Summary

: The ideal candidate sought for the position of Media Specialist will partnership with local affiliates of national media organizations placing a high emphasis on building and solidifying partnerships with news media to promote and support Decennial Census Operational efforts.

GG-0301-09

EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 07 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is work experience coordinating and assisting with conducting media interviews and press conferences; participating in media events by scheduling and securing media support; and coordinating external media inquiries, requests, and access to events.

OR

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.

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 conducting media interviews and press conferences; developing creative ways to keep the public informed; developing and maintaining databases; and providing media training to management staff.

OR

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

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 implementing media strategies; working with a variety of media outlets such as television, radio, newspapers, and journals to establish partnerships; addressing questions and concerns, resolving problems, and renegotiating partnerships; writing and editing technical materials for public and/or internal audiences.

OR

EDUCATION : No substitution of education for experience is permitted.

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Additional information

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  • VRA
  • 30% or more disabled
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • CTAP
  • 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-###-####.
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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    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). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.

    The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies at the full performance level of this position; please do not provide a separate written response.

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

  • Skills 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.
  • Skills 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.
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    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. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). 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.
  • Copies of applicable SF-50s \"Notification of Personnel Action\", to support claimed time in grade which shows grade/band levels to establish eligibility. If you are a former Census Bureau employee and no longer on the roster, you are responsible for submitting a copy of your SF-50. If you do not have a copy of your SF-50, please contact the National Archives and Records Administration at 314-###-#### Option 2 and/or to obtain instructions on how to obtain a copy.
  • 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.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) documentation , if applicable (see other information).
  • 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 includes 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.

    CTAP Eligibles

    CTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
  • A copy of your SF-50 \"Notification of Personnel Action\", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.
  • 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.

    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.

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    Associated topics: blogging, communication, communication specialist, content, correspondent, investigative, journalism, journalist, newspaper, writer

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