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This is a PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST position supporting the JFHQ PAO. This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position. The unit point of contact and contact phone for this position is: LTC Carl Gramstorff, (339) 202-3052.



This position is open to all eligible members of the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard or eligible for immediate transfer into the Massachusetts National Guard.

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED. This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the Massachusetts Army or Air National Guard. Applicants who are not currently a member of the Massachusetts Army or Air National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the Massachusetts Army or Air National Guard. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter at 1-800 GO-GUARD, before applying for this position.
  • Must be willing to be a member of the Massachusetts National Guard
  • Pre-Employment physical is required
  • Direct Deposit is required

DUTIES: This position is located in the Joint Force Headquarters - State, Personal Staff, Public Affairs Office. As the state’s Public Affairs Officer (PAO), the incumbent is responsible for all Army and Air National Guard public, community and media relations within the state and for providing supervision and direction to the staff of the Joint Force Headquarters - State (JFHQ-State), Public Affairs Office, as well as field and unit public affairs specialists personnel covering the region.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: GENERAL EXPERIENCE : Experience, education, or training in administrative, professional, investigative and/or technical work. Experience evaluating information and/or utilizing analytical skills to disseminate effective communication. Experience using computers and automation systems.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE : Must have at least 36 months experience,education, or training involving a thorough knowledge of writing and communication principles, methods and techniques that relate to public affairs of the military. Experience developing new information materials including news releases, fact sheets, brochures, booklets, broadcast spots, etc., that increase communication with the agency's audiences. Experience making on-the-spot presentations to audiences with opposing points of view or erroneous understanding of agency positions. Experience responding timely and appropriately to requests for information concerning agency programs and services. Experience in managing the function of the work to be performed. Experience which includes leading, directing and assigning work of personnel.

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: A maximum of 12 months of the required experience may be substituted by successful completion of undergraduate study in an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester hours for 12 months of experience. The education must have been in fields directly related to Public Affairs (i.e. public relations, journalism, information processing science, communications, english composition or other course where primary emphasis is on communications and writing skills).

Military grade range: MAJ to COL

In order to meet the qualification criterion for appointment to the GS-13 Public Affairs Officer position, the applicant must include in his or her selection package a school certificate which is the source document for the completion of the military formal training Public Affairs Officer's Course; or, in lieu of a military formal training certificate, a waiver memorandum of the formal military school requirement from the functional manager prior to the appointment into the position.

Compatible Military Assignment:

OFF: Army: 46A Air: 46X

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Once the application process is complete, a review of resume andsupporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.

BENEFITS: The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

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Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance. For additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:

OTHER INFORMATION: 1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the National Guard Human Resource Office. You must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resource Office can only process materials received through USA Jobs.

3. MILITARY INCENTIVES - BONUSES AND STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM: Ifyou are selected for this position, you may lose your eligibility for your National Guard Enlistment/Reenlistment Bonus and Student Loan Repayment Program incentives. In order to avoid losing your incentive eligibility, you should check with your incentives manager prior to accepting an offer for the position.

For M-Day/Traditional personnel who are currently receiving incentives to include Bonuses and the Student Loan Repayment Program incentive, the following termination rule applies:

IncentiveTermination without Recoupment:

If you accept an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) position or a Military Technician (Mil Tech) Permanent or Indefinite position after 25 February 2010 where membership in the National Guard is a condition of employment, your bonus will be terminated with no recoupment.

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