PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
Department of the Army - Columbia, SC

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The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the Nation's longest-enduring institutions. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense. We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our SC National Guard Team and serve your nation, SC and your community!

SOUTH CAROLINA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

THIS POSITION IS RESTRICTED TO CURRENT ON-BOARD DUAL STATUS TECHNICIANS EMPLOYED WITH THE SC ARMY NATIONAL GUARD AND TECHNICIANS WITH USERRA RESTORATION RIGHTS WITH THE SC ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Location: JFHQ-SC-PAO; Columbia, SC

Compatibility: Commissioned Officers: Warrant Officer, Enlisted

NOTE: TEMPORARY AND INDEFINITES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.

National Guard Membership is Required : This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the South Carolina Army National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.

Application materials must be received by the closing date. Failure to provide complete information may result in your not receiving consideration for this position. Please refer to the Qualifications and Evaluations Section of this Announcement to understand the qualification requirements, and the How to Apply Section for detailed instruction on applying. If you are applying with a resume created outside of USA Jobs Resume Builder, follow this link to access the Online Questionnaire. Otherwise apply using the APPLY ONLINE button at the right of this page to use the RESUME BUILDER resume.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Compatibility: Commissioned Officer; Warrant Officer, Enlisted
  • Meet minimum physical and screening requirements
  • Meet minimum aptitude requirements for the compatible MOS
  • Attain/Maintain the Security Clearance and NACLC
  • Participate in the Direct Deposit Program

DUTIES: DUTIES:

Develops news releases and feature articles describing Guard sponsored activities or events, presentation ceremonies, etc. Distributes developed news releases and feature articles to local and the national print and broadcast media for publication. Responds orally and in writing to requests for information from Guard members, member associations, external audiences or special interest groups. Determines the sensitivity of data requested, and if data is determined to be sensitive or controversial, coordinates data release with a senior Public Affairs (PA) Specialist. Evaluates local media programming on National Guard events, activities or communication campaigns to identify potential public relations issues with message content or format. Gathers data on public reaction to communication campaigns for analysis and evaluation. Prepares and disseminates news releases and feature articles to the media for print. Selects and incorporates photographs, film footage, etc., into the release or article to visually enhance the message with viewers. Consults with the pertinent program specialist to obtain the latest information for use in news releases, radio spots, print articles, meetings and electronic broadcasts. Develops semi-technical written materials to educate a specific audience on the nature and purpose of the National Guards programs, policies and practices. Develops positive working relationships with state and local government personnel, community or special interest groups or individuals desiring input on state level National Guard policy, practices and programs. Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: QUALIFICATIONS:

General Experience is described as 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 is experience which is directly related to the position to be filled and which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.

GS-09 - Must have at least 24 months experience, education, or training involving knowledge of writing, communication principles, methods and techniques that relate to the public affairs of an agency. Experience in applying and adapting knowledge of strictly controlled situations of an agency. Experience writing articles on routine events of non-controversial subjects. Experience responding timely and appropriately to requests for information concerning agency programs and services. Experience participating in meetings with specialized groups to listen to and understand feedback on agency programs that are of particular interest to public.

Length of time is not of itself qualifying. Your experience will be evaluated on the basis of duties performed. Your record of experience and/or training must show possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities needed to fully perform the duties of the position:

- Knowledge and skill sufficient to assist in the planning, writing and editing of feature news and technical articles for release to interested internal and external audiences.

- Knowledge of target audience lifestyles, interests and activities sufficient to identify the most effective methods by which data on informational campaign effectiveness can be obtained for evaluation.

- Knowledge of and skill in applying communication campaign development methods and practices to advise program managers on the most effective approaches to message formatting and delivery to a specific or general audience.

- Knowledge and skill sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships with groups or individuals interested in having input on National Guard programs, policies or activities.

- Knowledge of the principles and methods of mass communication and skill in applying or adapting these principles and methods to recurring assignments.

- Knowledge of and skill in applying public speaking skills to engagements where National Guard programs, activities, objectives and policies are discussed and the audience's reaction gauged.

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience - A maximum of 12 months of the 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 Public Affairs (i.e. public relations, journalism, information processing science, communications, English composition or other course where primary emphasis is on communications and writing skills).

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Employees selected for full-time positions that require mandatory training at the National Guard Professional Education Center (NGPEC) will have 12 months from the date of hire to complete the required course(s). Failure to complete NGB prescribed courses at NGPEC for new personnel within the first year of employment may be cause for reassignment or termination.

Enlisted Cash Bonuses: Acceptance of a technician position may affect any bonus and/or educational assistance that may be applicable. Your bonus may be terminated and repayment may be required.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) cost is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the interst of the Government.

For positions requiring the operation of motor vehicles, candidates must have a valid state driver's license for the state in which they live or are principally employed.

Employees selected for positions that require Information Assurance (IA) Training and Certification will have 6 months from the date of hire to satisfactorily complete the appropriate training and obtain the required certification/recertification for the position as outlined in DoD Publication 8570.01-M Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program, dated 19 December 2005 (incorporating Change 1, 15 May 2008). Failure to complete the training and certification may be cause for reassignment or termination.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: EVALUATION PROCESS:

Once the application process is complete, 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 Online Questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire, resume and supporting documents.

If, after reviewing your responses to the questionnaire, your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

BENEFITS: BENEFITS:

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Main New Employee Website - http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

OTHER INFORMATION: OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

2. The South Carolina National Guard is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Soldiers and Airmen will not be assessed, classified, trained, promoted, or otherwise managed on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, reprisal, or non-qualifying handicap. Discrimination due to age or disability are prohibited where not a factor of employment due to military nature of the position. 29 CFR Part 1614. Discrimination due to gender is prohibited except as the direct combat probability coding policy applies to women.

3. Veteran Preference: Under PL 90-486, Veteran Preference is not applicable to the National Guard.

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