This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in the Office of the Undersecretary, in Silver Spring, MD.
This position is also announced under vacancy number SO-UNSEC-2018-0008, which is open to all status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.
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As a Public Affairs Specialist, you will perform the following duties:
Serve as a junior level spokesperson for NOAA Communications with guidance from senior public affairs staff.
Communicate daily with the news media about the agency's science, services and operations by building relationships with journalists and arranging media interviews, news conferences, and pitching news stories about NOAA programs.
Proactively develop news releases, talking points, communications plans, letters-to-the-editor, op-eds, and social media content for agency sites.
Work with supervisors to provide feedback and public affairs advice to the NOAA Communications director and deputy director.
4 - If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you may be non-competitively promoted if you perform successfully and if recommended by management.
Job family (Series)
1035 Public Affairs
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and
structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.
The ZA-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.
The full performance level is at the ZA-4. The ZA-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.
A one year probationary period may be required.
Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Public Affairs Specialist, ZA-1035-3 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be
alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as
indicated in this vacancy announcement).
Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
EDUCATION: There is no positive education requirement for this position.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
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 ZA-3 or GS-11 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-2 or GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
Communicating with the print, broadcast and web media on a variety of stewardship topics.
Arranging media interviews and news conferences to pitch new stories about an agency/organization's programs.
Writing a variety of materials such as press releases, flyers, ads, scripts, speeches, and articles to enable the media to cover an organization's activities and to increase public awareness of its programs and activities.
Writing news releases, social media content, talking points, and op-eds to inform/educate the general public and targeted audiences.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: 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
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A combination of education and experience. NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of two full years is qualifying for a combination of education and experience.
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