Writer Editor (Speech Writer)

Vacancy ID: 852935   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-MP-13-852935   USAJOBS Control Number: 339047400

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1. Title of Job

Writer Editor (Speech Writer)
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

Are you an ICTAP Eligible?

For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Are you eligible for Indian preference as defined by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and as evidenced by appropriate Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) authorized certification?

Are you eligible for preference based on being a Public Law 94-437 Indian Health Service Scholarship recipient? For more information, please click here.    

Are you eligible for the Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities? (For information on Schedule A appointments, see the OPM website.)    

Are you a PHS Commissioned Officer (This includes active duty officers, inactive reserve officers, and applicants who have been approved for commissioning in the USPHS Commissioned Corps)?

Are you eligible for noncompetitive appointment?
This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and PHS Commissioned Corps Officers.  This also includes applicants who meet the qualifications for this position and who have previously held, or currently hold, a Federal position at the grade of this position.

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

If you are a male at least 18 years of age, born after December 31, 1959, have you registered with the Selective Service System?

01 Yes
02 No
03 Not Applicable

12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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

Select/enter at least one occupational specialty. The specialty code for this position is:

001 Writer Editor

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:

241450031 Silver Spring, MD

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for a Writer Editor (Speech Writer), GS-1082-14.  Please select only one response.

A. I possess one (1) year of specialized experience which is equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as having expert knowledge to conduct analysis of complex issues involved in the development and interpretation of important public policies. In addition, having the ability to identify public policy issues within field of expertise, the ability to make realistic assessment of the institutional environment in which policy alternatives will be considered, chosen, and the implemented and the ability to make clear, concise and effective written presentations.
B. I do not meet any of the education and/or experience requirements stated above.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

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.

2. Conduct research on complex issues, including scientific, medical, technical and regulatory issues involving public health and/or public policy.

3. Interview subject matter experts to gather material and information for use in the speeches and written materials for senior executives.

4. Organize, write, revise, and clear speeches, talking points, opinion pieces and other written materials for senior executives through the highest levels of the organization under constant deadline pressure.

5. Produce speeches and other written materials that accurately and clearly articulate the policies, requirements, and expectations of a major institution, agency, or corporation.

6. Find and articulate the senior official's "voice."

7. Draft, clear, and prepare for delivery high quality speeches, talking points, opinion pieces, and other written materials in conjunction with major announcements including situations where public health and safety may be at risk and frequently on short notice.

8. Develop a close working relationship with the senior executive in order to understand his or her preferences concerning speeches and to be able to create effective communications promptly.

9. Adjust writing style to suit the executive's preferences. Find and articulate the executive's "voice."

10. Ability to identify appropriate topics for specific audiences based on knowledge of the organization's communications priorities and the audience's needs.

11. Coordinate and negotiate with top officials, both inside and outside of the organization.

12. Develop close working relationships with a wide variety of scientific, medical, technical, legal, policy and/or other experts throughout the organization.

13. Develop a speech calendar and a process for managing the entire speech process, from initial meetings with the executive to delivery and dissemination of the final speech text.

14. Manage competing priorities and multiple assignments to keep all writing projects moving forward. 

15. Meet all deadlines for speeches, informal remarks, talking points, op-eds, and other communications materials.

16. Translate complex terms and technical language into language easily understandable to the general public.

17. Comprehend, analyze, and write about diverse issues spanning the jurisdiction of the organization rapidly and on short notice.

18. Match written materials to the needs of the audience and their level of sophistication concerning public health, safety, and/or other major public policy issues.

19. Select and use the appropriate writing style for the audience and type of material that is produced, such as a formal keynote address, informal remarks, a video script, a podcast, a letter to the editor, or an op-ed piece.