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USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
5 days ago

Description

This position is located in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education (OPACE), Congressional and Public Affairs Staff (CPAS).

This mission of CPAS is to conduct the Agency's public communications programs. CPAS develops and conducts public information campaigns to inform and educate a variety of audiences, including Congress, the media, industry, and consumers.

Responsibilities

  • Plans and leads national communications initiatives and campaigns to convey complex and scientific information regarding FSIS programs and activities.
  • Serves as agency spokesperson.
  • Develops, plans, and executes news conferences, print and broadcast media interviews, and other activities to keep the media and other intended audiences informed of FSIS actions and activities.
  • Prepares FSIS and USDA senior leadership and subject matter experts for media interviews, including coaching and staffing senior leadership during interviews.
  • Maintains relationships with the media, proactively engages reporters, and recommends strategies for enhancing interactions with the media.
  • Develops communication plans, key messages, press releases, talking points, fact sheets, op-eds, speeches, employee communications, feature articles, etc.
  • Plans other activities to keep the media and other intended audiences informed of actions and activities.
  • Maintains relationships with program officials and others to ensure written communication documents are technically accurate.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-13 grade level for consideration for the GS-14 grade level.). (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade.)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience:

GS-14
Specialized Experience: 
You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service performing duties which include:

  • Applying public affairs communication principles, methods, and techniques to plan, design, and execute information to senior leadership, including the media, employees other stakeholders.
  • Drafting communication plans, key messages, press releases, talking points, responses to media inquiries, media statements, fact sheets, op-eds, speeches, employee communications, feature articles, speeches, employee communications, feature articles, and other materials that communicate goals to internal and external audiences.
  • Speaking with reporters to determine the intent of their stories, give guidance, help shape their stories and provide accurate and timely responses.
  • Developing, planning, and managing news conferences, preparing leadership officials and subject matter experts for media interviews and moderating the interviews.
  • Using oral and written communication principles, practices, techniques, and methods, and interpersonal relations practices.
  • Interacting with reporters from major media outlets on the record, on background, and off the record on a variety of complex, scientific, and controversial issues.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 65048959
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Position Title: Senior Public Affairs Specialist
  • Company Name For Job: USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service
  • Category: Media Relations
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: None
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: $126,233.00 - $164,102.00 (Yearly Salary)
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