Federal Aviation Administration Technical Publications Writer-Editor (Engineering) in Burlington, Massachusetts

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Federal Aviation Administration, Aviation Safety, Aircraft Certification Service, Policy & Innovation Division, Engine & Propeller Standards Branch, COS and Standardization Section, AIR6A2

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Responsibilities

The duties described below are at the target grade level (FV-H). At developmental grade levels (FV-F & FV-G), assignments are limited in scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.

The Technical Publications Writer-Editor performs a variety of writing and editing duties in support of the Engine & Propeller Directorate, Standards Staff, Rulemaking and Policy Branch. Primarily, the incumbent develops: (1) airworthiness directives (ADs), FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety recommendation (SR) responses, special airworthiness information bulletins (SAIBs), or (2) regulations, policy, advisory circulars (ACs), exemptions, and special conditions that involve regulatory or technological concepts, practices, or policies.

The incumbent works independently and uses technical input and guidance from subject matter experts (e.g., aerospace engineers) as well as input from other technical writers-editors, team lead, attorneys, or management officials in generating the documents. The incumbent conducts research using a variety of sources and research methods to collect information used as groundwork for these documents. The incumbent applies experience and advanced knowledge in writing and editing to analyze, interpret, and integrate information in a variety of formats.

The incumbent performs multiple and varying assignments under the limited direction of a manager, team lead, or other more experienced professionals, and ensures effective and expeditious handling of all documents and information. The incumbent analyzes and reviews documents developed by other technical writer-editors, as assigned, to ensure certain standards are met. The incumbent identifies to the team lead problems concerning processes and procedures when applicable and helps to develop and implement solutions when requested.

The incumbent may also be tasked to (1) develop/edit other documents such as administrator alerts, briefing papers, congressional responses, whistleblower responses, and newsletters; (2) perform technical support duties; (3) complete other duties as assigned.

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Current or Former Federal Employees & EVHO - Current or Former Federal Employees and EVHO Click here for definition of EVHO.

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1083 Technical Writing And Editing

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
  • Please see Required Documents section.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position at the FV-F level (FG/GS 5-9):

General Experience: You must demonstrate possession of three years of general work experience of which at least one year was equivalent to the FG/GS-4 level experience in the Federal service that provided an understanding of the basic principles, practices, operations, and specialized vocabulary of the engineering field. The applicant must have acquired the ability to describe information in simple, clear language. In addition, the applicant must have acquired the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing. OR,

Education substitution for the FV-F band: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree, gained from an accredited college or university. Undergraduate and graduate education must have included a total of 15 semester hours in engineering and at least one course above the introductory level in the engineering field. OR,

Combination of education and experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

If using education to qualify, applicants MUST submit transcripts. More details are provided in the Required Documents section of this announcement under IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EDUCATION.

To qualify for this position at the FV-G level (FG/GS 10/11):

Specialized Experience:You must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-F (FG/GS 5-9) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and this typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience must include, but is not limited to, experience that required substantial subject-matter or technical knowledge of the engineering field. This experience must have demonstrated the ability to acquire and present technical information through independent reading, interviews with subject-matter specialists, interpretation of blueprints or diagrams, or other appropriate methods. Such experience may have been acquired as a writer or editor of technical reports, articles, manuals, or specifications. OR,

Education substitution for FV-G band: Successful completion of a course of study in any field leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, gained from an accredited college or university. Undergraduate and graduate education must have included a total of 15 semester hours in engineering and at least one course above the introductory level in the engineering field. OR,

Combination of education and experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

If using education to qualify, applicants MUST submit transcripts. More details are provided in the Required Documents section of this announcement under IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EDUCATION.

To qualify for this position at the FV-H level (FG/GS 12):

Specialized Experience: You must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-G (FG/GS 10/11) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and this typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience must include, but is not limited to, experience that required substantial subject-matter or technical knowledge of the engineering field. This experience must have demonstrated the ability to acquire and present technical information through independent reading, interviews with subject-matter specialists, interpretation of blueprints or diagrams, or other appropriate methods. Such experience may have been acquired as a writer or editor of technical reports, articles, manuals, or specifications.

THERE IS NO EDUCATION SUBSTITUTE FOR THE FV-H LEVEL

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We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions. Travel may be required. Position may be subject to a background investigation. A one-year probationary period may be required. The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

More than one (1) position may be filled with this vacancy announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Promotion Potential: This position may be filled at the FV-F, FV-G, or FV-H level. If selection is made at the FV-F or FV-G level, promotion to the FV-H level may occur without further competition. Identification of promotion potential in the vacancy announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the selected candidate at some future date. Promotion will depend upon the selectee meeting training, qualification requirements, and recommendation by the supervisor.

Refer to OPM's General Schedule Qualification Standards, Group Coverage Qualification Standards on Clerical and Administrative Support Positions, for more information: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-ADMIN

Also refer to OPM's General Schedule Qualification Standards, Individual Occupation Requirements for the Technical Writing and Editing Series, for more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1000/technical-writing-and-editing-series-1083/

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category rating, or alphabetical order and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

This is a bargaining unit position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

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Security clearance

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Required Documents

Current and/or former Federal employees Must provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) which verifies your position title, series, grade, tenure and organization as specified in the blocks below.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EDUCATION: If qualifying for this position based on education, unofficial college transcript(s) or a list of courses, grades earned, completion date, and quarter and semester hours earned must be submitted by the closing date. If selected, official transcripts may be required. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to (781) 238-7283.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited US educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included in your application package otherwise it will not be considered.

Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted. If you need to submit additional documents to supplement your on-line application (e.g. transcripts, SF-50, or veterans' documentation) you may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS. Supplemental documentation can also be faxed to (781) 238-7283 on or before the closing date of this announcement. Include your name and the announcement number on each of your faxed pages and redact all Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as social security number and date of birth. Applicants claiming eligibility for the Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO), MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.

If you are a current or former Federal employee (including a current FAA employee), you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

If you are a current Federal employee and need a current copy of your SF-50, please contact your personnel office. If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system https://eopf.opm.gov/dot/. If you are a former Federal employee, you can obtain a copy of your SF-50 by writing the National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. Additional information is available from this link: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Benefits

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.

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  • Healthcare insurance
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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.

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How to Apply

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Received" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Received" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION.

We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Forms: * SF-15 : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

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Agency contact information
Sweetie Francis
Phone

(781) 238-7287

Fax

(781) 238-7283

Email

sweetie.francis@faa.gov

Address

Federal Aviation Administration New England Region 1200 District Avenue Burlington, MA US

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Next steps

Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.


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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481481300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/07/2017 to 10/27/2017

Salary: $47,528 to $103,419 per year Salary cited includes locality payment of 26.73%. (FV-F band $47,528 - $71,292; FV-G band $55,646 - $86,258; FV-H band $66,721 - 103,419)

Pay scale & grade: FV F - H

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent