Public Affairs Specialist

General Services Admin Washington, DC
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

As a Public Affairs Specialist, you will generate positive, national media coverage for GSA and its initiatives, products, and services. In coordination with the Press Secretary, the incumbent serves as principal advisor to press secretary and assists in responding to time sensitive media inquiries, preparing and reviewing press releases, and helping with the management of GSA's media affairs team. The work performed is often highly sensitive in nature, requiring a close confidential relationship with the Press Secretary and Deputy Associate Administrator for Media Affairs, and the Associate Administrator for Strategic Communication.

This position is located in the Office of Strategic Communication (OSC), in Washington, D.C.

The Office of Strategic Communication is responsible for being a strategic partner to GSA's organizations and help to achieve the agency's highest priorities through effective and continuously improved communication; and uses unique and fully integrated tactics to meet specific business needs.

GSA has been repeatedly named as one of the 'Best Places to Work' in the Federal Government'. LEARN MORE about why you should choose GSA.

You will have access to many benefits including:

* Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)

* Life insurance coverage with several options

* Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year

* Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)

* Flexible work schedules and telework

* Transit and child care subsidies

* Flexible spending accounts

* Long-term care insurance

* Training and development

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed. Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area.

This is not a virtual position. The selectee is expected to report to work in the duty station location listed in this vacancy announcement.

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As a Public Affairs Specialist, you will perform the following duties:

* Research and writes GSA press releases, press advisories, and any subsequent edits and/or follow-ups as needed, which involves consulting and coordinating with GSA subject matter experts to research projects.

* Ensure that key people in the news release approval process produce, approve, and/or modify the release to its final approved state in a timely manner, which includes approval by Press Secretary, and the Associate Administrator for Strategic Communication.

* Assist the Press Secretary in communicating with all Public Affairs Officers assigned to regional offices to help coordinate media responses, outreach and public relations events.

* Collaborate on the management of administrative, technical and clerical aspects of the Office of Strategic Communication public affairs team to ensure efficient, effective and consistent execution of daily operations. Assists Press Secretary in maintaining staff schedule/calendar to ensure connectivity with press officers in headquarters and regional offices.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - maybe required to attend training, conferences, and/or job related events.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

* Current Federal Employees- Nationwide

* Former Federal Employees- Nationwide




* Land Management

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

* Job family (Series)

1035 Public Affairs

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)

* Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date

* Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable

* Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

* Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee

* Serve a one year probationary period, if required.

* Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 3 investigation level) before you start the job.

* Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.


For each job on your resume, provide:

* the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)

* number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

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The GS-12 salary range starts at $81,548 per year. The GS-13 salary range starts at $96,970 per year. If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

To qualify for the GS-12 level:

You must demonstrate one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is developing responses to media inquiries, press releases, media programs, and strategies to produce timely coverage of important issues and breaking new stories; developing written informational materials for dissemination to the general public; and responding to news media inquiries either personally or arranging for a response by officials.

To qualify for the GS-13 level:

You must demonstrate one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is developing written and media communications for an organization and/or client's programs, projects, or initiatives; developing news releases and responses to media inquiries,s, radio and television scripts, feature articles, news conferences, etc.; managing communication publications, multi-media and special events; tracking media related coverage and events; and writing and editing highly professional materials.


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