Public Affairs Specialist
Department of the Army - Los Angeles, CA

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position: As a senior Public Affairs Specialist, provides input to the District Public Affairs Officer and assists in the execution of the Commander’s public affairs program. Serves as Deputy to the Public Affairs Officer and as Acting Public Affairs Officer in absence of the Chief.

Employing Agency: US Army Engineer District, Los Angeles , Public Affairs Office

About the location: This position is located in Los Angeles, CA.

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Who may apply:
  • Current Army Civilian Employee with competitive status (includes Army employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment). (NOTE: You MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis along with your application/resume package).
KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required.

DUTIES:
Organizes and directs all public information, media relations, command information and community relations activities for the District. Oversees response to media and public queries involving key district issues. Analyzes a variety of feedback from external and internal audiences to develop recommendations for management. Develops and disseminates written and audio-visual informational materials and presentations to the general public or specialized target groups to clarify the District’s policies, programs, projects and activities.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Minimum Qualifications: For the Public Affairs Specialist position, GS-12, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of the grade level as listed below.

  • You must have 1 year of specialized experience directly related to this occupation equivalent to the GS-11 level. This experience includes writing informational materials such as news releases, fact sheets, brochures, and speeches; preparing and conducting audio-visual presentations; developing and maintaining effective communications with print and broadcast media representatives; developing web and strategic e-communication products; analyzing and evaluating impact and effectiveness of program communication plans.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of a Public Affairs program functions.
  • Skill in written communication techniques.
  • Skill in oral communication.
  • Skill in Interpersonal Relations
  • Knowledge of principles and methods of e-communications.
Time in Grade Restriction:
Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction.

Must have served 52 weeks as a GS-11 or higher grade (or equivalent) in the Federal service.

Other Requirements:
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  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires possession of or ability to acquire a security clearance.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • Requires possession of or ability to acquire a valid state driver’s license.
  • Incumbent will visit other locations by driving government vehicle and by other means.
  • Must file annual financial statement.
  • Travel is required approximately 15 % of the time.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

BENEFITS:
The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
Comprehensive health and life insurance
Competitive salaries
Generous retirement programs
Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
Flexible work environment to include use of telework and alternate work schedules
Paid employment related training and education
Possible student loan repayment
Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

OTHER INFORMATION:
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  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDI140025-V300.pdf.
  • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)
  • This is a Career Program Position (CP) 22.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are not authorized. Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • The Department of the Army 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 servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.

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