Public Affairs Specialist
National Archives and Records Administration - Lewisville, TX

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You will serve as a Public Affairs Specialist with the George W. Bush Presidential Library, located at 1725 Lakepointe Drive, in Lewisville, Texas.

Whether you are new to the Federal Government or an experienced professional seeking a career change, you can make history at the National Archives. Our dedicated staff works across a variety of career fields to safeguard the records of the Federal Government - more than 10 billion of them.

Visit our Employee Gallery at www.archives.gov/careers to see the kinds of dynamic projects our staff are undertaking. If you want a career where you can see the difference your work makes, then join the National Archives!

For more information on the George W. Bush Presidential Library, visit http://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/ .

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens.

Note: This position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion procedures. Applicants under special hiring authorities (e.g., Disabilities Program, Peace Corps, Veterans Recruitment Appointment, Former overseas employee, Former National Guard Technician, etc.) who wish to be considered must apply under Merit Promotion procedures, Job Announcement number JD793986SB.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship

Background and/or Security Investigation

Relocation Expenses Will Not Be Paid

Occasional travel

DUTIES:
  • Provides information to the public on the holdings, programs, and activities of the library and museum through web and social media sites . Monitors and analyzes feedback, responds to general inquiries, and directs the more complex inquiries to appropriate parties. Works collaboratively with partners and other staff members. Maintains and recommends improvements to the sites. Acts as webmaster, managing web content and editing updates to the web site on a regular basis. Alerts interested media to changes and additions to the site.
  • Evaluates the public relations and information potential of various programs, activities, and events; recommends which should be publicized; and determines the most appropriate methods and techniques to receive the most favorable coverage.
  • Assists in identifying records of interest and briefs interested parties on holdings and policies. Identifies and trains appropriate staff for media interviews. Oversees the arrangement of film-crew visits. Offers customized tours to groups of journalists or briefs journalists on how to use the library and museum facilities.
  • Arranges media coverage for library and museum programs and activities to include verifying logistical arrangements and anticipating requirements such as electronic needs, dedicated phone lines, microphone needs, etc. Arranges interviews with appropriate staff about special projects, programs, or archival holdings.
  • Maintains liaison with and represents the library and museum to local, national, and international print and broadcast media. Markets events and programs. Writes, edits, and disseminates press releases, press kits, public service announcements, and articles concerning issues and programs to the media and public. Contributes articles and materials for internal publications. Appears on major news shows, and in trade journals, local, national, and international newspapers.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
GS-11 - Candidates must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-9). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

Examples of specialized experience for this position include experience administering or assisting with public information and outreach programs for a library, museum, cultural, or similar institution; developing and maintaining institution’s web and social media sites; researching, assembling, writing, and disseminating sensitive, critical, or complex information on a wide variety of subjects in support of the institution’s programs, objectives, and functions; providing recommendations based upon the analysis of public and employee feedback; and providing communication services in the area of media relations, public relations, writing and editing, special and public events, and external relations.

Education may be substituted for experience. For GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education above the master’s degree from an accredited educational institution leading to a degree that has demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

Combination of Experience and Education: A combination of specialized experience and related graduate education from an accredited educational institution may be used to meet the total requirements for this position.

For further information, please refer to the Office of Personnel Management’s Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

Note: If you wish to qualify for the position based on education, you must submit copies of your college transcripts. Graduates of foreign schools must have their academic credentials evaluated through a recognized credential evaluating institution.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Your resume must specifically and clearly show your possession of the required specialized experience and your possession of the required competencies. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position.

The required KSA’s for this position are as follows:
  • Ability to provide written, oral, and visual communication services for a library, museum, cultural, or similar institution, to include development and upkeep of web and social media sites, media relations, public relations, writing and editing, special and public events, and external relations;
  • Ability to arrange media coverage for programs and activities to include logistics and anticipating the media’s requirements (such as electronic needs, dedicated phone lines, microphone needs, etc.);
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate a variety of data and develop appropriate materials and recommendations;
  • Ability to conduct outreach/marketing and presentation activities; and
  • Ability to provide information on the holdings, programs, and activities of a library, museum, cultural, or similar institution.
Based on the information you provided in your application package, we will assign you to one of three quality categories - Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Those applicants who are determined to be best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Qualified veterans are placed ahead of non-veterans within each category. Qualified veterans with a service connected disability of 10% or more are placed ahead of non-veterans in the best qualified category.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or your responses are not supported by your resume, your score will be adjusted. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

BENEFITS:
NARA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For more information visit the following websites:
http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp or http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other proof of eligibility ( The member 4 copy of your DD-214, or other copies that indicate character of discharge is preferable ). If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see Veteran's Information Page, http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans

VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011: If you are an active duty service member of the armed forces, Public Law 112-56, ensures that certain individuals do not lose the opportunity to be considered for Federal service (and awarded their veterans’ preference entitlements if applicable) despite not having a DD form 214 to submit along with the application package (resume). Service members must submit with their application a certification from the armed forces that certifies that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. For more information on VOW, see Veteran’s Information page - http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans .

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): If you are a displaced Federal employee, you may be eligible under the ICTAP or CTAP guidelines to apply for special selection consideration. You must meet minimum qualifications, including selective factors, experience, and education requirements (if applicable), and be rated well-qualified for the position (i.e., receive a score of 85 or above based on your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire). You must provide a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form with your application or an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. More information: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

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