Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-9/12
Department Of Health And Human Services - College Park, MD

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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Incumbent will serve as a Public Affairs Specialist in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Food Defense, Communication, and Emergency Response (OFDCER), Division of Outreach and Education, Information Center Branch, disseminating accurate and timely public health and nutrition-related information to consumers (general public), industry stakeholders, state and federal public health officials, and other interested or affected parties through various channels (answering phone calls, responding to emails and written correspondence, and posting web content or monitoring social media).

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-CFSAN-MP-13-793366 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S Citizenship

Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation

DUTIES:
Establish and maintain resource files of the latest information about program activities, policies, procedures, and program changes to ensure that complete and accurate information is provided to the public;

Conduct in-depth research to prepare answers to complex questions not contained in the Question and Answer (Q&A) database;

Participate in the development of public health and nutrition-related policies and procedures to govern the activities of the program;

Record information and alert designated staff of problems or issues which are identified as a non-common, routine or complex inquiry from public comments and questions;

Provide briefings to subject matter experts or manager/supervisors on inquiries that affect their programs.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to qualify for Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-9/11/12, you must have one of the following:

GS-9

A. Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service, which included sharing and collaborating various types of electronic documents; disseminating accurate and timely public health and nutrition-related information to consumers (general public), industry stakeholders, state and federal public health officials, and other interested or affected parties by responding through various channels (phone calls, emails, written correspondence, web, or social media); researching inquiries and providing findings to management; using database software (e.g. Microsoft Access or Excel); OR
B. Have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. (You must provide supporting transcripts); OR
C. Have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and I have more than one year but less than two years of education as described in B. I have computed the percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.) (You must provide supporting transcripts.)

GS-11

A. Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service, disseminating accurate and timely public health and nutrition-related information to consumers (general public), industry stakeholders, state and federal public health officials, and other interested or affected parties by responding through various channels (phone calls, emails, written correspondence, web, or social media); maintaining resource files on current program activities, policies, and procedures; maintaining relationships with industry stakeholders, public health officials, local federal agencies on public health and nutrition related programs; intermediate skill in using database software (e.g. Microsoft Access or Excel) ;OR
B. Have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; OR
C. Have a combination of the required education and experience listed in A and B above. The percentages of my education and experience total to 100 percent.

GS-12

A. Have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, disseminating accurate and timely public health and nutrition-related information to consumers (general public), industry stakeholders, state and federal public health officials, and other interested or affected parties by responding through various channels (phone calls, emails, written correspondence, web, or social media); developing policies and procedures on public health and nutrition related-programs; identifying and analyzing communication issues as they relate to programs, policies, and activities of an organization; programming, initiating, and directing internal/external information programs; preparing materials to explain or describe an organization's missions, requirements, capabilities, accomplishments, policies, and programs; researching and recommending solutions to adding or updating processes and procedures for the operation of program activities; advanced skill in using database software (e.g. Microsoft Access or Excel) etc.

If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education .

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

Conditions of Employment:
1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees . Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: N o

8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

9. Drug Screening Required: No

10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: N o

11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No

12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No

13. Travel Required: 10%

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following quality categories:

Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.

Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position.

Qualified - Meet the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the required competencies listed below for this position.

Communication and Media
Planning and Evaluating
Oral Communication
Writing

Application of Veterans' Preference: Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form. For more information on veterans' preference see www.fedshirevets.gov .

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified. Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position.

For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/ .

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