Writer Editor

Transportation Security Administration
Published
September 4, 2020
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Description

Overview

Open & closing dates
09/02/2020 to 09/16/2020

Service
Excepted

Pay scale & grade
SV H - I

Salary
$68,763 to $129,940 per year

Appointment type
Permanent

Work schedule
Full-Time

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Location

1 vacancy in the following location:

Arlington, VA 1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed
No

Telework eligible
Yes as determined by agency policy

Duties

Summary

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here

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Responsibilities

This Writer Editor position is located in the Office of the Executive Secretariat, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Writing and editing high-quality products that effectively explain and interpret the Agency's stance on various transportation security issues.
  • Uses and provides guidance to program offices on word processing, desktop publishing, and electronic publishing programs/systems.
  • Serving as the primary writer/editor supporting the researching, writing, editing, and coordinating of materials for signature by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) management officials.
  • Ensures proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar; reviews and approves proposed publications for style, design, and similar editorial characteristics before release for printing, publication, or dissemination.
  • Acting as editorial advisor to program analysts and personnel in the Agency for condolence, retirement, and employee recognition correspondence signed by the Administrator in addition to other correspondence signed by TSA management officials.
  • Participating in TSA teams to review writing and editorial policies and guidelines, resolve style and editorial differences, and make recommendations for updating these requirements consistent with office priorities, program needs, and federal plain language best practices.


**** It is anticipated that all TSA Headquarters personnel within the Washington, DC metropolitan area will begin relocating to Springfield, Virginia beginning Summer 2020. If you are selected for a Headquarters position currently located in this region, your duty location will change due to the TSA Headquarters Consolidation Plan. *****

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

I

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must have reached the minimum age (18) at the time of application.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Qualifications

Specialized Experience Question H Band: To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to SV-G Pay Band or GS-11 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience is defined as:

  • Writing and editing content of reports, publications, directives, newsletters, press releases, correspondence, position papers, articles for publication, and other information products; and
  • Advising individually or on working groups about matters relating to the development of written material in support of organizational missions, functions, processes, and procedures; and
  • Applying guidance from a published style guide, such as Government Publishing Office (GPO) Style Manual, Chicago Manual of Style, or the Gregg Reference Manual as well as federal plain language standards, to a variety of written products to ensure consistency, accuracy, and readability of written documents as well as grammatical correctness.

Specialized Experience Question I Band:
To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H or GS-12 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience is defined as:

  • Writing and editing content of reports, publications, directives, newsletters, correspondence, position papers, articles for publication and other information products; and
  • Advising individually or on working groups about matters relating to the development of written material in support of organizational missions, functions, processes, and procedures; and
  • Applying guidance from a published source, such as Government Publishing Office (GPO) Style Manual or Chicago Manual of Style, and federal plain language standards to a variety of written products to ensure accuracy, readability, and grammatical correctness of written documents; and
  • Editing the work of others to provide constructive, diplomatic feedback that improves the content, organization, tone, and readability of a document.


Note:
For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses from an accredited college or university, which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. The information must be provided with the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, the applicant must supply a transcript or certification of degree.

NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Resumes must include the following:

  • Narrative description of duties with start and end dates (including the month and year) for work experience.
  • State the number of hours worked in a position (i.e. full-time or part-time). If part-time, state the total number of hours worked per week.
  • Performance level (i.e. band or grade)

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Education

Additional information

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http://www.opm.gov .

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.

DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here .

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.

More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.

TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here .

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis.

Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis.

Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

  • Skilled in technical and presentation writing styles, grammar, proofreading, and electronic editing. Ability to manage writing assignments, interpret technical information, identify and prioritize critical content. Skill and ability in writing and editing various documents, such as correspondence, reports, newsletters, and memos, and in applying plain language best practices to all types of written communication.
  • Knowledge and experience in executive-level correspondence assignment, coordination, and clearance activities. Ability to serve as an advisor for TSA Chief of Staff and Office of the Executive Secretariat staff regarding matters of executive-level correspondence production. Ability to advise program offices on the review and clearance processes for various types of correspondence and on plain language quality standards that apply to TSA correspondence.
  • Ability to represent the Agency in matters and activities related to federal plain language requirements and standards. Thorough knowledge of the principles of plain language and the Plan Language Act of 2010.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, including the ability to understand customer needs and to address them through various communications products.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Secret

Drug test required

No

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