Public Affairs Specialist

Department Of Justice New York , NY 10007

Posted 6 days ago


This position is located in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division, Special Support & Analysis Unit.

This position(s) primary purpose is to support the Special Support & Analysis Unit developing and implementing media relations programs.

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  • Accepting applications

  • Open & closing dates

01/19/2023 to 01/30/2023

  • Salary

$115,118 - $149,651 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

GS 13

  • Help


1 vacancy in the following location:

  • New York, NY

  • Remote job


  • Telework eligible

Yes-as determined by the agency policy.

  • Travel Required

25% or less

  • You may be expected to travel for this position.
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed


  • Appointment type

Permanent -

  • Work schedule

Full-time -

  • Service


  • Promotion potential


  • Job family (Series)

1035 Public Affairs

  • Supervisory status


  • Security clearance

Top Secret

  • Drug test


  • Position sensitivity and risk

Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

  • Trust determination process


  • Announcement number


  • Control number



This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Family of overseas employees

Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is or was, working overseas.

  • Federal employees
  • Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Land & base management

Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

  • Military spouses

  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

  • Special authorities

Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Merit Promotion, VEOA Eligibles



As a Public Affairs Specialistyour typical work assignments may include:

  • Planning, developing and implementing media programs for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) leaders and the Division that have coverage in multiple states to garner greater understanding of support for DEA's mission.

  • Advising management at various Division levels on public information matters.

  • Developing and maintains relationships with local and regional media representatives to garner media placement and positive coverage of DEA.

  • Planning and directs special outreach events, ceremonies, tours and other activities intended to develop public and media interest within the Division.

  • Coordinating local press conferences, statements and press releases with the appropriate partner agencies in the event of a joint law enforcement investigation.



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test.

  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation, verification of qualifications, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, and any other job-related requirement before or after appointment.

  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

  • DEA uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States.

  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

  • Current Federal employees cannot transfer unused Time Off Awards to DEA.


Specialized 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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To qualify at the GS-13 level: You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 Federal grade level performing the following duties: 1) Analyzing public reaction to agency programs and activities; 2) Developing and executing a communication plan to capture diverse points of view; 3) Writing press releases describing events and critical incidents; 4) Advising and/or coaching managers on interactions with the media; and 5) Creating print, radio, and broadcast news stories on drug diversion and abuse, prevention, and drug abuse trends.

Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competencies in the following areas:

  • Communications and Media

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Oral Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Writing

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement (as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, DEA requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation (Critical-Sensitive/Top Secret, Special-Sensitive/Top Secret, or Non-critical Sensitive/Secret). This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation. DEA committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.


Veterans' Preference: Certain veterans are eligible to apply as a status candidate under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). View Feds Hire vets for more information For more information on veterans' preference see

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP): This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For more information visit:

Additional selections may be made beyond the total number of vacancies specified using this vacancy announcement. Further selections may also be made for additional organizational divisions and/or units within the duty location(s) listed above.

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  • Benefits


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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.

Applicants will only be considered for the Eligibilities for which they claim in the job questionnaire AND must provide the supporting documentation. Applicants will not be considered for Eligibilities for which they did not claim, regardless of the documentation submitted with the application.

You will be evaluated for this position based on your experience and/or education reflected in your resume. Your resume must support your responses to the job specific assessment questionnaire. To remain in consideration for this position, please ensure your resume covers this requirement and that your resume has been successfully submitted as part of your on-line application package.

NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job opportunity announcement. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using an assessment questionnaire.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE: You must submit a completed assessment questionnaire. Unless otherwise stated, we will only use the information above to determine your qualifications. Not providing the required information may result in a determination that you do not meet minimum requirements for the position (e.g., an ineligible rating) or a lower rating.

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