Writer-Editor


Vacancy ID: 875425   Announcement Number: FS-875425-AC13   USAJOBS Control Number: 342324700

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

875425
1. Title of Job

Writer-Editor
2. Biographic Data

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3. E-Mail Address

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4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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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

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

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15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

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16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Select at least one occupational specialty code. The specialty code(s) for this position are 001, 002 and 003. Please note that you must select at least one specialty code but may select multiple codes if desired. Each code is defined below:

001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 875425.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
510100013 Arlington, VA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY 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). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-11 level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) gathering information on specific topics and presenting the material in a way that is appropriate and understandable to the intended audience; 2) preparing documents by following specific styles and formats (such as Associated Press (AP) or Government Printing Office style guides); 3) writing and editing documents that incorporate authoritative information gathered by personal research; 4) analyzing the impact of new, revised, or proposed legislation for application to written material; and 5) editing, writing, and publishing a wide variety of written communications that are complex and/or controversial and that require a high degree of tact and diplomacy in presentation method.
B. I have successfully completed three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or a Doctorate or Ph.D., or equivalent degree, e.g., at an accredited college or university in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include journalism, creative writing, or English literature. YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
C. I have a combination of experience described in "A" above and education described in "B" above. When combining education and experience, first take the total number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned and divide by 54 semester hours (or equivalent); then take the total number of months of experience and divide by 12 months; finally, add the two percentages. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only the graduate education in excess of 36 semester hours may be combined with experience to qualify. YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
D. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position at the GS-11 level.

2. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-12 level.

A. I have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) researching, analyzing, reviewing, editing, and writing responses to inquiries from the White House, Congress, the Government Accountability Office, or other authoritative establishments; 2) preparing documents utilizing the Associated Press (AP) or Government Printing Office style guides for writing; 3) writing and editing documents that incorporate authoritative information gathered by personal research ensuring that it is consistent with other presented information; 4) analyzing the impact of new, revised, or proposed legislation or policy changes for application to written material; and 5) editing, writing, and publishing a wide variety of written communications that are complex and/or controversial and that require a high degree of tact and diplomacy in presentation method, which include reports, talking points, speeches, and/or standard operating procedures or manuals for review and approval by all levels of leadership.
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position at the GS-12 level.

ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY IN WRITING

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list A through E following each task that best describes your experience and/or training. Your resume must support your answers or your overall score may be lowered or considered ineligible.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work 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 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.

3. Edit, write and publish various written materials (e.g. pamphlets, handbooks, training materials, manuals, regulations, and guidebooks).

4. Write and publish materials that are complex and/or controversial and that require a high degree of tact and diplomacy in presentation method.

5. Write or edit web site material for an organization.

6. Write or edit press releases to local or national newspapers.

7. Draft talking points or speeches that are intended to be delivered to new sources or the general public.

SKILL IN ANALYZING AND PRESENTING INFORMATION

8. Research and analyze information on a specific topic.

9. Research, verify, and compile information to amplify or provide full subject coverage.

10. Ensure that collected information does not conflict with current policies and objectives of related programs.

11. Present information that addresses specific issues or events that requires a response from an internal or external group.

12. Gather and analyze information by interviewing subject matter experts in a specific field of study.

13. Present information that adheres to current policies and style requirements.

14. Present information that is consistent with other information that has previously been presented.

15. Analyze the impact of new, revised and proposed legislation or Executive Orders for application to potential future speech writing assignments.

16. Utilize the Associated Press (AP) or Government Printing Office style guides for writing.

ABILITY TO INTERPRET AND EXPLAIN A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS AND TO WRITE MATERIALS TAILORED TO SPECIFIC AUDIENCES

17. Communicate information in a clear and concise manner.

18. Write documentation that is both complex and controversial.

19. Write or edit responses to inquiries from the White House, Congress, the Government Accountability Office, or other authoritative establishment.

20. Prepare answers to anticipated questions from the audience for a speaker.

21. Write speeches that present materials in an interesting, clear, and thorough matter.

22. Present factual information that is at an appropriate level for the intended audience.

KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT AND PERTINENT INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN WRITTEN MATERIALS

23. Present clear and concise information to audiences on complex and controversial topics.

24. Present clear and concise information on topics that require a high degree of tact and diplomacy in the presentation method.

25. Utilize the appropriate processes for presenting written information to audiences within and outside the Federal government.

26. Maintain awareness of the types and disposition of audiences to which materials would likely be provided.

27. Verify information through personal research efforts used to support full subject coverage.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE WEB PUBLISHING PROCESS AND DOCUMENT DESIGN PRINCIPLES

28. Use content management software to develop, manage, and publish website pages for a public audience.

29. Use web application platform (such as SharePoint) to develop and maintain websites for internal and external audiences.

30. Use website development strategies and social media tools to augment the impact of standard web pages and other written materials.

31. Use graphic design, video editing, and web development applications software (such as Adobe Creative Suite Software) to design and layout written materials for use in newsletters, pamphlets, fact sheets, and other informational products for dissemination to external and internal audiences.