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Grade: 11

1 Select the response that best describes your experience, education, or combination of education and experience as it relates to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service as described in the job announcement.
  • I have completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • I have a combination of graduate level education beyond the first 2 years of progressive graduate study and specialized experience that together meet 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements described above.
2 Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service writing content in plain language to support a public/media relations program for a major organization/agency, such as news releases, talking points, blogs, etc. which promote policies, positions, and organizations to a variety of audiences? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service responding to media information requests? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service planning, implementing, designing, and overseeing an effective information project and/or public relations campaign in order to convey information about an organization's programs and initiatives? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service organizing input from many sources within an organization and developing coordinated messaging drawn from those sources? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 Please select the response(s) that reflect the publications with which you have experience writing and/or editing for and executive level communications office. Answer to this question is required
  • News releases
  • Speeches
  • Talking points
  • Blog posts
  • Social media posts
  • Media advisories
  • None of the above.
7 Please select the response(s) that best describes your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have researched a topic to assist in communicating its core elements.
  • I have produced written information specific to one or more identified target audiences.
  • I have responded to media queries to include those that may draw adverse public attention.
  • I have executed elements of a media outreach plan under supervisory guidance.
  • None of the above.
8 Do you have experience being a part of multi-disciplinary teams to develop and implement nationwide communication campaigns? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 Select the response(s) that reflect your experience as it pertains to working with reporters reaching out with inquiries to your organization. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had to work with reporters to correct stories that were incorrect.
  • I have had to explain to reporters processes or procedures governed by obscure or difficult to understand laws, rules, or regulations.
  • I have dissuaded a reporter from writing a negative story they were initially intent on publishing.
  • I have assessed the level of importance of the inquiry and determined who needs to handle response and what the clearance procedures need to be.
  • I have turned a potential negative story into a positive one.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
10 Please select the response that best describes your experience: Answer to this question is required
  • I have supervised or led a team that has created messaging campaigns from initial planning through to final production.
  • I have participated on a team that has created outreach campaigns from the initial planning stage to the final production.
  • I have conceptualized the design for outreach campaigns that were executed by others.
  • I have coordinated the timelines for a project team.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
11 Please select the response(s) that best describe your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have researched a subject area that will be the focus of a communications campaign.
  • I have coordinated with subject matter experts to cross-check my research on a subject area that will be the focus of a communications campaign.
  • I have synthesized information on a subject area into language targeted for a specific audience.
  • I have conceived of methods by which information on a subject area would be conveyed to a specific audience.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
12 Please select the response(s) that best describes your ability to interact with a variety of people to obtain and exchange information and to resolve problems related to conflicting or controversial information. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience interacting with external customers/clients to provide assistance and education.
  • I have experience interacting with peers and supervisors in my immediate work unit to exchange information.
  • I have experience interacting with peers across the business units of my employer to exchange information.
  • I have experience interacting with supervisory-level managers across the business units of my employer to exchange information.
  • I do not have the experience as described above.
13 Do you have experience serving as an organization's point of contact for government agencies or officials responding to information requests? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
14 Please select the response that best describes your experience preparing materials for management review.
  • I have assisted in the coordination of small projects and have prepared final briefing documents for higher level leaders with initial review and signoff by my immediate supervisor
  • I have set priorities for myself and brief my work unit managers with written and verbal presentations.
  • I have contributed content to the briefings given to executive level managers for their review and use.
  • I have overseen the preparation of content for executive level managers and conducted the briefings myself.
  • I do not have this type of experience
15 Do you have experience developing and maintaining an extensive list of agency and company contacts in order to convey and obtain an assortment of information?
  • Yes
  • No
16 Select the response(s) that reflect your experience as it pertains to writing news articles for publication.
  • Identified newsworthy topics
  • Conducted research
  • Identified appropriate media outlets worth targeting
  • Verified facts
  • Ensured articles comply with style guidelines
  • Generated published stories based upon a press packet you wrote and pitched to print or broadcast media outlets
  • I do not have this type of experience.

Grade: 12

1 Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in order to basically qualify for this position. Do you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service as defined in the statement below? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service writing content in plain language to support a public/media relations program for a major organization/agency, such as news releases, talking points, blogs, etc. which promote policies, positions, individuals, and organizations to a variety of audiences? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service identifying and pitching stories to relevant writers and journalists, responding to media information requests, and helping lead the development and implementation of special projects and outreach initiatives? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service overseeing the complete development and implementation of communications/outreach plans to convey information about an organization’s programs and initiatives, from initial writing through post-event review and feedback? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service organizing input from many sources within an organization, developing coordinated messages drawn from those sources, and successfully obtaining support and buy-in for their use from superiors and other relevant parties?   Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 Please select the response(s) that best describes your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have researched a topic to assist in communicating its core elements.
  • I have produced written information specific to one or more identified target audiences.
  • I have responded to media queries to include those that may draw adverse public attention.
  • I have executed elements of a media outreach plan under supervisory guidance.
  • None of the above.
7 Do you have experience being a part of multi-disciplinary teams to develop and implement nationwide communication campaigns? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
8 Please select the response that best describes your experience: Answer to this question is required
  • I have supervised or led a team that has created messaging campaigns from initial planning through to final production.
  • I have participated on a team that has created outreach campaigns from the initial planning stage to the final production.
  • I have conceptualized the design for outreach campaigns that were executed by others.
  • I have coordinated the timelines for a project team.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
9 Please select the response(s) that best describe your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have researched a subject area that will be the focus of a communications campaign.
  • I have coordinated with subject matter experts to cross-check my research on a subject area that will be the focus of a communications campaign.
  • I have synthesized information on a subject area into language targeted for a specific audience.
  • I have conceived of methods by which information on a subject area would be conveyed to a specific audience.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
10 Do you have experience serving as an organization's point of contact for government agencies or officials responding to information requests? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
11 Select the response(s) that reflect your experience as it pertains to working with reporters reaching out with inquiries to your organization.
  • I have had to work with reporters to correct stories that were incorrect.
  • I have had to explain to reporters processes or procedures governed by obscure or difficult to understand laws, rules, or regulations.
  • I have dissuaded a reporter from writing a negative story they were initially intent on publishing.
  • I have assessed the level of importance of the inquiry and determined who needs to handle response and what the clearance procedures need to be.
  • I have turned a potential negative story into a positive one.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
12 Please select the response that best describes your experience preparing materials for management review:
  • I regularly assist in the coordination of projects and prepare final briefing documents for higher level leaders with initial review and signoff by my immediate supervisor.
  • I regularly set priorities for myself and brief managers of my work unit with written and verbal presentations on communications and public relations issues.
  • I regularly prepare materials used to brief executive level managers on communications and public relations issues.
  • I regularly prepare and deliver briefings on communications and public relations issues to executive level managers.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
13 Please select the response that best describes your experience:
  • I have supervised or led a team that has created messaging campaigns from initial planning through to final production.
  • I have participated on a team that has created outreach campaigns from the initial planning stage to the final production.
  • I have conceptualized the design for outreach campaigns that were executed by others.
  • I have coordinated the timelines for a project team.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
14 Please select the response that best describes your ability to interact with a variety of people to obtain and exchange information and to resolve problems related to conflicting or controversial information:
  • I have experience interacting with external customers/clients to provide assistance and education.
  • I have experience interacting with peers and supervisors in my immediate work unit to exchange information.
  • I have experience interacting with peers across the business units of my employer to exchange information.
  • I have experience interacting with supervisory-level managers across the business units of my employer to exchange information.
  • I have experience interacting with peers or managers in other agencies in order to exchange information related to the development of communications tools and products.
  • I do not have the experience as described above.
15 Do you have experience developing and maintaining an extensive list of agency and company contacts in order to convey and obtain an assortment of information?
  • Yes
  • No
16 Please select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience as it relates to communicating with print AND broadcast AND online journalists to convey and obtain information:
  • I have been responsible for establishing and or/managing an organization’s external communications.
  • I have served as the chief spokesperson for an organization or agency.
  • I have explained to other employees on my team the methods, means, and content to convey and obtain information to/from journalists.
  • I have conveyed off the record or background information to journalists that was used appropriately by them.
  • I have verified facts being disseminated to journalists.
  • I have responded to journalist inquiries outside of regular work hours and on weekends.
  • None of the above.
17 Select the response(s) that reflect your experience as it pertains to writing news articles for publication.
  • Identified newsworthy topics
  • Conducted research
  • Identified appropriate media outlets worth targeting
  • Verified facts
  • Ensured articles comply with style guidelines
  • Generated published stories based upon a press packet you wrote and pitched to print or broadcast media outlets
  • I do not have this type of experience.

Grade: All Grades

1 Have you held a political appointment within the previous five-year period? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No