Public Affairs Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Mount Laurel , NJ 08054

Posted 2 months ago

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This position is located in the New Jersey State Office, USDA, Rural Development (RD). The purpose of this position is to provide statewide public information designed to maximize public exposure and reaffirm the mission and objectives of RD. Plans and implements, with the assistance of and in coordination with other State staff, the communications, campaigns and information needed to address critical RD issues.

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  • The incumbent serves as the State's Public Affairs Specialist and is designated as the primary contact in all exchanges with the media.

  • Represents the State in meetings and discussions involving individuals, groups, and organizations working in support of, or opposing, the policies, programs, and work of the State.

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with print and broadcast media representatives, State Congressional Delegations and State and Local Governments by providing information about State RD programs and services.

  • Designs, convenes and conducts public involvement programs and meetings among key groups to gather information on community needs, stakeholder viewpoints and local community development activities and to provide in depth information on RD programs.

  • Organizes, coordinates, and implements effective employee and public meetings, workshops, field trips, or other forums designed to foster employee and public participation.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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1035 Public Affairs

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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


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


For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9; or its non-Federal equivalent that demonstrates: writing, editing, and reviewing news advisories, releases, government/professional correspondence, talking points, or questions and answers; implementing communication plans for an organization; developing written communication material concerning a range of subjects related to the organization's programs; or analyzing information program materials and making recommendations for improving the delivery of program information OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related OR combination of education as described and specialized experience.

NOTE: To be considered for this position, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the GS-1035 series set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement. A copy is available at:

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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Public Affairs Specialist

Department Of Agriculture