Job Title:Communications Specialist (Recent Graduates Program)
Department:General Services Administration
Agency:Office of Communications and Marketing
Job Announcement Number:1300025RKOTR
|$34,075.00 to $44,293.00 / Per Year|
|Monday, January 14, 2013 to Friday, January 18, 2013|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full Time – Recent Graduates|
|Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
GSA has been repeatedly named by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the ‘Best Places to Work in the Federal Government’.
You may have heard GSA called ‘the government’s landlord’, but GSA is about more than just buildings. We’re a vehicle management and acquisition service, a real estate manager, an IT solutions provider, a global supply chain manager, and more! GSA provides innovative solutions for Federal agencies that include products, services, workspace, and expertise to build a more high-performing, efficient, sustainable, and transparent government for the American people. And, since our jobs are as diverse as the services we provide, GSA is a great place to start, build, and expand your career.
This position is located in the Office of Communications and Marketing (OCM), Enterprise Web Management Division (ZE), Washington, DC.
At this time we are only filling one vacancy; however, additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as necessary.
This position is being announced under the Pathways Recent Graduates Program. This program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. The program lasts for 1 year (unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program). Additional information about the Recent Graduates Program can be found at http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/graduates/
*Applications for this RECENT GRADUATE position will be accepted from the following individuals:
1. Graduates who within the past 2 years, or after 12/27/2010, received a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
2. Preference eligible veterans precluded from applying due to military service obligation may apply up to 2 years from the date of discharge/release from active duty, but no more than 6 years after the date educational requirements are met.
3. Individuals who will complete educational program requirements by the end of the current academic year (2012-June 2013).
- U.S. Citizenship or National
- Must Apply Online
- Signed participant agreement is required for employment under this program
Under administrative direction of the supervisor and with ongoing mentoring from a senior team member, the incumbent uses a variety of communication methods in carrying out their mission to inform the agency’s internal audiences about the programs, policies, and services that are of interest to or affect various groups or individuals. The major duties of this GS-5 position are developmental and include:
- Organize, fine- tune, and draft new materials (guidelines, how-to’s, templates, etc.) for:
- use within the OCM organization and
- to inform GSA employees of the OCM services available to them and their organizations.
- Fine-tune messages drafted by communicators in the organization, or drafts new material intended for agency employees concerning internal and external Agency programs. This includes correcting basic grammar, etc., or re-working material to conform to GSA standards and ’tone of voice’.
- Provide support to the Agency POCs who craft content for the Agency intranet and internal email newsletter distributions by providing editing and writing services and advising on best practices.
- Assist various 0CM project teams, to support the stages of the project that carry an internal communications or engagement component.
- With direction and guidance from their team and supervisor, produce a schedule of communication objectives and milestones for the project; a map of vital stakeholders (senior individuals or large groups / segments of the overall population); and a message framework to guide project participants towards a single, coherent message about their work.
- Restructure, consolidate and migrate content from one digital medium to another, working under subject matter experts to ensure the content remains accurate while adjusting it for tone, length and context.
- Develop and maintain the content online using the Agency’s web content management system, in accordance with the laws, regulations and standards that govern the operation of federal government websites.
- Serve as a team member on GSA’s usability team; providing ongoing support for usability testing of GSA’s internal and external digital content: assisting with test preparation, developing testing materials, conducting testing, facilitating observations, following up on action items and tasks and providing general consultation on usability best practices.
- Help in the assessment and selection of which internal channels to use for a specific message or campaign depending on: the available channels; the audience; the Agency’s objective; the context and substance of the content; and the urgency of the message.
- Use approved social media tools such as Storify and Chatter as part of a planned campaign of employee communications.
- Ensure the tone, length, and formality of the content is appropriate for the digital medium (i.e. website, email, blog post, Chatter post, etc.) through which it is disseminated.
The GS-05 salary range starts at $34,075 per year, if you meet the following qualifications.
In order to qualify at the GS-05 level, applicants must possess one of the following:
A. Experience: Qualifying experience is at least three years of progressively responsible work experience, one year of which is equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the federal service, that demonstrates the ability to:
- · Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions;
- · Plan and organize work; and
- · Communicate effectively orally and in writing
B. Education: A four year course of study leading to a Bachelor’s degree. -OR -
C. A combination of experience and education as described in “A” and “B” above that, when combined, fulfills the requirements.
Qualifying Educational Institutions/Programs for Recent Graduate Program
Qualifying educational institutions/program for Recent Graduate Program include: a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. You must provide a copy of ALL of your college/vocational/technical transcript(s), including current enrollment. See “Required Documents” section for additional information.
Applicants may refer to the U.S. Department of Education’s Institutional Accreditation System to determine whether their school/program is accredited: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx.
A post-secondary certificate program must have been completed at a qualifying educational institution equivalent to at least 1 academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. See OPM’s General Policies for information on crediting education.
If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
- Serve a one year trial period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).
- Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.
- Males born after December 31, 1959 and who are at least 18 years of age must have registered with the Selective Service.
- Complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment” (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
- Undergo a background security investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.
- Occasional travel may be required.
- If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Category Rating procedure is being used to rate candidates. If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self assessment vacancy questions will be used to place you in one of the following categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, and Best Qualified. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be supported by your resume or the Human Resources Specialist may adjust your responses lower. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans’ preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans’ preference.
The following knowledge, skills, and abilities have been identified as competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:
- Skill in written communication necessary to prepare guides, templates, articles, newsletters, etc.
- Skill in interpersonal communication necessary to communicate with a variety of individuals at various levels of an organization
- Knowledge of, and ability to utilize, a variety of social media tools
- Skill in developing and maintaining online content
A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s). Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.
GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:
- Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)
- Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from
- Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs
- Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
- Flexible work schedules and telework
- Transit and child care subsidies
- Training and development
To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, see Benefits.
Bargaining Unit Status: This position is not included in a bargaining unit.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.
Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.
If you are selected for this position at a grade lower than the full performance level, you may be promoted up to that grade level without further competition in accordance with all applicable regulations. However, promotions are not guaranteed and are dependent on performance.
HOW TO APPLY:
You must submit a complete application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy. We will only consider applications submitted through the online process listed below unless an exception has been approved by a representative of the HR Office listed on this announcement. A description of the online process is provided below:
- Select the “Apply Online” button. Log on to OPM’s USAJOBS to access your existing resume or to create a new one.
- From your account, select which resume you wish to submit. You also have the option of attaching any required documents saved in your USAJOBS account (see list of required documents below). Click “Apply for this Position Now!”
- You will be prompted to respond to vacancy specific questions regarding your qualifications and the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or other competencies required to successfully perform this position. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 1300025RKOTR. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Please review the following to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application:
ALL APPLICANTS: Provide a copy of ALL of your college transcript(s), including current enrollment. College transcript(s) must reflect ALL coursework completed with the date(s) (month/day/year) the degree(s) awarded/conferred. If a degree/certificate you are seeking has not been awarded/conferred, transcript must include ALL coursework completed as well as current enrollment.
If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. Additionally, submit proof of class rank or Honor Society membership if you are using those provisions to qualify based on Superior Academic Achievement. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education. See OPM’s General Policies for information on crediting education.
Failure to provide this information could result in your application not being considered.
In order to be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty (member 4 copy). If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement to this preference. A list of documents which serve as acceptable proof of entitlement is indicated on the SF-15 form.
Active Duty Military Personnel - In lieu of the DD-214, active duty service members may submit a written document from the armed forces certifying that they expect to be discharged or released under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans who have satisfied the educational requirements of the Recent Graduates program but were precluded from applying within the two-year window due to a military service obligation must also provide documentation of discharge/release from military service within the previous 2 years.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Office of Communications and Marketing
1275 First Street NE