Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Public Affairs Specialist in Lexington, Kentucky

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Summary

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument.

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Responsibilities

The Public Affairs Specialist is responsible for communicating VA's programs to the public (national, state, and local) and developing written material regarding the facility and the programs it offers.

Duties include:

  • develops communication material including news releases, newsletters, magazine articles, public service announcements, speeches, scripts, pamphlets, brochures, journal articles, exhibits, posters, fact sheets, feature stories, background statements, spot radio and television announcements, etc.;

  • serves as subject matter expert regarding correspondence and communication materials;

  • writing articles and speeches for executive leadership and preparing publications;

  • plans and implements public affairs campaigns to enhance the general public or specific constituent groups understanding of the Lexington VAMC;

  • advises executive leadership on possible public and media response to proposed agency actions or policy statements;

  • serves as medical center spokesperson;

  • provides advice, policy statements, and informational materials to executive leadership;

  • organizes and coordinates media interviews with medical center leadership or subject matter experts;

  • prepares staff by sharing media communication techniques and presentation style tips;

  • advises executive leadership on managing problems or incidents that may impact Veteran or public perception;

  • serves as a resource person for crisis management;

  • monitors and evaluates public affairs trends and attitude among constituent groups and organizations;

  • provides support for medical center wide events such as performance celebrations, diversity events, Salute Week, Homeless Stand Down, Mental Health Summit, Welcome Home event, outreach activities;

  • possesses expert knowledge of VA WebECMS, and Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM

Position Description Title/PD#: 597-7375

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Routinely visits community clinics and attends outside events such as groundbreakings, dedications, VSO meetings, etc.

Supervisory status

Yes

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current Permanent Lexington VAMC employees, permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees, VA Nationwide, Reinstatement, Transfer, VRA eligibles, 30% or more Disabled Veterans, VA CTAP/ICTAP eligible in the local commuting area, preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service, Schedule A, and eligibles under other special appointing authorities may apply.

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12 level.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Physical Requirements:This position is mostly sedentary. The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing. The regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings, etc., and occasional visits to activity work sites. Occasional use of automobile and public conveyances may be required. No special physical exertion is required.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12 level.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience:

Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-12) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would include: experience performing in an operating health care facility or similar organizational setting using analytical techniques to gather, analyze, evaluate and summarize data to develop appropriate recommendations to Medical Center Director, writing and editing news releases, fact sheets, talking points and other communication products; responding to media queries on various topics, facilitating media interviews, developing content for social media platforms; ensuring communication products and content are in compliance with established policies and regulations; serving as an agency spokesman; establishing and maintaining contacts with media outlets; advising senior management on media campaigns and communication plans and strategies; planning and executing prominent special events and ceremonies; developing strategic planning initiatives, goals, and objectives for public relations strategies and goals.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level.

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; religions; 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.

Interchange Agreement as outlined in VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Appendix C. This agreement allows for the movement of Title 38 and Title 38 hybrid personnel, who have at least 1 year of full-time continuous service, to apply for competitive service positions.

*OPM requires that all *current permanent federal employees serve 90 days after their competitive selection in their current Title V position prior to moving to another position.

Any questions concerning the Interchange agreement or movement within 90 days, please contact the HR Professional representative listed in the announcement.

Education

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

[Optional paragraph] Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

[Optional paragraph]*Placement Policy:* The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.

Competency 1 – Ability to plan, coordinate and execute prominent special events, ceremonies and high profile visits. Competency 2 - Knowledge of wide range of concepts, principles, and practices in media, public affairs, advertising, marketing, communications, media relations, special events, public relations, congressional liaison, Veteran/Community Engagement, and social media. Competency 3 - Skill in effective communication in order to optimally disseminate information, resolve queries and handle administrative functions.

Competency 4 - Skill in developing and managing a public relations programs.

Competency 5 - Knowledge applicable to a wide range of communication principles, methods, techniques, practices, analytical methods and interpersonal relation practices.

Competency 6 - Skill in developing and producing new informational material including news releases, background statements, fact sheets, brochures, web content, etc. that increase the effective communication with the intended audiences.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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Background checks and security clearance
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Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

The following documents are required (as applicable):

  • Resume (REQUIRED)
  • DD-214 (or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of services (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.) (Required if applying under a hiring authority related to Veteran Status)
  • Other Veterans Document (Required if applying under a hiring authority related to Veteran Status)
  • SF-15 (Required if applying under a hiring authority related to Veteran Status)
  • SF-50 – (most recent SF-50 that is not an award or general adjustment.) (Required if applying as a current or former Federal Employee with reinstatement rights)

Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

*Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: *You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2017620.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 20, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Martha E. Walter
Phone

(859)233-4511x3252

Email

MARTHA.WALTER@VA.GOV

Address

VHA Lexington VAMC Department of Veteran Affairs VAMC Human Resources 05 LD Lexington, KY USA

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Next steps

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481489000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2017 to 10/20/2017

Salary: $85,816 to $111,560 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent