Supervisory Communications Specialist

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Summary This position is located within the Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) with one vacancy located in Gloucester, MA. This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS GARFO-24-12431422-ST, which is open to Status Candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both. Responsibilities As a Supervisory Communications Specialist, you will perform the following duties: Supervise the Regional Offices Communications and Internal Affairs Branch, including managing workload and assigning tasks, reviewing work products, providing guidance and feedback to support professional development, and evaluating staff performance. Oversee and lead the development and implementation of communication, outreach, and education strategies, products, and services in support of NOAA Fisheries mission, including strategic communications planning, media and public affairs, communication tools, and responses to internal and external requests for information. Provide programmatic, policy, and strategic planning support to the Regional Administrator and Deputy Regional Administrator, including leading cross-cutting initiatives and representing the Regional Office internally across program offices and externally with management partners and the public. Requirements Conditions of Employment This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZA-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14. NOTE: A one-year probationary period may be required. A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required. Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized. Payment of relocation and recruitment incentives may be authorized. This position is not in the bargaining unit. Key Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation. More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information. Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov) Are There Any Special Requirements for This Position? A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicants successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system. Qualifications Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Managements website located at: https://www.opm.gov/policy. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government. 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. Specialized experience: To qualify at the ZA-4 or (GS-13/14) level: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-3 or (GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: Participating in the development or review of communication tools and products (e.g., communications or roll-out plans, press releases, talking points, web content, social media, videos, information bulletins, outreach or education materials, articles, print publications, or other related communication tools); Responding to inquiries for information from the public, media, constituents, or other interested groups; and Providing program or policy guidance or recommendations to senior officials, partners, or constituents. Education There is no education requirement/substitution for this position. Additional Information Salary for selectees pay may be set at any point within the pay band except for intervals 4 and 5 $179,463 – $190,391 which is reserved for supervisory performance or for current supervisors within CAPS who already have a salary within intervals 4 and 5. CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Managements Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice). A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location; A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement; A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action” documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc; A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. The Department of the Commerce (DOC) places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental principles that guide the Department and allow us to successfully achieve our mission. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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