Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-11
Environmental Protection Agency - Washington, DC

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Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at EPA. See more about us here: http://www.epa.gov.

This position is located in the Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Stratospheric Protection Division, in Washington, D.C.
For more information on this office, visit their website:
www.epa.gov/oar/spd/
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.

DUTIES: Responsible for communication and outreach on regulatory and voluntary programs for Stratospheric Protection Division (SPD). Develops educational materials and coordinates information gathered by focus groups to ensure success of communication and education efforts. Assist with writing and editing policy documents, publications, articles, speeches and media releases for SPD to ensure consistency with Agency goals and Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) goals, policies and guidance. Works with national environmental groups, education professionals, public heath agencies other government agencies and non-profit to establish partnership and build strong working relationship. Manages aspects of media outreach efforts in particular social media including directing inquires, drafting articles and providing input to press releases, as well as helping manage social medial outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. Serves as SPO point of contact for press inquires and for appropriate internal coordination on all matters involving outside media.

You will spend less than 25%, of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience drafting speeches and publishable material for review AND experience developing communication and outreach strategies plan;- OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., in any academic discipline.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: [List the knowledge, skills, and abilities here.]

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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BENEFITS: Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit
Benefits . To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA .

OTHER INFORMATION: Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm .

EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm .

This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

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