed order.
B. I have reviewed documents for conformance, accuracy, and content.
C. I have developed alternatives and recommendations that enhance agricultural public affairs effectiveness and implementation of necessary changes in order to meet organizational objectives.
D. I have analyzed, evaluated and recommended ways for improving future materials or adapting current materials to meet current needs more effectively.
E. None of the above.

8. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your skill in applying oral communication techniques, principles and practices to diverse groups and individuals.

A. I have interviewed and conferred with managers, supervisors, employees and customers to obtain information for use in news releases, articles, and meetings with the media.
B. I have identified a targeted audience and determined the best methods or techniques to communicate program information.
C. I have provided advice and consultation to officials in planning public information activities, including recommending specific approaches to meet the needs of English as well as non-English speakers' needs.
D. All of the above.
E. None of the above.

9. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your ability to communicate orally with agricultural and general media outlets as well as farm and citizen organizations.

A. I have maintained contacts with and negotiated solutions to problems within agribusiness inside and outside my organization.
B. I have worked with media, general public, colleagues, other governmental organizations and private groups with common interests over many diverse areas.
C. I have briefed news media representatives and others on organizations programs and activities and their impact on various public and private activities.
D. I have served as media spokesperson for an organization.
E. None of the above.

10. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes ability to develop written information materials.

A. I have designed, written, and edited special or general articles, speeches, reports and statements for use to the general public.
B. I have provided written reports and correspondence covering public affairs programs.
C. I have used a variety of print, broadcast and Internet communication technologies (i.e., software/ protocols, web page design, etc.) to post new news releases and publications. .
D. All of the above.
E. None of the above.

11. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience communicating in writing with farm and rural business organizations, agricultural lenders, farming community and others.

A. I have edited agency materials such as: congressional testimony, news releases, radio spots and television announcements, fact sheets, feature stories, briefing papers, background statements, etc.
B. I have assisted in preparing articles for newsletter or publication.
C. I have prepared written communication to local media on new procedures, techniques and trends in the agricultural/financial management field to improve community relations.
D. I have developed feature articles for an employee newsletter.
E. None of the above.

12. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your
experience developing and linking best management practices to the organization's goals and accomplishments.

A. I have received management development training and work assignments but have not yet been assigned specific agency best management practices responsibilities.
B. I have demonstrated work experience leading and directing the work of a team developing agency or organization strategy or policy, plans, and proposals regarding best management practices but have not had overall program management responsibility.
C. I have demonstrated work experience leading and directing similar or closely related functions (to best management practices) and have received training that has prepared me to manage the development of an agency or organizational strategy successfully.
D. I have demonstrated work experience supervising, leading, and directing a strategic management strategy associated with components of best management practices already linked to an organization's goals and accomplishments.
E. None of the above.

13. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience promoting a shared vision of the mission, strategic goals, and core values that all employees strive as a team to achieve.

A. I have looked beyond current reality to prepare an organization for alternative futures by training, coaching, or installing new methods.
B. I have created performance measures to define individual contributions and the organization's performance and results.
C. I have fostered creativity in others by example and through use of creative-thinking strategies and tools.
D. I have created and conveyed new ideas to a group.
E. None of the above.

14. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your ability to design and implement strategies that maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.

A. I have taken steps to prevent situations that could result in unpleasant confrontations.
B. I have confronted issues that block achievement of goals and mission by collaborating across organization boundaries.
C. I have exhibited negotiation skills required to achieve cooperation and resolve conflicts in a work group.
D. I have effectively involved team members in building a consensus.
E. None of the above.

15. From the descriptions below, choose the response that best describes your experience leading an organization and motivating a team from diverse backgrounds towards a common goal.

A. I have ensured that team members understand how their function relates to and compliments the overall mission and goals of the organization.
B. I have led a large, complex, multi-layered workforce of widely varying occupations and knowledge levels by fostering an atmosphere in which individuals feel free to interact.
C. I have created a climate of collaboration rather than competition.
D. I have acknowledged that sacrifices may need to be made in some areas in order to improve overall performance.
E. None of the above.