Department Of The Interior Bureau of Reclamation
Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-15 (JW-MPP)
District Of Columbia
This position is being advertised concurrently under BR-WO-2018-153 for all US Citizens and US Nationals. If you are interested in applying under both announcements, you must submit application packages for each.
Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting the management of Reclamation's public affairs program.
Would you enjoy serving as the Chief of the Public Affairs Group planning, designing, supervising, and managing the dissemination of mission critical program information to the general public, the news media, representatives of State and local governments, water user organizations and other components of the Federal Government? Responsibilities include management of Reclamations public affairs program, including supporting the formulation and articulation of program, policy and strategic initiative related plans, progress and outcomes through the execution of media relations, audiovisual, and publications programs.
LOCATION: Commissioner's Office; External and Intergovernmental Affairs; Public Affairs Office, Washington, DC.
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Plans and coordinates the day-to-day, annual, and long-term work for the Public Affairs Group and Reclamation’s national program to include Department of the Interior priority goals. Successful candidate will ensure public affairs products and strategies are cohesive, comprehensive and effective. Ensures that all internal and external communication plans, products and decisions reflect the views, priorities and policies of the Commissioner, the Secretary of the Interior and the Administration.
Serves as the principal communications liaison with the Department of the Interior’s Office of Communications and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, and establishes and maintains effective lines of communication between Reclamation and the White House, Congress, State, Tribal and local officials, as well as counterparts at public and private organizations. Oversees official public communications made on behalf of the Department concerning Departmental or Bureau policy, actions, decisions and/or opinions.
Performs a full range of supervisory duties. Directly supervises a Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist (Deputy) and other public affairs staff. Responsible for planning work to be accomplished, setting priorities, and establishes schedules for work completion.
Responsible for the effective supervisory and fiscal management of the Reclamation Public Affairs program, reviewing budgets and cost outlays regarding personnel, property and mission achievement.
Occasional travel - This position may require occasional travel.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (e.g., 30% Disabled Veterans, Schedule A Persons with Disabilities, Peace Corps, etc.).
Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.
#### Job family (Series)
1035 Public Affairs
Public Relations Specialists
Specialists, Public Relations
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship or US National.
Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by a background investigation.
You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications).
For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required Documents.
Appointee is required to file an OGE-450 Financial Disclosure form.
You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions, by the closing date of this announcement.
TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).
All applicants must possess one year of specialized experience. To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined below:
GS-15: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Government.
GS-14: Specialized expereince is experience in a public affairs, government affairs, or news media setting; expereince in providing excellent writing and oral presentations and materials; expereinace performing in a formal supervisory role; expereince serving as a liaison with leadership across agencies, stakeholders, and tribes; experience with controversial and complex matters; and experience advising on policy and procedures.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
This position is designated as a HIGH RISK Public Trust position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated Public Trust Suitability Background Investigation (T4 or T4R (previously called a BI)) that is current (within the last 5 years). This is a condition of employment.
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. For more information visit: http://www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) if applicable, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.
Knowledge and skill in developing, writing, and editing a variety of materials, such as articles, news releases, speeches, communication plans and strategies, and briefing memoranda.
Knowledge and skill in advising and briefing senior leadership on a variety of strategies, considerations, and consequences.
Knowledge and skill in the full range of supervisory duties; planning day-to-day, annual, and long-term work for a public affairs group or related work group.
Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months, schedule, i.e. hours worked, and grade if federal employment)
, an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:
CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50s), verifying all of the following: highest rate of pay held, the full performance grade level obtained or competed for, and documentation of your current career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. This could result in more than one SF-50 to be submitted. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. DO NOT SUBMIT AWARD SF-50s.
For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.
SPECIAL NON-COMPETITIVE APPOINTING AUTHORITIES: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/hiring-authorities/.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page. This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/hr/hireme.html.
As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.
Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to email@example.com, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
Agency contact information
HR Service Center
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
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After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.
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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.
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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 and hiring process 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.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496824400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
04/13/2018 to 04/27/2018
$134,789 to $164,200 per year
Pay scale & grade: