PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
Department of Veterans Affairs - New York, NY

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VacancyID:
821591

The

Department of Veterans Affairs

(VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.

The VA is committed to hiring Veterans

.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are

I

ntegrity,

C

ommitment,

A

dvocacy,

R

espect and

E

xcellence (“

I CARE

”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to

http://www.va.gov/jobs/

.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:
This position involves a

multi-grade career ladder

. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-11. At the GS-09 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

The Public Affairs position will be located at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Northport, NY. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

Assist and/or serve as back-up to the Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist;

Manage social and electronic media to include Blogging, Vlogging, Face Book, Twitter, internal blogs, external blogs, etc.;

Evaluate and advise management officials on specific courses of action to follow in making public announcements;

Analyze and evaluate comments, proposals or suggestions in the local community, among employees and in the media outlets

Initiate and prepare responses to inquires from interested groups and the general public concerning policies and activities of the medical facility

Establish cooperative working relationships with the local media; writes and disseminates news releases and feature articles;

Prepares scripts, audio-visual materials and brochures for ceremonies, briefings and orientations;

Develop public affairs actions plans;

And other duties as assigned.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday - 8AM - 4:30PM but may be required to work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
GS-09 EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT:
One (1) year of specialized experience that provided you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position and is related to the duties of this Public Affairs Specialist position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of Federal service. Specialized experience may include: assisting with the development of new information materials including news releases, fact sheets, brochures, booklets, speeches etc; assist with updating internet and intranet pages; assist with updating social media sites; coordinate media interviews; provide support to staff for various events; and ability to communicate both orally and in writing. (** Specialized experience must be documented in your resume to receive full credit.**)

~OR~

GS-09 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION

: A master's or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., in a related field from an accredited institution that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. One full time year of graduate education is equivalent to 18 semester hours unless otherwise specified by the school. (**Transcripts are required.**)

~OR~

GS-09 COMBINATION:
A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. To qualify by a combination, the total qualifying experience will be calculated as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; and the education will be calculated as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. These two percentages will be added, and the total percentages must equal at least 100 percent. (**Your experience must be documented in your application/resume and transcripts are required.**)

GS-11 EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT

: One (1) year of specialized experience that provided you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position and is related to the duties of this Public Affairs Specialist position To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of Federal service. Specialize experience may include; prepare scripts, audio-visual material and brochures for ceremonies, briefings and orientations; write and disseminate news releases and feature articles regarding the medical facility mission, functions, programs and policies; manage, and update internet and intranet pages; manage and update social media sites; coordinate media interviews; provide support to staff for various events; and ability to communicate both orally and in writing. (** Specialized experience must be documented in your resume to receive full credit.**).

~OR~

GS-11 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION

:

A Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree, or three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M. in a related field from an accredited institution that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. (**If you are using education to qualify, transcripts are required.**)

~OR~

GS-11 COMBINATION

: A combination of specialized experience and progressively higher level graduate education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. For the GS-11, only graduate education in excess of 36 semester hours may be used to qualify. To qualify by a combination, the total qualifying experience will be calculated as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; and the education will be calculated as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. These two percentages will be added, and the total percentages must equal at least 100 percent. (**Your experience must be documented in your application/resume and transcripts are required.**)

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

KNOWLEDGE OF HEALTHCARE PUBLIC RELATIONS PROGRAMS

ABILITY TO DESIGN MARKETING STRATEGIES

ABILITY TO PLAN AND ORGANIZE

ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is generally sedentary and does not require unusual physical efforts.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:
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. Please refer to this

checklist

to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed "

SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

," (go to

http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf

) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp

.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to

http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp

). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this

checklist

or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service

at: 79 MIDDLEVILLE RD

NORTHPORT, NY 11768

USA

OTHER INFORMATION:
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:
Please visit the

VA for Vets

site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

(ICTAP) and

Career Transition Assistance Plan

(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

.

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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