Public Affairs Specialist
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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Agency: DC Office of Zoning

Area of Consideration: Open to the General Public

"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-1035-12

Number of Vacancies: one (1)

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Duration of Appointment: Term Appointment (NTE 13 months)

Salary Range: $62,499 - $79,959

Tour of Duty: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Opening date: March 1, 2013
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

First Screening Date: March 15, 2013

Promotion Potential: No Known Potential


Brief Description of Duties: Conducts the public affairs program for the agency with responsibility for developing and providing staff direction involving all public information, internal information, and community relations activities.
Develops communication plans including such factors as specific topics or aspects to emphasize, the most effective media to utilize in communicating with target audiences, etc. Advises management on the possible public and media reactions to agency actions, as well as, the information needs of the general public and various specialized groups.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationship with print and broadcast media representatives in disseminating information or answering inquires about the agency's operations or activities.
Identifies, summarizes, an analyzes public comments submitted to the office. Advises and assist the supervisor with implementing system(s) to track and address pertinent complaints, concerns and/or issues raised. Develops communications strategies with short-term and long-term goals and plans for achieving such goals. Evaluates the impact and effectiveness of communication plans and advise management if efforts should be discontinued, emphasis changed or coverage area expanded or otherwise modified.
Prepares articles for publication and other informational materials and strategies for communicating activities management if efforts should be discontinued, emphasis changed or coverage area expanded or otherwise modified.


Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Education Requirement: Bachelor's degree in public relations, English, journalism, communications, or related field, plus 5 years of experience in public information, public relations, journalism, or other related experience in publicity or promotional work; or a combination of at least (9) years of education and experience sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the position.

Time-in-Grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Knowledge of the agency mission, services, and activities in order to prepare brochures, publications, presentations, speeches, testimony and other informational materials for specialized audiences and the general public.

Ranking Factor #2: Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in the application of the principles, methods and techniques of oral and written communications; and skill developing strategies to disseminate information through a variety of media effectively concerning complex programs, activities and functions.

Ranking Factor #3: Skill in applying analytical techniques in the collection, summary, and analyses of public comments/complaints, agency information program materials, and to make recommendations for improving the delivery of program information to affected individuals and groups. Extensive skill in making oral presentations designed to obtain cooperation and open communications between the agency, target groups and media.

Ranking Factor #4: Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, directives and policies made under FOIA in the preparation of responses to requests for information, and in the statutory time limitations.

Ranking Factor #5: Interpersonal relationship skills in determining the needs and desires of the agency's publics and in dealing effectively with those audiences.

Conditions of Employment

Physical Effort: This work involves research within the office and carrying light objects such as files, books and documents. The incumbent must occasionally travel to meetings in the community for the purpose of making arrangements for staff to appear at public events.

Working Conditions: Work is typically performed in an office or conference setting.

Other Significant Factors: Must possess strong oral and written communication.
Must possess a strong command of English grammar with excellent writing, editing and researching skills.
Must be able to exercise independent judgment in selecting methods and techniques for problem solving with minimal supervision required.
Must have experience working in deadline-driven environment and possess the ability to meet deadlines while paying particular attention to details.
Must be an effective multi-tasker.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide district residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

How to Apply

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.

Posting Cancellation: A non-competitive selection of an eligible candidate from the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) or the District's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) will result in the cancellation of this announcement.

Closing Statement

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

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