U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

About

Announcement Number:
NV-DEU-2014-0130
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Public Affairs Specialist
Open Period:
06/07/2014 - 06/20/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 1035 11/12
Salary:
USD $57,982 - USD $90,344
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Las Vegas, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Human Resources
775-861-6431
nvjobs@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Nevada State Office, Office of Communications as a Public Affairs Specialist! The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Summary:
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. This position is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about the area can be found at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Information gathering and event production often involve field trips. Other travel may be required to attend meetings, conferences and trainings.

Duties

The incumbent serves as one of two principal advisors to the Las Vegas Field Office, Nevada State Office, the State Director, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Department of Interior on public affairs aspects of implementation of lands policies in Southern Nevada. Principal spokesperson for the Bureau of Land Management in Southern Nevada and is responsible for planning, developing and communicating BLM programs, polices, and activities to the publics in Southern Nevada, where the Las Vegas Office manages 3.6 million acres of land.

Develops and posts content for the internal/external web pages and social media sites for the Las Vegas Field Office. 

Serves as a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) coordinator, ensuring FOIA requests are processed according to applicable laws and policies.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Administrative and Management positions. There is no Individual Occupational Requirement for this position.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal land.
  • Direct deposit is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.   In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.

    The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    KSA 1: Knowledge of communication principles and techniques, both written and oral.

    KSA 2: Skill in developing/presenting information clearly, at a level appropriate for the intended audience.

    KSA 3: Knowledge and ability to operate computer equipment, including software, for desktop publishing, computer generated presentations and internet posting.

    KSA 4: Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with media representatives, political representatives, interest groups and other agency representatives.
    Qualifications:
    Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education:

    In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below; please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level of the position to be filled.

    For GS-11:One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the federal service that demonstrates 1) knowledge of, and skill in applying, oral and written communication principles, techniques, methods, and interpersonal relations practices sufficient to initiate and implement a comprehensive public affairs campaign; 2) explain organization's programs, objectives and policies; 3) analyze an organization's informational program materials and make recommendations for improving delivery and marketing of program information to affected groups and individuals.

    OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR a combination of education and experience.

    Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.

    For GS-12: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal service that demonstrates 1) a mastery of the principles, practices and techniques of communication to include the development and execution of plans for dissemination of written and oral information; 2) skill in developing a broad array of written materials such as news releases, feature stories, briefing papers, and correspondence; 3) develop and administer a Web content management system.

    There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 and above grade levels.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS
    Other Information:
    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    May require completion of a one year probationary period.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. 

    Occasional travel may be required. 

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

    This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at this duty location.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. 

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS. 

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. 

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu. 

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. 

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying. 
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    If qualifying based on education, all Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide.

    For preference as 5-point veteran (TP), please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    For preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP), please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP and ICTAPeligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other non-competitive Special Appointing Authorities, you must submit proof of eligibility.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile:

    Auto-Requested Fax: Allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

    Uploading Documents: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. 

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.