Communications Specialist

U.S. Federal Government - Bethesda, MD (30+ days ago)4.3


Duties
Summary
The Marine Mammal Commission provides independent, science-based oversight of domestic and international policies and actions of federal agencies addressing human impacts on marine mammals and their ecosystems. Our mission is largely driven by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The MMPA was enacted in October 1972 in partial response to growing concerns among scientists and the general public that certain species and populations of marine mammals were in danger of extinction or depletion as a result of human activities. The MMPA set forth a national policy to prevent marine mammal species and population stocks from diminishing beyond the point at which they cease to be significant functioning elements of the ecosystems of which they are a part.

The Marine Mammal Commission has overview responsibility for all national research programs and projects related to marine mammals, responsibility for the funding and management of its own research program and projects, and responsibility to comment and make recommendations on the general thrust and direction of all federally-supported marine mammal research activities. It is also responsible for making recommendations with respect to all Federal agency actions, be they scientific or otherwise that affect marine mammals.

The Communications Specialist advises the Executive Director on all matters pertaining to external communications and legislative affairs, and leads the Commission's engagement with Congress and White House Office of Management and Budget.

The incumbent handles the agency's communications and outreach strategy, including responsibility for the agency website, social media accounts, and outreach materials. The incumbent monitors and advises the Executive Director on the flow of Commission work products to ensure timely clearance and the meeting of deadlines.

The Communications Specialist represents the Commission in interactions with journalists, reporters, and other media outlets.

Responsibilities
Advises the Executive Director on all matters pertaining to external communications and legislative affairs. Leads the Commission?s engagement with Congress and White House Office of Management and Budget.
Develops and executes a comprehensive communications and outreach strategy.
Manages and maintains the Commission?s website, quarterly newsletter and Twitter account.
Drafts, reviews, and edits the Commission?s Annual Report to Congress and the President and the annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR).
Prepares material for interagency meetings, Congressional testimony and meetings, and assists in the preparation of other documents.
Monitors and advises the Executive Director on the flow of Commission work products to ensure timely clearance and the meeting of deadlines.
Represents the Commission in interactions with journalists, reporters, and other media outlets.
Develops and designs graphics and other visuals used in all major communications and outreach products and efforts
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship Required
May be required to complete background investigation and drug screening
A one year trial/probationary period may be required
Must provide resume and supporting documents (See required documents)
Qualifications
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience for the respective grade level(s) in which you are applying:

GS-13
In order to qualify for the position at the GS-13 level, applicants must meet the requirement as described below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in federal service that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:
Manage and maintain the agency's web site and oversees all website tasks performed by agency staff
Participate in the federal budget process and has experience with congressional justifications
Prepare material for interagency meetings, Congressional testimony and meetings, and assists in the preparation of other documents and
Provide written and oral guidance to senior officials.
GS-14
In order to qualify for the position at the GS-14 level, applicants must meet the requirement as described below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in federal service that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:
Develop and execute a comprehensive communications and outreach strategy for internal
external stakeholders.
Draft, review, and edit the Annual Report to Congress and the President and supervises the report's production
Respond to verbal inquiries and/or prepare written responses to government, academic, scientific, environmental, or other special interest groups or the general public in consultation with the appropriate staff members.
Lead the development of yearly communication plans, which identify tasks and deliverables
and assigns individuals to each task and
Develop and design graphic and other visual used in all major communications and
outreach products and efforts, such as reports, website content, social media and newsletters.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

For more information on the qualifications for this position, https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Occupational-Series
Education
Additional information
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan ( ICTAP ) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

The Career Transition Assistance Plan ( CTAP ) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap

Active Duty Service Members - You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.

EEO Statement: https://www.usajobs.gov//equal-employment-opportunity/
Reasonable Accommodation Statement: https://www.usajobs.gov//reasonable-accommodation/
Selective Service: https://www.usajobs.gov/

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 .

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment 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. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories:

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

Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration (unless a sufficient number of qualified veterans are found - in which only those names will be initially certified). Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Administration and Management
Interpersonal Skills
Oral Communication
Planning and Evaluating
Writing

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Applicable

Required Documents

Required Documents
Note: Failure to submit a resume or supporting documentation may result in elimination for further consideration.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:
  • Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
  • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education, if applicable
  • Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the " src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />.

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.

Benefits

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.