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"LPA-2017-0013" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist for External Affairs, GS-1035-15 MP
Open Period:
09/12/2017 - 10/10/2017


GS - 1035 C 15
USD $131,767 - USD $161,900
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Arlington, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Mari Donegan


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Current or former Federal employees with competitive status obtained through a permanent Federal competitive service appointment OR individuals with eligibility for noncompetitive special appointing authority OR veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.

This announcement is also open to All U.S. citizens under announcement LPA-2017-0014.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:
If you are intrigued by the idea of working at a unique federal agency that has a tremendous impact on the funding and advancement of science, engineering and education, then the National Science Foundation is the place for you.  In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, NSF also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.
NSF is relocating to Alexandria, Virginia. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops. NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the public and private sectors for its management best practices and stewardship of federal funds. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF.

This position is located in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs(OLPA), External Affairs Group. OLPA is responsible for communicating information about the activities, programs, research results and policies of the National Science Foundation (NSF). It employs a wide variety of tools and techniques to engage the general public and selected audiences including congress, the news media, state and local governments, other Federal agencies, industry and the research and education communities.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The incumbent works with the Director, NSF, and other senior NSF officials, under the general administrative direction of the Head of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. The position supervises OLPA staff assigned to External Affairs. Duties include:

-Supervising, planning, implementing, and evaluating the Foundation’s external affairs programs.

-Providing leadership, direction, technical and professional expertise in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating a broad range of activities conducted by the External Affairs team that require oversight and coordination across organizational lines. Works in collaboration with the team, identifies issues before they arise, and integrates internal and external requirements to effectively deal with them.

-Providing strategic direction for the Foundation’s external outreach by identifying opportunities to showcase NSF-funded research results.

-Applying personal expertise in negotiating complex partnerships and contracts with various entities to deliver NSF-funded science discoveries to a variety of audiences and markets.

-Monitoring, assessing and reporting on the progress of various science and technology initiatives and other key developments to director of OLPA, senior NSF and OLPA staff, the NSB, and other  appropriate science policy officials.

-Developing broad, in-depth program-specific public outreach activities, programs and projects utilizing new venues and partnership approaches.

-Supervising the analysis, development and preparation of materials for the NSF Director and key officials on outreach, education, partnerships and media relation programs, projects and initiatives.

-Planning, directing and executing national campaigns to highlight NSF-funded research and education programs.

-Maintaining a direct relationship with the foundation’s Directorates and Offices in order to effectively position the Foundation in working through the intricate details of any program, project or activity.

-Establishing and maintaining contact and cooperation with corporations, foundations, local governments, scientific professional organizations and associations to identify emerging STEM issues of importance as well as the workforce needs of the future.

-Identifying and capitalizing on critical opportunities to publicize NSF-supported research and education programs through special events, projects, programs, written materials, videos, and the web. 

-Supervising the development and implementation of complex distribution of numerous products, such as print and electronic materials, throughout numerous audiences from implementation to delivery.

-Representing NSF in meetings with scientific, educational, international, and industrial groups and in other activities of an official nature as required.

-Responding, in written and oral form, to requests for specialized information about NSF programs or special projects from various publics.

-Supervising the work of professional staff, support staff and contractors by setting priorities and goals for employees, establishing deadlines, ensuring timely completion of work assignments, assigning work according to complexity of the work and capability of the employees, recommending and discussing needed changes in work priorities and operations with director of OLPA and identifying training needs.

-Directing, coordinating, and overseeing Foundation staff, administrative staff and employees for special projects, events, ceremonies, programs and partnerships as well as working with top level NSF officials to formulate strategy and implement projects for the Foundation’s participation. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

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.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.  

All online applicants must provide a valid email address.   If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Check
  • Review Questions at bottom of Qualifications and Evaluation page
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants unless exempt
  • Additional assessment questions may be asked after the announcement closes
  • Supervisory/managerial probationary period.
  • Education Requirements:
    Education may enhance the skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.
    Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used. Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.   A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher. In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.
    To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have least one year of specialized experience managing strategic outreach efforts for an organization equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: 

    -Developing program-specific public outreach activities, programs and projects;

    -Providing leadership, direction, technical and professional expertise to a staff;

    -Planning, directing and executing national campaigns;

    -Establishing and maintaining contact and cooperation with corporations, foundations, local governments, scientific professional organizations and associations; and

    -Representing an organization in outreach activities, as required.

    Benefits and Other Info

    A GREAT LOCATION! Effective October 2, 2017, The National Science Foundation Headquarters location will be conveniently located across the street from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station, right in Alexandria, VA, a few miles from downtown Washington, DC. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as historic Old Town Alexandria a short trip away.

    Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking

    Public transportation subsidy

    Child care subsidy

    Flexible working hours


    Physical Fitness Facility on site

    Health Services Unit on site

    Employee Assistance Program
    Other Information:
    NSF is relocating to Alexandria, Virginia.  In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area.  There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:

    1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility;

    2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and

    3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire.   You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

    Veteran's Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, 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 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

    For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position.

    For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.
    Required Documents:
    If you are an NSF employee in a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status.

    If you are not an NSF employee as described above, but you are eligible under merit promotion, under a Interchange Agreements, under a non-competitive authority, or under a similar authority, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

    1. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50s) or comparable federal agency forms to verify your eligibility for reinstatement and/or grade/step/salary if you are a current or former permanent federal civil service employee.
    • SF-50 must indicate that appointment is/was to a competitive service position with permanent tenure or conditional tenure within the last three years; OR, to a similar position in the excepted service at an agency that has an Interchange Agreement.
    • An example of a comparable agency form is a personnel action from a DOD Non-appropriated Fund organization or from the US Postal Service for a current and continuing appointment without a break in service.
    • Documents that are NOT comparable and NOT acceptable substitutes for a SF-50 include a SF-52, a Performance Appraisal form, a Personnel Action Request (PAR), or a Request for Personnel Action (RPA).

    2. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and if applicable, the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating from applicants requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA), or the disabled veterans appointing authority.

    3. Schedule A Certification – from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.

    4. Other – Documentation which verifies you are eligible to be appointed to a permanent position in the federal competitive civil service.

    We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey.  This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

    If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or
    CTAP, you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

    You must submit proof of meeting the basic education requirement described in the QUALIFICATIONS paragraph.  Therefore, you should submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met.  [Include for jobs with positive education requirement only]

    All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).
    Next Steps:
    You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.