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Grade: 11

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1

For the GS-11: Specialized experience is one year (52 weeks) of experience at the GS-09 level, or equivalent that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:
• doing research and developing materials for media campaigns, including press releases. OR
Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. OR
Combination of education and experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position successfully.

Please select the answer that best describes your experience and/or education.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-09 grade level in the federal service as defined above.
    1.1

    Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience.
     

    Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • I have attained a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.)
  • I have a combination of the above-defined education and experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position successfully. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.)
    1.1

    Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience.
     

    Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • I have none of the above.
2

Please select the statement that reflects how you organize and prioritize your work?

Answer to this question is required
  • I work on projects or assignments that are higher priority. I complete that assignment in a timely manner.
  • I work on multiple tasks or assignments simultaneously and complete these assignments in a timely manner.
  • I establish timelines for the completion of an assignment or project and usually complete the task earlier than the deadline.
  • I establish timelines for the completion of multiple assignments or projects and usually complete these tasks earlier than the deadline.
  • None of the above.
3

In my professional work experience, I have prepared all of the following written materials:

Answer to this question is required
  • Draft reports
  • Speeches
  • Press releases
  • Testimony
  • None of the above
4

Please select the one response that best describes your experience using the correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax and required formats in writing and editing information.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have reviewed documents for clarity, coherence, spelling and formatting.
  • I have prepared documents using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, terminology, and formatting.
  • I have received post-high school instruction and/or training in the functions, but have not performed them on the job.
  • I do not have education, training or experience in this area.

Grade: 12

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1 For the GS-12: Specialized experience is one year (52 weeks) of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:
• planning, designing, developing, and disseminating public affairs information and materials to inform and educate the public about Agency/Organization programs.

Please select the answer that best describes your experience.
Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year or more of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
    1.1

    Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience.

    Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
2

Which project management tasks have you performed in a professional setting?
 

Answer to this question is required
  • Advised others on procedures or methods to complete a project.
  • Prioritized among multiple tasks or assignments.
  • Assisted with the development of performance requirements.
  • Reviewed recommendations for sufficiency and applicability.
  • Reviewed completed assignments for attainment of project objectives.
  • Reviewed completed assignments for compliance with instructions and adherence to policy requirements.
  • Reviewed completed assignments for soundness of technical judgments.
  • None of the above.
3

Which of the following describes your experience with communications and media relations methods, principles, processes and techniques?
 

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in planning and executing public affairs strategy in order to effectively translate and communicate key messages to a variety of audiences including the general public, the media, and public and private organizations.
  • I have been responsible for researching and writing news releases and advisories, fact sheets, key messages, and other press materials disseminated to the media.
  • I have developed, coordinated, and ensured that appropriate responses to media inquiries were provided in a timely, accurate, and consistent manner.
  • I have been responsible for serving as a spokesperson, in addition to coordinating, arranging and assisting senior spokespersons on media interviews.
  • I have experience planning and conducting media training to assist senior spokespersons in translating information that can be readily understood by the media and general public.
  • I have designed procedures and worked on crisis and risk communications.
  • I have independently planned, coordinated and/or arranged press conferences, media briefings, and other press events.
  • I have been responsible for working on communications and marketing plans to promote campaigns, activities, or products to specific or diverse audiences.
  • I have been responsible for assigning, overseeing, and reviewing work assignments produced by project staff.
  • I have experience utilizing new media technologies, including a wide range of social media tools for the purposes of media or educational outreach.
  • None of the above.
4

Evaluate your experience organizing projects that require the input of multiple people under time constraints.  

Answer to this question is required
  • I have had oversight over a team or group and it was my responsibility to set all project objectives, goals and deadlines.
  • I have planned a short-term project that involved setting objectives, goals and deadlines for others. I am proficient at modifying these plans as necessary to ensure deadlines are met.
  • In my work assignments, I have assessed my own work products and monitored progress against assigned goals.
  • I have had education or training that has required me to organize my work and set priorities in order to complete assignments on time, but have not been required to apply this experience in my professional job assignments.
  • None of the above.
5

Select all of the following for which you have served as a spokesperson for an organization/agency.

Answer to this question is required
  • Law enforcement agency
  • An Office of Inspector General
  • Federal Government Agency
  • State or local government agency
  • None of the above.
6

Which statements describe your experience with written communication?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have drafted executive-level correspondence.
  • I have drafted Congressional correspondence.
  • I have drafted reports for management.
  • I have prepared written responses to public inquiries.
  • I have composed and formatted documents for an internal audience.
  • I have composed reports for external stakeholders.
  • None of the above.
7

Select the choices below that describes your experience using analytical skills related to this position.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have written about data and ideas in a way that is understandable to both well-informed and general audiences in a professional or academic work environment.
  • I have helped other writers do the same.
  • I have reviewed the work of other writers to determine its logic, clarity, and quality.
  • I have not done any of the above.

Grade: All Grades

Note: Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the job-specific questions, or you may not receive credit.
1 Where did you learn about this Department of the Treasury job opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • FedExperience website
  • USAJOBS website
  • CareerConnector Notification
  • Community Organization
  • Employment Office (Federal/State or Local)
  • Friend/Relative
  • Job Fair, Conference, or Convention
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Radio/TV
  • School, College, Counselor
  • Vacancy Announcement Posting
  • Professional Organization
  • Diversity Organization
  • Other
2 Are you currently serving or have 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
3

Which response best describes your highest level of experience conducting research activities?
 

Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted research under the supervision of a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have conducted research independently.
  • I have trained others on how to conduct research.
  • I have no experience conducting research.
4


Which response best describes your highest level of experience with news releases or public affairs guidance? 

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with news releases or public affairs guidance.
  • I have contributed to the development of news releases or public affairs guidance as part of a team.
  • I have reviewed news releases or public affairs guidance and provided recommendations/feedback for improvement.
  • I have developed news releases or public affairs guidance to disseminate information about my agency/organization's policies, programs, or products.
  • I have developed news releases or public affairs guidance on a variety of topics for dissemination to specialized groups (e.g., individuals with disabilities, veterans).
5


Which statements describe your experience using software to produce documents, reports, and tables?
 

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience using Microsoft Word to produce documents.
  • I have experience using Microsoft Excel to create tables/spreadsheets.
  • I have experience using Microsoft PowerPoint to create presentations.
  • I have no experience using software to create documents, reports, or tables.
  • I have experience in using Microsoft SharePoint to work collaboratively creating, editing, revising and finalizing various types of documents.
6


Have you analyzed, summarized, and prioritized information for public use?
 

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    6.1

    Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience.

    Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
7

Select all of the following in which you have experience.

Answer to this question is required
  • Evaluated information problems encountered in communicating the organization’s programs.
  • Organized or assisted with campaigns to bring about timely and coordinated use of all facilities and skills available in the organization.
  • Assisted with the development and dissemination of information.
  • I have not performed any of the above.
8

Select all statements that describe your experience as a mid- or senior-level writer, editor, reporter or producer at a news organization or public affairs/relations specialist in either the public or private sector.

Answer to this question is required
  • General interest, paid circulation newspaper
  • Major wire service
  • Network affiliated or cable television news
  • Radio news or talk station
  • Trade publication
  • Media consultant or strategist
  • Online publications
  • None of the above.
9

As a spokesperson for a communications agency/organization, which of the following types of media outlets have you provided comments to:

Answer to this question is required
  • Trade media
  • National print media, wire service
  • Online news media
  • Broadcast media
  • Regional media
  • None of the above.
10

Select from the list below, the type(s) of written communication you have successfully prepared under tight deadline pressure.

Answer to this question is required
  • News Releases
  • Statements
  • Presentations
  • Talking Points
  • Questions and Answers
  • Briefings
  • Program Status Reports
  • Informational Materials concerning program and policies
  • None of the above
11

Which statements describe your experience preparing written documents?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have composed and appropriately formatted professional documents.
  • I have composed correspondence and reports for internal stakeholders.
  • I have composed correspondence and reports for external stakeholders.
  • I have edited the work of others to ensure correct punctuation, spelling, grammar, and conformance to established style guides.
  • I have prepared written responses to public inquiries.
  • I have prepared Congressional correspondence.
  • I have drafted policy and procedural materials for dissemination to field or operating level components.
  • I have gathered and researched data/information to prepare responses for controversial or sensitive inquiries.
  • I have prepared and presented issue papers or briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups, or management.
  • I have prepared written material to be distributed on the internet, intranet, or by other electronic methods to present information about a program or topic.
  • None of the above.