Congressional Liaison and Communications Coordinator

POSITION TITLE: Congressional Liaison and Communications Coordinator

VACANCY NUMBER: 001-2016-TL-CPAL

SALARY: $58,800 to $95,500 Commensurate with experience
(Salary level will be competitive and determined in light of education, position-related experience, and professional accomplishments)

POSITION INFORMATION: Administratively Determined, Full-Time, Term-Appointed Position
(The initial term of appointment is one year and is renewable at the Commission’s option. The position is not covered by provisions of 5 USC that apply to Executive Branch employees regarding appointment, termination, competitive service selection, and pay related rules and regulations.)

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Opened to all qualified U.S. citizens

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The selectee for the position will be required to obtain and hold a Federal security clearance at the Top Secret//SCI level.

DATE AVAILABLE: POSITION IS CURRENTLY OPEN

CLOSING DATE: Friday, July 29, 2016

CONTACT: Email: Opportunities@uscc.gov

ABOUT THE COMMISSION:
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (the Commission) was created by the United States Congress in October 2000, as a nonpartisan, legislative branch commission. The Commission’s mission is to monitor, investigate, and make recommendations to Congress about matters of concern in the relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China in the following areas: 1) weapons proliferation practices, 2) economics, 3) energy and natural resources, 4) investment and capital markets, 5) China’s military, 6) China’s cyber capabilities, 7) China’s fiscal and monetary policy, 8) China’s foreign policy, 9) China’s compliance with the World Trade Organization, 10) freedom of speech and information in China, and 11) food, drug, and other product safety in China.

You can review the Commission’s mandate in detail at http://www.uscc.gov/about/uscc-charter.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The incumbent will work as the principal point of contact for communication between the Commission and Members of Congress and their staff, and the media. The work requires the ability to:
1. Maintain an awareness of the interests of Members of Congress and their staff in matters within the statutory mandate of the Commission.
2. Identify and track actions on legislation affecting matters within the statutory mandate of the Commission.
3. Receive requests for information or assistance from Members of Congress and their staff and relay to appropriate Commission staff members.
4. Schedule Commission members and staff to brief Members of Congress and their staff on issues associated with the work of the Commission.
5. Reserve Congressional hearing rooms for Commission hearings.
6. Provide timely advice and analyses to Commissioners and staff on issues in the position’s purview through reports, position papers, and meetings.
7. Compile and distil information developed by the Commission into reports, letters, and other materials for dissemination, including press releases.

QUALIFICATIONS
1. Experience and ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
2. Expert knowledge of Congress, its structure, and operations.
3. Experience working as a Congressional staff member in a position of substantial responsibility. (Experience working on issues pertaining to China or the Asia-Pacific Region is preferred.)
4. Proven and demonstrable experience and ability to present written and oral information clearly and concisely. Strong writing and editing skills are absolutely required.
5. Knowledge of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese culture, and the major features of the U.S.-China relationship.

You can review the Commission’s mandate in detail at http://www.uscc.gov/about/uscc-charter .

HOW TO APPLY
A complete package containing all required documents, as described below, must be sent via e-mail to Opportunities@uscc.gov. Please send all documents in PDF format. Incomplete packages will not be considered. Your application package must include:
1) Cover letter, to include:
a) Position title
b) Vacancy number
c) Brief statement outlining your interest in the Commission and this position
d) Concise, point-by-point responses to all qualifications listed above
e) Your salary requirements and/or salary history

2) Professional resume, to include:
a) Chronological work history [starting with the most recent position held], education [including degrees and dates attained], applicable publications, etc.
b) Position-related training courses (title and year)
c) Job-related skills (e.g., computer software, program and database programs, etc).
d) Job-related certificates and licenses
e) Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.

NOTE: All the information requested above must be received by midnight EDT on the closing date or your application will not be considered.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT
After submitting your application package for this position you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application materials. Applications will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis or after the closing date. You will be contacted via email if we wish to schedule an interview or require additional information.

The selectee for the position will be required to obtain and hold a Federal security clearance at the Top Secret/SCI level.

Applicants not selected for further consideration will be notified via e-mail when the position is filled.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The US-China Economic & Security Review Commission is an EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or age.

The Commission will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If selected for this position, before you can be formally hired you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law as described in 5 USC 3328. – If you misrepresent your experience or education, or provide false or fraudulent information, it may be grounds for not hiring you or dismissing you after you start. Making false or fraudulent statements can be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

As federal government employees, Commission employees are eligible to participate in federal employee benefits programs, to include: health insurance (multiple carriers & multiple options); life insurance (FEGLI-multiple options); retirement (FERS or CSRS if applicable); and the Thrift Savings Program (TSP-multiple options), the federal government’s tax-deferred savings program. Employees accrue and may use annual and sick leave in accord with Commission policies and procedures.

This employment opportunity is also posted on the Commission website at: http://www.uscc.gov/about/job-opportunities.

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