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Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14 Choose the answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: developing communication strategies and products for an organization; writing and editing press releases, articles and other written communication materials concerning scientific subjects related to the organization's programs; writing and editing speeches and talking points for public events, press conferences and other such appearances; providing authoritative advice to senior management for improving the delivery of program information; and experience using the Internet, social media, and/or web pages to communicate information to the public and media.
  2. I do not possess the experience described above.


* 2.SELECTIVE FACTOR: I have experience with a science or engineering organization developing and implementing integrated communications strategies to promote basic research about science, technology, and engineering to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you have experience translating complex scientific concepts into language that can be understood by non-scientific audiences?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Have you developed and given formal briefings or presentations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Have you worked closely with illustrators, graphic artists, or other visual specialists to portray scientific topics or concepts?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Do you have experience performing public affairs work for a scientific research organization within a government; a university or industry laboratory; or within a scientific professional society?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Do you have experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with key senior officials?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Which of the following describes the formats in which you have written about scientific or technical subjects for a lay audience?
  1. News stories or press releases for print.
  2. Feature stories for print.
  3. News stories for the Web.
  4. Feature stories for the Web.
  5. Scripts for radio.
  6. Speeches.
  7. Editorials.
  8. None of the above.


* 7.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 8.Which of the following describes the tasks you performed while working with a diverse team in carrying out a communications project under a deadline? The team my include writers, science artists, graphic artists, Web designers, or audio-visual specialists.
  1. I have overseen all aspects of preparing and disseminating a high-quality communications project, including scheduling, coordinating and managing resources, and monitoring workload and products.
  2. I have tracked and managed multiple projects through all stages while meeting deadlines and maintaining quality, including organizing work, setting priorities, and determining resource requirements.
  3. I have identified and corrected weaknesses in project execution or plan and made sound decisions to generate alternatives and commit to action to accomplish project goals and mitigate risk.
  4. I have adapted a project or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  5. I have monitored progress and assessed product for quality assurance and control.
  6. I have investigated, evaluated, and selected tools and methods for improving productivity.
  7. I have encouraged and facilitated cooperation within a group to accomplish project goals as a team.
  8. None of the above.


* 9.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 10.Indicate your highest level of experience planning and directing activities for an organization that conducts programs of national scope.
  1. I am currently independently and solely responsible for planning and directing various activities for an Agency's Organization?s Office that has national programs of interest.
  2. I have planned and directed activities for an organization with national programs.
  3. I have planned activities for an organization with national programs.
  4. I have directed activities for an organization with national programs.
  5. I do not have this type of experience.


* 11.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 12.Which of the following topics have you written about for a lay audience? A lay audience includes people who are interested in science and technology but do not have formal expertise in the topics.
  1. Earth Science
  2. Engineering.
  3. Life Science.
  4. Physical Science.
  5. Computer Science.
  6. Social Science.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 14.Do you have experience representing an organization as its point of contact to the public or the news media?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No






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