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Vacancy Details

Grade: 12

1 GS-12 Choose one answer that best describes your specialized experience as related to the qualification requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
2 Select the response(s) that best describe your experience in preparing written documents. Answer to this question is required
  • I have written news releases, articles, brochures, scripts, speeches and/or other public outreach publications to communicate information about my organization.
  • I have successfully translated information from technical documents based upon research, analysis and data collection into explanations of the missions and standards for my organization, which the average reader can understand.
  • I have written briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  • I have written and communicated orally with other government agencies, private organizations and individuals to seek their active participation in planning public events or activities.
  • I am familiar with and have applied press style (i.e., AP Stylebook) in writing news releases.
  • I have education or training in public affairs written communications.
  • None of the above.
3 Select the response(s) that reflect your highest level of experience interacting with people in various work situations to achieve results. Answer to this question is required
  • I have served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  • I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  • I have mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  • I have experience speaking to audiences or individuals with differing levels of understanding.
  • I have independently planned and conducted meetings.
  • I have served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical or programmatic issues.
  • I regularly serve as a consultant to peers, other agencies, or private industry on technical, programmatic or professional issues.
  • None of the above.
4 Select the response(s) that characterize the interpersonal communications skills you routinely and independently apply at work. Answer to this question is required
  • Provide direction, guidance or instruction to support staff and coworkers.
  • Effectively communicate to outside agencies or the general public in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  • Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet a program objective.
  • Persuade others to adopt new methods, procedures or techniques in order to improve program results.
  • Diffuse confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with those who have opposing points of view or conflicting interests.
  • Provide information about a program or project in an unstructured setting such as a news conference or media tour.
  • None of the above.
5 I have experience using discretion and maintaining confidentiality in matters related to sensitive or controversial issues. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 Select the one response that best describes your communication/briefing skills you use as a regular part of your job to support agency goals and the agency leadership. Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in writing or in oral presentations.
  • I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  • I have briefed managers outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  • I have demonstrated ability to build consensus through collaboration from others to obtain information, achieve results and accomplish goals.
  • I have mediated problem and facilitated a resolution between organizational entities or technical groups in a formal setting.
  • I have conducted formal training sessions for groups large and small.
  • None of the above.
7 Select the response that best describes your experience in developing proactive outreach strategies directed at the news media and general public. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed these functions.
  • I have received instruction and training in these functions, but have not performed them on the job.
  • I have performed similar and directly related functions and my experience and training have equipped me to perform these functions successfully.
  • I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of a media relations and public affairs program.
  • I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them routinely and have carried them out successfully to achieve public awareness of agency activities.
8 Select the response that best describes the level of your knowledge of electronic communications methodologies, e.g., the Vocus system, electronic data management systems for strategic target lists, using the Internet for research and learning or other useful purpose. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed these functions.
  • I have received instruction and training in these functions, but have not performed them on the job.
  • I have performed similar and directly related functions and my experience and training have equipped me to perform these functions successfully.
  • I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of a media relations and public affairs program.
  • I am considered an expert in the use of electronic communications and have developed and posted content material for the Internet.
9 Select the response(s) that best describe your experience in collecting information through interviews, surveys, reports, manuals, and directives. Answer to this question is required
  • I have located, collected and used information to produce speeches, reports, articles, or news releases.
  • I have experience in planning and conducting interviews for a variety of purposes.
  • I have knowledge of the guidelines for using copyrighted materials and/or quoting other sources.
  • I have experience in scanning daily newspapers or other publications on a regular basis for items of interest or breaking issues.
  • I have demonstrated the ability to identify issues with potential for controversy and have used discretion in sharing sensitive information with others.
  • None of the above.
10 Select the responses that best describe your experience preparing and delivering oral presentations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have made presentations to coworkers on various work related topics.
  • I have made presentations to coworkers or officials outside my employing agency using briefing slides, graphics, handouts or other visual materials.
  • I have prepared and delivered informational briefings to officials outside my employing organization using Power Point or other software applications.
  • I have developed and delivered presentations to officials outside my employing organization for purposes of persuading them to take action, revise procedures, or expend resources.
  • I have responded to news media questions, conducted news conferences, and/or conducted a public meeting or hearing.
  • I have delivered formal courses of training or instruction using a variety of media.
  • None of the above.
11 I have experience planning and staffing exhibits and conducting special events, e.g., convention halls, trade shows. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
12 Select the reponse(s) that best describes your speechwriting experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have edited and updated speeches and scripts previously prepared by others based on adjusting styles for different audiences, or impact of recent events.
  • I have written speeches based on instructions and notes from others.
  • I have developed speeches and scripts based on an organization strategy, concept, or plan of action.
  • I have frequently conceived and created speeches for senior level managers in my organization.
  • I have developed speeches for presentation in politically sensitive areas on a wide variety of complex and controversial topics.
  • I have education and/or training in speechwriting.
  • None of the above.
13 Select the response that best describes your experience contributing and managing corporate accounts for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed these functions.
  • I regularly post entries to a personal social media account but not a corporate account.
  • I have received instruction and training in these functions, but have not performed them on the job.
  • I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of a media relations and public affairs program for my employer.
  • I am considered an expert, initiated a social media presence for my employer when none existed previously.

Grade: All Grades

It is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy and completeness of your application. An incomplete application or one that is not completed in accordance with instructions found in this announcement will subject you to being found ineligible. By selecting the applicable documents from the list below, I acknowledge my responsibility to submit/provide this information to the Human Resources office by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
1 Are you a current Bureau of Reclamation employee? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Select all that apply for this vacancy. Answer to this question is required
  • I have included a resume with my user profile in USAJOBS that will be used to support my answers to job specific questions. To be considered for the position your application must include a resume. Failure to submit a resume will result in an 'Ineligible' rating.
  • I am a veteran or other category of preference eligible. I will submit a DD-214, SF-15, and other documentation that verifies my eligibility for veterans or derived preference (e.g., VRA, VEOA, widow etc.). Failure to submit the required documents will remove my consideration as a preference eligible.
  • I am currently, or have been, a Federal employee with competitive status. I will submit a copy of my most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that verifies my competitive status. Failure to submit a SF-50 will result in loss of consideration as a current or previous Federal employee and may result in an 'Ineligible' rating.
  • I am CTAP/ICTAP eligible. I will submit a copy of my most recent performance appraisal, proof of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, and my most recent SF-50. Failure to submit the required documents will remove me from consideration as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible.
  • I am a returned volunteer from the Peace Corps or VISTA. I will submit proof of that service. Failure to submit the required documentation will remove me from consideration as a Peace Corps or VISTA return volunteer and may result in an 'Ineligible' rating.
  • I am an overseas returnee with verification of service. Failure to submit the required documentation will remove me from consideration as an overseas returnee.
  • I am an individual with a physical or mental impairment that limits one or major life activities AND have been certified by the State Department of Vocational Services rendering me eligible for the Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities. I will submit copies of my Vocational Rehabilitation documents to verify my eligibility for this program. Failure to submit the required documentation will remove me from consideration as a disabled individual.
  • I meet the educational requirements of this position as described in the vacancy announcement. I am submitting a copy of my transcripts, which include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred, to verify my educational accomplishments. I understand that if I do not supply a copy of my transcripts, I will be found 'Not Qualified' for this position.
  • I am applying for an Engineering (0800 series) position and am a Registered Professional Engineer. I will submit a copy of my Professional Engineer (PE) Registration. I understand that if I fail to supply my PE registration, I will not be given credit as a Registered Professional Engineer and may be found 'Not Qualified' for this position.
  • I am a Certified Public Accountant. I will submit a copy of my CPA certification. I understand that if I do not provide a copy of my CPA, I will not be given credit as a CPA.
  • I am applying for a Contract Specialist (1102 series) position and meet the Department of Interior mandatory training requirements for Contract Specialist. I am submitting copies of the training certifications. I understand that if I do not supply these copies, I will not be given credit for the training and will be found 'Not Qualified' for this position.
3 Provide specific information about your response to the previous question (i.e. professor's name and place of employment; college or university name; job/career fair and location held; friend's name; etc.). Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
4 Have you received an employee performance appraisal rating in the previous 12 months? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    4.1 Indicate who officially rated your performance (e.g., immediate supervisor, 2nd level supervisor, acting supervisor, etc.). Also, indicate your rating in terms of the performance system (e.g., 3 level rating out of a 5-tier system; 2 level rating out of a 3-tier system; Pass rating out of a Pass/Fail system). Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
5 In the last three years, have you been recognized for your performance, accomplishments, and/or contributions at work? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    5.1 Indicate the type of recognition received (e.g., monetary award, time off award, safety award, plaque, etc.), for what purpose, and from whom (e.g., supervisor, co-worker, community or government official). Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
6 Where did you learn about this vacancy? Answer to this question is required
  • American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE)
  • Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEi)
  • Engineering News-Record (ENR)
  • Asianlife.com
  • Diversenote.com
  • NativeAmericanJobs.com
  • WorkplaceDiversity.com
  • Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  • Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  • Referral from a non-listed Professional Organization
  • Job/Career Fair
  • Referral from a friend or family member
  • Reclamation Employee
  • Reclamation Internet Site
  • Referral from a State or Local government
  • Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  • OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  • Other Internet Site
  • Other