Public Affairs Specialist (Recent Graduates)


Vacancy ID: 854971   Announcement Number: D022-13-COMM-854971   USAJOBS Control Number: 339679500

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Are you willing to work in Washington, DC and accept this position without relocation incentive?

A. Yes
B. No

2. Have you received an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from an accredited educational institution within the previous 2 years? Please NOTE: Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2 year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which they completed their degrees (or certification).

A. Yes
B. No

3. From the descriptions below, select the option which best describes your education and/or experience to perform the duties of a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-07 level. Make sure your resume supports the response that you select. Mark only 1 response.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent. Specialized experience may include: 1) Conducting research on technical information in order to convey it to the general public. 2) Utilizing both traditional, mass, trade and social media to write, edit and disseminate materials, including news releases, feature stories and other informational pieces. 3) Maintaining and posting to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
B. I have successfully completed at least one full year of graduate level education in Communications, Public Affairs, or a closely related field that which has provided me with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work of a Public Affairs Specialist.
C. I have a bachelor's degree and superior academic achievement, in the field of Communications, Public Affairs, Public Relations, or a closely related field that as demonstrated by at least one of the following: 1) class standing in the upper third of the graduating class; 2) a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as computed based on 4 years of education or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; 3) a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR 4) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (see the Association of College Honor Societies for a list of accepted societies).
D. I have less than the one-year of experience as described in "A", and I have less than one year of graduate level education as described in "B". However, I have a combination of experience and graduate level education that, when combined, equals at least 100% of the total requirement.
E. I do not possess the experience and/or education as described above.

4. From the descriptions below, select the option which best describes your education and/or experience to perform the duties of a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-09 level. Make sure your resume supports the response that you select. Mark only 1 response.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent. Specialized experience may include: 1) Conducting research on technical information in order to convey it to the general public. 2) Utilizing both traditional, mass, trade and social media to write, edit and disseminate materials, including news releases, feature stories and other informational pieces. 3) Maintaining and posting to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. 4) Identifying communication needs and developing materials that inform appropriate audiences of the agency's policies, programs, services, and activities.
B. I have a master's or equivalent degree or have completed two full years of graduate level education leading to such a degree in Communications, Public Affairs, or a closely related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of a Public Affairs Specialist or completion of all requirements for an LL.B or J.D. if related, from an accredited college or university.
C. I have a combination of graduate level education and appropriate specialized experience as described in A and B above that together meet requirements for this grade level. Experience and education should be computed as percentages of the overall requirements and must equal 100% when combined.
D. I do not possess the experience or education described above.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

5. Do you have experience posting in social networking web sites?

A. Yes
B. No

6. Do you have experience creating a page or group within a social networking site?

A. Yes
B. No

7. Writing - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience. Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to this competency.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I have provided written notes that others utilized to create news releases, fact sheets, or brochures.
C. I have created news releases, fact sheets, or brochures with the support of my supervisor.
D. I have authored fact sheets, brochures, or booklets that provide organizational information to the media.
E. I have independently created new releases, broadcast spots, or other materials provided to media representatives.

8. Oral communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to this competency.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I have communicated orally with others to obtain or verify information.
C. I have communicated orally to provide routine information.
D. I have communicated orally with internal contacts to coordinate plans or notify them of decisions.
E. I have communicated orally with external organizations to maintain contact and manage the flow of information.

9. Communications and Social Media - Knowledge of traditional and social media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform general and specialized audiences via written, oral, and visual media. Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to this competency.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I have posted tweets, Facebook posts, or other messages to my personal social media account.
C. I have developed an organization's tweets, Facebook posts, or other social media messages with the approval of my supervisor or manager.
D. I have independently created an organization's tweets, Facebook posts, or other social media messages.
E. I have created a long-term social media plan that aligns with the mission and vision of the organization.

10. Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I have built relationships with others through regular interaction.
C. I have collaborated with others within my department to create press releases, social media messages, or talking points.
D. I have functioned as the departmental representative to other groups within the organization, gathering or conveying information.
E. I have acted as a departmental representative to leadership within the organization in order to gather information and create communications materials.

11. Written Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to this competency.

A. I have no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I have read professional articles or press releases to understand the key ideas or facts about a topic.
C. I have identified the key theme of an article or press release to summarize the basic premise to others.
D. I have studied professional articles, press releases, or technical reports in order to provide notes to others detailing the contents of the materials.
E. I have read and evaluated professional articles or technical reports to incorporate the information into my report, press release, or social media message.

12. Active Listening - Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to this competency.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I can be attentive in order to listen to others.
C. I have observed others to obtain relevant information to provide to my team.
D. I have given my full attention in order to understand what others are saying to be able to provide notes to others.
E. I have given my full attention to hear another's point of view, asking questions to clarify my understanding.

13. Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to this competency.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I have an awareness of social, cultural, generational, and other differences that impact people's reactions to or understanding of information.
C. I have read the work of others and understand how they tailor communications to appeal to a specific audience.
D. I have accounted for social, cultural, generational, and other differences when determining how to convey information to others.
E. I have identified differences that affect how people react to information and have tailored my messaging to appeal to the target audience.

14. Organizational Awareness - Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how it's social, political, and technological systems work and is able to operate effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization. Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to this competency.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I understand how to identify an organization's mission, core values, and guiding principles.
C. I have identified norms and values of an organization, including unspoken guidelines, to determine how to convey the organization's objective.
D. I have identified the organization's mission, functions, and systems to ensure that my writing aligns with the goals of the organization.
E. I have determined the priorities, and values of the organization and its stakeholders, in order to ensure that my writing promotes the goals of the organization.

15. External Awareness - Identifies and understands economic, political, and social trends that affect the organization.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I have knowledge of international trade which helps me to better understand the national economy.
C. I have explained the concept of international trade to others.
D. I have kept up-to-date on news concerning the national economy and international trade.
E. I have analyzed news sources to identify how international trade influences economic health.

16. Inductive Reasoning - Ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to this competency.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I have read an article or news story to inform my position on a topic.
C. I have attended a professional conference or industry meeting to gather information and opinions in order to develop a general perspective on a subject.
D. I have incorporated information from multiple sources such as professional articles or news stories to develop an informed understanding or conclusion about an issue.
E. I have incorporated information from varied sources such as professional articles, news stories, and industry meetings to improve my understanding of a topic and develop a conclusion.

17. Creative Thinking - Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable. Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to this competency.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity.
B. I have applied rules or common sense to define the best approach to develop a social media message, web story, or press release.
C. I have used my past experience to determine the most appropriate way to convey information via social media, the web, or press release.
D. I have created social media messages, web stories, or press releases by combining approaches or tactics not previously utilized together.
E. I have developed new or innovative ways to convey information via social media messages, web stories, or press releases.

18. 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 eligibility 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 I will not be considered for employment if I do not respond "Yes" to this certification item.

A. Yes
B. No