Writer
Department Of Homeland Security - Washington, DC

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The primary purpose of this position is to conduct research and prepare/publish written and web materials that explain and interpret complex policies, programs, and functions of the organization or present advanced scientific and technical findings and applications.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Office of Science & Technology (S&T), Washington, D.C.

TRAVEL REQUIRED
  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

DUTIES: Specific Duties include, but are not limited to :
  • Serving as the Directorate's expert in written communications; setting and developing a communications strategy; setting standards for written products; and writing/editing Directorate speeches, papers, reports, other documents and web products.
  • Developing short/long-term plans for communicating the goals, policies, accomplishments, and activities of the Directorate, internally and externally.
  • Working with a variety of stakeholders, such as Directorate staff, federal, national, and other laboratories/organizations conducting R&D work on behalf of the Department, as well as representatives of Public Affairs, Congressional Affairs, and Security, to develop topics, determine audiences, decide on appropriate products (e.g., press products, speeches, reports, pamphlets, directives, and manuals), obtain clearances, schedule submissions and arrange for publication.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Your resume must demonstrate meeting the following specialized experience description in its entirety:

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal Government (can be obtained in the public or private sector); conducting ALL of the following: (1) developing strategy, policy and plans to manage a written and web-based communications program for an organization; (2) utilizing scientific/engineering terminology, concepts, and style requirements to write/edit presentations, testimony, reports, press products, pamphlets, brochures, directives, and manuals related to an organization's mission; (3) establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with managers and officials within and outside an organization to ensure the accurate and timely release of information; and (4) communicating orally and in writing in order to give advice to senior leaders on the protection and release of information to the public. Your resume must show where, when and how you performed these duties.

NOTES:

Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period you will be credited with 6 months of experience).

The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level. Please do not submit transcripts.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SECRET clearance as a condition of placement in this Non-Critical Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to place you in one of the three categories based on your experience, education and training. The knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Ability to manage a written and web-based communications program
  • Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to the protection and release of information to the public.
  • Knowledge of scientific and engineering terminology and concepts, grammar, writing/editing practices, and writing style requirements.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Oral Communication.
  • If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
    • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
    • Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions .

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the well qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. For information on veterans' preference, please click here .

    BENEFITS: DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/content_multi_image_0016.shtm ."

    OTHER INFORMATION: Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance level.

    Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period

    Travel/Relocation Expenses will not be authorized.

    On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). The VOW Act amended chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) by adding section 2108a, “Treatment of certain individuals as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligibles.”

    This job opportunity announcement (JOA) include Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). Active duty service members who have begun their civilian job search prior to discharge or release from active duty will know how their application will be considered.

    a. Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be conserved for competitive service positions and granted tentative veteran’s preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD-214, when applying to a federal job.
    b. A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date of certification is signed.

    Veterans possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans .

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