Public Affairs Specialist (Bilingual)-GS-1035-11/12
Small Business Administration - Atlanta, GA

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Are you motivated by helping people? Do you enjoy challenging but satisfying work? Why search any longer -- we have just the opportunity that you've been looking for! Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA) is a highly motivated and diverse team that seeks talented people to help families and businesses rebuild their lives after disasters. Come join us and make a difference.

This Position has a bilingual requirement. You must be able to speak and write fluently in English and in Spanish.

You will serve as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA), (Field Operation Center East (FOC-E) located in Atlanta, GA. As a Public Affairs Specialist (Bilingual), you will disseminate information concerning the mission and program of the Center, as well as accomplishments in specific disasters, through print and other media.
FOC-East is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, GA. It is conveniently located near the MARTA train station and near attractions and well known restaurants.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 180 days from the closing dates.
This position is also being announced under Merit Promotion Procedures, announcement MPP-13-025-FOCE-887048.

IMPORTANT NOTES :

· This is a Cadre position, which is a competitive service, full-time position. Depending on the level of disaster activity, you may be placed in a non-duty status if there is insufficient work. However, this would be very unusual and has not occurred in numerous years.

· During times of substantial disaster activity, you may be required to work substantial compensated overtime up to seven days a week and twelve to fourteen hours a day, work various shifts, and travel to disaster field offices.

· You may be required to travel with little or no advance notice.

· You may encounter hazardous working and/or living conditions, for example, no water or electricity and/or minimal lodging facilities.

· Relocation expenses will not be paid.

· A valid driver's license may be required.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government travel credit card.
  • Background investigation and credit check are required.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

DUTIES: You will serve as a Public Affairs Specialist in FOC-E. Your primary function will be to provide information to internal and external customers (media, the public, congress and appropriate government offices at the Federal, State and local levels) concerning the SBA Disaster Assistance Program. Additionally, you will assist senior Public Affairs and Field Operations Specialists in preparing for media coverage of local events such as press conferences, town hall meetings, and openings of disaster assistance centers. You will brief media representatives on the Disaster Loan Program and respond to inquiries on the SBA's Disaster Loan Making activities.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Generally, time in Non-Pay status is not creditable towards the specialized experience requirement listed below.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
You may qualify based on experience, education or a combination of both.


This Position has a bilingual requirement. You must be able to speak and write fluently in English and in Spanish.

Experience:
To receive credit, you must indicate the month and year as well as the average hours worked per week for each employer. Average work hours must be stated on resume to quantify each period of work experience or that experience will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement.
You must address the specific specialized experience required for each grade level of this position on your resume or application or you will be rated “Ineligible” for that grade level.

GS-11:
To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-09 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. This Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following:

* Assisting with preparing written and oral communication for media coverage of local events, such as press conferences and town hall meetings.

* Delivering oral presentations to a wide variety of groups.

* Utilizing computer software such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

GS-12: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-11 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. This Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following:

* Preparing written and oral communication for media coverage of local events, such as press conferences and town hall meetings.

* Developing and delivering oral presentations to a wide variety of groups.

* Utilizing computer software such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

OR
Education:
If qualifying based on education, you must submit transcripts by the closing date of the announcement.


GS-11: Must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or have successfully completed three full yeas (54 semester hours or equivalent) of graduate level study from an accredited college or university leading to such a degree, or an LL.M degree, if related.
GS-12: There is no educational substitution.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:

1. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):
If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (which must show at least a "fully successful" rating or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must be placed in the "Well Qualified" category or higher in order to be given priority consideration. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is also on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP .
2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point 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 submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.
3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: For this vacancy, the Office of Disaster Personnel will use a Category Rating system to refer qualified applicants for consideration. This is a three-step process. First, your resume or other application is evaluated to determine if you meet the Qualifications, including the Specialized Experience described above, for the grade level(s) that you are applying for. Secondly, if you meet the minimum qualifications requirements, your responses to the questionnaire, including narrative responses, if applicable, will be compared to your resume or other application. If your resume does not support the answers you gave on the questionnaire, you may be rated "Ineligible," or you may be placed in a lower category. Third, your name will be placed in one of the three following categories:
  • Best-Qualified
  • - highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to this position. Well-Qualified - competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to this position. Qualified - an overall basic level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to this position.
Application of Veterans' Preference: The Category Rating process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-veterans within each quality category. All the veterans must be selected before any non-veterans within each category.

For this position, disabled veterans who meet minimum qualifications for this position and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% (CPS & CP) are placed at the top of the Best-Qualified category regardless of which category they would otherwise be assigned to.

Preference eligible who do not have a service-connected disability of 10% or more (XP or TP) are placed at the top of their quality category.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities). You do not have to respond to the KSAs separately but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the KSAs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
1. Ability to use computer software programs, such as Microsoft Office Suite to prepare press release/articles, and reports.
2. Skill to script speeches, prepare talking points and presentations for all levels of management officials, in both English and Spanish.
3. Ability to speak and present technical information in various private settings and public forums with mixed audiences, in both English and Spanish.
4. Ability to monitor all forms of media to ensure accurate information is relayed, issues are communicated and resolved.
5. Ability to work with all levels of professional staff within other federal agencies and private entities to determine, coordinate, and produce a range of communication print and visual materials.
6. Ability to prioritize and report accurate and time sensitive information to high-ranking officials.

BENEFITS: If selected for this position, you will be eligible for benefits. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/resourcecenter/index/interactive/benefits .

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