Department of State - Agency Wide Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Summary

This position is located in the Bureau of Public Affairs in the Office of Public Engagement (OPE). The Office of Public Engagement connects the Department of State to domestic audiences, directly engaging the American people to advance the Department’s work at home and abroad. The OPE staff engages civil society through briefings, conferences and other events in Washington, DC and around the country. The staff also responds to requests for briefings from groups coming to the Department of State and partners with organizations to sponsor major conferences and events in the building.

The Public Affairs Specialist serves as the Team Leader for the Office of Public Engagement with responsibility for leading a team of Public Affairs Specialist in planning and coordinating a wide range of public information activities designed to provide various domestic public constituencies with current and relevant information about U.S. foreign policy.

This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

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Responsibilities

In coordination with the Director, prepares outreach strategies for informing and engaging designed to disseminate information about U.S. foreign policy to targeted domestic public constituencies including national and regional audiences, non-governmental organizations, and State and local elected Officials. Works closely with representatives of the assigned constituencies to evaluate their specific needs and interests with regard to information about U.S. foreign policy. Designs and develops activities to meet the specific information needs of targeted audiences. Selects the most appropriate medium to provide relevant information to the assigned organizations, e.g., speaking engagements; conferences; seminars, leadership meetings: newspaper, radio and television interviews: websites, news releases, brochures, pamphlets, and other Department publications.

Promotes awareness of the U.S. foreign policy through a variety of medium including newspapers, public service announcements, websites, conference displays and exhibits, and other means. Develops and submits information for publication ensuring compliance with publication policies and editorial standards. Participates in national and regional conferences to disseminate information about the various public Information programs offered by the Department. Engages those attending conferences to assess their interests with regard to information about U.S. foreign policy. Recommends new programs or changes to existing programs based on public feedback. Monitors public opinion and advises Bureau management of significant public reaction on current U.S. foreign policies and programs through written reports and oral briefings. Recommends outreach initiatives designed to positively influence public opinion regarding U.S. foreign policy.

Represents the Bureau and Department at conferences and meetings to identify issues of public concern, develop speaking opportunities for Department representatives and seek new organizational contacts to sponsor Department speaking engagements. Represents the Department at meetings with the private sector, other Bureaus, and other agencies involved in planning public conferences/seminars, briefings, and speaking engagements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Agency Employees Eligible for Promotion or Reassignment and Employees in the Agency Overseas Development Program (ODP) Exercising Reemployment Rights Only

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience preparing briefing materials such as analysis of regional editorial opinion for public speaking events.

  • Experience developing long-range public affairs strategies to include communication plans and public events.**

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.

Education

See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Additional information

For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur.

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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.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

  • Skill in developing and implementing outreach strategies and communications plans.

  • Ability to clearly and accurately communicate complex information to all audiences.

  • Ability to analyze and evaluate materials as they relate to public affairs issues.

  • Ability to understand trends in public and media attitudes.

  • Ability to work effectively with staff, senior officials, congress, foreign and domestic news media and publics.

  • Ability to communicate in writing.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here.

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

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Required Documents

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

  1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

  2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

  3. Transcripts - if applicable, see the Qualifications section of the announcement. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

  4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.

  5. Current eligible DOS employees (per 3 FAM 2315) including non-competitive applicants must submit a SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows the effective date, position title, series, grade, salary, tenure, position occupied, full promotion potential, AND submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.

  6. If you are a current Overseas Development Program (ODP) participant who is returning from your overseas assignment you must submit a signed copy of your Mobility Agreement.

  7. CTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See link below:

CTAP Considerations

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. Learn more about federal benefits.

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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

Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department’s automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here. Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET**

ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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Agency contact information
Idia Cotton-Ferrell
Phone

(843) 746-1202

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

CottonFerrellI@state.gov

Address

U.S. Department of State 1999 Dyess Avenue Building E Charleston, South Carolina United States

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Next steps

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.

You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

  1. Upon receipt of your application.
  2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
  3. After the certificate is issued.
  4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496816400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/16/2018 to 04/27/2018

Salary: $96,970 to $126,062 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent