National Security Agency


20180192 Strategic Communications Officers (44240125)
Location: Springfield, Virginia - United States
Posted: 11/19/2017

20180192 Strategic Communications Officers

Header Source: External Applicants Only Open: 2017-10-30 Closed: 2017-11-11 Band: 03 Org: ATPTC Location: Springfield, VA Cover Letter Applicants are NOT required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not required for employment consideration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional Details field. Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure. Band 03 $66,510 - $123,234 PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are authorized. Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/nga/ngabenefits.html Duties ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Position Summary ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Strategic Communications Officers develop coordinated communications programs, plans, and themes and provide targeted communications products to applicable NGA employees, external partners, and other stakeholders. They provide communications advice and counsel to KC leadership on relevant policies and programs. They collaborate with stakeholders to define the desired outcomes of the communication and develop a systematic strategy to achieve them. They analyze the characteristics, needs, and perceptions of intended recipients and identify potential barriers to effective communications. Strategic Communications Officers may also collect information from stakeholders to inform and determine communication needs and assess the effectiveness of previous communication efforts. Additional Position Info ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: NGA's Tradecraft Programs Branch, Analysis Directorate, is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a Communications Officer. The Communications Officer will be expected to work on a team with the Strategic Communications Lead, and under their own initiatives, to execute a wide variety of communications functions for the Tradecraft Programs Branch and the overarching Analysis Tradecraft Office. Some examples of typical functions include: writing articles, generating web content, and conducting interviews. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with strong graphic design skills and a penchant for multimedia communications to implement a diverse communications strategy, to include working with audio and video communications. The Communications Officer maintains a close relationship with office members and works across offices to help inform tradecraft communications supporting events and other interoffice publications to benefit NGA analysts. Primary duties and responsibilities include: 1) Writing articles and other text after interviewing, researching, consulting, and/or observing to gain material; 2) Updating web page content and working with web page developers in SharePoint and Intellipedia (a Wiki environment) to update and create new pages; 3) Generating new marketing and communications initiatives to promote various office functions, i.e. posters, videos, blogs, podcasts, etc.; 4) Taking a lead role in working across the office to refine and update branding; 5) Working across the office to ID functions that could benefit from stronger communications, then creating, planning, and supporting seminars, special events, and other initiatives to advance them. Mandatory Qualification Reqs MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement: 1) Ability to craft communications and/or marketing plans; 2) Demonstrate graphic design/visualization skills; 3) Work independently and possess strong oral and written communication skills; 4) Ability to work multiple projects, some with short deadlines, prioritizing as necessary to meet critical needs. Highly Desired Skills QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: 1) Minimum of 2 years of experience in communications and/or graphic design; 2) Familiarity with the Adobe Suite of products, in particular Adobe Illustrator, as well as basic SharePoint/web skills. How To Apply - External Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process. ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Notes As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. - U.S. Citizenship Required - Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information) - Polygraph Test Required - Position Subject to Drug Testing - Two Year Probationary Period - Direct Deposit Required How Will I Be Evaluated? APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages: 1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates, 3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.) All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at recruitment@nga.mil. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. DCIPS Disclaimer NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices. This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in your application. This position is funded by the National Intelligence Program (NIP). Additional Job Requirements You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs. Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

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Job Capacity:Employee (full-time)
Minimum Education Level:See Job Description
Visa Sponsorship: No
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