WRITER-EDITOR
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.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov/

Who May Apply

All U.S. citizens

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Director, Office of the Executive Secretariat. Duty Location: Washington, DC.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship

Ability to pass background investigation and drug screen for fed employment

Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)

Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)

Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service

DUTIES:
As Writer/Editor for the Office of the Executive Secretariat, you will be responsible for providing professional, timely, and accurate responses to public, governmental, and congressional correspondence addressed to the agency. Specifically, you will:

Develop written products, such as official correspondence and responses to congressional questions for the record that articulate, interpret, and explain highly complex, potentially controversial, and important agency programs, project plans, guidelines, regulations, policies, handbooks, manuals, and laws;

Research technical documents or libraries to develop pertinent information; verify the accuracy of information by conducting independent research and interviews with subject matter experts; and/or coordinate with operational components to obtain or verify information;

Maintain a repository for incoming letters, internally-generated tasks, and legislative records, and maintain a high degree of coordination in all phases of the documentation process with relevant stakeholders, seeing cases through to completion.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
GS-09: You qualify for the GS-09 level if you possess one of the following:

A. One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level performing duties such as: Performing developmental assignments under the close guidance of a higher level writer-editor that provided exposure to a variety of writer-editor functions and practices; preparing for higher level review, official responses to congressional inquiries on behalf of senior leadership and/or other government officials; preparing for higher level review, written responses to official and legal correspondence from a variety of governmental, professional business, civic, and/or other public interest organizations; receiving and maintaining a repository for legislative records (e.g. maintaining case files of official and legislative records in a web-based database, to include providing status updates, and posting incoming, outgong, and supporting materials); OR

B. A master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years (36 semester hours/54 quarter hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading toward such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D. degree. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position (i.e. a course of study in business administration, public administration, and/or related fields is qualifying); OR

C. Appropriate combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may also be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-9 grade level.

GS-11: You qualify for the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following:

A. One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level performing duties such as: Independently performing research and preparing official responses to congressional inquiries regarding agency/organizational programs or other issues on behalf of senior leadership and/or other government officials; independently preparing written responses to official and legal correspondence from a variety of governmental, professional business, civic, and/or other public interest organizations; coordinating and developing information between various resources in order to respond to congressional questions for the record, or detailed information regarding organizational responsibilities, practices, and procedures; OR

B. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years (54 semester hours/81 quarter hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a dgree, or LL.M. degree. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position (i.e. a course of study in business administration, public administration, and/or related fields is qualifying); OR C. Appropriate combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may also be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-11 grade level.

GS-12: You qualify for the GS-12 level if you possess the following:

A. One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level performing duties such as: Serving as proofreader of outgoing correspondence and other written material by a variety of organizational functions, ensuring compliance with established format and agency/organizational policy, and exercising discretion as to form, content, and tone of written documents; editing the work of others by applying appropriate rules of grammar and style, format, organization, spelling, syntax, punctuation, parallel construction, correlation of parts, consistency, in accordance with prescribed editorial and proofreading conventions; conducting extensive research to locate relevant information using a variety of databases, and working with authors, managers, subject matter experts, and other operational staff to develop written work products that explain a variety of topics, such as agency/organizational programs, project plans, guidelines, regulations, policies, technical subject matter, and complex subjects involving interrelated issues. Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Requirements :
Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire. The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job: Writing, Planning and Evaluating, Problem Solving, Self-Management.

Based on your responses, 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.

Applicants in the best qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview.

ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP/CTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp . To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP you must be placed in the well qualified category for this position as described above .

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 are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed in the best qualified category above non-preference eligibles, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position IS NOT considered scientific/professional. For more information regarding veterans' preference, please see: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

BENEFITS:
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package: 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 www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits".

OTHER INFORMATION:
Promotion Potential : When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

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