Department of Veterans Affairs - New Orleans, LA

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Department of Veterans Affairs

(VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.

The VA is committed to hiring Veterans


The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are








espect and


xcellence (“



America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to




You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

This position is with Community and Public Relations at the
Southern Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) located in New Orleans,

Major duties and responsibilities include:
Write, edit, and review for print, broadcast, and
electronic media

Write news releases, feature stories, scripts,
announcements, speeches, copy, and fact sheets for both internal and external
audiences, tailoring the message for each target audience

Arrange subject matter expert interviews and perform
topic research as required

Provide photographic support as needed

Establish working relationships with facility staff
and management

Write, edit, design, produce, publish, and
distribute two (2) weekly electronic newsletters, a monthly employee newsletter
(print), and a quarterly patient newsletter (print)

Edit materials written by other Public Affairs and
facility staff that may be used for internal and/or external publications

Assist the public affairs officer in increasing
internal and external awareness of SLVHCS programs, services, special events
and projects, technologies, personnel, and research accomplishments through the
use of electronic and print publications and the electronic dissemination of

Maintain proactive contacts with media outlets to pitch
articles and place stories with media

Establish, monitor, and maintain social media
presence for the system, including Twitter and Facebook

as backup for the Web Content Manager

events for use in all communications

Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.



qualify for this position you must meet one of the following:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in
federal service. Specialized experience is

experience in writing and editing
materials such as reports, newsletters, and pamphlets; interviewing subject
matter experts and performing topic research for written materials; coordinating
the work of designers and content providers to develop effective, accessible
formats; developing graphic materials and preparing layouts for print and
electronic distribution; utilizing the AP Stylebook to edit documents; maintaining
and monitoring social media sites including Facebook and Twitter; and using software
programs such as, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Adobe
Photoshop, InDesign, and/or more



A PhD, an equivalent
doctoral degree, three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate
education leading to such a degree, or an LLM, if related.

Such education must be from an accredited college or
university and must demonstration the knowledge, skills, and abilities
necessary for a Writer/Editor. If you cannot obtain the number of credit hours
that represent 1 year of full-time study from your school, consider 18 semester
hours as satisfying 1 year of full-time study.


Equivalent combinations of
experience and education as described above to meet the total requirements for
this position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position

(Narrative responses not required)


Ability to write highly technical as well as clear material for internal and external audiences

Skill in editing written material

Ability to establish, monitor, and maintain social media presence

Ability to communicate orally and in writing to establish and maintain working relationships

Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Graphic Design Programs

The work is predominantly sedentary and does not require any special effort. Some work may require some physical effort such as standing, walking, bending, sitting, and occasional lifting (25 pounds or less). The employee works in an office setting involving everyday risks or discomforts. Normal safety precautions are required.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at



IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this


to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed "

SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

," (go to


) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:



The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to


). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this


or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service

at: Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care

1555 Poydras Street Suite 1300

New Orleans, LA 70112

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:
Please visit the

VA for Vets

site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

(ICTAP) and

Career Transition Assistance Plan

(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at



VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...