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Announcement Number:
MARAD.HQ-2018-0071
Hiring Agency:
DOT, MARITIME ADMINISTRATION
Position Title:
Legislative Affairs Specialist
Open Period:
08/13/2018 - 08/14/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
Series/Grade:
GS - 0301 11/12
Salary:
USD $68,036 - USD $106,012
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Automated Staffing Office
000-000-0000
TRANSJOBS@dot.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. Merchant Marine. The Maritime Administration works in many areas involving ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is ranked #4 in the 2017 best places to work in the Federal Government!

Summary:

This position is located in the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, Maritime Administration (MARAD).


This position is established to perform staff work on legislative initiatives, active legislation, congressional correspondence, hearings, congressional visits, briefings, and internal communication.


The ideal candidate will have experience of the legislative process sufficient to research, analyze, and compile information concerning past, present, and upcoming legislation; monitor various legislative meetings/sessions; and keep senior level officials apprised of significant issues or modifications. Possesses writing, speaking, and presentation skills to interact with stakeholders as required.


PLEASE NOTE: THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 25 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT MIDNIGHT ON THE  DAY WE RECEIVE THE 25TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.


This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Some travel required.

Duties

As a Legislative Affairs Specialist, you will:



  • Gather, exchange, monitor, and clarify information on legislative initiatives related to transportation and industry issues; preparing fact papers; briefing material and reports; and maintaining liaison internal and external to the Executive Branch in order to keep abreast of legislative initiatives.

  • Be responsible for assignments that are intermediate in difficulty requiring interpretation and adaptation of guidelines to secure results; participates in complex studies and projects designed to develop broader expertise.

  • Gather and analyze basic facts and draw conclusions.

  • Prepare briefings that will be provided to the Administrator and senior level officials in preparation for participation at congressional hearings and for other congressional contacts.

  • Provide advice and assistance, to coordinate actions, to make recommendations, to disseminate information, and to solve problems. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:



  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

  • This position involves travel.  A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.

Key Requirements:
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion:  MARAD.HQ-2018-0070
  • This position is Telework Eligible.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.


    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.



    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package.  If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers.  The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.

    Qualifications:

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the education or specialized experience requirements.

    TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-11 on Education, you must have:



    • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

    • 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree

    • A LL.M., if related


    FOR THE GS-11, to qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09, it must include:




    • Experience working on legislative initiatives, active legislation, congressional correspondence, hearings, congressional visits, briefings, and internal communication.




    You can also qualify based on a combination of education and matching experience.

    FOR THE GS-12, to qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:




    • Experience providing authoritative advice and guidance on problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods; recommendations and decisions are characterized by breadth and importance in all areas relative to legislative affairs.




     
    There is no educational substitution for experience at the GS-12 grade 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; 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.

    For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link:  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

    Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:

    Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here.


    This position is telework eligible.

    Other Information:
    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.



    • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.

    • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.

    • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.


    If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email us at Transjobs@dot.gov

    Required Documents:

    ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy. 

    The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.  


    TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements. 



    • If you are applying to an engineering position and are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.

    • If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.  



    VETERANS: Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility.  It need not be official.



    • If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.

    • If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  An SF-15 is desired, but not required.

    • If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) (https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/#veoa), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214, which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.



    NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility,  you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

    DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category)  and provide all of the following documents:  



    • your most recent performance appraisal,

    • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and

    • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.


     


    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system.  You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

    Next Steps:
    You may check your application status into by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.