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Public Affairs Specialist

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Internal Revenue Service Washington , DC 20001

Posted 5 months ago



The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation.

As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

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WHAT IS THE COMMUNICATIONS & LIAISON DIVISION? Communications & Liaison Division (C & L) touches every aspect of the IRS mission through its information-sharing activities ? from communicating internally with IRS employees to communicating with taxpayers, Congress and state and local agencies. From handling thousands of media contacts and information requests to helping taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities, C & L is vital to IRS operations.

WHAT DOES A PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST DO? IRS Public Affairs/Media Relations Specialists are the designated spokespersons for the agency. Oral and written communication skills are essential for responding to reporters and other members of the media who make official inquiries, consulting with IRS leadership and informing the public (individuals, business and tax-exempt organizations) of key IRS messages regarding federal tax law, filing requirements and procedures. You will develop professional workin relationships with reporters and pitch IRS-related stories. You will research nuances of the tax law, consult with IRS subject matter experts and respond to media inquiries. You will consult with internal customers; prepare communication plans to meet specific objectives; develop communication vehicles such as news releases, fact sheets, tax tips and web and social media content and then initiate contacts with print, broadcast and social media outlets using those vehicles to publicly place IRS messages. Field (regional) Media Relations Specialists have responsibility for local stories and events as well as crisis and disaster communications within their assigned territory. Media Relations Specialists play a critical role in consulting, advising and supporting IRS leadership in representing the agency with all news media, including major national media outlets.
As an Public Affairs Specialist you will:
Establish and maintain mutual communication between news media outlets, IRS leadership and the general public.
Identify communication needs, develop informational materials and deliver key organizational messages that inform appropriate external audiences of the agencys policies, programs, services and activities.
Serve as a communications subject matter expert advising on appropriate communication strategies and tactics.
Write news releases, fact sheets, tax tips, FAQs, web and social media content and scripts for both audio and video products. Daily interaction with reporters responding to their inquiries and initiating contacts with them to execute media campaigns.
Explain federal tax law in plain-English to reporters and the general public, based on your research of internal resource materials and information provided from interaction with subject matter experts.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

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Must be a U.S. Citizen or National



You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
GS-14 LEVEL: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include experience developing and implementing a comprehensive public affairs program that involved media relations communication strategies for audiences that required an expert knowledge of communication and media relations principles, practices, and techniques; and experience serving as a communications expert in analyzing a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning major aspects of the public affairs program including exploring the target audience and creating messages to reach them using the appropriate media vehicles.

  • The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or . One year of experience refers to full-timework; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

  • To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.


Additional information

2 Positions in Communications & Liaisons located in Washington, DC.
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Conditions of Employment:
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
This is a Non-Bargaining Unit Position.
Tour of Duty: Monday

  • Friday 8:00 am

  • 4:30 pm
    We offer opportunities for telework.
    We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
    A 1-year probationary period is required.
    Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
    Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification form the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    May have to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
    Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.
    The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a not qualified determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated based on the IRS Merit Promotion Plan in the following areas:

Communications and Media, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communications/Speaking, Problem Solving, and Writing. Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at .

Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Referral: You will be assigned to one of three quality groups. Each group represents a quality level (i.e., Superior/Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified). Candidates will be considered in quality group order.

You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the, you must receive a score of Highly Qualified or better to be rated as well qualified" to receive special selection priority.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2.

Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view

CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The position occupied block on the SF-50 should show a 1 and your tenure block should show a 1 or 2.) Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS Submit a copy of your most recent, completed annual performance appraisal or equivalent evaluation from a supervisor, which includes a narrative describing your overall performance for a period of time (generally 12 months). If it is not dated within the last 12 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.
Submit documentation to support any performance related awards received within the past 3 years (i.e., a copy of award SF-50 or documentation that includes company/institution name, date, monetary amount (if any) and reason for award.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN(CTAP)or INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time; instead you may substitute an SF-50 showing you held the job series. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under the, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of your proof of eligibility.

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 .
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.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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