THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 5 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION.
This position is located in the Public Affairs Office at Camp Mabry, Austin, TX. The primary purpose of the position is to collect, assemble, prepare and disseminate information concerning the various activities of the state's NG.
Develops news releases and feature articles describing Guard sponsored activities or events, presentation ceremonies, etc.
Evaluates local media programming on NG events, activities or communication campaigns to identify potential public relation issues with message content or format.
Consults with the pertinent program specialist to obtain the latest information for use in news releases, radio spots, print articles, meetings and electronic broadcasts.
Selects and incorporates photographs, film footage, etc., into the release or article to visually enhance the message with viewers.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The full Position Description (PD) can be found at the following link:
Job family (Series)
1035 Public Affairs
Conditions of Employment
Appointment Factor(s): This is a Title 5 Excepted Service position.
Area(s) of Consideration: CAT 1 - Open to Public (Nationwide): US Citizens, Nationals, or individuals who owe allegiance to the United States.
This is an Indefinite Position which may convert to a Permanent Position at a later date without further competition.
This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.
The incumbent must have, at a minimum, a completed National Agency Check (NAC) prior to position assignment.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance within 1 year of appointment.
Irregular and overtime hours may be required to support operational requirements or contingencies.
The employee may be required to travel in military and/or commercial vehicles to perform temporary duty assignments.
Direct deposit is mandatory.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE :
One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Creditable specialized experience includes: Applying and adapting knowledge of strictly controlled situations of an agency. Writing letter and memorandums on routine events of non-controversial subjects. Experience responding timely and appropriately to requests for information. Experience participating in meetings with specialized groups to listen to and understand feedback.
Have successfully completed undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of a Public Affairs Specialist. Or LL.B or J.D., if related.
Combination of Experience and Education:
Only graduate education may be used to qualify for this grade level. Combination of education and specialized experience totaling 100 percent computed by dividing total months of experience by 12, then for every 18 semester hours equal 50%, and then adding the two percentages together to reach a combined 100%.
Only experience/education gained by closing date of this position will be considered.
If you are using education to meet minimum qualifications for this position, you MUST provide a copy of your transcripts with your application.
Foreign education: Your transcripts must have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in evaluating foreign credentials in order to be acceptable.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an alternate application .
Veterans Information: Veterans' preference must be validated by formal submissions including all necessary supporting documentation. You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility prior to the close date of the job announcement. Acceptable documentation may be:
1. A copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions.
2. A "certification" that is a 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.
3. You may obtain a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs reflecting your level of disability for preference eligibility by visiting a VA Regional Office, contacting a VA call center or visiting their website.
4. If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form, SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference".
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): Communications and Media, Message Delivery, Message Development, and Multimedia Technologies.
Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume should include the following for related positions held:
Work schedule (ex. Full-time, part-time, intermittent)
Hours worked per week
To and From dates (ex. MM/YYYY - MM/YYYY)
Duties performed - In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. Assumptions will not be made regarding your experience.
2. As applicable:
If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must provide acceptable documentation of your preference. See Veterans Information found under Additional Information for a list of acceptable documentation.
Current/last SF-50 for current Federal employees.
Transcript if using to meet qualifications.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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