PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
Photography Captures, downloads, edits and correctly captions professional photographs for internal and external use. Uploads and distributes in a timely manner for internal and external audiences, military and civilian media.
Journalism Writes, edits and distributes press releases, media advisories and articles about stories of interest regarding the Alaska National Guard, including Guard sponsored activities or events, training, exercises and human interest stories. Stories are submitted by deadline
Media Relations Provides coordination and media escort duties for civilian reporters and non-local military journalists. Maintains positive relationships with reporters, maximizes opportunities to highlight the organization and its members, and responds to follow-up queries.
Social Media Maintains all Alaska National Guard social media platforms. Creates appropriate, timely and effective social media posts of interest to our audience in a clear and concise manner. May include webpage maintenance.
Operations coordination/administrative Manages the office customer service function, office supply and inventory. Creates media update, keeps standard operating procedures current, plans and coordinates PA coverage, and manages the unit public affairs representative (UPAR) program.
Responds orally and in writing to requests for information from Guard members, member associations, mission partners, external audiences and special interest groups. Determines whether requested data is sensitive or controversial. Coordinates data release with PAO or senior public affairs specialist. Gathers data on public reaction to communication campaigns for analyses, evaluation and recommendations for refining messaging to target audiences. Develops semi-technical written materials to educate specific audiences on the nature and purpose of the NG's programs, policies and practices. Develops positive working relationships with state and local government personnel, community and special interest groups or individuals desiring input on state level NG policy, practices or programs. Other duties as assigned.
General Experience is described as experience, education, or training in administrative, professional, investigative and/or technical work. Experience evaluating information and/or utilizing analytical skills to disseminate effective communication. Experience using computers and automation systems.
Specialized Experience is experience which is directly related to the position to be filled and which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.
GS-07 - Must have at least 12 months experience, education, or training in written communication. Experience in applying and adapting knowledge of strictly controlled situations of an agency. Experience writing letters and memorandums on routine events of non-controversial subjects. Experience responding timely and appropriately to requests for information. Experience participating in meetings with specialized groups to listen to and understand feedback.
GS-09 - Must have at least 24 months experience, education, or training involving knowledge of writing, communication principles, methods and techniques that relate to the public affairs of an agency. Experience in applying and adapting knowledge of strictly controlled situations of an agency. Experience writing articles on routine events of non-controversial subjects. Experience responding timely and appropriately to requests for information concerning agency programs and services. Experience participating in meetings with specialized groups to listen to and understand feedback on agency programs that are of particular interest to public.
Length of time is not of itself qualifying. Your experience will be evaluated on the basis of duties performed. Your record of experience and/or training must show possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities needed to fully perform the duties of the position:
- Knowledge and skill sufficient to assist in the planning, writing and editing of feature news and technical articles for release to interested internal and external audiences.
- Knowledge of target audience lifestyles, interests and activities sufficient to identify the most effective methods by which data on informational campaign effectiveness can be obtained for evaluation.
- Knowledge of and skill in applying communication campaign development methods and practices to advise program managers on the most effective approaches to message formatting and delivery to a specific or general audience.
- Knowledge and skill sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships with groups or individuals interested in having input on National Guard programs, policies or activities.
- Knowledge of the principles and methods of mass communication and skill in applying or adapting these principles and methods to recurring assignments.
- Knowledge of and skill in applying public speaking skills to engagements where National Guard programs, activities, objectives and policies are discussed and the audience's reaction gauged.
APPOINTMENT FACTORS: Excepted/Enlisted in the Alaska Army National Guard.
MILITARY COMPATIBILITY: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to become a member of the Alaska Army National Guard and be assigned to a compatible military assignment in the following MOSs: 46R, 46Q, 46Z.
MILITARY GRADE REQUIREMENT: Due to the nature of this position, the minimum military grade of this position is Specialist (SPC/E4) and the maximum military grade is Sergeant First Class (SFC/E7).
- Provide a writing sample of work which may include press releases, articles or other writing samples; photography (including cut lines if the photos were published) and/or videography; web design and/or graphic design. Please include any administrative or office management experience.
- Experience with all of the mentioned products is not a requirement of the job, but similar tasks may be included in additional duties assigned if the selected candidate possesses said skills.
- Additional duties may include reception and office administration responsibilities.INDEFINITE: AKNG permanent technician will retain their permanent status if selected for this position, and may be promoted, reassigned or changed to lower grade if selected for this position, and will be required to return to their permanent position unless action is made on a permanent basis. Permanent authorization may not cross service boundaries, or funding categories, (i.e., ARNG to ANG, or 176th WG to 168th WG). Indefinite employees may be separated with a 30 days' notice. Indefinite employees may be converted to permanent without further competition.
The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.
Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp
Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. Visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp
Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. Visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance. Visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp
Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. Visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/
Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. Visit: http://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/
This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits
- If you are a current Federal employee or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50. You may submit your most recent performance appraisal.
- The National Guard is exempt from the Veterans Preference Act. Submission of a copy of your DD-214 is not required unless you are hired for technician position.
- If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
- Cost of Living Allowance (COLA): Entitled to 4.22% COLA in addition to base salary, subject to change.
- Direct Deposit Program: If selected for technician position with the Alaska National Guard, you will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Program. (Salary will be automatically deposited to bank/credit union account).
- Military Bonuses And Student Loan Repayment Program: If you are selected for this position, you should always check with your servicing incentive manager (AKARNG - J1 or AKANG - Retention Office) to verify how accepting this position will affect your entitlement prior to considering an offer of employment.
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