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Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | Salt Lake City, Utah
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Job Description

The Public Affairs Specialist works within the Communications Service under the direction of Public Affairs Officer. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Acts as a consultant to clinical and administrative staff in order to coordinate their activities as they relate to the electronic dissemination of information
  • Prepares, edits, audits, and monitors timely web content on complex and dynamic government websites
  • Orients new web authors, content contributors, contractors, and vendors to VA web policies and procedures
  • Utilizes software to create custom graphics and visual designs
  • Writes, edits and publishes content on VASLCHCS"s Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr websites
  • Organizes, participates in, collaborates with, and as appropriate, leads editorial committees and groups
  • Reviews materials posted on facility websites are 508 compliant;?,provides modification guidance and instructions to content providers
  • Supports and guides implementation of innovative web information dissemination solutions for a variety of paper publications
  • Tracks and analyzes website usage trends using a variety of tools such as Google Analytics & Web Trends, search-engine indexing, customer surveys, etc.
  • Develops and prepares facility-level policy on the electronic display, dissemination, and preparation of web-based information
  • Plans and implements public affairs activities within the organization
  • Prepares responses to inquiries from interested groups and the public concerning policies and activities of the facility public affairs program
  • Serves as the official spokesperson, facilitator and coordinator to the media, congressional staffs, Veteran Service Organizations, and the community, in the absence of the Public Affairs Officer

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Public Affairs Specialist / 10721O

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirementswithin 30 days ofthe closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have ONE (1)year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: 1) Coordinating, developing, designing, implementing, maintaining, and promoting internet websites and social media communities, 2) Managing editorial content, style, and quality, 3) Drawing conclusions and offering recommendations on improving aspects of informational materials, 4) Utilizing graphics software programs and electronic publications tools, 5) Planning and coordinating technical upgrades to web content, 6) Tracking and analyzing website usage trends, 7) Presenting information clearly and at a level appropriate for intended audiences, and 8) Communicating effectively both orally and in writing, with professional, administrative, and technical personnel.

OR

Education: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-11 level. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants may also combine educationand specialized experience to qualify at the GS-11 grade level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education (beyond the first twoyears of graduate study) you have earned. Then, identify the percentage of required specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 grade level)you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-11.

Atranscript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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.

Physical Requirements: The work issedentary. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. Duties may require lifting and carrying computer equipment, tables, chairs, and other outreach equipment and materials.

Time-in-Grade (TIG): Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet TIGrequirements for theGS-11 position. They must have served52 weeks at the GS-09level.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*OF-306
*Other
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript

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 on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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 1758456.

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.
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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have ONE (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: 1) Coordinating, developing, designing, implementing, maintaining, and promoting internet websites and social media communities, 2) Managing editorial content, style, and quality, 3) Drawing conclusions and offering recommendations on improving aspects of informational materials, 4) Utilizing graphics software programs and electronic publications tools, 5) Planning and coordinating technical upgrades to web content, 6) Tracking and analyzing website usage trends, 7) Presenting information clearly and at a level appropriate for intended audiences, and 8) Communicating effectively both orally and in writing, with professional, administrative, and technical personnel.

OR

Education: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-11 level. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants may also combine education and specialized experience to qualify at the GS-11 grade level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education (beyond the first two years of graduate study) you have earned. Then, identify the percentage of required specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 grade level) you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-11.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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.

About U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

To be eligibile candidates must: 

  • have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

  • have successfully passed the NCLEX-RN exam and hold an active, unrestricted license by the start of the program, but have no RN experience. 

  • be able to work full time on day shift with preceptors and mentors.

  • sign a statement of commitment. 

  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

  • Send cover letter & resume to Cynthia.Golden2@va.gov.

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