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Grade: 09

1 Choose the answer that best describes your education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a master's or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B. or J.D.).
  • I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 related to the work of this position that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.
  • I have a combination of graduate level education beyond the first year of progressive graduate study and appropriate experience.
  • I do not meet the requirements as described.
2

Choose the one statement that best describes your experience/education as it relates to this position. Answer to this question is required.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position, specialized experience is defined as responding to oral and written requests for information from members of the media; coordinating filming and photography for media events; managing research projects and preparing reports using Meltwater/Cision, TV Eyes, Smartsheet, Microsoft Office 365; and experience raising the visibility of American history and culture.
    2.1 Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous questions: i.e. agency/company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • I have a master's or equivalent graduate degree; 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
  • I have a qualifying combination of experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not have the experience or education described above.
3

Which of the following statements demonstrates your experience level? (Check all that apply)

Answer to this question is required
  • I have coordinated media interviews between spokespersons and media (both televised and print) and wrote memos to prepare spokesperson(s).
  • I have coordinated media interviews between spokesperson(s) and print media and wrote memos to prepare spokesperson(s).
  • I have coordinated media interviews and performed research to help my supervisor compose media prep documents.
  • I have coordinated interviews between media and spokesperson(s).
  • I have performed research to assist my supervisor in preparing media memo for spokesperson(s).
  • None of the above.
4 Which statement best describes your highest level of experience planning, coordinating and managing press conferences and media events? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience in education or training in performing this task
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with established correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely. I have trained others to perform this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert of assistance in performing this task
5 Which of the following public affairs or communications tasks have you performed in your position? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have organized media tours to promote an event or project.
  • I have organized media briefings.
  • I have fostered close contacts with the media by providing interviews, hosting journalists and assisting with filming and photo shoots.
  • I have coordinated visits of government, dignitaries, public officials, and/or potential donors.
  • I have written, designed, and produced content and materials for web and print distribution.
  • I have conducted oral presentations.
  • I have conducted PowerPoint presentations.
  • I have developed communications or media plans.
  • I have answered media calls and handled requests for information or interviews.
  • I have managed media campaigns.
  • I have used social media as a part of a communications campaign.
  • I have prepared briefing material for senior management or public official.
  • None of the above.
6

Which of following best describes your experience in writing?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have written talking points, media releases, media plans, media event memos, filming memos, media inquiry memos and developing media lists.
  • I have written media releases, media event memos, media inquiry memos, media event memo and developing media lists.
  • I have written media releases, media inquiry memos and developing targeted media lists.
  • I have developed targeted media lists.
  • I have no experience in writing media assets.
7

Which of the following do you have experience in doing? (Check all that apply)

Answer to this question is required
  • I have produced comprehensive media reports for media campaign successes, producing research reports following media events and campaigns and compiling and logging media clips using software tools similar to meltwater and TV Eyes.
  • I have produced research reports following media events and campaigns and compiling and logging media clips.
  • I have compiled, distributed and logged media clips and used the clips to produce reports.
  • I have compiled and distributed media clips.
  • I have only logged media clips.
  • None of the above.
8 Which statement best describes your highest level of experience in fostering strategic relationships with top-tier media organizations and their reporters, producers and editors? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with established correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually with review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely. I have trained others to perform this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert of assistance in performing this task.
9 Which of the following best describes your experience in working with news media organizations on behalf of a museum, organization, company or public official? Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience in working with news media organizations on behalf of a museum, organization, company or public official.
  • I have minimal experience in working with news media organizations on behalf of a museum, organization, company or public official.
  • I have moderate experience in working with news media organizations on behalf of museum, organization, company or public official.
  • I have extensive experience in working with news media organizations on behalf of a museum, organization, company or public official.
10

Which of the following activities related to communication and media relations have you performed? (Check all that apply)

Answer to this question is required
  • I have an education in journalism, communications or related field and experience working in media offices where I had to report media information to managers and colleagues across the organization in concise and clear language.
  • I have experience working in a media office where I had to report media information to managers and colleagues across the organization in concise and clear language.
  • I have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in journalism, communications or related field and in experience in a media office, where I had to report media information to managers and colleagues across the organization in concise and clear language.
  • I have experience working in a media office without having to report information to senior managers.
  • I have less than one year experience working in a media office.
  • None of the above.
11

Which of the following best describes your experience in working with news media organizations on behalf of a museum, organization, company or public official?

Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience in working with news media organizations on behalf of a museum, organization, company or public official.
  • I have a degree in communications, public relations or English.
  • I have a degree in communications, public relations or English with minimal experience in working with news media organizations on behalf of a museum, organization, company or public official.
  • I have a degree in communications, public relations, or English with somewhat (defined as one internship) experiences in working with news media organizations on behalf of museum, organization, company or public official.
  • I have a degree in communications, public relations, or English with moderate experience (defined two or more internships) in working with news media organizations on behalf of museum, organization, company or public official.
12 Which of the following best describes your experience performing research prior to preparing written materials? (Select only one answer) Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked in a library or other research setting where I have assisted users in understanding basic research tools and/or assisted patrons in locating general resources.
  • I have experience conducting and/or organizing research to prepare major reports for work-related projects according to established deadlines and/or research papers for course work.
  • I have completed research papers for high school or college course work.
  • I have not performed any of the above.
13 Which of the following statements describe the written communication skills that you have used as a regular part of your job? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Drafted reports, memoranda, and correspondence for signature by higher level officials
  • Developed written materials for briefings, meetings, and/or conferences
  • Produced documents clearly, logically, concisely, and persuasively written for varied audiences
  • Communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis in writing
  • Composed complex correspondence or other written work such as manuals, management reports or articles
  • Prepared and wrote technical reports for internal and external audiences
  • Explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations in written format
  • Reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization or material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • Developed comprehensive materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences for agency department leaders
  • Compiled and summarized the findings of studies
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

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1 Select the response that best reflects how you learned about this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Individual referral (friend, relative, Smithsonian employee, school counselor, or other)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Job fair or informational session
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Other online source (USAJobs, Smithsonian website, Internet employment search)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Community or professional organization
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Mass media (magazine, newspaper, radio, television, poster, telephone job hot line)
    1.1 Please indicate the source. Maximum length of 250 characters.
2 Are you a current Smithsonian employee? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No