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Public Affairs Specialist

Rockville, MD, United States

Posted on
Jul 13,2019

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Public Affairs Specialist

Department of Health And Human Services

National Institutes of Health

National Cancer Institute (NCI)


##### Open & closing dates

07/11/2019 to 07/15/2019

##### Service


##### Pay scale & grade

GS 11 - 13

##### Salary

$69,581 to $128,920 per year

##### Appointment type


##### Work schedule



3 vacancies in the following location:


Montgomery County, MD

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties


The Office of Public Affairs within the NCI's Office of
Communications and Public Liaison is looking for three dynamic

Learn more about this agency


There is an open position in each of the following branches of the

Internal Communications Branch (ICB)
The Internal Communications Branch (ICB) is responsible for all
employee internal communications and employee engagement. Key
activities include: planning and execution of special events such as
town halls, director's awards ceremonies, blood drives, the Combined
Federal Campaign, and other NIH wide campaigns, as well as ongoing
communications communities of practice activities. As a Public
Affairs Specialist in ICB, you will be responsible for developing
and writing creative, engaging content for an internal audience of
more than 7,000 employees and contractors; assisting with all
logistics of special events; and playing an integral part of
Intranet content development, incorporating user feedback, setting
goals, and tracking metrics. Occasional travel may be required.

External Relations Branch (ERB)
The External Relations Branch (ERB) manages external stakeholder
outreach and engagement, specifically with professional societies
and NCI-Designated Cancer Centers (70 centers), as well as
overseeing the NCI exhibit and conference management program. As a
Public Affairs Specialist in ERB, you will primarily be responsible
for leading outreach with the NCI-Designated Cancer Centers,
including the development of communication tools and the
coordination of collaborative efforts with both individual centers'
communications offices and press teams. In addition, the incumbent
will work closely with the team in supporting the exhibit and
conference management program, as well as fostering relationships
with professional societies. Travel is a frequent requirement for
this position.

Media Relations Branch (MRB)
The NCI Media Relations Branch (MRB) manages and facilitates NCI's
interactions with members of the media. The incumbent will serve as
a press officer and handle inquiries and interview requests from
reporters; arrange interviews with NCI scientists; conduct media
monitoring; interact with NIH and HHS press office staff; arrange
for distribution of NCI materials (including, but not limited to,
press releases) to reporters; and build relationships with reporters
who cover science and health topics. The incumbent will work in a
team environment, collaborating with fellow NCI press officers and
other NCI communications staff, to execute media tactics for
institute-wide strategic communications rollouts. Occasional travel
may be required.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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- Requirements

Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National
must be met by closing date.
Position is subject to a background investigation.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the
closing date of this announcement.
Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the
Selective Service.


You qualify at the GS-11 level, if you meet one of the following
qualification requirements:

A. You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of
qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the
Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector,
performing the following types of tasks: writing, editing, and
reviewing communications campaigns, announcements, advisories,
government/professional correspondence, talking points, or questions
and answers; implementing communication plans; developing written
communication materials, including web content, concerning a range
of subjects related to the organization's programs; and analyzing
information program materials and making recommendations for
improving the delivery of program information; audiences may include
employees, external stakeholders, and/or media; OR

B. Completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full
years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to
such a degree or an LL.M., if related; OR

C. A combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that
meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of
qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the
Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector,
performing the following types of tasks: writing a variety of
information materials designed to reach internal, and/or external
stakeholders, and/or media; evaluating the impact and effectiveness
of communication campaigns and plans and improving
intercommunication between an organization and various audiences
through multiple channels; and developing effective relationships
with internal, and/or external stakeholders, and/or media.

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of
qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the
Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector,
performing the following types of tasks: planning and implementing
communications actions and strategies related to employee and/or
stakeholder engagement related to biomedical research, clinical
trials, or disease prevention and treatment; writing and developing
information/materials targeting internal staff, professional
societies, academic institutions, the media, and/or the public;
planning and executing organization-wide events; and assessing the
impact of an organization's communications activities through user
feedback and metrics in order to evaluate the effectiveness of
meeting goals and objectives.

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.

Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or
occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into
your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your
qualifications for this position.

Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply:

If you qualify based on education in lieu of specialized experience
(GS-11 only), you are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your
transcripts or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours
completed and grades. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the
application packages. Official transcripts will be required from all
selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for
information on Foreign Education

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do
not have in electronic form, view the following link for information
regarding an Alternate Application.

This position is designated as a non-emergency/teleworker
position and the selected candidate will be considered a
non-emergency/teleworker employee. In the event of a closure,
you must be available to telework or request leave.
A one-year probationary period may be required upon
We may make additional selections for similar positions within
the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this
vacancy announcement. By applying, you agree to have your
application shared with any interested selecting official(s).
The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS
Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program
(E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment
eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social
Security numbers.
The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your
application and responses to the online questionnaire will be
evaluated under Category Rating and selection procedures for
placement in one of the following categories:

Best Qualified - for those who are superior in the evaluation
Well Qualified - for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
Qualified - for those who only meet the minimum qualification

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference
points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of
non-preference eligibles within each category. Applicants determined
to be Best Qualified will be referred for further consideration.
Preference eligibles in the Best Qualified category are referred
before all other applicants.

To determine your qualifications and referral status, a review of
your resume and supporting documentation may be made and compared
against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Because your
rating is based on both your responses to the questionnaire and
documentation you submit, please make sure that your self-ratings
are supported by the information you provide in your application.
Your qualifications and self-ratings may be verified at any time
during the application and selection process through quality review,
interview questions, work samples, demonstrations, reference checks,
and any other means. Inflated or unsupported qualifications may
affect your rating. Any misrepresentation or material omission of
facts on the assessment questionnaire or in any other materials you
submit in support of your candidacy (including but not limited to
the application), or in any oral statements you may make during the
selection process shall be sufficient cause to end further
consideration of your candidacy. Persons listed as having knowledge
of your past accomplishments or experience in your application may
be contacted for verification purposes at any time. Verification
may, but need not, begin prior to receiving an offer.

To be considered well qualified for the purposes of the Career
Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career
Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must substantively exceed
the basic qualifications by scoring at least an 85 on the assessment
and meet all eligibility, physical, medical, suitability, and all
other requirements.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Drug test required


Position sensitivity and risk

Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

- Required Documents



Your resume must thoroughly describe how your skills and experiences
align to the criteria defined in the Qualifications section of
this announcement and it must support your responses to the
assessment questionnaire. We cannot assume you have performed the
necessary experience required for this position regardless of your
employment history or academic career.

To ensure all of the essential information is in your resume, we
encourage you to use the USAJOBS online Resume Builder. If you
choose to use your own resume, you must ensure it contains all of
the required information and you organize it so we can associate the
following information for each experience/position:
1. Job title
2. Name of employer
3. Beginning and ending dates of employment (month/day/year
4. Hours worked per week. We will assume full-time unless otherwise
stated. We will prorate part-time employment in crediting
5. Detailed description of job duties, accomplishments, related
skills, and responsibilities to include any supervisory/managerial
responsibilities and number of staff supervised (if applicable)
6. Series and grade or equivalent (if a federal position)

If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying
on the basis of education, you need to list your education history
including the type of degree and your major of study. If the
position requires a certain number of credit hours, you are strongly
encouraged to list the relevant courses in your resume.

Do not include a photograph or video of yourself, or any sensitive
information (age, date of birth, marital status, protected health
information, religious affiliation, social security number, etc.) on
your resume or cover letter. We will not access web pages linked
on your resume or cover letter to determine your qualifications.

For resume writing guidance, please visit the following resources:
NIH Jobs website, USAJOBS Resource Center, and the USAJOBS Resume
Writing Video Tutorial.


You must submit a completed assessment questionnaire.

All of the above information is necessary to determine your
qualifications for the position. Please help us make an informed
decision regarding your eligibility by providing complete and
thorough information on your experience and qualifications. Not
providing all of required information may result in a determination
that you do not meet minimum requirements for the position (e.g., an
ineligible rating) or a lower rating.


To claim veterans' preference, career transition selection priority,
or Schedule A eligibility, you must provide the documentation listed
below AND respond accordingly to the associated question on the
online questionnaire.

- Veterans' preference (DD-214, VA Disability Letter, etc.):
Reference Standard Form 15 (SF-15) for required documentation
for 10 point claims. Submission of SF-15 is not required, unless
you are claiming derived preference (XP) as described in
questions 7, 8, or 9 on the SF-15. In those cases, you must
submit a completed SF-15 and the required documentation. For 5
point claims, you must submit your DD-214 (if separated) or any
written documentation from the armed forces that certifies you
are expected to be discharged or released from active duty
service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later
than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with
your application package.
- Visit our sites on Career Transition Assistance Program
(CTAP)/Interagency / Career Transition Assistance Program
(ICTAP) for more information and required documentation.

Required Documentation for Schedule A Eligibility (Applicants with

Applicants who are eligible to be considered under Schedule A must
submit appropriate documentation to verify your eligibility. Such
documentation can be obtained from a 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 agency, state agency, or agency of
the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides
disability benefits. The letter must be printed on a medical
professional's letterhead and signed. Please note the Schedule A
hiring authority neither guarantees employment, nor gives an
individual preference in the hiring process.

If you do not provide the required information, we will assume you
are not eligible or you do not wish to be considered for any
preference or eligibility.

Please do not submit any other supplementary documentation that is
not requested of you. To protect your personal information, we will
only send your resume and cover letter to the selecting official or
hiring manager.

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.

- 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. Learn more about federal

Review our benefits

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.

- How to Apply

To apply for this position, please read and follow all instructions
in this announcement, complete the online application, and submit
the documentation specified in the Required Documents section.
Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM
Eastern Time (ET) on 07/15/2019 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You
will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply.
Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other
supporting documents to be included with your application package
(see the Required Documents section for any additional forms
and/or supplemental materials required). You will have the
opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your
application before it is submitted. You must submit your documents
through the online application. Unfortunately, we cannot accept
emailed or mailed documents. NOTE: that your uploaded documents
may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
Read all Eligibility questions and respond accordingly to any
Eligibility you wish to claim. NOTE: You will only be
considered for those Eligibility questions (Status Applicant,
Reinstatement, Schedule A, etc.) you respond in the affirmative to,
including veterans' preference, regardless of what documentation you
submit. We use these questions to assist in determining your
eligibility for appointment, preference, and consideration. We
cannot assume you intended to respond differently to a question
based on other information in your application package. We cannot
accept responsibility for granting you eligibility for something you
did not claim other than what you provided us in the
Complete the assessment questionnaire. Applicants are asked
all questions regardless of their consideration preferences.
NOTE: We will only consider you for the grades, series, and
specialties that you self-identify as being qualified for. We cannot
assume you intended to respond differently to a qualification
question based on other information in your application package.
Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply:
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application package, review your responses to the assessment
questionnaire for accuracy, and then submit your application.
In addition to the required documents, we encourage you to submit
the following although they are not required at the time of
application (these documents may be requested later in the process).

- Cover letter
- Copy of transcripts (if applicable). Official transcripts
will be required if selected.
- Copy of current, valid, unrestricted professional
license/registration (if applicable).

To check your application status or to update your application, log
into your USAJOBS account. Access the USAJOBS help page for guidance
on navigating the system.
We cannot assume responsibility or grant extensions for personal
issues (e.g., power outage, loss of internet, not understanding a
question) when applying to our announcements. For technical
difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM
ET Monday through Friday at ****.

If you need any other accommodation or assistance with applying
please contact Brandy Jones at ****. Requests for
reasonable accommodations must be made before the announcement
closing date.

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Visit the NIH's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion site for
information on NIH's EEO program, Reasonable accommodation
procedures, laws, policy statements, and the operation of the EEO
complaint process.

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Learn more about this agency

Next steps

Once you submit your application package, you will receive an
acknowledgement email. Your application will be assessed to
determine your qualifications and eligibility for the position.
After the assessment is complete, you will be notified of the status
via email. In addition, you can track the progress of your
application package through your USAJOBS account.

The selecting official, hiring manager, or someone acting on their
behalf will review the applications of the referred candidates and
determine who to interview. We may contact you for an interview or
to provide additional information after a few days or up to several
months from the closing date of the announcement. We may contact you
through email or phone so please ensure you have provided us with
your accurate and current contact information. To remain in
consideration for this vacancy announcement, you must respond in a
timely manner to our correspondence and requests for documentation
or information throughout the selection and hiring process.

- 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

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 process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

Legal and regulatory guidance

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

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