This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), with one vacancy in Silver Spring, MD.
This position is also announced under vacancy number OAR-2020-0043, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.
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As a Supervisory Outreach Specialist, you will perform the following duties:
- Provide vision, leadership, and management for the Outreach and Education Division within NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) to support OER's at-sea projects, expeditions, and campaigns. Serve as a Supervisor responsible for the short and long term planning and distribution of work.
- Utilize knowledge and awareness of ocean exploration, natural resource management, remotely operated vehicles, and data and information communications in order to oversee education, outreach and communication strategies used in both media and public forums.
- Oversee all OER interactions with the internal and external stakeholders including congressional engagement, interagency engagement, Federal Advisory Committee engagement, international engagement, and public engagement; and maintain relationships with OER external partners to inform and execute ocean exploration activities. Organize and conduct multi-national, multi-partner meetings and workshops to gather stakeholder input and inform OER's directions and priorities.
- Manage effective use of resources to meet office priorities through the allocation of budgetary and personnel resources, including associated contract tasks and affiliated personnel.
Occasional travel – Up to 15% of domestic and foreign travel may be required for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
- Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
- Must be suitable for Federal employment.
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
- Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of announcement.
- If selected, required to complete OGE Form 450 financial disclosure.
This position requires a Moderate Risk Security Clearance.
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-5 is equivalent to the GS-15.
* A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
* This position is not in the bargaining unit
Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
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 Management's website located at: https: www.opm.gov/policy .
EDUCATION: There is no positive education requirement for this position.
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.
To qualify at the ZA-5 or GS-15 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-4 or GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
- Leading in the development of ocean exploration, ocean research, and/or ocean science oriented outreach programs;
- Leading internal and external engagements to gather input from, and inform stakeholders;
- Managing the allocation of budgetary and personnel resources to meet an organization's goals; and
- Managing and overseeing staff through assigning work, setting priorities, evaluating performance, and resolving issues and conflicts within a project team.
Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy.
CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible 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 CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Ability to promote planning to achieve an organization's goals.
- Knowledge of performance management concepts, principles, and practices related to planning, monitoring, rating, and rewarding employee performance.
- Knowledge of the current technologies used in ocean exploration.
- Knowledge of the current outreach technologies and techniques used in media.
- Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques used in oceanic resource management.
- Ability to effectively communicate ideas to others in oral presentations.
- Ability to coordinate activities of several units and making adjustments to meet changing requirements within available resources.
Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy – mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
- SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
- Veteran's documentation: If you are requesting consideration under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service) and/or any other required supporting documents (VA Letter). http: www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998 .
- Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http: www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see other information).
- Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)
- Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.
- Performance Appraisal – Submit the most recent performance appraisal (dated within the last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor. Do not submit a performance plan that does not include this information.
- Awards – Copies of any award received within the last 3 years.
- Applicants may submit these documents during the application process.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.