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Company: Department of Defense
Location: Washington
Posted on: June 8, 2024

Job Description:

Duties As a CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS SPECIALIST at the GS-0301-15 some of your typical work assignments may include: * As a CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS SPECIALIST at the GS-0301-15 some of your typical work assignments may include: * Advises the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Congressional affairs and strategic engagement, with a focus on the Vice Chairman's responsibilities relating to the development of the future Joint Force. * Builds and maintains relationships with Congressional staffs, the Joint Staff, OSD, and interagency personnel to assist in determining the best methods for moving forward on issues. * Prepares testimony and responses to questions in close coordination with the OSD(C), OASD (LA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the National Security Staff (NSS) and interagency. * Coordinates with Joint Staff and Joint Requirements Oversight Council staffs to identify opportunities to accelerate capability fielding. Prepares Congressional engagement strategy to enable Joint Force Design priorities. * Conducts comprehensive issue analyses and anticipates potential policy and budgetary problems, assesses their impact and Congressional reaction to Department engagement strategies, and ensures policy and budgetary recommendations are consistent with Departmental objectives. * Maintains continual awareness of existing and potential areas of Congressional interest that may result in legislative action or Congressional inquiries or requests. Applies an expert knowledge of the legislative process, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to legislative and Congressional activities. * Leads and provides guidance to OVCJCS staff on the procedures and assistance rendered to Members of Congress or their staffs to ensure proper handling of information. * Serves as the primary point of contact for coordinating all aspects of legislative visits by Members of Congress or Congressional Staffs to include assisting with briefing topics, transportation arrangements, development of itineraries, escorting of visitors, and appropriate protocol extended to Congressional visitors. * Develops and execute strategic engagement plans to advance outreach in support of Department of Defense, Joint Force, and Joint Staff priorities. * Experience with the appropriations process is not required, but highly desired. Requirements Conditions of Employment * Must be a U.S. citizen. * Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service. * Resume and supporting documents. (See How To Apply) * Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation. * May be required to successfully complete a probationary period. * Work Schedule: Full Time * Overtime: Occasionally * Tour of Duty: Flexible * Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized. * Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt * Financial Disclosure: Not Required * Telework Eligibility: This position is SITUATIONAL telework eligible * This is a drug testing designated position. * Incumbent must obtain and maintain a (Top Secret) Special Sensitive/SCI security clearance. * KEY POSITION: In the event of a national emergency or mobilization, this position cannot be vacated, which requires the incumbent, or designated alternate, to be screened from military recall status. * Must perform occasional travel away from the normal duty station and be willing and able to travel on military and commercial aircraft, vessels, and/or vehicles. Qualifications You may qualify at the GS-15, if you fulfill the following qualifications: A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the 14 grade level in the Federal service: * Serves as a principal advisor on all legislative matters, formulates and manages legislative strategies and Congressional liaison activities. * Analyzes policy and budgetary problems and the impact and Congressional reaction to engagement strategies and ensuring policy and budgetary recommendations are consistent with Departmental objectives. * Utilizes knowledge of major national policy and strategic-level issues related to the Nation's defense posture for Department of Defense organizations, and Service and Combatant Command functions. * Analyzes legislation, Congressional hearings, committee meetings, and floor debates to assess informational needs of Congress. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level. Additional information Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ . Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements: Persons with Disabilities - Schedule A Special Hiring Authority for Veterans Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses Other Special Appointment Authorities - Subpart F Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/register/ ) The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy. Selective Service Requirement: Please visit http://www.sss.gov for more information. For more information, please visit https://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/DoDGenAppInfo%2012-1-2020.pdf?ver=ECNbdsHtGilTd3OENN4A0Q%3d%3d Re-employed Annuitant: This position Does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at: https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level). * Benefits Help A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new window Learn more about federal benefits . Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): Competencies: * Communication
* Legislation, Policy and Procedure Research
* Planning and Evaluating Military Spouse Preference : If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package. Priority Placement Program (PPP) DoD Retained Grade Preference (RGP): In order to receive this preference, you must choose to apply using the Priority Placement Program, DoD Retained Grade Preference (RGP) eligibility. If you are claiming RGP and are determined to be Well Qualified (score of 85 or above) for the position, you will be referred to the hiring manager as a priority applicant. Information and required documentation for claiming MSP may be found at the General Applicant Information and Definitions link below. To be eligible as a RGP, you must submit the following supporting documents with your application package: a signed Retained Grade PPP Self-Certification Checklist ( DD3145-1 (whs.mil)

Keywords: Department of Defense, Centreville , CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS SPECIALIST WITH SECURITY CLEARANCE, Other , Washington, Virginia

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