Communications and Outreach Specialist (Public Affairs Specialist)

Washington, D.C
Jun 30, 2022
Jul 07, 2022
Full Time

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a new, first of its kind, cross-Department coordination center, working collaboratively throughout DHS to advance this critical mission set.

Under the direction of the CCHT's Strategic Communications Advisor, manage CCHT's internal and external communication needs.

Plan, direct, and execute strategic communications and stakeholder engagement plans for the CCHT, including milestones, deliverables, and measures.

Develop, promote, and expand the reach and impact of approved messaging, keeping open lines of communication and reporting with the 16 DHS component agencies supporting the CCHT, working collaboratively to develop informational materials, and evaluating public information campaigns for maximum impact.

Enhance CCHT's online presence on, providing strategic content for websites, including blogs, social media posts, and CCHT intranet platforms, such as SharePoint.

Provide outreach support for CCHT leadership and initiate and maintain direct contacts with the public, specialized groups, communities, and government entities.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to devise and implement creative solutions.
  • Ability to represent the CCHT in intra- and inter-agency meetings, with the public, stakeholders, and other partners.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Ability to write SOPs and instructions.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Thorough knowledge in the style requirements of the media and related publications to ensure that all written materials, including correspondence, internal memoranda, all reports, Congressional response, and taskings are clear, concise, and accurate.
  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).