NCD is hiring!
NCD is looking to fill a vacancy in the Legislative Affairs and Outreach Directorate with a Legislative Affairs Specialist. Details follow below.
The following job announcement has been posted on the USAJobs.gov website, and can be accessed directly by going to the link at the bottom of this message. Please forward to any qualified individuals who might be interested in working for NCD in a challenging yet rewarding position, and please advise everyone to follow the directions in the job announcement when applying for this vacancy. Applications must be submitted by Friday, June 28, 2013.
Job Title: Legislative Affairs Specialist
Agency: National Council on Disability
Job Announcement Number: PH-CF-13-906507
SALARY RANGE: $89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, June 14, 2013 to Friday, June 28, 2013
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0301-13/14
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 14
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location: Washington DC, United States
WHO MAY APPLY: United States Citizens
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families.
NCD staff supports the work of the Council, which is comprised of 15 members appointed by the President. The incumbent of this position serves as a Legislative Affairs Specialist, subject to the provisions of Title 5 U.S.C. as established by the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by PL-98-221, dated February 22, 1984.
NCD is committed to actively recruiting and retaining qualified people with disabilities and encourages people with disabilities to apply for this vacancy.
1. You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
2. Resume and supporting documents (See How to Apply section).
3. One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy.
4. Some travel required.
5. Incumbent will be required to undergo a Background Investigation.
- Serves as key liaison with Members of Congress and their staffs, representing NCD when necessary, by articulating NCD's viewpoints and positions with respect to legislation and other policies.
- Tracks and/or drafts legislation and drafts legislative issue briefs.
- Monitors congressional hearings, and coordinates and offers congressional staff briefings.
- Performs analyses of bills, laws, programs and policies relevant to the disability community and recommends areas in which the National Council on Disability should consider legislative or regulatory positions or initiatives.
- Provides or arranges testimony and responses to Congressional inquiries.
- Serves as a liaison to federal, state, tribal, and local government organizations and other National Council on Disability stakeholders.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GS-13
I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal government that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Legislative Affairs Specialist. My knowledge, skills, and abilities and experience include knowledge of the federal legislative process and a broad variety of agencies, organizations, and programs that serve people with all types of disabilities; knowledge of disability laws, including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act, Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, Air Carrier Access Act, Social Security Act, and other relevant disability laws and regulations; experience serving as a liaison with members of Congress and their staffs (or employment as legislative staff at the state and/or federal levels); utilization of background information to assess strengths and weaknesses of competing legislative proposals; establishment and maintenance of positive interpersonal relationships; planning, coordination, and implementation of projects in collaboration with other team members and demonstrated prioritization of work to meet deadlines; research and tracking of legislation; effective communication of legislative matters and policy positions.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GS-14
I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal government that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Legislative Affairs Specialist. My knowledge, skills and abilities and experience include an extensive knowledge of the federal legislative process and a broad variety of agencies, organizations, and programs that serve people with all types of disabilities; extensive knowledge of disability laws, including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act, Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, Air Carrier Access Act, Social Security Act, and other relevant disability laws and regulations, and provision of authoritative testimony and responses to congressional inquiries on those laws and regulations; experience serving as a key or senior liaison with members of Congress and their staffs (or employment as legislative staff at the state and/or federal levels); in-depth tracking, research, and analyses of laws, programs, and policies relevant to the disability community, and recommending specific areas in which organizational positions or initiatives are warranted; establishment and maintenance of positive interpersonal relationships; effective communication of legislative matters and policy positions to a variety of audiences.
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
For Noncompetitive Applicants - All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.
People with Disabilities/Schedule A: In addition to applying through competitive procedures, certain applicants with disabilities may be considered noncompetitively under a Schedule A hiring authority. To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability. As proof of disability, applicants may provide records, statements, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or a Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability must be included in the application package. For more information on proof required, see http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.
For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens: If you meet the qualifications, you will be rated and ranked under Category Rating procedures. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best-Qualified; Well-Qualified; and Qualified.
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three”, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).
Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- TECHNICAL COMPETENCE - LEGISLATIVE/LAW AND POLICY ANALYSES; AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
- PLANNING AND EVALUATING
- INTERPERSONAL/LIAISON SKILLS
- EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
The National Council on Disability (NCD) offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The NCD is a great place to work. Other incentives such as Telecommuting and Alternative Work Schedules may also be available to you.
Conditions of Employment:
- Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.
- DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
- All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
- Reasonable Accommodations – The National Council on Disability provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify OPM Philadelphia Services Branch at 215-861-3074. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/ .
- Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified'. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap. Candidates must meet or exceed the Well-Qualified category (85) to be considered as an ICTAP eligible.
- The National Council on Disability is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.
- The National Council on Disability welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the agency.
HOW TO APPLY:
You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 28, 2013.
* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
- You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
- NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will override your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
- If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
- To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usacover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 906507. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
- If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 28, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
- If you cannot apply online:
- Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire Online Questionnaire (https://applicationmanager.gov/Login.aspx?VacancyID=906507) to Full Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire (https://applicationmanager.gov/Questionnaire.aspx?ID=4724851&PreviewType=Questionnaire) and
- Print this 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the assessment questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
- Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Veterans' Preference documentation (if applicable): Copy of DD-214 provided must show type of discharge/character of service, and VA Letter and SF-15, if applicable.
4. Other supporting documents:
- Eligibility documents, required below
Other Supporting Documents (Submit if applicable to you):
- Peace Corps Volunteers/Personnel Eligibles: Applying as a non-competitive candidate, MUST submit documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break in service of 3 days or more and separated within the last 3 years. For more information see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/competitive-hiring/#url=MiscellaneousAuthoritiesRegulated.
- Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment Eligibles: Applying as a non-competitive candidate, MUST submit a copy of your Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing your eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). For more information and proof required see http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.
- CTAP/ICTAP eligibles: If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria, not including veterans’ preference points, if applicable. Proof of eligibility include the following: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from. Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50. Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held (http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap)
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 906507. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Philadelphia Services Branch
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).
Control Number: 345412700
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