JOB: Sr. Assoc. Director for Congressional Affairs and Communications, Federal Housing Finance Agency

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    Job Title: Sr. Assoc. Director for Congressional Affairs and Communications

    Agency: Federal Housing Finance Agency

    Sub Agency: FHFA

    Job Announcement Number: OCAC-11-01


    SALARY RANGE:

    $180,000.00 – $255,000.00 /year

    OPEN PERIOD:

    Thursday, March 03, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011

    SERIES & GRADE:

    LL-0301-01/01

    POSITION INFORMATION:

    Full Time Permanent – No time limit

    PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

    01

    DUTY LOCATIONS:

    1 vacancy – Washington, DC

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

    US citizens

    JOB SUMMARY:

    Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Federal Housing Finance Agency applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on http://www.avuecentral.com/vacancy.html?ref=DAEPU.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS:

    • See Other Information.


    Duties

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Washington, DC

    DUTIES:

    If selected, the incumbent will: Oversee the development and review of all internal and external agency communications, including the agency’s annual and performance reports, speeches, testimony, press and news releases, reports to Congress, and research papers. Manage and direct communications and the agency outreach program in order to establish and maintain constructive external relationships. Act as an agency spokesperson and leading agency expert on the agency’s mission, activities, policies, and generally on all matters and federal programs relating to housing and housing finance. Ensure the development and implementation of a consistent, coherent program of agency communication that clearly delineates agency positions and effectively communicates those positions to all outside parties and internally to agency staff. Oversee and supervise the coordination of all public and congressional communications involving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Enterprises) in conservatorship and the agency as conservator. Contribute to and share responsibility for the development and implementation of all key strategic objectives, priorities, and policies. Participate fully in developing and coordinating the agency’s policy positions on legislative and regulatory matters, and on issues involving coordination with other federal or state regulatory bodies. Advise the Director and other agency executives on areas of public interest and recommend policy positions and associated communication strategies. Monitor and report on legislative activity of interest to the agency, develop legislative options in furtherance of the agency’s goals and mission, and oversee a proactive congressional affairs program consistent with the agency’s mission, responsibilities, and policies. QUALIFICATIONS FOR POSITION: This position requires certain executive competencies and minimum technical federal qualification requirements. Both are listed below. The applicant must clearly demonstrate possession of the technical experience required to perform the duties of this executive position. In addition, if the applicant is not currently serving under a Career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES (or an equivalent system), or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management. Your application must include a summary not more than 2 pages of your experience as it relates to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below. This summary may include professional and volunteer experience, education, training, and awards.


    Qualifications and Evaluations

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

    Ability to deliver results.

    Skill in building coalitions.

    Ability to manage resources.

    Demonstrated ability to lead people.

    Demonstrated ability to lead change.

    MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must meet ALL of the technical qualification requirements listed below in order to receive consideration for this position. Also, demonstration of work supporting the technical qualifications MUST be documented and reflected in your work history within the body of your profile or resume in order to receive consideration.

    (A) Experience in a senior level position overseeing a major organization function. Duties must have included goal, plan, and policy development, and knowledge of public affairs principles, methods, and techniques.

    (B) Demonstrated ability to analyze issues, establish and achieve office goals, develop policies, and short and long-term plans in support of an organization’s mission.

    (C) Ability to represent an agency/organization and establish and maintain effective working relationships with executives within and outside of the agency, including multiple different constituencies.

    (D) Ability to effectively communicate complex and technical issues, both orally and in writing, including the ability to serve as a senior advisor and agency spokesperson on mission, activities, policies, issues and programs related to housing and housing finance.

    (E) Expert knowledge of program areas related to housing, mortgage, and financial markets.

    See Other Information for further requirements.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


    Benefits and Other Info

    BENEFITS:

    See Other Information.

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    This will be opened until filled.

    We strongly encourage you to apply using the on-line application process. Interested applicants should apply directly at http://www.avuedigitalservices.com/fhfa/applicant.html

    Your application must include a summary not more than 2 pages of your experience as it relates to the knowledge, skills and abilities described in the qualifications. This summary may include professional and volunteer experience, education, training, and awards.

    You must contact the Human Resources Office (at least 5 business days prior to the closing date) at (202) 408-2921 for alternative application procedures if you are not able to apply on-line.

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) mission is to provide effective supervision, regulation and housing mission oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks (the regulated entities) to promote their safety and soundness, support housing finance and affordable housing, and support a stable and liquid mortgage market. This position is located in the Office of Congressional Affairs and Communications.

    The first cut-off date will be March 25, 2011. All applications that meet the minimum qualification requirements and are received by 11:59 pm (EST) on this cut-off date will be referred to management for consideration. The subsequent lists of qualified candidates will be referred intermittently until the position is filled. If the position is filled prior to September 30, 2011, this vacancy announcement will be closed.

    BASIS OF RATING: Applicants must meet all qualifications requirements (listed above) to be eligible for further consideration. Eligibility will be based on clear documentation indicating that the applicant’s training and experience are of the scope, quality and level of responsibility sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this executive position.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, status as a parent, sexual orientation, political affiliations, national origin, age, disability, or any other non-merit factor.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, except when doing so would pose an undue hardship on the employing agency. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    BENEFITS: FHFA offers a wide array of benefits:

    1. HEALTH INSURANCE – A variety of Federal Employee Health Benefit plans to choose from which can be paid from pre-tax income. FHFA pays 90% of the bi-weekly premium.

    2. DENTAL INSURANCE – FREE comprehensive dental coverage to employees and their family members. There is a $2,500 annual maximum per employee and a separate orthodontic benefit for dependent children to age 19. (Annual deductibles apply.)

    3. VISION INSURANCE – FREE vision care coverage. This benefit covers the employee and all eligible dependents. (Co-pay applies.) Coverage includes reimbursement according to a fee schedule for eye examinations, frames and contact lenses once every 12 months.

    4. WELLNESS REIMBURSEMENT – The Wellness Program provides a taxable reimbursement each fiscal year for various health related expenses. The maximum reimbursement dollar amount is established at $600 for 2011.

    5. FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT – The Flexible Spending Account Program provides pre-tax, employee-funded accounts to pay for medical expenses that are tax deductible as well as dependent care costs.

    6. LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE – The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program provides long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when you can no longer perform everyday tasks by yourself, or you have a severe cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s. You may visit the Long Term Care Partners website for more information: http://www.ltcfeds.com.

    7. COMMUTING EXPENSES – 100% of the cost of your public transportation commuting expenses (e.g., vanpool, metro bus, metro train) is paid. The first $230 is tax-free and $90 per month is provided to cover the cost of parking at Metro operated lots.

    8. LEAVE – The federal leave program offers exceptional time-off benefits, including annual leave, sick leave, Family Friendly Leave, Family Medical Leave, and ten (10) paid holidays per year.

    9. RETIREMENT – Employees who currently participate in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) will remain in that system. All other employees will participate in the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered program consisting of: Basic Benefit (a retirement pension), Social Security, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) (see below).

    10. SAVINGS PLAN WITH MATCHING FUNDS – The TSP is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees and offers the same type of savings and tax benefits provided under 401(k) plans. As a FERS employee, you can contribute up to $16,500 per year. You will receive agency-matching contributions up to the first 5 percent. As a CSRS employee, you can contribute up to $16,500 per year. CSRS employees do not receive any agency contributions. Employees age 50 or older as of December 31, 2010, may contribute an additional $5,500 for catch-up contribution per year. Newly appointed employees will be subject to an automatic enrollment of the TSP at the rate of 3% of their basic pay each pay period.

    11. 401(k) PLAN – In addition to the TSP, FHFA offers an additional 401(k) plan that is administered by T. Rowe Price. Employees covered under FERS contributing at least 3% to the TSP may participate in the agency’s 401(k) plan. All CSRS employees may participate. 401(k) plan participants may contribute up to 10% of their bi-weekly pay on a pre-tax basis, with agency matching contributions of up to 3 %.

    12. LIFE INSURANCE – The Federal Employee Group Life Insurance offers numerous life insurance policy options covering employees and dependents.

    13. COUNSELING SERVICES – The Employee Assistance Program provides free confidential counseling and referral services to you and your family members.

    14. TRAINING – Career development and enrichment training is available in job-related areas.

    15. GYM – Free use of an on-site gym and locker room with shower facilities.

    Favorable adjudication of the appropriate level of background investigation is a condition of employment at FHFA.

    FHFA employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions. In addition, certain FHFA employees are prohibited from accepting compensation from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for a two-year period after terminating employment with FHFA. Furthermore, to avoid financial conflicts-of-interest or the appearance of conflicts-of-interest, FHFA employees may need to divest or sell certain assets they, their spouse, or minor children own or control, including securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or the FHLBanks. Employees who work on FHLBank issues may need to sell or divest financial interests in FHLBank members, which may include stock in bank holding companies, insurance companies, and other financial services firms. Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Office of General Counsel at (202) 414-3099.

    If selected, male applicants born after 12/31/59 must confirm their selective service registration status.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

    The applicant chosen for this position must serve a one-year probationary period for supervisors if he/she has not previously served for at least one year as a supervisor in the federal government.


    How To Apply

    HOW TO APPLY:

    Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Federal Housing Finance Agency applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on http://www.avuecentral.com/vacancy.html?ref=DAEPU.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    See Other Information.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Moji Adelekan
    Phone: 2024082921
    Fax: 202 408 2882
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    FHFA
    1625 Eye Street NW
    Attention: Human Resources
    Washington, Dist of Columbia 20006
    US
    Fax: 202 408 2882

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


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