Writer-Editor, GS-1082-9/11 (All Sources)
Department Of Education - Washington, DC

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Join our Team! Federal Student Aid (FSA) is Funding America's Future, One Student At A Time.

Vision: To be most trusted and reliable source of student financial aid, information and services in the nation.

How would you like to work for the largest organization within the Department of Education (ED) with approximately 1,200 employees located in Washington, DC and in 10 regional offices throughout the United States? That organization is the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). FSA is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation, providing more than $150 billion each year in grants, loans, and work-study funds to 15 million students attending college or career school. FSA is also responsible for managing or overseeing $948 billion in outstanding loans - representing 163 million student loans to more than 38 million borrowers. Just think: you will be among a team of experts who are responsible for helping millions of students achieve their goals. At Federal Student Aid, we are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing higher education. Every part of our team from student aid delivery and servicing operations to vendor and contract management to budgeting and cost control plays an essential role in achieving our mission.

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid (FSA), Communications and Outreach Group, Communications and Information Resources Division (CIRD). CIRD ensures consistency in communications, and compiles, tracks and reports relevant enterprise and industry performance metrics. In addition, this area is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to effectively disseminate information to various public and stakeholder groups through the media, establish intergovernmental channels and proactive campaigns.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must complete a One-year Probationary Period.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • Drug Testing, if applicable.
  • INTERVIEWEES WILL BE ASKED TO PRODUCE A WRITING SAMPLE.

DUTIES: The incumbent
  • Conducts interviews with FSA employees and subject matter experts to gain further knowledge about these topics for inclusion in FSA publications.
  • Provides copy for all internal communications tools, including newsletters, e-mails, the FSA intranet site, and plasma screens.
  • Responsible for the composition, editing and publishing of Federal Student Aid (FSA) internal communication publications, including weekly, monthly, and quarterly newsletters.
  • Reviews external communications for FSA customers, including website copy, student publications, and press releases.
  • Ensures all FSA communications are clear, consistent, and accurate; convey appropriate messages; and comply with the FSA’s style guide.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: (GS-9)

Two years of graduate education. OR

A master's degree or equivalent degree. OR

All qualified candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service. Examples of such experience may include:

examining brochures and press releases produced by operating components before these materials to the public to advertise special events; reviewing material for clarity and for consistency with the agency's policies and style requirements; writing internal newsletters for employees and reports to consolidate submissions from various components (all of these materials are factual reports on the operating programs of the organization); and using approved published concepts, practices, standards and technologies for the media used.

Combination of education and experience.

(GS-11)

Three academic years of graduate education. OR

All qualified candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal Service. Examples of such experience may include:

writing and editing for electronic media and audiences; coordinating the work of designers and technicians in developing effective, accessible formats, as well as, illustrations and tabular material to augment the written message; preparing a bulletin or similar document, which involve planning future topics and designing individual issues, as well as, reviewing and selecting individual articles; and monitoring printing. OR

Combination of education and experience.

APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

AS A PART OF THE INTERVIEW PROCESS, INTERVIEWEES WILL BE ASKED TO PRODUCE A WRITING SAMPLE.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line resume. Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible.

Eligible candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three (3) categories as
described below:

1 - Qualified Category

2 - Well Qualified Category

3 - Best Qualified Category

Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.

Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs.

Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):

1. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

2. Ability to convert complex topics into plain language.

3. Knowledge and understanding of grammar, punctuation, and editing practices.

4. Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments.

To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS:

The Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Click on http://www.opm.gov/insure/index.aspx to find out more about federal benefits.

Why Work at ED?

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Federal Student Aid (FSA), is a great place to work. For more detailed information regarding our various work sites, please click on the link below:

http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ed-locations.html

As an ED employee, you will benefit from our family-friendly work environment. As part of our commitment to maintain a productive balance between work and home, we offer excused leave for parent/teacher Conferences (3 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service. Other incentives such as telecommuting and alternative work schedules also may be available to you.

ED offers positions that are fair and competitive in compensation; developmental opportunities to exhibit teamwork and goal-oriented projects to enrich your federal career.

OTHER INFORMATION: The Federal Government is committed to expanding access to employment by hiring people with disabilities; providing technical assistance and information on reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities; and identifying and removing barriers to work. Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either competitively (where qualified individuals compete with one another through a structured process), noncompetitively (where a qualified individual may be selected based on a special appointing authority), or through an excepted appointing authority for people with disabilities (i.e. Schedule A). People who are selected for a Federal job must meet the qualification requirements for the position and be able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)- Eligible federal employees who were in positions and who were displaced from their positions may be eligible for selective priority over other candidates, under the ICTAP or the CTAP. Information about these programs may be found at the following links. In order to qualify, your application must receive a score of 85 in comparison with the knowledge, skills and abilities criteria. If you believe you are eligible for this special consideration, it is critical that you read the information provided in the links below.

CTAP

ICTAP

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Applicants selected for positions are subject to a background check to verify that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment.

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ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE OPENING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, SHOULD VACANCIES OCCUR.

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