PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
Serves as a Public Affairs Specialist; conducts the public affairs program with responsibility for planning and implementing public and internal information programs and community relations activities and analyzing the results. Advises with regard to public impact and perception concerning activities and policies; maintains an awareness of general public and media attitudes and public policy trends and participates in the development and implementation of the Public Involvement Program. Implements and analyzes results of the Public Affairs Plans. Provides professional assistance to other organizational elements covered by portions of the plan and develops individual plans for highly visible or sensitive projects, activities and special emphasis programs. Maintains active media liaison through prompt and accurate response to media inquiries, preparation and distribution of press releases, fact sheets and background papers, and arranging interviews with key staff. Actively seeks special feature and public affairs programming opportunities. Provides advice on most appropriate presentation of sensitive issues.
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. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: Implements public and internal information programs, community relations activities and analyzing the results. Responds to media inquiries, preparation and distribution of press releases, fact sheets and background papers, and arranging interviews with key staff.
This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:Knowledge of Public Affairs ProgramSkill in Oral CommunicationsSkill in Written CommunicationsAbility to provide advice on most appropriate presentation of sensitive issues
Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.
Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. One year trial/probationary period may be required. Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.Must satisfactorily complete a medical examination.75% or Greater Business Travel in various locations throughout the U.S.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.
Other InformationSelection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.This is a Career Program Position (CP)#22.