Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12
Department of the Army - Camp Mabry, TX

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Texas Military Forces

LONE STAR VALUES

L oyalty Bear true faith and allegiance to the State and Nation, Mission and Family
O pportunity Cultivate an environment for ALL to excel
N etworked Connect to communities, families, interagency partners and components
E thics Honor the public trust, exceed standards and expectations

S elfless Service Place the welfare of the Texas Military Forces, State and Nation first
T exas Spirit Embrace the courageous spirit of our people, history and culture
A daptability Act with understanding, innovation, resourcefulness, flexibility & urgency
R eady Prepare mentally, physically and spiritually to deploy at home and abroad

TEXAS ARMY/AIR NATIONAL GUARD

EXCEPTED TECHNICIAN VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

This position is located in JFHQ-Command Admin Office, Camp Mabry, Austin, TX. The purpose of this 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.

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an Excepted Service position that requires active membership in a compatible military assignment in the Texas Army/Air National Guard and wear of the military uniform. Applicants who are not currently a member of the Texas Army/Air National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the Texas Army/Air National Guard. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please visit http://www.nationalguard.com/guard-basics/eligibility-requirements?icid=meganav_guard-basics-eligibility-requirements_20110720 or contact a Texas Army/Air National Guard recruiter at 512-218-1593 before applying for this position.

Open Areas of Consideration: Nationwide Excepted. This includes:

All currently employed full-time permanent and indefinite personnel of the Texas Army/Air National Guard.
All current members of the Army/Air National Guard and individuals eligible for membership in the Texas Army/Air National Guard.

Appointment Factors: This is a Permanent Excepted Position open to Officers Not to Exceed O-5/LTC.

This is not a Bargaining Unit position.

Remarks: None.

PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.

THE TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

PLEASE NOTE: ACCEPTANCE OF A MILITARY FEDERAL TECHNICIAN POSITION MAY RESULT IN TERMINATION AND / OR REPAYMENT OF MILITARY INCENTIVES. PLEASE CHECK YOUR CONTRACT AND CONTACT YOUR SERVICING EDUCATION SERVICES (INCENTIVES) OFFICE OR THE RECRUITING/RETENTION OFFICE. KEY REQUIREMENTS

United States Citizenship is required.
Direct Deposit is mandatory.
Veteran's preference is not applicable in this agency.
Baseline physical is NOT required within 90 days of employment.
PCS expenses are not authorized.
Must be willing to become a member of the Texas Army National Guard. DUTIES:

As a Public Affairs Specialist with the Texas Army/Air National Guard (ARNG/ANG), your duties will include, but will not be limited to:

Assist in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the state Public Affairs (PA) program. Through media and audience analysis, determines PA program needs and organizational direction to achieve National Guard PA goals. Formulates long range plans, and develops policies to enhance public understanding, support, and acceptance of National Guard (NG) programs and/or activities statewide. Advises the Adjutant General and program managers on sensitive or controversial PA matters. Develops and writes information materials designned to reach audiences throgh various media such as wire service, radio, television, and newspaper. Prepares materials specifically to explain or describe NG missions, requirements, capabilities, accompliishments, policies and programs. Written materials include news releases, radio spot and television announcements, fact sheets, feature stories, background statements special reports, etc. Establishes and implements short and long range plans for print and electronic media programs. Coordinates, supervises and evaluates media servicing activities. Targets and services statewide media markets with print, photographic and electronic materials in support of pubicizing the National Guard story. Responds to media requests for information of both a routine and controversial nature. Prepares or assemblies information kits: edits and rewrites informational material; releases photographs and/or feature stories to news media; studies current issues, coordinates news interviews and prepares questions of newsworthy events involving the National Guard: ensures maintenance of unclassified photo library of appropriate material for news releases; and coordinates public affairs airlift and orientation flights for media representatives. Provides PA advice to the State Public Affairs Officer and Joint Forces Headquarters staff in support of policies and programs of interest to internal audiences. Analyzes, coordinates and updates Command information (CI) plans, policies and programs. Prepares and coordinates special projects to inform all guard members, technicians, families and emloyers of the new policies, programs, or activities. Provides guidance and support to subordinate commands on CI matters. Coordinates CI projects with NGB staff or other agencies as appropriate. Researches and analyzes trends in attitudes and opinions of internal audiences to redevelop/refine DI plans and policies. Oversee production of print and electronic media CI projects. Advises and assists Unit Public Affairs Representatives (UPARs) and/or other personnel assigned public affairs responsibilities. Develops directives, furnishes policy/procedures, and evaluates subordinate level program effectiveness. Designs, coordinates, and conducts educational and training programs to ensure UPAR Knowledge of functional PA programs and activities. Analyzes UPAR performance and/or programs to evaluate and increase effectiveness in achieving overall PA objectives. As Public Affairs Specialist on the staff of the state Adjutant General, establishes and maintains close working relationships with officials of various civic, media, veterans, and community groups, as well as state government officials outside the National Guard. Expands the base of public support through such relationships, and promotes the interests of NG programs which may be at odds with interests of respective groups. Serves as point of contact with veterans organizations or defense related associations requesting information from the NG. Responds to public requests and develops materials that expound on the nature and purpose of the NG. Also responds to requests for information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Assists the ARNG State Recruiting and Retention Manager and ANG Senior Recruiter by providing media placement and print and electronic media support; developing public service announcements; and supporting recruiting drives and special events. Acts as point of contact for NGB Historical Services Team for all historical matters. Serves as a coordinator for units and individauls entering annual military print and electronic media competitions. Provides public affairs annexes to state NG contingency plans. Provides information to NGB for national and/or regional use. Advises NGB of activities and/or incidents that my generate national, regional, or vocal criticism, and that may create media, community, or congressional interest. Participates in budget process to ensure funding requirements are identified, and adequate funds are requested and available for PA Operations. Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates the state Public Affairs (PA) program. Through media and audience analysis, determines PA program needs and organizational direction to achieve National Guard PA goals. Formulates long range plans, and develops policies to enhance public understanding, support, and acceptance of National Guard (NG) programs and /or activities statewide. Advises the Adjutant General and program managers on sensitive or controversial PA matters. Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
General Experience Required

Have experience, education, or training in administrative, professional, investigative and/or technical work AND experience evaluating information and/or utilizing analytical skills to disseminate effective communication AND experience using computers and automation systems.

Specialized Experience Required
In addition to the General Experience required, to qualify at the GS-12 grade level you must:

Possess at least 36 months experience, education, or training involving a thorough knowledge of writing and communication principles, methods and techniques that relate to public affairs of the military. Experience developing new information materials including news releases, fact sheets, brochures, booklets, broadcast spots, etc., that increase communication with the agency's audiences. Experience making on-the-spot presentations to audiences with opposing points of view or erroneous understanding of agency positions. Experience responding timely and appropriately to requests for information concerning agency programs and services.

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience -

A maximum of 12 months of the required experience may be substituted by successful completion of under graduate 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).

Are you using education to qualify? You MUST submit legible transcripts to support your educational claims. All coursework must have been taken from an accredited institution.
Foreign education: Your transcripts must have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in evaluating foreign credentials in order to be acceptable.
Only education/experience gained by closing date of this position will be considered.

COMPATIBLE MILITARY ASSIGNMENT:
ARMY : MOS: 46A, 46X

Air: AFSQ: 35PX

Applicants need not be assigned to the position or possess the MOS/AFSC to apply or be considered for selection. Selected Excepted applicant (if applicable) must complete the MOS/AFSC qualifications and requirements within 1 year of appointment. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified. All other applicants will receive a numerical score and the top qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official.

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:
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. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the National Guard Human Resource Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resource can only process materials received through USA Jobs.

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