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Grade: 11

1 GS-11 - Choose one answer that best describes your education and/or experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
  • I have 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
  • I have a LL.M. .
  • I possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-9). See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.
  • I have a combination of education and experience, as indicated in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.
  • None of the above
2 As it pertains to media relations, do you have experience working across internal and external organizational lines to do the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Develop program/project goals.
  • Coordinate programs/projects.
  • Exchange program/project information.
  • Communicate program/project priorities and goals.
  • Communicate program/project progress and outcomes.
  • None of the above.
3 I have experience working on contracts that involve the following forms of media for creative purposes: Answer to this question is required
  • National television networks
  • Print ads in major national and city newspapers
  • National radio advertising
  • Internet advertising
  • None of the above
4 Do you have experience in development of ongoing working relationships with media contacts which resulted in the placement of news articles, opinion editorial pieces and/or feature stories that had a positive impact for the agency or organization? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Please identify your experience with the following communications campaign activities and project management. ​ Answer to this question is required
  • I have used research to understand audiences, develop goals/objectives and plan communications/outreach activities.
  • I have identified goals and specific, measurable objectives for communications campaigns or outreach activities.
  • I have planned strategies and tactics to reach target audiences with a specific message.
  • I have developed and managed project schedules for communications activities.
  • I have developed or managed a project budget for communications activities.
  • I have identified, monitored and managed risks associated with a project or program.
  • I have implemented a communications plan, executing its strategies and tactics.
  • I have monitored the effectiveness of a communications plan being implemented and recommended or made adjustments to the plan as need.
  • I have evaluated whether a communications plan’s objectives were met and identified what to improve in the future.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
6 Describe your experience handling public affairs challenges and media crises. Answer to this question is required
  • I have monitored public affairs challenges or crises that affect my organization as they develop on social media or in news coverage.
  • I have written a statement used in responding to press queries about a public affairs challenge or crisis.
  • I have written content used to communicate about a crisis or public affairs challenge on social media.
  • I have communicated with news media on background or on-the-record about a public affairs challenge or crisis (and been authorized to do so by supervisors or organizational leadership).
  • I have preemptively drafted plans for handling a public affairs challenge or crisis if it arises.
  • I have planned how to respond to a public affairs challenge or crisis or planned the rollout of a major organizational change – including considering the audience, developing the message and determining the appropriate communications channels.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
7 Please check all of the following systems/software with which you have had experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Html5
  • Internet Explorer or other web browsers
  • Web content management systems, such as CQ5
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • None of the above
8 Choose the answer that best describes your experience executing social media tactics to boost survey participation among hard-to-count population groups for a statistical organization. Answer to this question is required
  • I perform as the lead developer and strategist of social media campaigns targeting hard-to-count population groups with the aim of boosting survey participation among those groups.
  • I perform as part of a team which develops and executes social media campaigns that target hard-to-count population groups with the aim of boosting survey participation among those groups.
  • I provide subject matter and editorial content for social media campaigns that target survey participation among hard-to-count population groups.
  • I provide audience research and draft editorial content on an ad hoc basis for social media campaigns that target survey participation among hard-to-count population groups.
  • None of the above.
9 Do you have experience developing multi-media presentations using original design concepts, for magazines, pamphlets, exhibits, and presentation materials? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
10 Please select the statement that best reflects your experience writing news releases, news articles or articles for an organizational newsletter. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without revision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
11 Please indicate which of the following types of communications materials you have written. Answer to this question is required
  • News releases or news articles
  • Articles for an organizational newsletter or news site
  • Content for an organization's social media channels, including graphics and infographics.
  • Talking points and key messages
  • Blog posts for an organization
  • Content for an organization’s website
  • Statistical reports or briefs
  • Official correspondence for executive signature
  • Speeches for an executive
  • None of the above
12 Indicate which of the following editing-related tasks you have performed for others' writing. Answer to this question is required
  • Proofread written material to detect errors in spelling, punctuation, and/or structure.
  • Review written material to ensure the material is arranged logically, providing facts to support the written content.
  • Correct written material by using writing style guidelines.
  • Make edits, changes in content, or organization to improve format submitted for publication.
  • None of the above

Grade: 12

1 Do you have at least 1 year of specialized experience which is equivalent to grade 11 level in this series? This specialized experience is that which equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position as described in this vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 As it pertains to media relations, do you have experience working across internal and external organizational lines to do the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Develop program/project goals.
  • Coordinate programs/projects.
  • Exchange program/project information.
  • Communicate program/project priorities and goals.
  • Communicate program/project progress and outcomes.
  • None of the above.
3 I have experience working on contracts that involve the following forms of media for creative purposes: Answer to this question is required
  • National television networks
  • Print ads in major national and city newspapers
  • National radio advertising
  • Internet advertising
  • None of the above
4 Do you have experience in development of ongoing working relationships with media contacts which resulted in the placement of news articles, opinion editorial pieces and/or feature stories that had a positive impact for the agency or organization? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Please identify your experience with the following communications campaign activities and project management. ​ Answer to this question is required
  • I have used research to understand audiences, develop goals/objectives and plan communications/outreach activities.
  • I have identified goals and specific, measurable objectives for communications campaigns or outreach activities.
  • I have planned strategies and tactics to reach target audiences with a specific message.
  • I have developed and managed project schedules for communications activities.
  • I have developed or managed a project budget for communications activities.
  • I have identified, monitored and managed risks associated with a project or program.
  • I have implemented a communications plan, executing its strategies and tactics.
  • I have monitored the effectiveness of a communications plan being implemented and recommended or made adjustments to the plan as need.
  • I have evaluated whether a communications plan’s objectives were met and identified what to improve in the future.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
6 Describe your experience handling public affairs challenges and media crises. Answer to this question is required
  • I have monitored public affairs challenges or crises that affect my organization as they develop on social media or in news coverage.
  • I have written a statement used in responding to press queries about a public affairs challenge or crisis.
  • I have written content used to communicate about a crisis or public affairs challenge on social media.
  • I have communicated with news media on background or on-the-record about a public affairs challenge or crisis (and been authorized to do so by supervisors or organizational leadership).
  • I have preemptively drafted plans for handling a public affairs challenge or crisis if it arises.
  • I have planned how to respond to a public affairs challenge or crisis or planned the rollout of a major organizational change – including considering the audience, developing the message and determining the appropriate communications channels.
  • I do not have this type of experience.
7 Please check all of the following systems/software with which you have had experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Html5
  • Internet Explorer or other web browsers
  • Web content management systems, such as CQ5
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • None of the above
8 Choose the answer that best describes your experience executing social media tactics to boost survey participation among hard-to-count population groups for a statistical organization. Answer to this question is required
  • I perform as the lead developer and strategist of social media campaigns targeting hard-to-count population groups with the aim of boosting survey participation among those groups.
  • I perform as part of a team which develops and executes social media campaigns that target hard-to-count population groups with the aim of boosting survey participation among those groups.
  • I provide subject matter and editorial content for social media campaigns that target survey participation among hard-to-count population groups.
  • I provide audience research and draft editorial content on an ad hoc basis for social media campaigns that target survey participation among hard-to-count population groups.
  • None of the above.
9 Do you have experience developing multi-media presentations using original design concepts, for magazines, pamphlets, exhibits, and presentation materials? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
10 Please select the statement that best reflects your experience writing news releases, news articles or articles for an organizational newsletter. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without revision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
11 Please indicate which of the following types of communications materials you have written. Answer to this question is required
  • News releases or news articles
  • Articles for an organizational newsletter or news site
  • Content for an organization's social media channels, including graphics and infographics.
  • Talking points and key messages
  • Blog posts for an organization
  • Content for an organization’s website
  • Statistical reports or briefs
  • Official correspondence for executive signature
  • Speeches for an executive
  • None of the above
12 Indicate which of the following editing-related tasks you have performed for others' writing. Answer to this question is required
  • Proofread written material to detect errors in spelling, punctuation, and/or structure.
  • Review written material to ensure the material is arranged logically, providing facts to support the written content.
  • Correct written material by using writing style guidelines.
  • Make edits, changes in content, or organization to improve format submitted for publication.
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

You MUST submit a complete resume in order to be considered for this position. Please review the required documents section of the vacancy announcement for further information.
I certify that I have read the "Who May Be Considered" AND the "Job Summary" sections of this vacancy announcement and I understand that if I am a previous or current Federal competitive employee (includes most Census employees) looking for a transfer, promotion, reassignment, or reinstatement, this vacancy may not afford me the best advantage. I understand my option to consult with the HR office listed on the vacancy if I have any questions.
1 AOC10: Do you reside in the area of consideration listed in the summary section of the job announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 How did you learn about this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Career Fair
  • Census Bureau Employee
  • College Information Session/Classroom Presentation
  • Friend/Colleague
  • Individuals with Disabilities Recruitment Event
  • Internship
  • Job Search Website
    2.1 From which kind of print advertisement did you learn about this position?
    • Brochure
    • Magazine
    • Newspaper
    • Other
    2.2 From which social network did you learn about this position?
    • Black Planet
    • Facebook
    • Hootsuite
    • LinkedIn
    • Pinterest
    • Twitter
    • YouTube
    • Other
    2.3 From which job search website did you learn about this position?
    • CareerBuilder.com
    • Glassdoor.com
    • Monster.com
    • TweetMyJobs.com
    • USAJOBS.gov
    • US.jobs
    • Other
  • Print Advertisement
  • Professional Conference/Organization
    2.1 From which professional conference/organization did you learn about this position?
    • American Economic Association
    • American Statistical Association
    • League of United Latin American Citizens
    • National Association for Business Economics
    • National Society of Black Engineers
    • Other
  • Professional Magazine/Trade Journal
  • Radio/TV Announcement
  • Recruiter/Headhunter/Search Firm
  • Social Network
  • Special Emphasis/Affinity Group
  • Veterans Recruitment Event
  • Other
3 Have you held a political appointment within the previous five-year period? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 I authorize the sharing of my application for other similar positions within United States Census Bureau. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No