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Grade: 13

REMINDER! Your answers will be verified against information provided in your on-line resume. Be sure your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience and/or education, you may be removed from consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications.
GS-13: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING: writing press releases and statements, internal briefing materials such as talking points and facts sheets for executive level staff to inform various audiences about programs, activities and accomplishments of organization; developing, coordinating and advising on proactive outreach plans for information dissemination to the press or media relating to organization's programs; and maintaining effective working relationships with representatives of the print and broadcast media.
1 GS-13: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience in or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Choose the response that best describes your highest level of experience Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing the above listed tasks on a regular and recurring basis.
  • My experience does not meet the above description

Grade: 14

REMINDER! Your answers will be verified against information provided in your on-line resume. Be sure your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience and/or education, you may be removed from consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications.
GS-14: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING: planning, coordinating and advising on information dissemination to the press or media relating to organization's programs; writing or leading the development of a variety of articles, news releases, talking points and speeches to specialized audiences about national programs; experience serving as the principal spokesperson for comments to the press/media on behalf of the organization's top officials; maintaining effective working relationships with representatives of the print and broadcast media; and preparing top-level officials for radio and/or television appearances or other news media interviews.
1 GS-14: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Choose the one response that best describes your highest level of experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service performing the above listed tasks
  • My experience does not meet the above description.
2 I have experience performing the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Performing in a lead role responsible for publicizing an organization's programs, policies or activities.
  • Ensuring that public information activities, services, or products reflect organizational goals and objectives.
  • Providing telecommunications advice on public information policy, procedures or activities.
  • Evaluating the efficiency or effectiveness of public information programs, projects or operations.
  • Planning and implementing of a national public information program.
  • Developing promotional efforts to disseminate news and achieve media coverage of outreach activities and events.
  • None of the above applies to my experience.

Grade: All Grades

REMINDER! Your answers will be verified against information provided in your on-line resume. Be sure your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience and/or education, you may be removed from consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications.
1 Choose a method of consideration- Please select one choice from the following: Answer to this question is required
  • (MP-only) I am a Federal employee in the career competitive service with permanent or conditional tenure or a prior Federal employee with reinstatement rights, as indicated on my Standard Form 50 (Notice of Personnel Action). Please consider me through the merit promotion process in which I will compete with all status applicants.
  • (DEU-only) I am not a Federal employee. Please consider me only through the Delegated Examining process in which I will compete with all non-status applicants. NOTE: This process only allows consideration of the top ranked candidates, and veteran's preference rules apply. If selected through this process, you may have to serve another probationary period and your tenure group may be affected.
  • (MP and DEU) I am a Federal employee in the career competitive service with permanent or conditional tenure or a prior Federal employee with reinstatement rights, as indicated on my Standard Form 50 (Notice of Personnel Action). I would also like to be considered through the Delegated Examining process as described above in which I will compete with all non-status applicants. Please consider me via both of the methods described.
  • (NC-only) I am a Federal employee in the career competitive service with permanent or conditional tenure or a prior Federal employee with reinstatement rights, as indicated on my Standard Form 50 (Notice of Personnel Action). I am eligible for noncompetitive consideration because I am currently holding or have held a permanent grade that is equal to or above the full performance level/promotion potential of the position being advertised.
  • (NC and DEU) I am a Federal employee in the career competitive service with permanent or conditional tenure or a prior Federal employee with reinstatement rights, that is eligible for noncompetitive consideration as described above. I would also like to be considered through the Delegated Examining process as described above in which I will compete with all non-status applicants. Please consider me via both of the methods described.
2

Do you have extensive experience in advising senior management and public policy officials on all aspects of public affairs programs and initiatives in the in the areas of broadband-enabled health, mHealth, and telemedicine/telehealth?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Select the responses that best describe your experience planning and organizing media related events. Answer to this question is required
  • Press Conferences
  • Print Interviews
  • Broadcast interviews
  • Conference calls with 10 or more reporters
  • Conference calls with 30 or more reporters
  • None of the above
4 Select the response that best describes your experience in developing media strategies directed at the news media and general public. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed these functions.
  • I have received instruction and training in these functions, but have not performed them on the job.
  • I have performed similar and directly related functions and my experience and training have equipped me to perform these functions successfully.
  • I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of a media relations and public affairs program.
  • I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them routinely and have carried them out successfully to achieve public awareness of agency activities.
5 Select all the response(s) that describe your experience in communication of informational materials. Answer to this question is required
  • I have directed and managed the writing of news releases, articles, opinions and editorials, fact sheets, consumer tips and/or other public outreach publications to communicate information about my organization.
  • I have written new news releases, articles, opinions and editorials, fact sheets, consumer tips and/or other public outreach publications to communicate information about my organization.
  • I have successfully translated information from technical documents based upon research, analysis, and data collection into explanations of the missions and standards for my organization, which the average reader can understand.
  • I have prepared and written media plans that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by high level officials in my organization.
  • I have written and communicated orally with media entities, private organizations, and individuals to seek their active participation in planning public events or activities.
  • None of the above.
6 Do you have experience evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of an agency's media outreach program in communicating information to the public? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 Do you have experience in developing and maintaining consistent reliable media contacts which resulted in the placement of news articles, opinion editorial pieces and feature stories that have a positive impact for the organization? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
8 Select the response that best describes your experience assisting staff members prepare for broadcast or cable news networks on camera interviews. Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted with 30 or more.
  • I have assisted with 20 or more.
  • I have assisted with 10 or more.
  • I have assisted with 5 or less.
  • None of the above.
9 This position requires establishing and maintaining effective relationships with high-level management officials and public affairs officers. Choose the statement(s) that describe the communication services you provided as a regular part of your job. Answer to this question is required
  • Made recommendations to senior level officials on the best presentation methods; on upcoming news events; news releases; programs; and legislation; in order to transmit to the general public an understanding of current and future programs/issues.
  • Maintained effective contacts and acted as liaison with the news media in order to convey information about public affairs programs and rendered necessary assistance.
  • Participated in meetings with senior level officials and prepared releases, background information, fact sheets and other material concerning departmental actions and policies.
  • Served as liaison in which contact was made with a variety of individuals (e.g., mass market, consumer, trade and niche media, key reporters, producers and editors) for the purpose of conveying information.
  • Responded to media inquiries on a wide range of issues, clearing responses with various offices, and meeting reporters' deadlines as a regular and recurring part of my job.
  • None of the above applies to my experience.
10 From the choices below, please select the one that best reflects your experience with new media metrics or other data to improve new media performance and usability: Answer to this question is required
  • I have looked at Web and social media analytics/data for usage trends and found it interesting, but have no experience in application of metrics to make changes to improve usability of new media tools and Web sites.
  • I have used Web and social media analytics/data to analyze specific sites, pages, content or related navigation trends and issues and have used that information to change or modify customer use of these tools.
  • I have analyzed and used social media and Web analytics/data to improve a Web site and related use of social media tools and have made decisions about what metrics to use, and where to use them, to measure performance of social media tools and Web sites.
  • I do not have experience with Web analytics software or data gathering related to Web usage.
11 From the response below, select those that reflect your oral communication skills. Answer to this question is required
  • I have exchanged factual information needed to produce written materials.
  • I have interviewed information sources and coordinated work efforts or advised authors on substantial editorial changes.
  • I have persuaded authors to make or accept major revisions in the approach and content of manuscripts.
  • I have communicated with program officials to gain cooperation in publishing materials as written and designed.
  • I have conducted workshops, seminars, and outreach events in support of a program.
  • I have made formal presentations and briefings to managers, supervisors, employees, and members of outside groups.
  • I have none of the above.
12 Choose the response that most accurately reflects your skill in writing web content aimed at providing accurate, clear concise public information about complex topics. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
13 Which of the following best describe your experience editing, proofreading, reorganizing and rewriting speeches to ensure the message is clear, effective and well written? Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert in performing this task.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
14 Do you have experience managing multiple projects and delivering work products under tight time constraints and under strict guidelines? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
15 Choose the one statement that best describes your experience as a technical authority for executing a public affairs program. Answer to this question is required
  • I have served as a technical authority for executing a national public affairs program including; planning, developing, organizing, communicating, and editing information that fit into a national news program.
  • I have assisted with executing a national public affairs program including; planning, developing, organizing, communicating, and editing information that fit into a national news program.
  • I have performed technical work with a public affairs program for an organization on a local level.
  • None of the above applies to my experience.
16 I have extensive contacts and communication with the following organizations: Answer to this question is required
  • Print media
  • Broadcast Media
  • Online News Media
  • Other Federal Government Press Representatives
  • Trade Group Press Representatives
  • None of the above
17 Please select from the following list choice(s) that describe your experience briefing top-level officials and/or principals. Answer to this question is required
  • Provided communications guidance and talking points to top-level officials and/or principals for press appearances.
  • Provided communications guidance and strategies to top level officials and/or principals for public event appearances.
  • Provided communications guidance and strategy recommendations to top-level officials and/or principals for interviews with reporters.
  • Experience dealing with high level management officials, employees, clients or the public on non-routine matters of a very sensitive, controversial or operationally important nature.
  • None of the above.