Strategic Communications Specialist MPA

Wallops Island, Virginia
Nov 30, 2022
Dec 08, 2022
Full Time

DHS is launching a public awareness campaign to educate the public and policymakers about the growing threats of online CSEA, how to keep children safe online, and advising children and parents how to report CSEA and locate victim resources. As a Strategic Communications Specialist, the incumbent will review and evaluate the knowledge management and communications efforts of the CSEA public awareness campaign, provide contract oversight, and ensure internal DHS alignment, coordination, and consistency regarding the receipt and response to inquiries related to the campaign and its activities.
Major Duties
This position will report directly to the Supervisory Campaign Specialist and will be responsible for helping execute the campaign's strategies, maintain relationship with campaign partners, and administer the overall program.
The incumbent will:
  • Assist the campaign team and contractors with assignments and deliverables to ensure proper clearance and coordination of responses in accordance with the Office of the Secretary correspondence program guidelines. Support the Campaign Director and Administrative Officer by overseeing communications with internal and external stakeholders, including OPA, OPE, and OLA. Serve as lead on management of campaign information on DHS website with OPA. Assist in developing and executing campaign's strategic communication plan with OPE. Liaise with OLA to provide information and briefings to Congressional members or staff on campaign's activities.
  • Research, gather, develop, and check the accuracy of information from a wide range of sources related to the policies and mission of campaign to ensure information is conveyed in the most logical and effective way, taking into account the purpose, communication medium, and audience.
  • Prepare, coordinate, and maintain inquiry responses, briefing materials, fact sheets, and papers, etc. Ensure submissions are fully coordinated and approved by appropriate personnel.
  • Research, develop, and validate information from a wide range of sources regarding DHS communications objectives and policies.
  • Enforce record management policies, standards, procedures, and practices to ensure effective information resource management.
  • Recommend and utilize appropriate problem-solving methods and techniques. Provide advice on work methods, practices and procedures, and assist the team in identifying the parameters of viable solutions.
  • Maintain program and administrative communications materials, project files and relevant background documents and makes available policies, procedures and written instructions from the supervisor. Maintain current knowledge to answer questions from team members on communications procedures, policies, and directives.
  • Prepare accurate and concise reports and maintain records of work accomplishments and administrative information, as required. Coordinate the preparation, presentation, and communication of work-related information to campaign staff.
  • Represent the campaign on interagency meetings and working groups.


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:
  • Experience with communications strategies and execution.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and competing deadlines.
  • Experience partnering with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience briefing stakeholders, including senior executives and/or political appointees, utilizing verbal presentations and/or written materials.
  • Editing, drafting, and disseminating diverse materials for a range of audiences.
  • Experience with a broad range of information sources and analytical methods to research and develop information on the programs and policies.
  • Work with minimal supervision, using individual discretion and judgment.
  • Highly organized and demonstrated ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Comfort working in a dynamic and evolving environment.
  • 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.