Office of the Under Secretary Program Specialist, GS-301-13 (DEU) in District of Columbia, District Of Columbia

Office of the Under Secretary
1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • District of Columbia, DC
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full-time - Permanent

Opened Friday 4/22/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 4/29/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of the Under Secretary, White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders (Initiative). The position requires the performance of a variety of program-related assignments. The incumbent reviews plans, analyzes, develops, and facilitates or manages program changes including resource requirements, establishes and revises operating procedures, reviews operations, aggregates and accesses program data, and provide high level technical assistance.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director,the incumbent performs a wide variety of duties related to the articulation of office and agency policy and the development, execution and evaluation of the informati on programs that communicate office and agency policies, programs and actions to various pertinent constituents. In addition, the incumbent also performs various duties related to marketing-communications and publishing, including researching, writing, editing, web development and other related duties associated with making information ready for dissemination and the dissemination of those information materials. The incumbent also has primary responsibility for special projects asassigned by the Executive Director.



Establish and maintain effective relationships with print and broadcast media, representative of other federal agencies, State education officials of Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), community and faith-based organizations, and public affairs personnel of specialized national and regional groups. Disseminate information or answer inquiries about the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders ( Initiative) and the Department's programs, operations or activities, and determine ways in which the Initiative can work closely with media and groups in communicating with audiences interested in or affected by the Initiative or Department programs.

Respond orally and in writing to information requests from the news media, specialized groups, or the general public on the Initiative and Department's functions, performance and activities, often requiring detailed explanations of negative comments/criticisms made about specific Initiative activities or its performance.

Work in concert with representatives from the Department's Office of Communication and Outreach(OCO) to create press releases to disseminate information about the Initiative and the Department's programs, operations or activities, or answer inquiries from national print and broadcast media representatives.

Analyze and evaluate partnership needs and the impact and effectiveness of Initiative's communication plans to: advise the Executive Director and Deputy Director of the information that should be made available to the Initiative's partners, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) families, the education community and the public; determine the approaches to take to accomplish the Department and the Initiative's goals; and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of current communication plans and advise on whether efforts should be discontinued, changed, or expanded.

Evaluate problems encountered in communicating the Initiative's programs and activities to the public and advise the Executive Director and Deputy Director on the public's information needs and how best to meet/address those needs.

Develop and manage the production of information materials, including selection of contractor/vendors and ensuring the project's specifications adhere to Department and federal publishing guidelines and are completed in a timely manner.

Assist the Executive Director and Deputy Director with management and implementation of plans forI nitiative-sponsored events, ceremonies, tours, and other activities intended to inform constituents of and generate interest in AAPI education and disseminate information about the Initiative and education legislation and programs, and represent the office at conferences, meeting and special events. When necessary, develop plans for corresponding campaigns to disseminate information about the Initiative's programs and activities.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • Drug Testing (if applicable).
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service Registration (Males born after 12/31/1959).
  • ### Qualifications


One 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. This experience must be equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal government.

Examples of such experience may include: developing internal policy and procedures on administrative issues; working with others to develop resolutions to office management problems; developing new office management systems; reviewing and analyzing documents, directives, and reports; conducting studies on resource needs and problems; preparing status reports; developing and coordinating preparation of briefing material for senior management; conducting on-site reviews of administration and internal operations of a program; negotiating agreements; and studying the impact of legislation and regulations on a program.


Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs.

Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):

  1. Ability to develop effective relationships with the mass media and educational press.

  2. Ability to encourage other organizations to incorporate into their programs and activities information concerning the appropriate ED office.

  3. Ability to write and prepare briefing materials to prepare officials for events and/or public speeches.

4.Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse groups both orally and in writing.

  1. Knowledge of government ethics rules for relating to nongovernmental organizations and groups.

  2. Knowledge of effective marketing techniques.

  3. Demonstrated ability to write and prepare briefing materials to prepare officials for events and/or public speeches.

  4. Ability to compose media advisories and press releases to explain Department priorities and legislation.

  5. Ability to coordinate with Department offices to meet their communication needs for the media.

  6. Ability to convey technical information clearly

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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What To Expect Next

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Salary Range: $92,145.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0301-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: One or more vacancies may be filled through this announcement. The area of consideration for this position is "All Recruiting Sources"- All qualified U.S. citizens. Announcement OUS-2016-0011 is open concurrently with an area of consideration of "Federal Agencies" for status candidates. Applicants with non-competitive eligibility (i.e. VEOA, Sch. A, etc.) should also apply under announcement OUS-2016-0012.

Control Number: 436864200

Job Announcement Number: OUS-2016-0012