Public Affairs Specialist
Department of the Army - Marietta, GA

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WELCOME TO THE PEACH STATE!

Area of Consideration: Open only to current Georgia Army National Guard Commissioned Officers.

Position Location: TAG Office, Clay National Guard Center, Marietta, GA

Permanent Change of Station (PCS): PCS is not authorized.

Relocation Incentive: Relocation Incentive is not authorized.

Selected Reserve Incentive Program (SRIP): Acceptance of a Federal Excepted technician position of over 179 days in length will cause termination from the Selected Reserve Incentive Program (SRIP).

Type of Appointment: This is a full-time, Excepted Indefinite, dual-status position which requires Georgia Army National Guard Membership.

Job Summary: 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 and Mobile Public Affairs Detachments (MPADs) personnel covering the region.

Background Check: Selectee may, at the option of the agency, be required to submit to criminal, credit history, and general background checks which will be evaluated by the agency prior to a final offer of employment and access into the Georgia National Guard Federal Technician or Active Guard/Reserve program.

National Guard Membership: This position requires military membership. It is designated for Georgia Army National Guard Officers incumbent(s) only. In accordance with ARNG regulations, incumbent performs duties necessary to accomplish military Public Affairs Specialist functions in support of programs essential to state Army National Guard daily operations, training and readiness missions.

As a member of a Georgia Army National Guard unit, you will be required to train with your unit, normally one weekend a month and 15 days of annual training each year. Georgia Army National Guard units and members are subject to immediate call to federal or state active duty to meet national or state emergencies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a current U.S. Citizen.

Under 5 USC 2108 & 5 CFR 211, Veteran's Preference criteria does not apply.

Direct Deposit Banking is Mandatory.

Military Requirement: OBR: 46A/X

DUTIES:
The following list of duties is not conclusive but provides a brief snapshot of the duties that may be required of this position:

Plans, budgets, designs, and executes public affairs communications strategies to inform and educate the public, both general and specialized, about the Army and Air National Guard programs, activities, and services.

Plans, directs, and executes command/internal information, media and community relations campaigns to convey sensitive and complex information concerning the National Guard's state and federal programs, responsibilities, and activities.

Serves as the official spokesperson for the Adjutant General on controversial and complex issues before the representatives of the print and broadcast media and national organizations.

Provides expertise, assistance and consultation to the TAG and state National Guard field offices in initiating and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, specialized groups, the news media and community and governmental entities using National Guard capabilities and services in support of state or federal homeland defense missions.

Directs special events, ceremonies, tours and other activities intended to develop interest in National Guard programs and to generate positive interaction with the community and the media.

Supervises and/or oversees a subordinate work force of state and federal military and civilian personnel in the JFHQ-State Public Affairs Office and/or the field or unit PAOs.

Plans, schedules and assigns work; develops performance plans and evaluates work performance; identifies training needs; and counsels staff as appropriate.

Develops and executes budget for additional support requirements on an as-needed basis

Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
General Experience: Applicant must have 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: Applicant must have at least 36 months specialized experience 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be further evaluated by the Selecting Official based on the following KSAs considered essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Knowledge of the principals, methods, practices and techniques of communication to function as the JFHQ-State technical authority on all public affairs and community relations programs, problems and issues.
Knowledge of the missions, goals, policies and issues impacting the Department of Defense, U.S. Army, Air Force, and the National Guard Bureau (NGB), and how these will influence the state’s NG. Knowledge must be extensive on the many controversial and complex issues that regularly affect the National Guard.
Skill in complex information on Army and Air National Guard activities that affect state and national interests and may have international involvement and implications.
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals and groups interested in or affected by programs, creating meaningful, constructive communication interchanges.
Skill in developing written materials to convey information concerning complex programs and functions to publics having diverse levels of understanding of the National Guard’s programs and activities.
Skill in responding orally to criticism of the National Guard’s functions or performance, to logically and effectively explain complex programs, functions and activities and gain understanding and support of the organization’s efforts by concerned publics.
Skill in evaluating the effectiveness of the public affairs program, analyzing feedback from the media and public, and developing recommendations to improve the internal operation and enhance the overall public affairs program.

Other Requirements: For positions requiring a security clearance (Secret or Top Secret) the applicant must possess or be able to obtain a clearance within one year of appointment.

National Guard Compatibility: Once an applicant is selected and prior to being placed in the technician Public Affairs Specialist position, the selectee must be assigned to a compatible unit in the Georgia Army National Guard as an Officer member in OBR: 46A/X . Rank inversion is strictly prohibited.

Wear of the Army uniform as prescribed by AR/NGB/GA NGR is required for incumbent of this position. Acceptance of this position constitutes concurrence with this requirement as a condition of employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.

The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the duties required for this position. 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.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/InteractiveBenefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

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