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Public Affairs Specialist

Company: Executive Office for US Attorneys and the Office o
Location: Charleston
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Job Description:

Public Affairs Specialist Department of Justice Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys The United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of West Virginia Overview - ##### Open & closing dates 11/08/2019 to 11/22/2019 - ##### Service Competitive - ##### Pay scale & grade GS 9 - 11 - ##### Salary $51,440 to $80,912 per year - ##### Appointment type Permanent - ##### Work schedule Full-TimeLocation 1 vacancy in the following location: - Charleston, WV Relocation expenses reimbursed No Telework eligible No- Duties Summary For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices, visit ***************************** As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement. This position is also being announced to All U.S. Citizens and Nationals under 20-WVS-********-DE. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia that is responsible for administering a public affairs program to inform and educate a state-wide or region-wide audience consisting of various racial,ethnic, economic and social groups, bar associations, community organizations, and law enforcement organizations and agencies. Typical work assignments will include: - Serving as the press coordinator for the United States Attorneys Office and the Southern District of Virginia; - Speaking for the United States Attorney and the Southern District of West Virginia; - Representing the United States Attorney on selected issues when addressing leading figures within the government, business, the law enforcement community and members of the media; - Responsible for formulating, directing and executing a communication plan and media relations; - Maintaining professional contacts with representatives of local and national media; - Assisting with enhancing the office's coordination and cooperation among various federal, state and local law enforcement organizations; - Providing a variety of office administrative support functions for the United States Attorney; - Responding to inquiries from reporters and media representatives; and - Participating in developing news releases, brief news media and preparing written material for dissemination and publication, including social media content, public service announcements, website content, annual reports, speeches, editorials and other related public information. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 11 - #### Job family (Series) 1035 Public Affairs- Requirements Conditions of Employment - You must be a U.S. Citizen or National - Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required - You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable - If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period. - Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. - You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position. Qualifications To be qualified, you must type at least 40 words per minute based on a 5-minute sample with three or fewer errors. (A typing test may later be required. GS-09: To be qualified at the GS-09 level, you must have ONE (1) year of Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal Service, OR Education, OR a Combination of Education and Experience. Specialized experience is defined as having direct experience in media relations or news reporting; gathering facts and drafting press releases or news stories for publication; editing written press releases, news stories or reports; assisting in statewide or regional efforts to convey complex information concerning an organization's initiatives, programs, and operations; OR Education: Possess one of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Communications, Public Affairs): Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position; OR Combination of Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of one (1) full year. GS-11: To be qualified at the GS-11 level, you must have ONE year of Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in Federal Service, OR Education, OR a Combination of Education and Experience. Specialized experience is defined as coordinating and personally participating in media events; establishing and maintaining media relationships; arranging for press conferences by contacting appropriate representatives of local or national media; planning, writing, and editing news releases; briefing news media representatives; preparing written material for dissemination and publication; coordinating and supporting social media operations and applications; evaluating overall effectiveness of media programs and developing ways to enhance the mission and programs of an organization. Education: Possess one of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Communications, Public Speaking, Media): Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position. OR Combination of Education and Experience: You must have a combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of 2 full years. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)*:* The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: ****************************************************************************************************** Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)*:* The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: ****************************************************************************************************** Education All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see ***************** OR Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at ********************************************************************************************** All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. Additional information Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized. The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. You will be rated on the following Competencies (see The Delegated Examining Operations Handbook, Appendix F for definitions): - Communications & Media - Interpersonal Skills - Oral Communication - Organizational Awareness - Planning & Evaluation - Writing The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Other Drug test required No Position sensitivity and risk Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk Trust determination process Suitability/Fitness- Required Documents You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes: - Required: Your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire (This is completed automatically during the apply online process). - Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates (month/day/year) of employment and work schedule for each (e.g., part-time XX hours per week or full-time)(cover letter optional). - Required if you meet qualifications based on education: An unofficial college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript will be required prior to your first day.) and foreign education evaluation documentation, if applicable, as described under the 'Qualifications' section of this vacancy announcement. - Required if you are a current or former Federal employee: a recent copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing title, series, grade, and full performance level (FPL); AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. Please note your SF-50 must include your FPL in the remark section (e.g., appointment, reassignment, promotion actions), pay adjustments and awards do not include this information so they are not acceptable. - Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. - Required, if applicable: VEOA documentation (your DD-214, Member Copy 4). If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.- Benefits Review our benefits- How to Apply To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/22/2019 to receive consideration. - To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. - Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.) - To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, ************************************* select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, please click the following link: ******************************************************** You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online, contactRobin Justice at ************** or *********************** as soon as possible to arrange an alternative application process. Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement. Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointments. For further information, please click the link below. ********************************************************************************************************** You must specify in your questionnaire under what authority you wish to be considered and submit appropriate documentation to verify your eligibility. Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See ******************** Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal Agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. Agency contact information Robin Justice Phone ************** Email *********************** Address Southern District of West Virginia 300 Virginia Street East Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse Charleston, WV 25301 US Learn more about this agency Next steps We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit check, and drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.- Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. - Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: - An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. - An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. - An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Legal and regulatory guidance - Financial suitability - Social security number request - Privacy Act - Signature and false statements - Selective Service - New employee probationary period This job originated on ***************. For the full announcement and to apply, visit ********************************************* Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at *************** will be considered.

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