Public Affairs Specialist - Entry to Experienced Level

National Security Agency - Fort Meade, MD (30+ days ago)4.3

Full-time

NSA Overview

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.

Public Affairs Specialists inform and educate the public about the missions, organization, capabilities, needs, activities, and performance of the National Security Agency as an instrument on national defense policy and security. They design, coordinate, and implement public information programs. Public Affairs Specialists identify, establish, and maintain mutually beneficial relationships between NSA and the various publics on whom its success or failure depend. They are responsible for communicating between the Agency and members of the news media, expediting the flow of information to both internal and external audiences.

Description of the Position

The responsibilities of a Public Affairs Specialist include:
  • Designing communication campaigns and strategies
  • Executing communication campaigns and strategies
  • Engaging with appropriate outlets to promote programs and initiatives
  • Analyzing corporate or customer requirements to develop, design, and deliver communication strategies or products.
Skills
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and who possesses strong communication (oral and written), problem-solving, analytic, interpersonal skills, and is:

  • customer service & requirements oriented
  • able to work effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a collaborative environment
  • able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables
  • adaptable
  • resilient
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred:

  • Communications
  • Public Affairs/Relations
  • Journalism
  • Media / Broadcasting
  • Social Media Expertise
  • Press Handling
  • Speech Writing
  • DoD / Intelligence Community
Qualifications
Salary Range: $45,972 - $73,105 (Entry/Developmental)

  • The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered.

Degree in Communication, Marketing, Public Affairs, Political Science, Journalism, English, or Writing is preferred, although any degree is acceptable (additional experience in communication or public affairs is required if degree is not related).

Relevant experience must be in the IC/DoD or in a public affairs related area (e.g., writing for a college newspaper, liaison experience, or marketing).

Salary Range: $68,03 6- $106,012 (Full Performance)

  • The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered.

Degree in Communication, Marketing, Public Affairs, Political Science, Journalism, English, or Writing is preferred, although any degree is acceptable (additional experience in communication or public affairs is required if degree is not related).

Relevant experience must be in the IC/DoD or in a public affairs related area (e.g., writing, communications, marketing, or public relations).

Salary Range: $96,970 - $148,967 (Senior)

  • The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered.

Degree in Communication, Marketing, Public Affairs, Political Science, Journalism, English, or Writing is preferred, although any degree is acceptable (additional experience in communication or public affairs is required if degree is not related).

Relevant experience must be in a public affairs-related area (e.g., writing, communications, marketing or public relations), some of which must be from within the DoD/IC.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.
How To Apply - External
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***PLEASE NOTE:
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you may or may not be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.