Public Affairs Specialist

US National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Hampton, VA

30+ days agoFull-time
Duties
Summary
The Office of Strategic Analysis, Communication and Business Development is seeking an individual to serve as a Public Affairs Specialist specializing in developing informational materials to engage the public and promote understanding of NASA's and Langley Research Center's programs.

This position may be filled at any grade. If selected below the GS-13 level, you may receive a non-competitive promotion(s) to the full performance level of GS-13, when eligible and recommended by management.

Responsibilities
Serves as a Public Affairs Specialist responsible for performing duties that may span across multiple aspects of a public affairs program, such as, developing and writing informational materials designed to reach local, regional, and national audiences through the news media such as wire services, radio, television, newspapers, and magazines. Written materials may include news releases, spot radio, and television announcements, fact sheets, web features, editorials for top agency managers, background statements, etc. Designs and prepares briefing materials using a variety of communication methods. Develops articles, brochures, fact sheets, press kits, etc. Other examples include planning and implementing Center and selected Agency special events, ceremonies, receptions, and dedications and/or conferences; initiates and coordinate the production of web information and registration, invitations, brochures, handouts, and announcements. Serves as liaison with other federal, state, and local organizations to formalize and administer programs involving high-level community leaders and government officials.

Evaluates information problems encountered in communicating NASA's programs. Advises on and recommends activities to solve these problems. Analyzes information in terms of the public needs to be met. Evaluates the impact and effectiveness of informational materials designed to reach various audiences through the news media. Prepares detailed statistical reports concerning the dissemination of information. Evaluates public resources and information and how they affect public perceptions and understanding of agency programs and policies.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Job family (Series)
1035 Public Affairs

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
A one-year probationary period may be required.
Occasional travel may be required.
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
Qualifications
In order to qualify at the GS-11 grade level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal Service, which equipped the applicant with the competencies required to perform successfully the duties of the position; OR applicants may substitute the following education for the specialized experience requirements:

a.) Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field, or
b.) 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

At the GS-11 level specialized experience includes: Experience assisting in the preparation of written and/or oral responses to inquiries from interested groups, the general public, and/or field personnel; assisting in writing a variety of articles, news releases and/or speeches to convey information and clarify programs and activities to the general public; developing working relationships with external media representatives; and supporting special outreach events, ceremonies, tours and other activities to develop public and media interest.

Applicants may also qualify based on a combination of the experience and education requirements described above.

In order to qualify at the GS-12 grade level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service, which equipped the applicant with the competencies required to perform successfully the duties of the position.

At this GS-12 level specialized experience includes: Experience supporting media relations programs to increase awareness and support for an organization's mission; initiating and preparing written and/or oral responses to inquiries from interested groups, the general public, and/or field personnel; writing a variety of articles, news releases and/or speeches to convey information and clarify programs and activities to the general public; developing and maintaining strong working relationships with external media representatives; and planning and supporting special outreach events, ceremonies, tours and other activities to develop public and media interest.

In order to qualify at the GS-13 grade level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service, which equipped the applicant with the competencies required to perform successfully the duties of the position.

At this GS-13 level specialized experience includes: Experience administering a media relations programs to increase awareness and support for an organization's mission; initiating, preparing and reviewing written and/or oral responses to inquiries from interested groups, the general public, and/or field personnel; writing a variety of articles, news releases and/or speeches to convey information and clarify programs and activities to the general public; developing and maintaining strong working relationships with external media representatives; and planning and leading special outreach events, ceremonies, tours and other activities to develop public and media interest.

There is no option to substitute education for experience or combine the two in order to qualify at the GS-12 and GS-13 grade levels.
Education
There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information
Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

As identical vacancies are identified additional selections may be made.

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

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

NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .

Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Applicable

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

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.

Benefits

Benefits
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