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Announcement Number:
RCC2020CHI-2018-0048
Hiring Agency:
BUREAU OF THE CENSUS
Position Title:
Media Specialist,GG-0301-11/12-EXT-JMW
Open Period:
05/18/2018 - 05/29/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GG - 0301 11/12
Salary:
USD $67,638 - USD $105,392
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Excepted Service
Promotion Potential:
GG-12
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Chicago, IL, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Jodine Wysocki
630-288-9200
jodine.m.wysocki@census.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All qualified United States citizens.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 2 yrs
Appointment Type Details:
Mixed-Tour, Time-Limited Not To Exceed (NTE) 2 years.
Marketing Statement:
The U.S. Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by scientific objectivity, strong capable workforce, devotion to research-based innovation, and abiding commitment. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours/work arrangements, developmental opportunities, a variety of benefits/health insurance plans, and incentives. If working in an environment that values your individuality, diversity and allows you to achieve your professional goals appeals to you, then the U.S. Census Bureau is the place for you.
Summary:

This position is located at the U.S. Census Bureau's Chicago Regional Census Center, located in Chicago IL.


You must reside in the Chicago Metropolitan area to be considered for this position.  This position is responsible for planning and implementing external communications outreach in support of the Decennial Census

The Media Specialist is responsible for developing partnerships with state, local, tribal governments, community-based organizations, faith-based groups, schools, media outlets, businesses, and other grassroots' entities in communities within the regional office area.


This is a Time-Limited Appointment, initial appointment is not to exceed (NTE) 2 years. This appointment may be extended an additional year at management’s discretion.

A trial period may be required


This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.


Relocation May be paid.


The work schedule for this position is Mixed-Tour. With a Mixed-Tour work schedule, an employee may be changed between full-time, part-time and intermittent work schedules to accommodate fluctuating workloads and is subject to a signed agreement.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Relocation May be paid.

Travel Required:
50% or less

Position requires approximately 25% local and 25% overnight travel.

Duties

The individual selected for this position will:



  • Establish partnerships with local affiliates of national media organizations, placing a high emphasis on building and solidifying partnerships with news media. 

  • Ensure that partnership agreements with media outlets are monitored and nurtured and that the commitments are carried out and fulfilled by media partners. This includes addressing questions and concerns, resolving problems, and renegotiating partnerships as needed.

  • Work independently and with teams to plan and implement communications outreach.

  • Arrange editorial board meetings and participating in local and regional journalism conferences and conventions.

  • Distribute video and audio news releases linked to key operations conducted over the course of the census (e.g., the communications campaign, recruitment, questionnaire delivery and mail-back, among others).

  • Coordinate all external media inquiries, requests and accesses to Census events and develop creative ways to keep the public informed and updated on the locations and hours of Census operations.

  • Write and edit technical information about statistics and federal programs into clear, concise text for media, the public and/or internal audiences.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. citizen.
  • Suitability/Background Investigation for Federal employment
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (www.sss.gov
  • Must be 18 years or older to be hired.
  • Education Requirements:
     
    Evaluations:

    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 full performance level of this position (FPL 12):



    • Skill in seeking commitments for collaborative efforts; obtaining resources to support organizational projects; working with volunteers; and initiating and maintaining relationships with media outlets such as television, radio, newspapers, and journals.

    • Knowledge of public speaking principles.

    • Skill in using software and other communication tools.

    • Knowledge of how print, radio and television, social media and other forms of media outlets are structured and how they function.

    • Ability to develop audio-visual, multi-media presentations.

    • Knowledge on how to develop on-line presentations using PowerPoint or comparable presentation software as well as desktop publishing software in the development of media materials.

    • Ability to write, proofread and edit information into clear, concise text for the public, following agency style and requirements with minimal editing required.


     For more information on Category rating, please go to:
    http://www.hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/prod01_009474.pdf

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

    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.

    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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

    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 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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    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.
    Agency Benefits:
     
    Other 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.
    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 to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov/. To begin, click the "Apply" button and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. (After registering in your USAJOBS account and clicking "Submit," you will automatically transition to the Department of Commerce's specific site where you will complete your application. You must click "Submit" at the end of the application process to send your application for consideration.)

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov/ and click on "Applications." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application."

    If you have problems completing your online application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at mgshelp@monster.com or by phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday—Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.


    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. 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 applies to 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/workrecog.doc 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.



     
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://usajobs.gov/ and clicking on "Applications." The status will be visible next to the corresponding positions. The four points of notification are:
    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
    3. Referred or Not Referred; and
    4. Selected or Not Selected
    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).