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Congressional Liaison Representative

Air Force Civilian Service Arlington, VA
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Job Description

Duties

  • The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Congressional Liaison Representative within the Office of the Legislative Liaison, with full range of Congressional liaison assignments. To provide direct support to SAF/LL Director of Staff in management of SAF/LL work processes and managerial programs. The employee serves as a representative of the Secretary of the Air Force and part of the official communication chain between the White House, Congress, sister-services and State governmental  leaders.
  • Performs substantive management reviews. Using knowledge of and experience with the Posture Preparation Process, acts as a key member of the Posture Preparation team; provides critical assistance to leadership and action officers for Posture preparation. Participates in processes and initiatives to determine appropriate recommendations for unresolved issues related to Posture preparation and Congressional hearings, testimony and other related legislative issues. Collaborates and plans with other organizational leaders, managers and their staffs to coordinate and/or integrate all organization operations and interests.
  • Prepares and plans for senior leadership meetings with Members of Congress.  Appropriately develops and executes "Skull" Study Sessions for the nominees in preparation for their congressional testimony.  Develops study materials in the question and answer format based on questions posed to the SecAF and CSAF during their congressional testimony, and information provided by Air Force Legislative and Financial Management Budget Liaisons. 
  • Researches, prepares and submits the Congressional Daily update.  Conducts thorough research and requests updates from various offices and staff action officers, to create the leadership-informing key  daily update on congressional/legislative-related topics.  Provides draft update to the Director of Staff for review and distribution to Senior Air Force leaders including the SecAF, CSAF, USecAF, VCAF, CMSAF, Air Staff Directors, and MAJCOM Commanders.  This includes updating the Top 5 engagements & hearings, other Air Force engagements, non-top 5 hearing schedules, Congressional travel and Congressional correspondence.
  • Serve as a project lead; develops, and evaluates detailed plans, goals, and objectives for daily management and long-range implementation of SAF/LL managerial and administrative programs. Reviews and evaluates substantive program operations, management and organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity for assigned programs.  Reviews, tracks and assumes responsibility for a wide variety of tasks.  Drafts courses of action; makes recommendations for appropriate program, project and policy changes; ensures suspenses, correspondence/responses are provided accurately, professionally and timely.
  • Performs administrative and managerial duties in support of the SAF/LL organization.  May serve as a Government Purchase Card Billing Official (BO), perform duties as a web page manager, and/or manage other duties and programs that fall within the Director of Staffs responsibility  The BO is responsible for ensuring that the transactions of individual cardholders meet the legal requirements for authorized purchase card transactions that the facts presented in all cardholder documentation are complete and accurate, and that adequate documentation is available for individual transactions.  The SAF/LL web pages provide internally- and externally-facing communication to stakeholders. 

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.  

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-09) or equivalent. Specialized experience must include gathering, assembling, and analyzing facts, drawing logical conclusions, devising solutions to problems, preparing and presenting briefings and reports; knowledge of diplomatic, official and social protocol policies and procedures; ability to plan and facilitate rapid and accurate responses to congressional inquiries and other congressional reports; preparing and editing documents; maintaining files/records; and compose information for reports, inquiries, technical and non-technical correspondence.

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To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ 

Federal TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) Requirement for General Schedule (GS) Positions: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-09 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral.  The purpose of TIG restrictions is to prevent excessively rapid promotions in competitive service GS positions and to protect competitive principles. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:  

1. Comprehensive knowledge of the congressional legislative process. Thorough knowledge of diplomatic, official, and social protocol policies and procedures. Ability to locate, assemble, and compose information for reports, inquiries, technical and non-technical correspondence.

2. Expert written and oral communication skills are required due to the high visibility and sensitive work involved.

3. Skill in gathering, assembling, and analyzing facts, drawing logical conclusions, devising solutions to problems, identifying changes and trends, and preparing and presenting briefings and reports.

4. Ability to organize and coordinate multiple tasks and assure timely completion, and ability to maintain composure under stressful conditions and deadlines. Ability to plan and facilitate rapid and accurate responses to congressional inquiries and other congressional requests.

5. Knowledge of extensive rules, procedures, or operations to perform the procedural work of the office, such as preparing and editing documents, locating and assembling information for various reports, maintaining files/records. 

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. 

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:  Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

 

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

 

  • The employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station.
  • The employee may be required to travel on military and commercial aircraft.
  • The employee is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

     

BENEFITS

The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.  In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees.Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.


Other Information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be BEST-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or above "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this position.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Job Details

Date Posted August 4, 2017
Date Closes September 3, 2017
Requisition 465406300
Located In Arlington, VA
SOC Category 00-0000.00
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