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    Job Title: Public Affairs Specialist

    Department: Department of the Treasury

    Agency: Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    Sub Agency: Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    Job Announcement Number: 2011-081D


    $51,630.00 – $97,333.00 /year


    Monday, August 01, 2011 to Thursday, September 01, 2011




    This position is on a full-time work schedule. This is a Permanent Appointment.




    2 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area, DC


    U.S. Citizens Only


    The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) develops and produces United States currency notes, trusted worldwide. As a primary function, the BEP prints billions of dollars each year for delivery to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System operates as the nation’s central bank and serves to ensure that adequate amounts of currency and coin are in circulation. With production facilities in Washington, D.C. and Fort Worth, Texas, the BEP is the largest producer of federal government security documents in the United States.

    This position is located within the activity of the Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist (Manager, External Affairs Division), Office of External Affairs. The incumbent, as a member of a team of Public Affairs Specialist, perform a variety of Public Affairs Activity and special projects in support of the office.

    Who May Apply
    U.S. Citizens, no prior federal experience is required.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12 grade level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. Your duties may include conducting research, analyzing, and responding to numerous queries via telephone, visits, mail or the website and coordinates replies regarding the Bureau’s products, programs, policies, and studies as applicable. Researches and formulates responses to Congressional inquiries from information obtained from an analysis of the specific issues/complaints filled by constituents. Writes and/or edits news releases, employee newsletters and communications, articles, and other informational materials relative to Bureau history, programs, operations, and products for dissemination to internal and external clients. Coordinates and organizes news media interviews with Bureau officials and corresponds with various private and Federal sector representatives. Researches and prepares issue papers, background materials, and briefings for use by high-level Departmental officials.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    Applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-09 level:

    Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. if related.

    **OR One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level. Examples of such experience could include writing news releases on routine matters; providing information to the public on agency programs; assisting higher level specialists with the preparation of news releases, fact sheets, and brochures; assisting with the organization and support of special events. These work experiences would have involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying analytical techniques, and would have required a good general working knowledge of communication and public relations principles and methods.

    Applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-11 level:

    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or LL.M., in a field of study which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

    **OR One year of appropriate specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service that is in or related to public affairs and that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of such experience could include independent responsibility to analyze, select and prepare information materials; responding to media questions on standard organizational policies. These work experiences would have required the individual to select and make minor adaptations to procedures and accepted practices and handle unexpected conditions arising in the normal course of the work. At this level, Public Affairs Specialists have a sound working knowledge of communication and public relations principles and methods and the ability to independently perform moderately difficult and responsible public affairs work.

    **OR A combination of successfully completed graduate level education as described above that is beyond the second year of progressive graduate study and specialized experience, as described above.

    Applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-12 level:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. At this level, Public Affairs Specialists have a sound working knowledge of the organizations programs, operations objectives, and policies along with a comprehensive knowledge of management and organizational techniques, systems, and procedures.

    Prior to appointment the selectee must submit to and successfully pass a urinalysis drug screening. Applicants may be required to complete a full-field background investigation.


    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
    1. Resume
    2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
    3. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found “not qualified” if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

    4. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Project Management, Outreach Techniques, Written Communication, and Oral Communication.

    Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Gold, Silver, or Bronze depending on your experience related to this position. Veterans’ preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference eligibles in that category. Qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

    5. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official
    for consideration and possible interview. First consideration will be given to CTAP/ICTAP eligibles in the commuting area. In addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must be ranked in the Gold category.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
    To preview questions please click here.

    Benefits and Other Info


    We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous – helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs.

    Our benefits package includes:
    * Transit Subsidies
    * On-site Fitness Center
    * Opportunities for Alternate Work Schedules (AWS)

    Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: BENEFITS


    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    – Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    – Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    – If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    – Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    – Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 .
    – Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    – Undergo income tax verification.
    – Successfully complete a background investigation.

    How To Apply


    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement’s closing date.

    Step 1 – Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS at USAJOBS
    – You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.
    – You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.
    For more resume tips click here.
    – You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing.

    Step 2 – Apply Online
    Click the “Apply Online” button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

    Step 3 – Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
    If this is your first time on Treasury’s CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select “Take me to the assessment” and click on the “Continue” button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the “Finish” button.

    Step 4 – Review and Confirm Your Submission
    You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click “Done,” you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click “Finish” at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

    Step 5 – Submit Required Documents
    You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

    Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:
    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you’ve already loaded on USAJOBS. Or

    2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on “My Applications” and search for the vacancy. Once you’ve located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select “Apply Online.” Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.

    In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the “Vacancy Documents” screen. Then, click on “Finished” to be returned to USAJOBS.


    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    Applicants must submit all of the following documents to be considered. Non-receipt in Human Resources of the required documents by the closing date will invalidate your application or adversely affect your rating. The responsibility for demonstrating eligibility and qualifications by the closing date rests with the applicant.

    -Veteran’s Preference Documentation

    -If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.

    -10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.
    An SF-15 may be found at: For more information on veterans’ preference, click here.

    – CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP))

    – Education Documentation
    If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please click here. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at:


    Vanessa Johnson
    Phone: 202-874-1347
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    14th & C Street, SW
    OHR/ESD Room 446
    Washington, DC 20228
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS ‘My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status.” We will also send you notification of your application status. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an e-mail address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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