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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Partnership Specialist (Language),GG-0301-09/11/12, Census-EXT-DH-**AMENDED**
Open Period:
07/23/2019 - 08/05/2019


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
GG - 0301 09/11/12
USD $51,440 - USD $96,978
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 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.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Frio County, TX, US
La Salle County, TX, US
Uvalde County, TX, US
Val Verde County, TX, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
DAL RCC Recruiting Team


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All qualified United States citizens.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Time Limited Appointment, initial appointment is not to exceed (NTE) 09/30/2020.  This appointment may be extended at management's discretion.
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.

The job announcement has been amended to extend the closing date through August 5, 2019 and to change Appointment Type to Temporary.

This is a bi-lingual position. To be considered proficient you must be able to speak, read, and write in English and Spanish.

This is a Work At Home (WAH) position.  Duty station will be the selectee's home address.   

In order to be considered, applicants MUST RESIDE IN one of the following Texas counties:  La Salle, Frio, Uvalde, or Val Verde.



Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
50% or less

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


The individual selected for this position will:

  1. Plan, develop, and coordinate the partnership agreements to ensure activities at all levels are carried out, resolve problems encountered, and determine the need for renegotiation.

  2. Address questions, concerns and issues related to current and potential partners and stakeholders.

  3. Establish partnership agreements with federal, state local, and tribal governments, and/or local businesses and community groups to develop specific strategies to eliminate enumeration barriers in specific regions in support of the Decennial Census.

  4. Develop presentations, give briefings, conduct meetings and promote partnerships with various governments, local businesses and community groups.

  5. Present information to audiences that predominately speak Spanish and translate and develop targeted informational and promotional materials from Spanish to English and English to Spanish when necessary.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. citizen and must be 18 years or older to be hired.
  • Suitability/background investigation for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if a male born after 12/31/59.
  • A trial period may be required.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • Relocation will NOT be paid.
  • Education Requirements:

    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; please do not provide a separate written response.

    The following competencies are desirable at the full performance level of this position (FPL 12):

    1. Ability to manage partnership agreements, resolve problems, and address questions and/or concerns.

    2. Knowledge of Federal, state, local, and tribal governments' and/or local business and community groups organizational structures and functions.

    3. Skills in negotiating, with sometimes reluctant, Federal, state, local, and tribal governments and/or local businesses and community groups in order to receive their support in the Decennial Census through partnerships.

    4. Knowledge of presentation methods and techniques such as use of Microsoft PowerPoint.

    5. Knowledge of basic technology skills and use of a laptop or tablet.

    6. Knowledge of the language listed in the Job Announcement Summary in order to speak, read, and write fluently.  

    For more information on category rating, please go to:

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


    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.

    Selective Factor: This is a bilingual position. Applicants will be required to self-certify proficiency in Spanish as a condition of employment. To be considered proficient you must be able to speak, read, and write in English and Spanish. All applicants must have the ability to converse and translate fluently from Spanish into English and from English to Spanish and accurately reflect the intent and meaning of the original material.

    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.

    The ideal candidate for the position of Partnership Specialist would have deep ties to, and in-depth knowledge of, the community in which the position is located.  Ideally he/she would be involved with community organizations in an effort to develop professional partnerships/connections with community leaders, professionals and centers of influence at all levels. 

    Examples of specialized experience or education sought for this opportunity may include:

    Specialized Experience:  For the GG-09, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 07 level in the Federal service.  Experience for this position includes assisting with planning, implementing, and evaluating the goals and objectives of a nationwide and/or regional outreach program.  Experience assisting with communication principles, methods, and techniques for the development of campaigns and experience assisting with editing and explaining technical material for targeted audience.  Experience interacting and dealing with the public, including media, state, and local government officials, community, businesses, and organization program officers.


    EDUCATION: 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., if related.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.  

    Specialized Experience: For the GG-11, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 09 level in the Federal service.  Experience for this position includes planning, implementing, and evaluating the goals and objectives of a nationwide and/or regional outreach program.  Experience applying analytical techniques and interpersonal relations when dealing with targeted audience, the public, media, state and local government officials, communities and businesses.  Experience analyzing the views and opinions from organizations and developing recommendations for stimulating interest in activities.  Experience developing communication material, principles, and techniques for the development of campaigns.  Experience explaining in-depth technical material for targeted audience.   


    EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.   

    Specialized Experience:  For the GG-12, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 11 level in the Federal service.  Experience for this position includes planning, implementing, and evaluating the goals and objectives of a nationwide and/or regional outreach program.  Experience conducting public affairs programs involving public information community relations activities and seeking cooperation.  Experience developing and explaining in-depth technical material for a targeted audience.  Experience and the ability to present information, program objectives and activities to internal and external groups, inclusive of the public, 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

    Agency Benefits:

    Census Bureau offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at

    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:

    • VRA
    30% or more Disabled Veteran
    Persons with Disabilities 

    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. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern 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 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 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 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.     

    • 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:

    • 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 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 - 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.

    Note: Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    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 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.).