[ES_JOBS_NET] Public Affairs Specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Boulder, CO
christin at ucar.edu
Tue May 12 05:25:09 MDT 2015
*Public Affairs Specialist*
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Boulder, CO
Science, Service, and Stewardship
This position is located in the Office of Public, Constituent &
Intergovernmental Affairs, Boulder, Colorado.
*Who May Apply:*U.S. Citizens and Nationals, and Merit Promotion candidates.
You are eligible under merit promotion procedures, if you meet one of
the following criteria:
Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in
the competitive service.
Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointment in the
excepted service and under an Interchange Agreement.
Former Federal status employees with reinstatement eligibility based
on previous Federal service.
Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection
consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).
Veterans eligible for the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act
(VEOA), who are preference eligible or who have been separated under
honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service.
Veterans eligible for a non-competitive appointment under the Veterans
Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority, who are preference eligible or
recently separated from the military. Applies to grades GS-11 and below.
Individuals with disabilities under Schedule A hiring authority -
Refer to "Other Information" section for eligibility details.
Applicants entitled to non-competitive appointment authorities or
special hiring authorities, e.g., Peace Corps; Americorps VISTA, Boren
Fellows; military spouse preference; and applicants who previously held,
or currently hold, the same pay band with the same promotion potential
of ZA IV or higher (SF-50(s) must show proof of this), etc.
Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement if
they become available.
* Not Required
* You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
* Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for selective service.
* Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
* Required to pass background investigation and fingerprint check
* A one-year probationary/trial period may be required.
*DUTIES:*Back to top
* Serve as the agency Spokesperson, effectively communicating with the
media on atmospheric and climate sciences, as well as other NOAA
Boulder programs, operations and issues.
* Build relationships with journalists, pitches them stories, and
answers their questions.
* Prepare NOAA experts for interviews and news conferences, and
* Proactively writes news releases, talking points, communications
plans, letters-to-the-editor, op-eds, and social media posts
(Twitter, Facebook, etc.).
* Provide communication advice and counsel to NOAA Boulder leaders,
scientists, and managers, with knowledge and guidance from NOAA OCEA
Director and/or Deputy Director.
**Please note that these duties are performed in collaboration with the
Department of Commerce Office of Public Affairs.
*QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:*Back to top*MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - ZA-4*
I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-III
level (GS-12) in the Federal service which includes (1) writing and
editing news releases, communications plans, feature articles and other
written communication materials on scientific topics related to an
organization's programs; (2) using mock interviews and talking points to
prepare officials for media interviews; (3) using the web and social
media platforms (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, etc.,) to communicate
information to the news media and public; and (4) building relationships
with reporters, editors, and producers to cultivate news coverage (i.e.,
pitch stories, share organization missions, etc.,).
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer
work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps,
AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic;
religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps
build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide
valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid
employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience,
including volunteer experience.
Only education/experience obtained by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date
of this announcement will be considered.
Current and former career and career-conditional Federal employees must
meet the time-in-grade/band requirement of 52 weeks at the next lower
grade. Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements
(e.g.,time-in-grade and qualification requirements) by the closing date
of the announcement.
Current career and career-conditional Federal employees must submit a
copy of their most recent SF-50, which shows competitive service
appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If you are applying for a
higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of
time you have been in the next lower grade level. (NOTE: Federal
employee applicants must submit SF-50s, which demonstrate how they meet
all announcement requirements. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include
promotions, with-in grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years
You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
*HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:*Once the application process is complete, a
review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and
compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to
determine if you are qualified for this job.
*Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens)
procedures*will be rated under NOAA's Category Rating and Selection
Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to
determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this
announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and
supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the
Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is
supported by your application materials, your score may be lowered
and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is
determine you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application
will then be placed in one of three categories:*Gold, Silver, or
Bronze.*Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veteran's
Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference
eligibles. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified
for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration.
*Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures*will be rated in
accordance with the Merit Staffing plan of NOAA. Your resume and
supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the
job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally
qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be
compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you
rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials,
your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from
consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top
candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for
You will be rated based on the following knowledges, skills, abilities
(KSAs) or competencies:
*TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE - SCIENCE - CLIMATE CHANGE AND/OR ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE*
*SKILL IN WRITTEN COMMUNICATION*
*SKILL IN MAKING ORAL PRESENTATIONS*
In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be
able to determine from your application package that you have the
education and/or specialized or general experience that is required.
Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a
full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in
performance of such duties.
*BENEFITS:*Back to top NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package that
includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance;
health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement
System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered
to Federal employees http://www.usa.gov/Federal-Employees/Benefits.shtml .
*OTHER INFORMATION:**If you are a veteran*with preference eligibility
and you are claiming 5-points 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 also submit an SF-15,
"Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required
by that form. For more information on veterans preference
*Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):*To be eligible for a VEOA
appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a
veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service
performed under honorable conditions. ( you must submit a DD214-member
copy 4 ).
*Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective
Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).*
*Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP/ICTAP):*For information on
how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see
http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To
be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy,
displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating
criteria for this position.
Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain
information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a
noncompetitive appointing authority:
*Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A*
*Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans*
*Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses*
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