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    Job Title: Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-15

    Department: Department Of The Interior

    Agency: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement

    Job Announcement Number: BOEMRE-NB-11-MM504688 (DEU)


    $123,758.00 – $155,500.00 /year


    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 to Tuesday, August 16, 2011




    Full Time Career/Career Conditional




    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC


    United States Citizens


    The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affiliated Islanders.

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) is responsible for overseeing the safe and environmentally responsible development of energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) is undergoing a major reorganization. On October 1, 2011, BOEMRE will divide into two separate bureaus, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The selectee for this position will initially be placed in BOEMRE and will be realigned to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in October 2011. The duties of this position and the duty location will remain as advertised.

    As a Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, you will serve as the Chief of the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and will be responsible for the broad communications strategy and outreach to external clients and stakeholders of the BOEM. The office provides liaison for the bureau with the news media, external constituencies on issues affecting the BOEM and communication with bureau employees; provides leadership in efforts to involve the public in BOEM decision making processes; manages the content of the BOEM web page, prepares and distributes news releases to print and electronic media, and responds to inquiries from the media and the public; writes and reviews speeches and publications; and, maintains close liaison with the Secretary’s office of Communications and External Affairs and other Federal agencies to include the Executive Office of the President.

    If selected, you will be working in Washington, DC.

    This vacancy is also announced as BOEMRE-NB-11-MM504692 (MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (applicants who have competitive status, i.e., are current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities). You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: When you log onto USAJOBS, look in the upper right corner under “Current Search” and click on the button beside ALL jobs (Public and Status) to see both Delegated Examining and Merit Promotion announcements.


    • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens
    • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation
    • Relocation expenses are not authorized
    • Traveling 1-5 nights per month, on average, is required
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    Major Duties include but are not limited to:

    • Successfully leads a strategically planned, proactive public affairs program.
    • Leads efforts of the BOEM Public Affairs program, including activities at headquarters, regional and national offices.
    • Provides advice and counsel to senior staff and regional offices.
    • Ensures a high degree of responsiveness to organizational leadership.
    • Oversees the most complex and highly visible public affairs activities.
    • Supervises the preparation of all BOEM press releases and advisories.
    • Manages budget and resources.
    • Serves as BOEM spokesperson for background
    • Represents BOEM in the preparation of overall Department of the Interior articles.
    • Participates in developing effective and measurable communication strategies.

    Qualifications and Evaluations



    To qualify for the GS-15 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-14). Specialized experience is defined as experience serving as a senior public affairs official or manager with the responsibility for overseeing the development, implementation, and coordination of the public affairs program for a large-sized organization (200 or more staff members). My experience includes at least one year providing recommendations to top management involving highly significant policy matters that led to the development of an organization’s established precedents on public affairs issues.


    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement (Tuesday, August 16, 2011). Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM’s web site at:

    How You Will Be Evaluated: We will review your resume and transcript(s) (if applicable), to ensure you have met the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the questionnaire (View Assessment Questions ). The questions evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences that enable you to meet the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the functions of this job. The questions are related to:

    • Public Affairs Management
    • Communication Skills
    • Analytical Skills
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Leadership

    The questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete (View Occupational Questionnaire).

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.


    Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position. Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.

    There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

    1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile

    2. Your responses to the online questionnaire

    3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement

    Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

    Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. 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., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    • For 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and all other required documentation.

    Benefits and Other Info


    The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most other organizations. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. This link also provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI (Office of the Secretary) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). Please refer to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement webpage for Ethics located at: for additional information. BOEMRE requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.


    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date.

    Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES (political) employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran’s preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

    How To Apply


    How to Apply: To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Résumé
    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
    3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

    Your complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.

    To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom (or right) of this screen and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on “My Applications”. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. Please ensure you select the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM FORM 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire (click here to View Occupational Questionnaire) and use the official FAX coversheet found here


    Required Documents: Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Insufficient information will result in an ineligibility rating. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at

    In addition to your résumé and the online questionnaire, the following documents are required for this vacancy announcement:

    • Veterans Preference documentation (if applicable)



    HR Assistant
    Phone: (703)787-1446
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Bur of Ocean Energy Mgt
    Herndon, VA 20170


    If you are rated as one of the qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and a possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. After a selection is made all applicants for this vacancy announcement will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.

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