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Grade: 09

For GS-09: Specialized experience is one year (52) weeks of experience at the GS-07 level or equivalent and is defined as:

Using multimedia tools in executing communications strategies. AND
Experience in writing, photography or videography for use in communicating information about an organization's programs, products or services.

OR

EDUCATION: A related master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. Attach a copy of transcripts or list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.

SOME SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE IS PERMISSIBLE.
1 Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-07 level as described above.
  • I have completed 2 full academic years of progressively higher graduate level education or LL.B., or J.D. or equivalent master’s degree in fields, such as Communications, Public Affairs or Marketing. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.)
  • have a combination of education and experience as defined above. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.)
  • I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.

Grade: 11

For GS-011: Specialized experience is one year(52 weeks) of experience at the GS-9 level or equivalent and is defined as:

Using multimedia tools for executing communications strategies. AND
Establishing and maintaining working relationships with members of the news media. AND
Experience with writing, photography, and videography to communicate information about an organization's programs, products, or services.

OR

Education: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or an LL.M., in a related field.
1 Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-09 level as described above.
  • I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M., in a related field.
  • I have a combination of education and specialized experience which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
2 Choose the statement(s) that best describe your experience with outreach techniques. Answer to this question is required
  • Developing working relationships with media representatives, maintaining a robust community relations program and keeping internal and publics informed on issues that may affect them.
  • Establishing effective relationships with the newspaper, radio and television media in a manner that will facilitate positive coverage.
  • Promoting the best possible public image of the Agency/Company.
  • Developing and directing an organized program of activities to obtain desired publicity.
  • Establishing and implementing statewide information programs to increase public awareness of all aspects of core mission.
  • Promoting the knowledge of a company's mission and analyzing the extent of public understanding of the programs to increase public awareness.
  • None of the above.
3 Please select the areas in which you have had direct experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitating, planning and executing meetings, presentations, and ceremonies for public and internal audiences, government officials, foreign, local, state and federal, and special interest groups.
  • Facilitating in face-to-face group meetings.
  • Participating in planning and implementing campaigns that convey information concerning the Department's programs to individuals and organizations served or affected by those programs.
  • Identifying areas to be addressed in the campaign, characteristics and needs of the target audience, and most appropriate communication techniques.
  • Developing and recommending approaches and media for disseminating information.
  • Developing written materials that transmit information concerning the nature and purpose of Agency/Organization programs as well as items of concern to the general public or to special interest groups.
  • Advising program officials regarding the content and presentation of information materials submitted for dissemination or other information purposes.
  • Developing personal goals and standards.
  • Planning and facilitating meetings.
  • None of the above.
4 From the descriptions below, please select the response which best describes the level of working relationships with media members. Answer to this question is required
  • Daily communications with media members, providing them answers Ive coordinated with higher-level public affairs specialists and subject matter experts.
  • Frequent communications with media members, providing them answers I've coordinated with higher-level public affairs specialists and subject matter experts.
  • Infrequent communications with media members, providing them answers I've coordinated with higher-level public affairs specialists and subject matter experts.
  • Fielding media queries from members of the news media.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 Where did you learn about this United States Mint job opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • USAJOBS website
  • Community Organization (e.g. Church, Civic Association, Recreation Center)
  • Employment Office (Federal/State or Local)
  • Friend/Relative
  • Job Fair, Conference, or Convention
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Professional Organization or Association
  • Online jobsite (e.g. Careerbuilder, monster, yahoojobs)
  • Other
2 What was the name of the Job Fair, Conference, or Convention made you aware of this job opportunity? Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
3 What was the name magazine that made you aware of this job opportunity? Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
4 What was the name newspaper that made you aware of this job opportunity? Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
5 What was the name Professional Organization or Association that made you aware of this job opportunity? Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
6 What was the name online jobsite that made you aware of this job opportunity? Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
7 Please specify where you learned about this job opportunity. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
8 Choose the statement that best describes your experience with public affairs programs. Answer to this question is required
  • Responsibility for coordinating a public affairs social media program under supervision of a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • Participation in a social media public affairs program under supervision of a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • None of the above.
9 Please specify where this experience is documented in your resume (by indicating place of employment, job title and length of time performing the duties). Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
10 Choose the statement that best describes your experience applying knowledge of public affairs principles, methods, practices and techniques to achieve an agencys/organizations communication goals. Answer to this question is required
  • Utilized public affairs practices and techniques including social media to successfully achieve agency/organization goals as a regular part of job. Performed independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • Utilized public affairs practices and techniques including social media to assist in achieving agency/organization goals under supervision of a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • None of the above.
11 Which of the following types of documents have you had published? Answer to this question is required
  • Press Releases.
  • News articles.
  • Letters to the editor.
  • Featured articles.
  • Books.
  • Academic papers.
  • Opinion piece for newspaper.
  • Congressional testimony.
  • None of the above.
12 Please choose the areas in which you have experience or training. Answer to this question is required
  • Working in a team environment in developing, establishing and/or modifying approaches in the delivery of information to the public. Participating in planning, designing, developing, and disseminating public affairs and social media information and materials to inform and educate the public about Agency/Organization programs.
  • Responding, in oral and/or written form to requests for information by determining the nature of the request and the data required on behalf of an agency/organization.
  • Collecting and assembling pertinent material and prepared draft responses using the format and style dictated by Agency/Organization practices.
  • None of the above.
13 Please choose the areas in which you have experience or training. Answer to this question is required
  • Ensuring media campaign information is current and grammatically accurate.
  • Determining appropriate audiences, communication methods or measurement and analysis to target agency/organization messages and determine effectiveness.
  • Identifying public relation methods to improve communications with the public and specialized groups.
  • Answering phone calls for public affairs to interpret pertinent information such as purpose, urgency, and nature of call to alert staff of sensitive or critical press issues.
  • None of the above.
14 Please specify where this experience is documented in your resume (by indicating place of employment, job title and length of time performing the duties). Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
15 Select the software application(s) in which you are proficient. (proficient means you understand and use a major part of the systems functionality/capabilities) Answer to this question is required
  • Word processing software.
  • Data management/spreadsheet software.
  • Presentation software.
  • Electronic mail and messaging.
  • Internet search engines.
  • None of the above.
16 Select the response(s) that best describes your oral communication experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Initiating and maintaining contact with individuals outside the organization.
  • Exchanging information and discussing issues and options available with program managers.
  • Participating in and representing the organization at briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  • Making informal presentations to co-workers on public affairs issues.
  • Making formal presentations to co-workers using briefing slides, graphics, flip charts, Conducting oral presentations (e.g. workshops, training, lectures, interviews, etc.) to influence the acceptance of new programs, services, products or special interests.
  • None of the above.
17 From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations: Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials.
  • Government organizations.
  • Congress.
  • Students.
  • Colleagues.
  • Academia.
  • None of the above.
18 Choose the statement(s) that best describes your experience with written materials for a public affairs program. Answer to this question is required
  • Writing and producing marketing materials (e.g. speeches, articles, news releases, letters, reports, memos, newsletters, magazines, etc.) for various audiences.
  • Developing written material to influence the acceptance of a new, product, program, service, or special interest.
  • Developing written material for Internet blogs, web sites, Facebook, Twitter, and SharePoint to influence the acceptance of a product, service, program or special interest.
  • No experience in this area.
19 Please specify where you have shown this ability in your resume (by indicating place of employment, job title and length of time performing the duties). Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required