Public Affairs Specialist
Department Of State - Rosslyn, VA

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This position is located in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP). The purpose of this position is to serve as a Public Affairs Specialist responsible for representing the State Department to the public by working closely with Congress, the media, NGOs, other U.S. government agencies, corporations, academia, research institutes, and the general public, and planning various outreach activities. The incumbent reports directly to the Senior Coordinator of the Public Engagement team.

This position is also being announced through Merit Promotion procedures under Announcement HRSC/JTIP-2013-0005. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens)and Merit Promotion procedures must apply to both announcements.


U.S. Citizenship is required.

Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

As a career-ladder position, the GS-12 position performs the same duties and responsibilities as those outlined at the full performance level (GS-13) and receives progressively more responsible assignments as experience and training are received.

Develops outreach strategy that provides the basis for public information program, and directs Non-governmental organizations (NGO) and Capital Hill outreach components for the organization with responsibility of planning, developing, directing and communicating the program’s policies, programs, and activities.

Plans and directs the development and execution of the programs publications, such as brochures, training booklets, newsletter, news notes and audio-visuals, such as video tapes, slide presentations, training films, etc.

Plans and directs the internet media activities such as website, social media networks, diplomatic notes, web chats, and webinars.

Establishes and maintains effective relationship with political and inter-agency decision-makers. Assembles, prepares, edits evaluates, and disseminates information concerning various programs.

Evaluates information problems encountered in communicating information regarding program activities.

Develops speech material, speech copy, and references for the Assistant and Under Secretaries and principal officers.

Directs the development of basic campaign materials for media information programs of national and international scope and significance; and provides oversight for implementation of the entire program ranging from multimedia productions through distributions to national media, and U.S. entities worldwide, public and private.

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrated experience drafting and editing trafficking in persons materials such as policy memos and technical reports
  • Experience planning and organizing outreach materials to promote awareness of trafficking in persons.
There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-12 position.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience planning and executing outreach programs to promote trafficking in persons awareness.
  • Experience establishing relationships with political and agency decision-makers to negotiate new policies.
There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:

Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.

Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some but not all of the major aspects of the position.

Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

1. Knowledge of US society, foreign relations, and world events.

2. Ability to understand trends in public and media attitudes.

3. Knowledge of communication and analytical methods and techniques.

4. Ability to clearly and accurately communicate complex information to all audiences.

5. Ability to analyze and evaluate material as they relate to public affair issues.

6. Ability to work effectively with staff, senior officials, congress, foreign and domestic news media and publics.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration. For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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The Department of State offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to these benefits, we also offer the Student Loan Repayment Program, Child Care Centers, Child Care Subsidy, Flexible work schedule, Transit Subsidy Program. For additional information on Federal benefits click here .

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. - 2 years ago - save job
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