Posted by: Kellie Lasack on May 18, 2020

Posted in: Jobs

Position: Public Affairs Specialist
Company: United States Department of Agriculture

Requirements:

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle operator’s license for the type of vehicle(s) operated to perform the duties of this position.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Specialized Experience at the GS-09: To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level or higher in Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. This experience must include knowledge and skill in writing and developing articles, feature stories, news releases, and photography; composing reports, talking points, briefing packets and power point presentations; providing guidance in the development and implementation of internal and external marketing, outreach programs, and public affairs plans to communicate programs and services; and assisting with the planning, design and preparation of visual information material related to a program. OR

Possess two years of progressively higher level graduate education (or expect to complete within 120 days of closing date of announcement) leading to a master’s degree, or master’s, or equivalent graduate degree LL.B. or J.D., in public affairs or a course of study directly related to the position. OR

Possess a combination of education and experience, as described above, to qualify for this position. This combination must have equipped you with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy.

Specialized Experience at the GS-11: To qualify for the GS-11 grade level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level or higher in Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. This experience must include assisting with coordinating and carrying out public affairs program requirements; extensive experience in cooperative relations and communication techniques as it relates to fostering relationships and interests amongst all segments of the general public; planning, executing, and evaluating the effectiveness of information and communication strategies to ensure all organizational goals are met; identifying communication needs,. Assist with developing information and/or policy formulation materials that inform the public as well as management of various agency activities (i.e., pertinent public affairs policies, programs, services, and activities); and advising management officials on potential public reactions to proposed programs and policies. OR

Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree -OR- Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree -OR- LL.M. if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. OR

Possess a combination of graduate-level education and experience, as described above, which may be used to qualify for this position. This combination must have equipped you with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy.

Note: Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications.

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

You must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify all education requirements (i.e. substitution of education and/or basic education requirement). If a relevant course is not clearly qualifying (e.g. special topic, seminar, research, thesis, obscure or misleading course title, etc.), please submit an official course syllabi and/or detailed course description from the university/college for that particular course to ensure you are properly evaluated. Please note that qualifications determinations are based solely on the information submitted for each particular vacancy announcement. You must document all requirements on every vacancy; we cannot use previous determinations as a basis for rating. All required information must be received by the closing date of this announcement, and non-submission of all required documents/documentation will result in non-consideration. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. This information must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Non-submission of these documents will result in non-consideration.

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. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation via this link. All education claimed by applicants will be verified accordingly. Important: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. Click on this link for more information.

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