Partnership Specialist (Arabic),GG-0301-11/12-Census-EXT-JKP

US Department of Commerce - Houston, TX4.2

Full-time
Duties
Summary
This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the date the first 50 applicants are received or on November 20, 2018, whichever comes first.

This is a bilingual position: Applicants will be required to self-certify proficiency in Arabic as a condition of employment.

This is a Work At Home (WAH) position working in and around the Houston TX area. The duty station will be the selectee's home address.

You must reside in the local commuting area of Houston, TX.

Responsibilities

The individual selected for this position will:
Plan, develop, and coordinate the partnership agreements to ensure activities at all levels are carried out, resolve problems encountered, and determines the need for renegotiation.
Address questions, concerns and issues related to current and potential partners and stakeholders.
Establish partnership agreements with federal, state local, and tribal governments, and/or local businesses and community groups to develop specific strategies to eliminate enumeration barriers in specific regions in support of the Decennial Census.
Develop presentations, give briefings, conduct meetings and promote partnerships with various governments, local businesses and community groups.
Present information to audiences that predominately speak Arabic and translate and develop targeted informational and promotional materials from Arabic to English and English to Arabic when necessary.

Travel Required
50% or less - Position requires approximately 25% local and 25% overnight travel.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship
Suitability/Background Investigation for Federal employment.
Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
Must be 18 years or older to be hired.
A trial period may be required.
Relocation will not be paid.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifications
Applicants are responsible for insuring that the application submitted clearly indicates that they meet the qualifications listed below. To be eligible for this position, you must have the specialized experience, education, or a combination as indicated below.

The Partnership Specialist is responsible for developing partnerships with state, tribal and local governments; community-based organizations, faith-based groups; schools; media outlets; businesses; and other grassroots entities in communities within their assigned areas . The ideal candidate sought for this position would have deep ties to and in-depth knowledge of the norms and customs of the Vietnamese community. Ideally, they would be involved with community organizations in an effort to develop professional partnerships/connections with the Vietnamese community leaders, professionals and centers of influence.

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.

Selective Factor: This is a bilingual position. Applicants will be required to self-certify proficiency in Arabic as a condition of employment. To be considered proficient you must be able to speak, read, and write in English and Arabic. All applicants must have the ability to converse and translate fluently from Arabic into English and from English to Arabic and accurately reflect the intent and meaning of the original material.

GG-0301-09
EXPERIENCE : You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 07 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is work experience applying communication principles, methods, techniques for the development of campaigns OR work experience in editing technical material for targeted audience OR work experience interacting and dealing with the public including media, state, and local government officials, community, businesses, and organization program officers.
OR
EDUCATION : Two full years of graduate education or master’s degree directly related to the position that provided knowledge of broadcast journalism; print journalism; creative writing; public administration; advertising; composition; mass communication or mass media; public relations techniques; or radio, television, and film production.

GG-0301-11
EXPERIENCE : You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is work experience applying analytical techniques and interpersonal relations in dealing effectively with targeted audience; and analyzing the views and opinions from organizations and developing recommendations for stimulating interest in activities.
OR
EDUCATION : Three full years of graduate education or the Ph.D., directly related to the position that provided the knowledge of speech communication; broadcast journalism; creative writing; public administration; advertising; mass communication or mass media; public relations techniques; or radio, television, and film production.

GG-0301-12:
EXPERIENCE : You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is work experience conducting public affairs programs involving public information community relations activities and seeking cooperation; and presenting information to internal and external groups to inform them of program objectives and activities; and (2) ability to present information to the public including media, state, and local government officials, community businesses, and organization program officers.

EDUCATION : No substitution of education for experience is permitted.

Education
Additional information
The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

VRA
30% or more disabled veteran
Persons with Disabilities
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office at 301-763-4060. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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

Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility : Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies at the at the full performance level of this position (FPL 12):

Ability to manage partnership agreements, resolve problems, and address questions and/or concerns.
Knowledge of Federal, state, local, and tribal governments' and/or local business and community groups organizational structures and functions.
Skills in negotiating, with sometimes reluctant, Federal, state, local, and tribal governments and/or local businesses and community groups in order to receive their support in the Decennial Census through partnerships.
Knowledge of presentation methods and techniques such as use of Microsoft PowerPoint.
Knowledge of Arabic language to speak, read, and write fluently.
For more information on category rating, please go to: http://www.hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/prod 01_009474.pdf

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents

A complete application consists of the following:
  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (Schedule A disability, 30 percent disabled veteran, certain military spouses, etc). Show proof of your disability. Documentation may be from any licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. Territory to practice medicine), a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private), or any Federal or State agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits;
  • Your medical documentation should distinguish between disabilities that are temporary, or transient, versus disabilities, which are chronic, permanent, on-going, or unresolved with no end in sight.
  • Veterans' Preference Documentation: Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
  • Education Documentation: If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. This also includes Census Bureau employees.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

  • Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecogdoc. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.
Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

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 .

Census Bureau offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees .

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.