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    Patrick Fiorenza

    Job Title: Program Advisor for Communications and Policy

    Department: Department Of Housing And Urban Development

    Agency: Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing

    Job Announcement Number: H11-DE-523862-OPM


    $123,758.00 – $155,500.00 /year


    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 to Monday, August 29, 2011




    Full Time Career/Career Conditional




    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC


    United States Citizens


    Opening Doors to a career with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD is seeking highly-qualified individuals who are willing to meet the challenges of public service and support the agency’s mission.

    As a Program Advisor for Communications and Policy, in the Assistant Secretary and General Deputy Assistant Secretary’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH), you will assess programs and projects administered by HUD, (PIH) contractors, Public Housing Assessment System (PHAs), PHA contractors, other federal agencies, local governments, community organizations, HUD clients, and non-profit organizations.

    Benefits include the following: health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans; paid leave and holidays; flexible work schedules; transit subsidies; retirement investment options (401K-type plan); Flexible Spending Accounts; long-term care insurance; and child care subsidies. Exceptional difficulty in recruiting a highly or uniquely qualified candidate may or may not result in a repayment of a Student Loan benefit being offered.

    Our mission focuses on expanding homeownership, increasing access to affordable housing, strengthening communities through economic development, fighting housing discrimination, and tackling homelessness issues. To learn more about HUD’s mission and programs, click here.

    This position is located in the immediate office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing (PIH).

    Relocation expenses are not authorized.


    • Non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended.
    • You must be able to successfully pass/maintain a security investigation.
    • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Hard copy or email applications will not be accepted.
    • Evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection Procedures.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    As a Program Advisor for Communications and Policy, you will:

    • · Serve as the primary contact on behalf of the Assistant Secretary and General Deputy Assistant Secretary to external and internal partners.
    • · Obtain and analyze a wide range of primary source materials to ensure that top management is briefed accurately, objectively informed, and prepared for decision-making regarding public housing, voucher and Native American programs and initiatives.
    • · Plan and direct national efforts to convey complex information about PIH’s goals and accomplishments internally to HUD and to external stakeholders. Provide required responses to inquiries from Members of Congress, officials of housing organizations, representatives of the media and State and local officials.
    • · Continually review communications activities and initiatives to ensure maximum effectiveness.
    • · Coordinate media-related activities with the Office of Public Affairs, Public and Indian Housing, and stakeholders.
    • · Provide day-to-day management oversight of strategic communications activities to ensure both quality and content and development of guidelines.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as: Demonstrated experience in the following: 1) interpret federal housing laws, statues, and regulations, as well as the procedures required to respond to statutory and regulatory housing issues; 2) communicate public housing initiatives with a variety of internal and external constituents, including the media, industry stakeholders, various offices within and outside of your organization; 3) analyze written and telephonic inquiries to identify relevant issues, research required, and sources of information and facts required for resolution of inquiries; 4) analyze critical issues for a broad range of complex, long-term projects affecting department-wide operations; and 5) prepare a wide range of briefing materials for a wide variety of audiences with diverse backgrounds, including high-level officials, and key decision-makers in and outside of your agency/organization.

    Any US Citizen may apply under competitive procedures by accessing announcement number H11-DE-523862-OPM. Applicants wanting consideration under merit promotion procedures and VEOA eligibles must apply under announcement #H11-MP-523867-OPM.

    You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM’s website at

    The Occupational Questionnaire measures your ability to demonstrate the following KSAs:

    • · Knowledge of Federal Housing Programs and relevant legislation
    • · Skill in analyzing and resolving complex operational or programmatic issues or problems
    • · Ability to communicate in writing
    • · Ability to negotiate with senior level officials

    To preview the occupational questionnaire (see below):

    View Occupational Questionnaire


    Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your résumé and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. You will be further evaluated against job-related criteria and placed in one of three pre-defined categories:

    • Best Qualified category: Highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training, as described by answers to the questions and résumé.
    • Better Qualified category: Competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training, as described by answers to the questions and résumé.
    • Good Qualified category: An overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of your experience, education, and training, as described by answers to the questions and résumé.

    Application of Veterans’ Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans’ preference above non-veterans within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements, and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the highest quality category (Best Qualified), except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 level or higher.

    Benefits and Other Info


    The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

    (If Applicable) Transit Subsidy – If you use public transportation to get to work, up to $110 a month of your costs may be paid for by HUD. You may pay for parking with pre-tax money to save on your taxes.

    Telecommuting may be available to you.


    Probationary Period:Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

    Background Investigation: Selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position.

    Positions with promotion potential will not require future competitive action for promotion to the full performance level if candidate is selected at a lower grade level.

    Interagency /Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP): If you are a displaced Federal employee, you may be entitled to receive special priority consideration under ICTAP or CTAP. Eligible employees within the commuting area must (1) submit documentary evidence of eligibility (Reduction-in-Force (RIF) notice or certificate of expected separation or other agency certification), (2) be rated as Well Qualified to receive consideration. To be considered well qualified, applicants must meet all qualification requirements for the position and when evaluated against the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) for the position, must be excluded from the minimally qualified (Good Qualified) category of applicants. For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see

    All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

    Travel Requirements: Occasional travel may be required.

    Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

    Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

    Veterans’ Preference:

    • You must clearly identify your claim for veterans’ preference on your application.
    • Veterans’ preference information and forms may be found on web sites such as or
    • Veterans’ Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.

    A Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (SF-450) will be required for certain positions. You may be asked to complete the necessary Financial Disclosure Report to meet that requirement.

    If this position has been identified as a Testing-Designated position under HUD’s Drug-free Workplace Plan, any individual tentatively selected that does not currently occupy a Testing-Designated position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

    HUD is a smoke free environment.

    HUD provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should notify the point of contact on this vacancy announcement if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process. For information, please visit

    HUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

    HUD employees are prohibited from owning Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities and from owning or acquiring property subsidized by Section 8 tenancies. HUD employees are also prohibited from the active participation in a business dealing with or related to real estate. This includes the sale and management of real estate. These interests are prohibited under the HUD Supplemental Standards of Conduct regulation at 5 CFR 7501. Certain HUD employees are required to file a financial disclosure report.

    How To Apply


    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the online assessment questionnaire. You may return to your saved or incomplete application by logging in to Application Manager and clicking on Vacancy ID 523862.

    Note: Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    To fax any supporting documents that you are unable to upload on Application Manager, append them to this Fax Cover Page using Vacancy ID 523862. Then fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire

    2. Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

    3. Fax the completed 1203FX to: 1-478-757-3144. (A cover page is not required for the 1203FX, but make certain that all 6 pages are included in your transmission.)

    4. Print and use the Fax Cover Page to send any supporting documents (e.g., résumé, transcripts, veterans’ preference documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.

    All electronic submissions or faxes must be completed by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    NOTE: Submission of a résumé alone is not a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms as described in the “Required Documents” section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the “How to Apply” instructions. Failure to provide the required information and materials will result in your not being considered for employment.


    Required Documents: You will be eliminated from further consideration if the following required documents are not provided with your application package:

    1. Résumé. Your résumé must contain the basic information outlined in the Optional Application for Federal Employment OF-612.
    2. Declaration of Federal Employment (OF 306) – Used to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
    3. Interagency /Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) documentation must be provided if claiming CTAP or ICTAP priority consideration (RIF separation notice, recent performance appraisal, Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, stating that you were separated by RIF, or a letter from OPM or your agency documenting your priority consideration status).

    4. Veterans’ Preference documentation must be provided if claiming veterans’ preference (a copy of their DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof showing character of service. Veterans with service connected disability and others claiming 10-point preference will need to submit Form SF-15, Application for 10-Point Preference with the proof required by that form.
    5. Occupational Questionnaire. Narrative skills, knowledge and ability responses must be provided if part of the questionnaire. The Questionnaire is located at the end of this vacancy announcement.


    Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
    Phone: (757)441-6765
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Office of Public and Indian Housing
    451 7th Street SW
    Washington, DC 20410


    Applicants will receive notice that their application has been received. Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a job offer within 45 work days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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