Public Affairs Specialist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Chicago, IL

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VacancyID:
827432

This position is located in the Office of Public Affairs, Field Operations Service in one of seven regional offices. The incumbent serves as a Public Affairs Specialist and reports directly to the Director of the Regional Office.

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:
Serving as a planner, identifying agency issues of particular interest to the public and employees are to be based.

Developing and transmitting informational materials to a variety of publics to enhance the understanding of benefits and services and practices of the VA.

Tailoring national public affairs programs to fit regional and local use to convey information on services and responsibilities, and medical research.

Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with key officials in central and branch offices.

Maintaining liaison with regional news, network broadcasters, publishers, and internet-based media.

Work Schedule

: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm (Full-Time)

Position Description Title/PD#:
31929A/31931A

Relocation Expenses

: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Minimum Qualifications for the GS-09

Specialized Experience:
One year (52-weeks) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service:

Developing and transmitting informational materials to a variety of audiences;

Observing and interpreting individual and group attitudes towards an organization;

Maintaining liaison relationships with public affairs organizations to stay current on latest communication techniques;

Reviewing and editing documents such as magazine articles, brochures, and public service announcements;

Responding to information requests from media or internal sources.

OR

Education

: Two full years of graduate level education, or a master's or equivalent degree in a field of study that is directly related to the duties of this position. You must submit a copy of your transcripts with application.

OR

Combination of Experience and Education

: A combination graduate level education and experience. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate education beyond the first two years (18 graduate semester hours) may be used to qualify. You must provide a copy of your transcripts with your application.

Minimum Qualifications for the GS-11

Specialized Experience:
One full-time year (52 weeks) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service:

Serving as an agency spokesperson;

Developing and transmitting magazine articles, news releases, brochures, and pamphlets to a variety of audiences;

Evaluating public affairs trends to anticipate the effect on organization's image;

Advising and consulting senior public affairs staff on establishing and modifying programs and policies;

Acting as liaison with regional network broadcasters, publishers, and internet based media.

OR

Education:
A PhD. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field of study that is directly related to the duties of this position. You must provide a copy of your transcripts with your application.

OR

Combination of Experience and Education:
A combination of graduate level education and experience. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate education in excess two full years (36 hours) may be used to qualify. You must provide a copy of your transcripts with your application.

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

Ability to serve as a spokesperson, facilitator and coordinator to the media for key internal organizational elements and external stakeholders.

Ability to write and edit in a variety of media formats.

Ability to develop campaigns and communication outreach strategies that convey information to various external publics and the internally to the organization.

Knowledge of desktop publishing, design, photo editing and digital processing.

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;

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. Qualify. 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: 810 Vermont Ave NW

Washington, DC 20420

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.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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