<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Office of Legislative, Education and Intergovernmental Affairs (OLEIA). The mission of MBDA at the U.S. Department of Commerce is to foster the growth and competitiveness of minority-owned firms in the United States. This is accomplished by leveraging the expertise and resources of a nationwide network of public and private sector entities to provide MBEs with a diverse range of business services.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The following duties are listed at the GS-12 level. GS-11 duties are developmental leading up to the GS-12 grade. <br /><br />Duties may include, but are not limited to:<br /> <ul> <li>Draft policies related to minority or small businesses.</li> <li>Plans, coordinates and prepares senior agency officials for congressional briefings and participation in congressional caucus policy conference</li> <li>Assists MBDA senior staff in designing short and long-term proactive strategies to engage legislative decision-makers.</li> <li>Establishes and maintains a reliable bi-partisan network with Capitol Hill congressional offices, congressional committees, and intergovernmental affairs organizations through staff liaison, meetings, committee hearings, policy briefings and information exchanges on Capitol Hill.</li> <li>Prepares weekly legislative reports and drafts congressional communication on behalf of MBDA for signature by senior agency officials</li> <li>Perform analysis and review of congressional testimony, proposals and bills to determine impact on MBDA policies, programs, and/or constituents, and provides recommendations when appropriate.</li> </ul> <br /> This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, GS-0301-11/12, FPL 13 positions within MBDA in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience. <strong><br /></strong> <br /><br />This position is also being announced concurrently under Merit Promotion vacancy number: <strong>MBDA-OND-2019-0013</strong>. Applicants who wish to be considered under MAP and DE must apply to both vacancies separately. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 – If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you may be non-competitively promoted if you perform successfully and if recommended by management. <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a suitable for Federal employment.</li> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen.</li> <li>You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).</li> </ul> <br /> <ul> <li>A one year<strong> probationary period </strong>may be required.</li> <li>Payment of relocation expenses <strong>is not </strong>authorized.</li> </ul> <br />Security Clearance: You must be able to obtain and maintain <strong>a Low Risk Security Clearance.</strong><br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement 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 website located at www.opm.gov/qualifications . <br /><br />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. <br /><br />To qualify for the <strong>GS-11</strong>: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the <strong>GS-9</strong> 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. Specialized experience for this position may include one or more of the following:<br /><br />Specialized Experience: <br /> <ul> <li>Maintaining relationships with legislative bodies.</li> <li>Assisting in the preparation of informational memos, briefing packages and congressional or intergovernmental correspondence related to an organization's grants, programs or accomplishments</li> <li>Gathering, exchanging, and clarifying information on legislative initiatives.</li> <li>Exercising guidelines, standard protocols, and etiquette associated with congressional and intergovernmental operations.</li> </ul> <br /><strong><br /> OR</strong><br /><br /><strong>Education</strong><br /><br />Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree<br /><br />or <br /><br />3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree<br /><br />or <br /><br />LL.M., if related<br /><br /><strong>OR</strong><br /><br /><strong>A combination of education and experience: </strong>Applicants may qualify based on a combination of specialized experience and education. Experience and successfully-completed education at the appropriate level (see above) may be combined to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-11.<br /><br />To qualify for the <strong>GS-12</strong>: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the <strong>GS-11</strong> 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. Specialized experience for this position may include one or more of the following:<br /><br />Specialized experience: <br /> <ul> <li>Developing and maintaining relationships with legislative bodies.</li> <li>Preparing informational memos, briefing packages and congressional or intergovernmental correspondence related to an organization's grants, programs or accomplishments.</li> <li>Performing legislative analysis, specifically, identifying management problems, issues and opportunities in legislation and responding to legislative inquiries.</li> <li>Exercising and modifying guidelines, standard protocols, and etiquette associated with congressional and intergovernmental operations.</li> </ul> <br /> Education cannot be substituted at this level. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Please see the Qualifications section. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />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 ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition <br /><br /><strong>CTAP</strong> applicants MUST submit the following documents:<br /> <li>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).</li> <li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;</li> <li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li> <li>Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.</li> <br /><strong>ICTAP</strong> applicants MUST submit the following documents:<br /> <li>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;</li> <li>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;</li> <li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li> <li>Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.</li> <br />The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that do not fall under competitive examining procedures; however, they may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.<br /> <li> Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA) </li> <li> Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) </li> <li> 30% or more disabled veterans </li> <li> Persons with disabilities </li> <li> Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) </li> <li> Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) </li> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />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) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. The categories are "gold", "silver" and "bronze". However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.<br /><br />How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. For more information on Category Rating, please go to Category Rating . <br /><br />The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:<br /> <ul> <li>Knowledge of the principles, methods, practices and techniques of congressional and intergovernmental affairs, including congressional committees, caucuses, schedules, hearings, the legislative process, legislative calendars, hearings, testimonies, transcripts, Inserts for the Record, and Qs & As.</li> <li>Knowledge of congressional and intergovernmental protocols, etiquette, tact and diplomacy are needed to develop and maintain effective professional relationships.</li> <li>Ability to apply fact finding, research, and investigative techniques to gather relevant information to support conclusions, make recommendations and brief senior leaders.</li> <li>Skill in writing and editing to ensure written correspondence is clear, concise and written in an appropriate tone.</li> <li>Skill in verbal communication and personal interaction to ensure that replies to telephonic and in-person requests are correct and incumbent applies seasoned tact and diplomacy.</li> </ul> <br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong> </strong> A complete application consists of the following: <br /> <ul> <li><strong>Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional</strong>. 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.</li> <li><strong>If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference,</strong> you must submit a copy of your 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). <strong>If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference,</strong> you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" <strong>plus the proof required by that form.</strong> For more information on veterans' preference see http: www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998 .</li> <li><strong>Active Duty Service Members–</strong> 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 </li> <li><strong>Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation </strong>if applicable (see additional information).</li> <li><strong>Education.</strong> If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. <strong>Special Instructions for Foreign Education: </strong>Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You <strong>MUST</strong> provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.</li> </ul> <br />You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR ATTACHMENT) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.