Public Relations Officer (Term Appointment)

US Department of Homeland Security - Glynco, GA

Full-time | Part-time | Temporary
“The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), through strategic partnerships, prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.” We are a unique inter-agency organization preparing the next generation of law enforcement officers to meet our Nation's most pressing security challenges. Click here to learn more.

As the Public Relations Officer in the Public Affairs Office, you will serve as a valuable member of the FLETC team. The Chief plans, designs, executes, and supervises the operations of FLETC’s various messaging programs to inform and educate the general and specialized publics about the agency’s law enforcement training programs, activities, and services. This includes serving as an advisor and consultant to the Director and Deputy Director on significant and sensitive issues affecting FLETC and its collaboration with law enforcement agencies throughout the Federal Government, and at the state, local, and international levels. The position provides leadership in FLETC’s communications and interactions with law enforcement stakeholders at all levels of government. Typical work assignments include:

Supervising a subordinate staff of employees. Approving leave, travel requests, changes in work schedules, and changes in position descriptions.
Resolving employee grievances and complaints and selecting, promoting, and reassigning personnel.
Implementing the agency's Equal Employment Opportunity policies to ensure no discrimination occurs because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership/non-membership in an employee organization.
Overseeing special events, ceremonies, tours, and other activities intended to develop interest in the agency’s programs and specifically to raise awareness of the service FLETC provides to the federal, state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement communities.
Providing assistance and consultation to all law enforcement training delivery points in initiating and maintaining direct contacts with the general public, specialized groups, and community and governmental entities using agency's services.
Planning, directing and executing national campaigns to convey complex information concerning programs, research on program-related areas, responsibilities and activities.
Advising agency senior-level management of attitudes of FLETC's law enforcement participating organizations at all training delivery points as well as reactions, achievements and criticisms; evaluating messaging programs and recommending modification when appropriate.
Preparing or editing articles for publication in various media reporting on technical progress and achievements of the agency and employees, including written pieces describing the FLETC's law enforcement training programs, processes and policies.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, local, and international levels; members of the news media; and other specialized groups interested in the agency's law enforcement training programs and training sites.
Responding to information requests from the news media and specialized and general publics on the organization's program in written and oral form, including requests of a technical nature about law enforcement training operations programs and policy, often requiring detailed explanations of negative comments made on the agency's activities or performance in a particular situation.
Travel Required
25% or less - Moderate amounts of travel, including travel by commercial air carrier, may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series


Conditions of Employment
You must successfully pass a background investigation.
You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you.
You will be required to undergo initial and random drug testing for illegal drug use. Employment is contingent upon favorable results.
This position is designated as Emergency Essential. You will be required to sustain FLETC’s operations in the event of a localized situation, such as inclement weather, interruptions to power, or dismissal or closure of DHS operations or services.
You will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, within 30 days of starting your federal employment and annually thereafter as long as you occupy a position that requires financial disclosure reporting.
This position requires you to have access, safeguard, and store classified national security information on a regular basis. You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
This position is excepted from furlough - this position's funding is dependent on Congress; however, you will be expected to report to work during a government shutdown but will not be paid during a furlough.
New supervisors/managers must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
Current and former federal employees within the General Schedule (GS) must meet the time-in-grade requirements outlined in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.
Overtime may be required.
You must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
This position is eligible for situational-only telework based on agency policy.
The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: In order to be considered for this position you must:

A. Possess experience as a sworn law enforcement officer or agent with full arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws;

  • OR-
B. Have held a federal civilian position in the 1801 occupational series.

In addition to the Selective Placement Factor, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is experience in performing a wide range of management functions, overseeing strategic communications for a law enforcement agency, and providing advice to senior management on sensitive issues related to an agency’s collaboration with law enforcement organizations.

Time-in-Grade: Current and former GS federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the GS-14 grade level in the federal service to meet the time-in-grade requirement at the GS-15 level. The time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Office of Personnel Management must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Additional information
DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This will include a credit check after a tentative job offer is given, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.

Physical Demands: Although the physical demands are minimal, the incumbent is exposed to considerable mental/physical exertion and executive stress arising from long hours, pressure, short and demanding deadlines, and frustration.

Work Environment: Work is performed in an executive office setting. Moderate amounts of travel, including travel by commercial air carrier, may be required.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement within the same geographical area.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Pub. Law 113-76 grants the FLETC approval to hire retired federal employees with law enforcement/investigative experience to meet the expanding mission of the FLETC. Individuals may be selected for time-limited positions with eligibility for the dual-compensation waiver. The dual-compensation waiver allows retirees to return to work, earning their full salary with no offset to their FERS annuity. However, this waiver does not exempt the FERS annuity supplement from being reduced. Therefore, FERS retirees receiving a FERS annuity supplement, must be aware that like social security benefits, the FERS annuity supplement is subject to an earnings test and may be reduced if the salary earned is more than the social security exempt amount of earnings. Additional information is available on OPM’s website or by contacting OPM.

If selected, federal retirees will be eligible for a waiver of the dual compensation reduction. Click here for more information.

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

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to determine the degree to which your experience, education, and training demonstrate the following competencies needed to perform this job:

1. Experience as a sworn law enforcement officer/agent with full arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of Federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws.

2. Ability to manage a public affairs and communications program and provide supervisory guidance on technical matters related to public affairs, communications, and media relations to subordinates, develop and operating budget and ensure program effectiveness.

3. Experience planning the full range of public affairs functions at the component level or equivalent.

4. Knowledge of matters of protocol related to planning and overseeing high profile events, ceremonies, and tours.

5. A high degree of skill in event planning.

6. A high degree of skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships, networks, and teamwork at all levels of management to include Federal, state, local, law enforcement agencies, while exercising tact, ingenuity, and resourcefulness.

7. Ability to develop written content in various formats, including articles, information pieces, and press releases for broad audiences.

8. A high degree of skill in written techniques, including expert knowledge of English grammar.

9. Ability to oversee, develop, and execute multi-faceted media campaign to disseminate information regarding an organization's programs and coordinate high-priority communications to employees, staff, and other interested parties.

Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of the quality of prior experience. If you are determined to be best-qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

Career Transition Assistance Program or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government as a civilian, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility may be found on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well-qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
1. Your resume
2. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and provide the documents that demonstrate your preference eligibility e.g., the AB4, Civil Service Preference Letter.
4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP)? You must submit copies of your: agency notice; most recent performance rating; and your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
5. Are you a current or former federal employee? You must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 that indicates your tenure group, grade, and salary (including basic).
6. Have you occupied a GS position in the federal civilian service within the last 52 weeks? You must submit a copy of the SF-50 that proves you meet the time-in-grade requirements listed in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.
7. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: position title, type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee), agency, and beginning and ending dates of your appointment.
8. You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

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.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the

DHS Careers

website and select Benefits.
Disabled veteran leave

will be available to any federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.