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Public Affairs Specialist

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Department of Defense
United States Citizens Permanent 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: About the Position: Aberdeen Proving Ground sits on more than 72,500 acres in Harford County, MD and offers recreation, sports, golf, pools, child and day care facilities. The area offers housing, public, private & parochial school systems, and major colleges. Baltimore, Wilmington and Philadelphia offer additional cultural & recreational activities. APG is a great place to live, work and play at the top of the Chesapeake Bay!Please visit
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens & Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligible's
Must be a US.Citizen Moving Expenses/Relocation Expenses are not authorized Secret Security Clearance is required
As a Public Affairs Specialist you will establish and maintain relations with news media in enlisting their cooperation in providing the public with information for separate, special coverage actions such as mobilization war emergency, chemical demilitarization, personnel reduction, base closure, environmental impact statement releases and other actions. You will gather information and produce informational materials concerning command policies, programs and activities for dissemination to the news media and obtains feedback on the effectiveness of these materials. You will prepare formal plans for separate, special coverage actions such as personnel reduction, base closure, environmental problems and incidents, major on-post community relations events, i.e., Armed Forces Day, and support to near by communities including one metropolitan area (Baltimore, MD) and other actions. Establish and maintain liaison with leaders and policymaker (elected officials, educators, veterans groups and civic and social organizations) within the APG community relations area to ensure an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation between the military and civilian communities and promoting the Army-AMC image in the area. You will consult withunit commanders on a continuing basis to determine effectiveness of Command information programs and to determine new topics of interest that may need to be developed on a timely basis. Ensure availability of command information plans and materials to commanders of tenant organizations for their use as appropriate. You will assist the editor of the installation s command information newspaper to produce a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 5,200 and an estimated readership of 20,000. Prepare informational material covering a wide variety of activities, policies, programs or operations ranging from administrative, educational and facilities maintenance functions. Obtain materials and equipment to be used in Command Information displays and exhibits and coordinates with units periodically to review the overall effectiveness of the program.
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 isin this document.
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.
Specialized Experience: To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level or equivalent pay and systems in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as work that involves: writing and communicating principles, methods and techniques of public affairs; experience developing new information materials including news release, fact sheets, brochures, booklets, broadcast spots etc; and experience making on the spot presentations to audiences
Education Substitution: 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.
OR
Combination of Education and Experience: You must possess the specialized experience as described above (less than one year) and more than two years but less than three years of GRADUATE Education as described above. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification).
Foreign Education: Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include this information with your application package.
Only degrees from accredited college or university recognized by the department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department websites
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
Knowledge of Media RelationsKnowledge of Community RelationsAbility to Communicate Orally
Ability to communicate Effectively in Writing
Other Requirements: Clickhere 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.
Conditions of Employment:
This position requires to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.
This position requires business travel 5% of the 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.
Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.
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) onThursday, December 04, 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 intoyour 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 intoyour 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 whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in theApplicant Checklist (External).
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
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 is1264692. 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 inthe USAJOBS Resource Center.
Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Proceduresinformation sheet.
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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