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Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14 You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-13 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.
  2. I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.Have you participated in development or improvement of outreach communication approaches and methods that enhanced both internal and external understanding of complex statistical information? Check one response.
  1. I have less than one year of experience participating in the development or improvement of outreach communication approaches.
  2. I have one or more years of experience developing or improving outreach communication approaches that included statistical information.
  3. I have one or more years of experience developing outreach communication policies, standards, and practices for major communication information initiatives and campaigns that included statistical information, both internal and external to an organization.
  4. I have five or more years of experience developing outreach communication policies, standards, and practices for major communication initiatives and campaigns that included statistical information, both internal and external to an organization. I also have developed or modified such a program with the aim of providing information to public policy decision-makers, senior officials within the public sector or equivalent officials within private industry.


* 3.Audience segmentation and analysis. From the following select the choice that best represents your ability to assess characteristics and needs of diverse audiences and communicate, in writing, complex or technical subjects in interesting, succinct, and clear language that the audience can easily understand.
  1. I do not have substantial professional experience which required accessing audience characteristics prior to drafting articles/stories, brochures, reports, or other materials to determine the proper wording to reach that audience.
  2. Professional experience in target audience segmentation and assessment that is less than the levels described below.
  3. I have experience segmenting and assessing diverse audiences within a particular field (such as Energy) OR population (such as an organization’s employees) and determining their characteristics and needs in order to draft materials that effectively present the desired message.
  4. I have experience segmenting and assessing the characteristics of diverse audiences within a particular field (such as Energy) OR population (such as an organization’s employees) to develop interesting content that will capture attention and relate complex or technical messages in succinct and clear terms that the audience can readily identify with and understand. I have implemented measures to verify and test this content with members of specific target audiences.
  5. I have experience analyzing the characteristics of diverse audiences within a particular field (such as Energy) OR population (such as an organization’s employees) to develop interesting text that will capture attention and relate complex or technical messages in succinct and clear terms that the audience can readily identify with and understand. I have implemented measures to verify and test this content with members of specific target audiences. In addition, I have supervised, mentored, or coached others in performing these tasks.


* 4.Managing multi-channel communication. Please CHECK ALL THAT APPLY if you have significant job experience as defined by successfully performing the task multiple times over a period of more than 12 months with little or no technical assistance or supervisory guidance in the functional area of managing multi-channel communication.
  1. Create, develop and research ideas for issue briefs, presentations, and promotional materials such as fact sheets and brochures.
  2. Assign articles to in-house writers and coordinate coverage across Team.
  3. Perform rewrites and substantive copy edits of materials for a public website.
  4. Perform rewrites and substantive copy edits of materials for an employee intranet .
  5. Conduct follow up work on writing assignments including asking authors for clarifications and additional copy, writing captions, and developing headlines.
  6. Working with graphic designers to brainstorm and develop effective and compelling illustrations and graphics to accompany written copy.
  7. Plan, prepare and produce or collaborate in the production of multimedia components. These may include online sidebars. online discussions, videos, audio clips, photo galleries, animated online presentations, charts, maps and other graphics.
  8. Assist in the maintenance and production of a public website?s home page.
  9. Assist in the maintenance and production of an organization?s employee intranet home page.
  10. Provide leadership, direction, and quality control for all major printed publications, including brochures, flyers, reports, and signs.
  11. Provide leadership, direction, and quality control for all public website content.
  12. Provide leadership, direction, and quality control for all employee intranet content.
  13. Provide leadership, direction, and quality control for an organization?s social media activities.
  14. None of the above.


* 5.From the choices below, select the responses that reflect your experience planning and executing a communication strategy to inform and educate the general and specialized public about an organization’s programs, activities and services. Check all that apply.
  1. I have planned communications programs to ensure the public is informed about current issues affecting the organization, such as taking complicated energy topics and making them into readable materials.
  2. I have advised senior officials of an organization on development of a unified communication strategy to carry out the organization’s mission.
  3. I have advised senior officials on development of an updated communication strategy and institutional “brand” to distinguish the organization’s public affairs products and make the information more relevant to the organization’s intended audience(s).
  4. I have worked with senior officials to identify appropriate channels, communications products and/or social media to convey complex information in plain language to a variety of audiences.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.Do you have significant experience specifically related to developing and implementing external communications materials to improve the delivery, accessibility, and visibility of an organization’s products, information and services to Congressional offices, government agencies, the news media, policy institutions, and the general public?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Do you have demonstrated leadership experience developing, planning and implementing complex and diverse communication and outreach programs with national scope and significance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Do you have leadership experience and responsibility (supervisory, project management, team lead, or lead technical analyst) for an external communications and outreach function?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Please indicate where this specific experience appears in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience and agency/company).
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 10.Please indicate which of the following you have performed at an independent level.
  1. Researched, analyzed, and proposed new approaches to website design, navigation, and structure involving a large, enterprise website.
  2. Participated in usability studies that addressed information dissemination issues and web site design and development
  3. Analyzed a variety of complex issues and subjects related to electronic publishing issues that cut across major departmental program offices, bureaus, or equivalent
  4. Developed and led the implementation of design and presentation standards for communications products in multiple media (web, print, presentation, etc.) produced by staff and/or contractors.
  5. Continuously tracked trends in electronic publishing, web communications, and/or web application design, and integrated new approaches where appropriate.
  6. Collaborated with editorial staff and web developers to identify and implement solutions to improve publishing processes.
  7. Interacted with senior management and officials to design critical communications
  8. None of the above.


* 11.Check the one response that best identifies your writing experience.
  1. I do not have substantial professional writing experience.
  2. Professional writing and editing experience that is less than the levels described below.
  3. I have extensive experience drafting copy for publication for a wide variety of purposes, including content for an organization’s public website. My written work shows ability to translate technical concepts and facts into clear prose that audiences find compelling and meaningful. I also have extensive experience editing copy for publication, including actively managing the writing of others and repurposing highly technical content into language that is accessible to the general public.
  4. I am considered an expert in applying the techniques and best practices in plain language and writing for the web and my accomplishments in this area have been formally recognized.


* 12.How did you find out about this job?
  1. EIA Website
  2. DOE Website
  3. DOE pr Federal Employee
  4. Electronic Job Boards, such as Monster, Careerbuilder, Craiglist, etc. OR Internet Search Engine, Such as Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.
  5. USAJOBS.GOV
  6. Newspaper/Magazine
  7. Job Fair
  8. University/College
  9. Professional Association/Society
  10. Professional Conference
  11. Other


* 13.I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported in my online resume. I further understand that my resume must provide detailed descriptions and/or examples of my knowledge, skill, and abilities as required in the vacancy announcement and that my failure to do so, may result in my being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No