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Public Affairs Specialist

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Department of Defense
United States Citizens/ICTAP Eligibles Term NTE 30 Sep 2019 Full Time Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.
About the Position: (CERDEC) Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center develops and integrates C4ISR technologies that enable the Soldier to sense the battle space; deny and disrupt enemy efforts; and remain connected to achieve and sustain information superiority, strike with decisive lethality and survive
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens/ICTAP Eligibles
Incumbent will apply knowledge laws, regulations, policies, principles, standards, techniques, and concepts related to public communication and Army Public Affairs to research, develop, prepare and disseminate information products in a wide range of media forms. Duties require the research, writing and editing of articles for use in internal and external publications, with topics spanning all CERDEC core technical competency areas and each of the center's directorates. Efforts to amplify the reach of information products beyond Army-owned platforms will involve media pitching, content development and placement, and social media engagement.
Assignments will require developing and maintaining professional relationships with internal personnel, providing communication guidance, media preparation and content editing support . Incumbent will be effective in nurturing external media contacts in order to better understand needs, priorities and opportunities. He/she will represent the CERDEC CPC Office in a professional manner, being responsive to queries and providing accurate information that has been appropriately reviewed for release to the public. Contributes to the development of interactive medium for information dissemination both internally and externally through social media engagement and content development. Enhances and grows CERDEC CPC's ability to produce quality video products in-house.Supports CERDEC corporate and public communication team in implementing communication strategies that align with Army/DoD initiatives. As proficiency increases, researches, develops and executes strategies for increased internal communication and employee engagement on MilSuite, FaceBook and SharePoint platforms. Works collaboratively as a team member on larger projects to foster creativity and dialogue toward innovative products.
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
Experience required:
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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: To Qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized/general experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level GS-07. Specialized experience is defined as experience in interpreting program policies and recommending solutions to public affair issues. Develop, edit and proofread communication materials. To Qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized/general experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level GS-09. Specialized experience is defined as experience writing and communicating principles, methods and techniques of public affairs; developing new information materials including news release, fact sheets, brochures, booklets, broadcast spots etc; and making on the spot presentations to audiences.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
Knowledge of Media Relations
Ability to Analyze Programs
Knowledge of Community Relations
Skill in Oral Communication
Skill in Writing
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you can meet the qualification requirement using a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance
Requires travel 25% of time
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. See Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) for more information. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
To apply for this position, you must complete the online 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 Friday, November 28, 2014 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 is 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 .
It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Merit Checklist and Proof of Eligibility.
As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.
Your resume :
Your resume may be submitted in any format.
If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements : You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified." See: Transcripts and Licenses
Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The "Proof of Eligibility" document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.
If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is 1253266. You will need the questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application.

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.
The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.
Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
The pay band for this position is equivalent to GS-05 to GS-11.
The pay band for this announcement is equivalent to the higher end of the band which is GS-09 and GS-11.

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