Public Affairs Director

Washington, D.C
Feb 01, 2023
Feb 09, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

As the USAGM Public Affairs Director, you will:
  • Serve as chief communications and media advisor for the CEO, USAGM leadership, and senior management.
  • Serve as agency spokesperson in all press engagements.
  • Represent USAGM in high-level meetings with senior officials of other organizations, with authority to present the USAGM's point of view on matters of critical importance to the overall mission of the agency.
  • Develop a communications strategy to broaden awareness of USAGM's news operations, which have a weekly audience of 410 million people.
  • Identify communication challenges and emerging issues facing the USAGM.
  • Oversee the planning, direction, integration, and coordination of USAGM-wide communications programs and activities, including outreach efforts.
  • Manage and oversee internal and external communication, speechwriting and event planning.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the media and specialized groups interested in U.S. international media.
  • Oversee the drafting of speeches, briefing materials, formal replies, and talking points for the CEO; and oversee the preparation and dissemination of internal newsletters and other means of maintaining effective two-way communications with the staffs of the USAGM and its networks and affiliates.
  • Exercise full managerial, work planning, and human resources responsibilities.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality; mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach.
  • Develop budget and workforce requirements.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
  • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
  • This is a public trust position. If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-85P.
  • Suitability Determination: If selected, you will be subject to a background investigation to establish your suitability for federal employment. The background investigation will include, among other aspects, a review of your credit and legal history.
  • This position is not covered by a union agreement.
  • This position has been designated supervisory requiring that the selectee on an initial appointment as a supervisor or manager serve a one-year probationary period.
  • If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Report).
  • The full performance grade level for this position is GS-15.


Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements as defined in 5 CFR 300, subpart F.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement to be considered.

Applicants must have a minimum of one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-14 or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and includes all of the following:
  • National and global experience with a news media organization working as a journalist or working extensively with journalists.
  • Writing clearly and quickly on deadline, responding to crises, and staying calm under pressure.
  • Representing and acting as spokesperson for executive level officials.
  • Planning, managing, and/or overseeing events and event planning.
  • Managing a staff of public affairs specialists.


Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.

Additional information

  • If you are an eligible Inter-agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
  • In addition to your resume, other "accepted" documentation may be required in some situations to support eligibility to apply and be considered, as indicated below:
  • Current and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a Personnel Action (SF-50) indicating grade, competitive service, and career or career-conditional tenure.
  • Applicants applying under Schedule A Disability must submit an appropriate letter from a physician.
  • Applicants applying under Peace Corps or VISTA eligibility must submit a letter supporting eligibility.
  • Applicants applying under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 must submit a member's copy (copy # 2 or 4) of their DD-214.
  • If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.
  • Applicants applying for consideration under an Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems must submit a recent SF-50 or other personnel action (e.g., Post Office, Non-appropriated fund), reflecting status as a current employee under an approved system.
  • If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
  • This announcement is open to individuals who have status to apply under Merit Promotion, including those eligible under interchange agreements and VEOA, as well as those eligible for noncompetitive hiring authorities. Other U.S. citizens can apply to announcement number DE-11784732-23-RD, which is open to the general public.

  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across USAGM.