Communications Planning and Management Specialist – DE – Alexandria, VA 22304

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the self-assessment questions (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “gold,” “silver,” and “bronze.” Your resume and/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.

If you are invited for an interview, you may be asked to bring a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

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 eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).

The scored self assessment questions in the job announcement will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:


KSA 1 –
Knowledge of the principles, methods, practices, and techniques of communication that enables the strategic communications specialist to function as the business unit expert on all internal and external communication programs, activities, problems, and issues to meet the needs of a worldwide customer base of intellectual property trade groups, trademark attorneys, small business leaders, entrepreneurs, students, and other stakeholders.


KSA 2 –
Knowledge and skill in selecting differing types of print and digital communication options and writing or designing a myriad of products, such as website content, social media, feature stories, brochures, talking points, speeches, and more.


KSA 3 –
Skill in applying a variety of analytical techniques in gathering, analyzing, and evaluating complex data and developing appropriate recommendations for senior leadership consideration.


KSA 4 –
Skill in evaluating the effectiveness of the communication program throughout the organization, analyzing feedback from work units and staff, and developing recommendations to improve internal processes to enhance the overall communication program.

For more information on category rating, please go to: http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/prod01_009474.pdf

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the “Required Documents” section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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