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Public Affairs Specialist

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 22, 2023

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
  • Plans, directs, and executes accessibility campaigns conveying complex information regarding Access Board programs, research, and activities.
  • Drafts and/or edits articles, news releases, summaries, reports, statements, studies, or other informational materials to meet the goals and objectives of the agency.
  • Develops written informational materials designed to reach regional and national audiences through email distribution, in-person information sessions, and other means of communication.
  • Acts as the POC with the news media including responding to information requests and establishing effective working relationships with not only the news media but also disability and advocacy groups interested in Access Board programs.


Conditions of Employment

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.
Key Requirements:
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form i-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.


You must meet the following requirements within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience: For the GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Evaluating legislative initiatives and active legislation in order to execute communication strategies for congressional engagements and correspondence.
Examples of this experience may include:
- Experience as a point of contact for Congressional committees and individual member offices to explain bureau policies and procedures, responding to inquiries, requests and correspondence regarding agency/bureau regulatory policies, programs, and actions; OR
- Drafting responses to Congressional document requests and related briefings; OR
- Experience acting as a liaison to representatives of the media to provide timely and accurate explanations of agency announcements and activities; OR
- Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of individuals within your organization.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following time-in-grade requirement, if applicable: For the GS-13, you must have been at the GS-12 level for 52 weeks.

Time After Competitive Appointment: Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a nontemporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. Our benefits package includes:
- Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.
- Eleven paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.
- Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.
- A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
- A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.
- Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:

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