Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist
Department Of Agriculture - Alexandria, VA

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The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Communications Officer, Communications Division, Social Media Branch. FNCS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you at FNCS!

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on FNCS-13-012. Disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities can apply to the Merit Promotion announcement if they meet criteria for the above and include supporting documents. Depending on a variety of circumstances, telework may be available. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Depending on a variety of circumstances, telework may be available.
FNCS offers alternative and flexible work schedules
Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying DUTIES:

As the Branch Chief of the Social Media Branch, the responsibilities include oversight of a staff of employee responsible for:

Conducting the social media website management program within Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) with responsibility for planning, designing, and executing the program to inform and educate the general and specialized publics and partners about the Agency’s programs, activities and services.

Directing a staff responsible for all aspects of public affairs including social media outreach and response, website management, promotion of programs via photography, graphics, and publications within the Agency.

Responding to information requests from the news media, specialized and general publics, and partners on the nutrition assistance programs in written and oral form, often requiring detailed explanations of negative comments made on Agency activities or performance in a particular situation. Requires a high degree of diplomacy, tact and political savvy.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service. Experience for this position includes the management, implementation, and evaluation of public affairs, public relations, communications, and/or marketing programs; experience in media relations and social media practices and strategies; AND experience working in a high-demand environment with shifting priorities requiring a high degree of judgment, diplomacy, and political savvy.

NOTES: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

Skill in developing or evaluating public information programs to enhance understanding of agency programs.

Knowledge of administrative public affairs program segments to effectively manage a staff.

Knowledge and skill sufficient for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals that may have opposing points of view and conflicting interests.

We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

Note : If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

To view the application form, visit: https://fns.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=490a61f3-2ca3-46f1-aab0-a23b00aefece

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/Interactive/Benefits#icc

. OTHER INFORMATION:
We may select from this announcement of any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

Travel may be required up to 25% of the time.

This is a nonbargaining designated position.

If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit towards annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNCS may grant service credit for non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service prior to the effective date of the employees entry on duty.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD)

FNCS has contracted with the National Finance Center (NFC) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. NFC's responsibilities include advertising FNCS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT : If selected for this position, you will be required to:

Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

Complete a one-year supervisory or managerial probationary period (unless already completed).

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds transfer.

Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

File a Confidential Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.

Successfully complete a background investigation

Complete a Declaration of Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

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