National Science Foundation
NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the public and private sectors for its management best practices and stewardship of federal funds. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!
This position is in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA), External Affairs Group. The mission of the External Affairs is to develop communication strategies in support of NSF priorities while proactively engaging external audiences and identifying opportunities to showcase NSF activities and accomplishments. It employs a wide variety of tools and techniques to engage the public and stakeholders to include congress, media, government, industry and research and education communities.
The incumbent serves as a public affairs specialist in the External Affairs Program of OLPA with responsibility for formulating external affairs strategies around NSF activities and relevant issues.
Specific duties include:
Establishes goals, strategies and tactics related to agency external affairs program and ensures evaluation and analysis of communication activities.
Develops national public campaigns to advocate for and increase awareness of the NSF mission while engaging a broader audience.
Monitors opportunities for proactive outreach and builds relationships with stakeholders to promote awareness of the agency mission and increase engagement with a wider audience.
Develops targeted strategies to reach specific audiences at the state/local level, intergovernmental, private/industry, universities/researchers and students/teachers to include highlighting NSF facilities, labs, centers, observatories, research vessels and others.
Identifies, develops and refines key messages and fact-based narratives in support of NSF priorities.
Plans, develops and coordinates key NSF themes and messages to communicate with external audiences.
Leads projects to include events, conferences, exhibits, press conferences, hill events and other opportunities to reach a large audience while showcasing NSF activities and research.
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
Any U.S. citizen and ICTAP/CTAP eligible employees.
This opportunity is also open to current/former competitive service employees or those with status only under announcement LPA-2018-0014.
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Conditions of Employment
Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
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.
Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.
You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.
All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
To qualify at the GS-12 level, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in federal service designing and planning communication and outreach activities for an organization. Examples of specialized experience includes: researching and writing articles, fact sheets, presentations and/or other materials for internal and external audiences; planning communication and outreach programs; establishing and maintaining relationships with public affairs stakeholders, including those from other government organizations, academia, the press and news media; and developing strategic communications plans for an organization.
To qualify at GS-13, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in federal service designing, planning and managing communication and outreach activities for an organization. Examples of specialized experience includes: researching and writing articles, fact sheets, presentations and other materials for internal and external audiences; planning and implementing communication and outreach programs; establishing and maintaining relationships with public affairs stakeholders, including those from other government organizations, academia, the press and news media; and developing and implementing strategic communications plans for an organization.
Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide 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 or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or 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 meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least Very Good on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.
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This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles. Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed: Excellent, Very Good, or Good. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE IN THIS PARAGRAPH FOR POSITIONS NOT SCIENTIFIC OR PROFESSIONAL AT GS-9 OR HIGHER:
Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.
The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the competencies required of this position. Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.
Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or CTAP must meet the agency definition of well qualified. In NSF categories, this means at least Very Good.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
All applicants should submit a resume/CV of their choice, and may also submit a cover letter.
Additional Documents, if applicable, may include:
Veteran's Preference Documentation (DD-214 and SF-15): If you are eligible and claiming 5-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference and the documentation required by the SF-15. (Please note: An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing veterans' preference will not be accepted as proof of entitlement.)
Documentation verifying eligibilty for ICTAP/CTAP.
We also ask that you complete and submit the . This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.
All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.
If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.
You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).
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 .
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. .
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
Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our .
If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.
WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
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