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Grade: 15

No questions specified.

Grade: All Grades

1 Where did you learn about this Department of the Treasury job opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • USAJOBS
  • Career Connector Notification
  • Professional, Community, Diversity or Other Organization
    1.1 Please provide the specific name of the Professional, Community, Diversity or Other Organization that you learned about this Fiscal Service opportunity? Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Employment Office (Federal/State or Local)
  • Friend/Relative
  • Job Fair, Conference, or Convention
    1.1 Please provide the specific name of the Job Fair, Conference or Convention that you learned about this Fiscal Service opportunity? Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Newspaper, TV or Radio
  • School, College, or University
    1.1 Please provide the specific name of the School, College or University that you learned about this Fiscal Service opportunity? Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Disability Employment Program Manager
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Special Placement Program Coordinator
  • Military Program
  • Other
    1.1 Please provide the specific referral source of where you learned about this Fiscal Service opportunity? Maximum length of 250 characters.
2 Are you currently serving or have you served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment, if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
For the GS-15: You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level in the federal service or equivalent private sector experience. Specialized experience for this position includes developing and implementing efficient communication strategies and programs for public affairs programs and activities. Examples of such experience must include:
- Advising senior level agency and department officials for media response and communications strategies; AND
- Directing media or public outreach campaigns, including supervising employees and/or contractors, in support of agency activities and initiatives; AND
- Developing workflow processes, clearance processes, and internal public affairs policies regarding the development of communications plans, news releases, factsheets, web content, printed publications, and/or media campaign outreach materials; AND
- Evaluating challenges, real or perceived, to public understanding of the organization's programs and recommending specific public affairs activities designed to meet these challenges.
3 For the GS-15, select the answer that best describes your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 1 full year of specialized experience as described in the previous question.
    3.1 Make sure experience is clearly documented in your resume. Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience so it may be found to ensure you receive proper credit. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • I do not have at least 1 full year of specialized experience as described in the previous question.
4 Select the following statement(s) that describe(s) your experience managing and/or leading a team of professionals within an organization. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I have considered and approved employees request for leave balancing work requirements.
  • I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and ensured deadlines were met in a timely fashion.
  • I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities and difficulty of work assignment.
  • I have developed performance standards and evaluated work performance of employees.
  • I have given advice, counsel, or instruction on both work and administrative matters.
  • I have coached or mentored staff to achieve desired work results.
  • I have identified developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget constraints.
  • I have taken action to address poor performance and behavioral issues of subordinate employees.
  • I have recognized and awarded exceptional performance of subordinates.
  • I have interviewed candidates and made recommendations/selections for appointments and/or promotions.
  • I do not possess the experience described above.
5 Choose the statement that best represents the area impacted by your most significant program or project. Answer to this question is required
  • My organizational unit
  • My business line
  • My company or agency
  • Government wide or industry wide
  • General public
  • None of the above
6 Choose all statements that describe activities you have performed as a regular, recurring part of your job: Answer to this question is required
  • I served as a spokesperson for an organization on program or project issues to partner or stakeholder agencies.
  • I developed and issued guidance or policy statements on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues for an organization.
  • I served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues with impact on the entire organization.
  • I provided guidance to other agency representatives or private industry on technical, programmatic, or professional issues that affect the scope of programs or projects.
  • I facilitated workshops or partnering sessions between organizational entities.
  • I mediated or facilitated problem resolution between organizational entities or technical groups in a formal group setting.
  • I built and fostered relationships with external customers, partners, and stakeholders that affect the scope of programs or projects.
  • I presented, advocated, or negotiated specific mission goals and needs with other organizational entities.
  • I presented briefings and formal presentations to senior management of external entities on policy, program, organizational, or project issues.
  • I prepared written reports on organizational program/project status.
  • I facilitated solutions on controversial issues affecting the scope of programs or projects with the public.
  • I organized and conducted public meetings.
  • I served as a spokesperson for an organization on program or project issues in media segments, video tapes, and live interviews.
  • None of the above.
7 Select the responses that reflect the public affairs activities you have performed in support of your organization. Answer to this question is required
  • Established the overall goals, concepts and direction of the agency/department initiative and supervised various employees.
  • Managed, supervised, and evaluated a diverse staff of professional and administrative personnel to assure accomplishment of several public affairs campaigns.
  • Managed, supervised, and evaluated a diverse staff of professional and administrative personnel to assure accomplishment of a specific public affairs campaign or activity.
  • None of the above.
8 From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, identify those that you have routinely applied at work. Answer to this question is required
  • Administer consequences, hold others accountable to meet program requirements, policies and/or standards.
  • Coordinate efforts to adjust work activities in situations where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.
  • Diffuse confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed.
  • Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet a program objective.
  • Inform supervisors and managers of new policies, processes, and management practices, and effect changes.
  • Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, or alternate viewpoints.
  • Provide direction, guidance or instruction to support staff or new professional staff.
  • None of the above.
9 Which of the following types of information materials have you evaluated? Answer to this question is required
  • Opinion piece for the newspaper
  • Letters to the editor
  • Press releases and fact sheets
  • Speeches
  • Communication plans
  • Policy guidance
  • Congressional testimony
  • Feature articles
  • Brochures
  • Video or audio scripts
  • Books
  • None of the above
10 Please check each of the following which you have had experience performing: Answer to this question is required
  • Applying a variety of analytical techniques in gathering, analyzing and evaluating data and developing appropriate recommendations for the agency's/organization's director.
  • Conducted analyses to define the appropriate publics to involve, established characteristics of target groups, and determined the most effective methods and techniques to use in stimulating and obtaining input from these groups.
  • Analyzing the impact of media coverage on an organization and providing recommendations for strategic communication messaging and content development.
  • Writing, editing, and communicating to the media and public through speeches, news releases, feature articles, and background statements.
  • Responding orally to on the spot questions and/or criticism from members of the news media concerning sensitive policies.
  • Evaluated the efficiency and effectiveness of information policies, procedures, and operations.
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of media relations activities.
  • Creating or executing public information campaigns.
  • None of the above.
11 Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience planning, integrating, and evaluating overall public affairs programs for an agency/organization: (select all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed and enhanced an agency/organization’s communication plan to include short and long-term communication goals.
  • I have developed and implemented internal and external communication plans or initiatives to reflect policy and programs.
  • I have recommended strategies to improve public affairs programs and activities including identification of needs, requirements, and opportunities for publicizing programs and policies.
  • I have tracked progress in meeting strategic communication plan goals and recommended adjustments to ensure achievement of goals and objectives.
  • I have implemented social media strategies as an integral part of a larger communications plan.
  • None of the above
12 Which of the following describes your experience of public affairs and media relations methods, principles, processes and techniques? (please select all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have planned and executed public affairs and congressional strategy in order to effectively translate and communicate key messages to a variety of audiences including the general public, the media, and Congress.
  • I have researched and written news releases and advisories, fact sheets, key messages, and other press materials, congressional briefing materials disseminated to the media and Congress.
  • I have developed, coordinated, and ensured that appropriate responses to media inquiries and congressional inquiries were provided in a timely, accurate, and consistent manner.
  • I have served as a spokesperson, in addition to coordinating, arranging and assisting subject matter experts and senior spokespersons on media interviews.
  • I have developed briefing materials including testimony, speeches, presentations, fact sheets and other informational papers for congressional hearings, briefings and meetings.
  • I have designed procedures and worked on crisis and risk communications.
  • I have planned, coordinated and/or arranged press conferences, media briefings, and other press events.
  • I have worked on communications and marketing plans to promote campaigns, activities, or products to specific or diverse audiences.
  • I have assigned, reviewed and overseen work assignments produced by project staff.
  • I have utilized new media technologies, including a wide range of social media tools for the purposes of media or educational outreach.
  • None of the above
13

Please select the types of media/stakeholder groups that you have established and maintained working relationships with on a regular and recurring basis. (please select all that apply)

Answer to this question is required
  • National News Media
  • Financial/Trade organizations
  • Local News Media
  • White House Staff
  • Congressional Members/Staffs
  • State and Local governments
  • Businesses (Private Sector for profit) and/or non-profit organizations
  • Federal Agencies
  • Community group representatives
  • None of the above
14 Select the responses that reflect your experience with Freedom of Information Act program/office within an organization. Answer to this question is required
  • I have responded to FOIA requests.
  • I have gathered records for FOIA responses.
  • I have led a team to collect and gather data in response to FOIA requests from citizens, private entities, others.
  • I have used quantitative data and analytical tools to effectively manage a FOIA program/office.
  • None of the above
15 Choose the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience with outreach techniques. (select all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed robust working relationships with congressional and media representatives, which enables keeping internal and external audiences, and stakeholders informed on issues that may affect them.
  • I have established effective relationships with the newspaper, radio and television media in a manner that will facilitate positive coverage.
  • I have promoted positive public image of the agency/company.
  • I have developed an organized program of activities to obtain desired publicity.
  • I have promoted an agency/company's mission and analyzed the extent of public understanding of the programs to increase public awareness.
  • None of the above
16 I have performed public affairs or closely related specialist work involving the following activities in the area of communication and information dissemination: Answer to this question is required
  • Reviewed/evaluated information dissemination strategies/plans, considering changing emphasis and/or content in programs and/or subject matter.
  • Determined most expeditious/appropriate avenues for disseminating information.
  • Arranged for mass dissemination of informational materials.
  • Ensured that information for dissemination was accurate, complete, current, and intellectually honest.
  • Ensured that sensitive/classified information was protected from unauthorized disclosure.
  • Established and/or maintained a network of in-house subject matter experts as an information source.
  • Coordinated the preparation of speeches and/or talking points.
  • Researched and developed corporate messages.
  • None of the above.
17 Select the responses that reflect your experience in the development of an organizational communications plan, including short-, medium-, and long-term communication goals. Answer to this question is required
  • I have led the development of a comprehensive communications plan designed to promote my organization and increase public awareness of its activities and goals.
  • I have conducted research and participated in the formulation of public affairs plans and policies.
  • I have been responsible for effective planning and implementation of strategic communications, public engagement, and external relations.
  • I have conducted continuous analysis of communications plans and programs from a technical, tactical and an operational standpoint.
  • None of the above
18 Choose all examples that illustrate your experience with strategic written communications. Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitated the development and execution of a communications strategic plan for an agency, organization, or business.
  • Primary author of a communications strategic plan for an agency, organization, or business.
  • Primary author of written briefings, articles, studies, or reports for executive-level leadership.
  • Reviewed written materials for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • Prepared written reports that required me to analyze trends and other information to: (a) identify issues, problems, challenges, opportunities, and options and (b) formulate strategies and recommendations.
  • None of the above.
19 Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience planning, coordinating, and evaluating communication operations: (select all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have managed media activities for an organization to include web design, social/digital media communications.
  • I have developed messages that enhance media advocacy, public relations and outreach efforts.
  • I have developed and implemented policies and procedures related to external media relations.
  • I have developed marketing strategies and/or communication plans designed to meet public need for information on the U.S. economy and public debt, government financial management and Treasury securities investments.
  • I have performed risk assessments on the use of communication policies and procedures regarding information sharing, marketing, and media outreach in support of a federal agency.
  • I have developed performance measures to effectively evaluate the success of a media, plan, or outreach campaign.
  • None of the above.
20 I have experience in facilitating presentations or giving formal presentations in the following settings: (select all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • News conferences
  • Media interviews
  • Trade or industry groups
  • Advisory groups
  • Public meetings
  • Focus groups
  • Professional meetings or conferences
  • Briefings for Congressional and/or Executive Branch Officials
  • Briefings for Senior Management and Executives
  • Strategic, project management, staff planning meetings
  • None of the above
21 From the list below, select the responses that reflect your experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with representatives of national, state and local organizations, citizens groups, and other specialized organizations interested in or affected by the organization's programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have maintained personal contacts with key executives to provide advice and guidance and receive input on communications policies and their impact on stakeholders.
  • I have collaborated with upper level management to develop internal and external goals.
  • I have represented my organization in meetings with external individuals and/or organizations.
  • I have maintained effective relationships with organization’s internal staff for purposes of preparing program documents and materials.
  • None of the above
22 This position requires handling a heavy volume of writing assignments under tight deadline pressures. Select from the list below the types of written communication you have successfully prepared under such deadlines. Answer to this question is required
  • New releases
  • Speeches/Testimony
  • Talking points
  • Questions and answers
  • Congressional briefing materials
  • Informational materials concerning policies
  • Internal documents and memorandum
  • Letters to Congress
  • Correspondence to private citizens
  • None of the above
23 Choose the statement(s) that best describe your experience with preparing written documents. Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on public affairs issues.
  • I have prepared written responses to public inquiries, and prepared Congressional and executive-level correspondence on public or trade relations issues.
  • I have drafted policy and procedural materials for dissemination to field or operating level components.
  • I have prepared written material to be distributed on the internet, intranet or by other electronic methods within an organization as a part of trade or public relations efforts.
  • I have gathered and researched data and information to prepare responses to non- routine correspondence.
  • I have prepared and presented public or trade relations papers and/or briefings to trade and industry organizations.
  • I have prepared and presented briefings to diverse audiences.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
24 Select ALL of the following marketing and communications methods, channels and techniques you have overseen production. Answer to this question is required
  • News releases
  • Radio and television content
  • Feature articles
  • Digital (internet, Intranet) and social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat)
  • Personal appearances
  • News conferences
  • Agency-wide meetings/conferences
  • Brochures
  • Pamphlets
  • Briefing papers
  • Fact sheets
  • Nationwide Public Education Programs
  • None of the above