Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12
Small Business Administration - Detroit, MI

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This is a not a bargaining unit position.

Become a part of an Agency that touches the lives of every American! We are the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and for over 50 years, we have successfully served the Nation's small business owners. Consider a career with SBA to assist in managing a range of programs and products to sustain America's small business during this new era of economic responsibility. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. We represent a highly skilled and motivated workforce and welcome those interested in furthering our mission. The SBA offers generous federal government health benefits, flexible work schedules and leave, and promotes a work-life balance.

Location : This position is located at the Small Business Administration, Michigan District Office, Executive Direction Division, which is located in Detroit, Michigan.

Travel and Relocation : Travel and relocation expenses will NOT be paid. (Any travel transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected Candidates.)

This announcement serves as a Merit and Delegated Examining Announcement. You will be asked to determine your eligibility for each during the questionnaire process when you apply on line. KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen
You must successfully complete a background investigation and credit check.
You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
Occasional evening and weekend travel may be required. DUTIES:

You will serve as Public Affairs Specialist and your duties will include the following:

Develop, implement and achieve an annual, viable District Communications Plan which is part of the District Office Strategic Plan (DOSP). All media interactions will be conducted in a professional and courteous manner and in accordance with the District Communications Plan;

Develop and deliver a range of marketing strategies and tactics that include: public communications products, media relations, brand expansion, the promotion and presentation of special major events such as, but not limited to, annual awards programs and larger scale Small Business events through planning, execution and collaboration with relevant organizations;

Respond to media inquiries and generate positive media coverage of the Small Business Administration and the small business community through a variety of communication tactics, such as News Releases, Success Stories and Op-eds. Develop, execute and update marketing and communications tools such as brochures, flyers, newsletters, social media and on-line posts. Arrange for presentations, interviews or speeches by SBA officials;

Produce feature stories for media on successful businesses that have received SBA assistance including official SBA Success Stories and other stories pitched to the media that reflect the current trends and developments at SBA such as, but not limited to SBA loan volume trends and special initiatives;

Prepare and edit speeches and develop talking points for internal and external purposes;

Conduct interviews with small business owners or advocates;

Write in a style which will engage the audience and the media and improve media placement.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
QUALIFICATIONS : GS-12: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service) obtained in either the private or public sector such as planning, structuring, and delivering complex and diverse communications strategies in order to carry out public affairs activities to promote programs, products, or services.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

TIME-IN-GRADE: If you are a current career or career-conditional federal employee applying for promotion under Merit Promotion you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks in positions at the next level lower than the position being filled

EDUCATION : Education may not be substituted for experience for this position

REQUIREMENTS: All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

If you are applying for a special selection priority under SBA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (open to surplus SBA employees only) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (open to surplus and displaced Federal employees), you must submit proof of eligibility. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP .

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS : A background security investigation may be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

EVALUATION :
Applicants meeting basic qualification requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link: View Assessment Questions . You will be rated based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The occupational questions relate to the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) required to do the work of this position:

1. Skill in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating a public information program.

2. Ability to develop and write news information for radio, television, Internet and the print media.

3. Ability to identify, recruit and effectively work with external organizations for program/mission accomplishment.

4. Skill in writing to develop program information for diverse audiences of various levels of understanding and sophistication.

5. Ability to operate a computer and use software applications in order to generate multimedia presentations, written materials and graphic arts.

6. Skill in persuasive oral communication.

For Delegated Examining (all US Citizens), your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method based on your responses to the assessment questions. You will receive a score based on the responses to the assessment questions (to view the questions click here View Assessment Questions . Your resume and/or supporting documentation must reflect and support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. If you meet basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:

1. Best-Qualified : highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume.
2. Well-Qualified : competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, training, and education as applicable, as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume.
3. Qualified : an overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training, as described in an applicant's responses to the assessment questions and resume.

Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

Merit Promotion and Non-competitive applicants will not be evaluated using Category Rating. Applicants meeting basic requirements will further be evaluated on the information provided in the occupational questionnaire.

BENEFITS:
Working for SBA offers a number of really exciting flexibilities. The Federal government offers a number of other exceptional benefits to its employees. 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 https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits OTHER INFORMATION:

Selective Service : If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For additional information click here http://www.sss.gov/ .

Consistent with work requirements and current SBA Policy and all applicable provisions of the collective bargaining agreement with AFGE, the SBA offers employees opportunities to perform work at an alternative location (i.e., home).

Telework may be available. For information on Telework visit: http://www.telework.gov/

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