Public Affairs Specialist
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Public Affairs Specialist

Boise, Idaho

Appointment Type:

PD #: D1168000








Salary Range:



  • Candidates must possess and maintain a Secret Security Clearance*
  • PCS is not authorized*
This is an Excepted Service position that requires membership in the Idaho Air National Guard as a condition of employment. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an Excepted Service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Loss of military membership will result in immediate loss of your full-time military technician position.

In accordance with the Labor Management Agreement, Article 18, Promotions:

Area of Consideration

The area of consideration for all Idaho National Guard bargaining unit positions will be as follows:


Bargaining unit members


All other individuals

This does not preclude management from selecting either Section (1) or Section (2) applications


Section (1) applicants have been considered.

Current members of the Idaho Air National Guard.

Application materials must be received by

Tuesday, January 08, 2013


Failure to provide complete information may result in your not receiving consideration for this position.

Please refer to the Qualifications and Evaluations section to understand the requirements.


Military requirement: Officer


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The primary purpose of the position is to assist the state’s Public Affairs (PA) Officer at the strategic and operational level, with particular emphasis on developing segments of more complicated or sensitive communications campaigns and executing the National Guard Bureau’s (NGB’s) communication objectives.



(1) Assists the Public Affairs Officer in the formulation of long-range plans and policies to enhance public understanding, support and acceptance of Public Affairs programs and/or activities statewide.

(2) Researches and develops informational materials and complete communication campaigns for release to audiences through electronic and newspaper media.

Prepared materials explain or describe the mission of the NG, NG accomplishments, policies, programs or actions taken to ensure the NG’s compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements.

Written materials include news releases, display advertisements, fact sheets, feature stories, background statements, special reports, etc.

Coordinates the analysis of response data on communication campaign effectiveness with programs managers.

(3) Responds to media requests for information of both a routine and controversial nature.

Prepares or assembles information kits, edits informational materials drafted by subordinate public affairs specialists or unit UPAR’s, releases photographs and/or feature stories to the news media, coordinates media interviews with NG subject matter experts and arranges photographic and electronic media coverage of newsworthy NG events.

(4) Maintains close working relationships with officials of various civic, media and community groups and Department of Defense personnel, as well as state and national government officials outside the NG.

(6) Provides training to UPAR’s on PA program policies, practices and processes.

Coordinates and evaluates the effectiveness of training and training materials and develops recommendations for program enhancement.

Reviews all press releases, feature stories, background statements, special reports, etc., developed by UPARs, prior to their release to the media.

(7) Creates new or adapts or modifies accepted communication campaign formats to reach a target audience with a specific message.

The selection of a communication campaign format is based on an analysis of targeted audience demographics and message content.

After an informational campaign has been implemented, solicited and unsolicited response data is gathered to assess campaign effectiveness in reaching the target audience.

If the campaign’s results do not meet expectations, the incumbent identifies issues of concern, develops alternatives and after discussing these with the appropriate administrative personal, implements the most appropriate option.

(8) Performs other duties as assigned.

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This series includes positions responsible for administering, supervising, or performing work involved in establishing and maintaining mutual communication between Federal agencies and the general public and various other pertinent publics including internal or external, foreign or domestic audiences. Positions in this series advise agency management on policy formulation and the potential public reaction to proposed policy, and identify and carry out the public communication requirements inherent in disseminating policy decisions. The work involves identifying communication needs and developing informational materials that inform appropriate publics of the agency's policies, programs, services and activities, and plan, execute, and evaluate the effectiveness of information and communication programs in furthering agency goals. Work in the series requires skills in written and oral communication, analysis, and interpersonal relations.

There is no special education experience needed for this position.

Within your application package, you must explain how you gained the specialized experience required for this position.

Applicants applying at the



level must have 36 months experience.

Positions in the Public Affairs Series are primarily concerned with advising management on the

formulation and articulation of agency policy and designing, executing, and evaluating the information programs that communicate agency policies, programs, and actions to various pertinent publics.

Public affairs positions work in and contribute to a variety of functional programs. The term functional program refers to the basic objectives of a Federal agency and its operations and activities in achieving them. A functional program may include the entire mission of an agency or any one of many programs administered by the department or agency. Positions in this series require a practical understanding and knowledge of functional programs to facilitate communication between an agency and its publics on program-related problems, activities, or issues. Much of this program knowledge is obtained from specialists in the functional program areas or through review of agency developed material, interviewing program specialists, or reading professional and trade publications. This series covers positions involving one or more of the following functions:

1. design, plan, and direct or advise on the public affairs program in an agency, or organization within an agency;

2. develop and disseminate informational materials to the general public or specialized target groups within a domestic or foreign setting;

3. provide information of particular value and interest to agency employees;

4. establish and maintain effective working relationships with all media, both foreign and domestic, and develop and disseminate informational materials to pertinent publics through the media.

Many positions in the series involve duties in all of these areas, especially in those organizations where the public affairs staff is small and everyone functions as a generalist. Some positions combine several functions, while others are assigned duties restricted to only one specific area. In addition to the kinds of duties encompassed by the four categories above, some agencies assign other types of duties to public affairs positions. Administration of Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act concerns, while not requiring communication or information skills, are found in some public affairs positions. Other agencies have placed this function elsewhere.

A maximum of 12 months of required experience may be substituted by successful completion of undergraduate study in an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester hours for 12 months of experience.

The education must have been in fields directly related to the type of work on the position.

(Proof of education must be submitted with application package)

Idaho National Guard Mission Statement:
The incredible versatility of the National Guard enables its troops to respond to domestic emergencies, combat missions, counter drug efforts, reconstruction missions and more—all with equal speed, strength and efficiency.

Whether the call is coming from the Governor of the State of Idaho or directly from the President of the United States, Guard Soldiers and Airman are always ready and always there.

Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Funds Transfer Program.

This is a dual-status position and membership in the Idaho Air National Guard is required. By submitting this application you are affirming to the validity of the information you have provided.

All male applicants born after 31 December 1959 will be required to furnish a statement of Selective Service registration status prior to appointment. (5 U.S.C. 3328)

Acceptance of any military technician position over 179 days will cause termination of entitlement and eligibility for all bonuses and student loan repayments effective the date of employment. This does not affect the Montgomery GI Bill eligibility. Payments of Selected Reserve reenlistment bonuses authorized in section 308b of title 37, United States Code, to Military Technicians (Dual Status) who become eligible for reenlistment while serving on active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn (in theater) are excluded from repayment.

Acceptance of any military technician position may affect your incentive bonus. Check with your incentives manager to see if this applies to the incentive you received.

Applicants who feel they have reinstatement/restoration/re-promotion rights to this grade and position should contact the Human Resources Office.

The Idaho National Guard is an Equal Opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical handicap or age which does not interfere with job accomplishment or National Guard membership. Veteran's Preference does not apply to any National Guard position.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes all of the documents in the required documents section.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MST) on

Tuesday, January 08, 2013


We are currently not accepting on-line applications. Please use the following information to submit your application:

  • By Mail or Hand Deliver to:
Idaho National Guard

Human Resource Office/Staffing

4794 Gen Manning Ave, Bldg 442

Boise, Idaho 83705-8112

  • Email or Fax requires prior approval from the HR Staffing Specialist for each application submitted.
Important information regarding completion and submission of your Application Package:

  • Applicants must type or print in legible dark ink, sign and date each application package.
Failure to provide complete information may result in your not receiving consideration for this position.


Current Resume or OF 612

  • Personnel Records Review (RIP) (available at the MPF)
  • DD Form 214s (if applicable) (Current technicians disregard)
  • Current medical forms
1. Physical Profile Serial Report (AF Form 422)

2. Duty Limiting Conditions Report (if applicable) (AF Form 469)


Transcript (If using education to substitute for experience, you must submit a transcript)

  • Job related certificates and licenses (Optional) - current only.
  • SF 181E, Ethnicity and Race Identification (Optional) (For Historical purposes only)
Leann M. Reid

Phone: (208)422-3342


Agency Information:
Idaho National Guard


ATTN Staffing Specialist

4794 Farman St Bldg 442




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