Community Outreach Specialist
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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Agency: Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Opening date: December 7, 2012

Closing Date: December 13, 2012

Area of Consideration: Agency Only

"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-0301-12

Salary Range: $62,499 - 79,959 annually

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:15am- 4:45pm

Promotion Potential: No known Promotional Potential

Duration of Appointment: Educational Service "At-WIll" Appointment

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.


Brief Description of Duties: This position is located in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The incumbent supports OSSE in advancing the District of Columbia's strategic plan and contributing to the improvement of the quality of life for all residents of our nation's capital by working with D.C. Government agencies and community-based organizations to fulfill the mandate of OSSE.

Provides staff support, technical advice, project direction and assistance to the community and community-based organizations.

Conducts community outreach studies, analyze and make recommendations to improve the program effectiveness.

Coordinates the implementation of projects assigned by the Communications & Community Outreach and the Director of Planning Performance and Public Engagement.

Serves as liaison and technical resource assistant to the various committees for planning and scheduling, and acts as a liaison between government agencies and/or the community.

Provides referrals to D.C. agencies and community-based organizations when necessary.

Represents the agency by participating in a wide range of community activities as assigned, including, but not limited to community conferences and planning meetings, Advisory Neighborhood Council meetings, neighborhood organization meetings, etc.

Compiles information for the supervisor in preparation for meetings and conferences.

Advocates on behalf of the community within the government structure by addressing a wide range of staffing, funding, and policy issues that affect both the availability and quality of services to residents of the District of Columbia.

Coordinates and participates in a number of community outreach activities to include, but not limited to, meetings, workshops, activities, etc. Coordinates schedule for community education outreach activities. Plans and outlines community education programs. Trains and coordinates volunteers.

Serves as project manager on outreach events. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Time-in-Grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Explain your knowledge of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education's mission, goals, objectives, governing laws, and established policies.

Ranking Factor #2: Please detail your knowledge and skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of community outreach operations.

Ranking Factor #3: Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively with diverse political and cultural entities, in order to achieve goals.

Ranking Factor #4: Experience in event planning and working with people representing a wide range of linguistic, ethnic and racial groups in community-based or neighborhood organizations.

Conditions of Employment

Other Significant Factors (At-Will): At-will employment applies to Educational Service (ES). All positions and appointments in the ES serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

Physical Effort: Sedentary

Working Conditions: Office Environment

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Promotion Potential: No known promotional potential

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Other Information: Please be advised that persons appointed to the Educational Service in the OSSE shall serve without job tenure; serve a one-year (1-year) probationary period beginning on the date of hire; and may be terminated without notice or evaluation during the probationary period.

How to Apply

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.

Closing Statement

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

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