Public Affairs Specialist

Washington, DC 20520, USA
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Job Description

Overview
Accepting applications
Open & closing dates

06/01/2023 to 06/15/2023

Salary

$94,199 - $145,617 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 12 - 13

Location

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC
1 vacancy
Remote job

No

Telework eligible

Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel may be required up to 25%.

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Appointment type

Permanent -

Work schedule

Full-time -

Service

Competitive

Promotion potential

13

Job family (Series)

1035 Public Affairs

Supervisory status

No

Security clearance

Top Secret

Drug test

Yes

Position sensitivity and risk

Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

National security

Announcement number

DFAS/CA-2023-0061

Control number

728967600
Summary

This position is located in the Outreach Division, Office of Public and Congressional Affairs, Bureau of Consular Affairs. The incumbent serves as a Public Affairs Specialist with responsibility for planning, developing, and coordinating a wide variety of communications and outreach activities, primarily targeted at federal, state, and local law enforcement officials regarding their obligation to provide consular notification and access.

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This job is open to
The public

U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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Duties
Facilitates and conducts outreach, training, and educational activities including seminars, panels, webinars, and video conferences for local, state, and federal officials across the United States.
Reviews and maintains training materials on consular notification and access, including manuals, websites, digital content, flyers, infographics, and slideshows.
Receives, reviews, and researches queries from foreign embassies and consulates regarding the welfare and whereabouts of foreign citizens who have been arrested or detained, and prepares formal and informal correspondence on these matters.
Provides analysis and advice to other Department staff on a wide range of consular notification and access policies, procedures, and best practices and participates in bilateral meetings with foreign governments in which these matters are discussed.
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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Qualifications

This is a position in a career ladder for a Public Affairs Specialist with a target grade level of GS 13.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements described below by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Experience identifying target audiences and executing a communications or outreach program to influence their behavior.
Experience coordinating and managing virtual and in-person public events and trainings.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-12 position.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Experience identifying target audiences and executing a communications or outreach program to influence their behavior.
Experience coordinating and managing virtual and in-person public events and trainings.
Experience in the fields of international affairs, international law, law enforcement, corrections, or criminal justice.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.

Education

Education requirements do not apply to this vacancy announcement.

Benefits
How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply. For this announcement, all applicants will be assessed to determine if they meet the qualifications for this position, specifically the education, specialized experience, and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary to perform the work of the position. All applications that meet the required qualifications will be referred to the selecting official in the order in which the applications were received.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following KSAs and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

Expert knowledge of a wide variety of communications strategies, techniques, and dissemination methods.
Skilled in evaluating the effectiveness of a training or outreach program.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including speaking to large audiences, briefing principals, and preparing formal documents on complex matters.
Knowledge of U.S. foreign policy goals, objectives, and priorities and the ability to monitor, research, and analyze relevant global political, social, and economic developments.
Knowledge of the U.S. law enforcement and criminal justice systems.
Ability to problem solve, think creatively, interpret policy, and exercise a significant level of independent judgment.

Agency and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP and ICTAP) candidates must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for selection priority. Candidates are considered well qualified if their knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) exceed the minimum qualifications described in the announcement.

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Required Documents

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume showing relevant work/volunteer experience, education and training. Include the start and end dates (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours per week worked/volunteered. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must support your answers to the completed online assessment questions.

2. Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable. Veterans’ preference does not apply to this vacancy. Any supporting documentation received from veterans will be retained to document veteran’s status if selected.

To claim 5-point preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
To claim 10-point preference, submit all required documentation outlined on the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) to support your claim (e.g., DD-214, official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, etc.). If we cannot verify your 10-point preference claim, your application will be reviewed for 5-point preference.
To claim 10-point derived preference (i.e., spouses, widows, widowers or mothers of veterans), submit a completed SF-15 and all required documentation listed on the SF-15 to support your claim.
To claim 0-point Sole Survivorship preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or another form of official documentation showing that your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.

For all preference claims:
DD-214 Member 4 copies are preferred and must show the dates of service, type of discharge, and any qualifying service campaign medals.
If you are currently on active duty and applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must provide a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this vacancy announcement.
For more veterans’ preference information, visit the USAJOBS Help Center.

3. ICTAP/CTAP documentation, if applicable. Visit our agency’s ICTAP and CTAP sites for required documentation.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

Prepare your application in USAJOBS

To start your application, click Apply and we’ll walk you through the process to attach a resume and any required documents.

During the application process you can review, edit, delete, and update your information. We’ll automatically save your progress as you go, so you won’t lose any changes. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process.

STEP 1: Select the "Apply" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit your resume. Please see the Required Documents section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Complete the online assessment questions.

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation applicable to you, as listed in the Required Documents section.

To learn how to view the status of your submitted supporting documentation and application, visit the Application Instructions section of our agency’s Civil Service selection process site.

Technical assistance with your on-line application is available through the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com or by calling (866) 656-6830 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET

Alternate Application Procedures

If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET at least 2 working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement. Paper applications and information sent by mail will not be accepted.

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