Public Relations Specialist

Washington D.C.
Oct 18, 2017
Oct 18, 2017
Full Time

Come be a part of one of the largest digital information facilities in the world!

Opportunity to practice social media and public relations at a dynamic and historic Federal agency. Come be part of GPO's Public Relations Office, which serves as the platform in communicating agency news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and other social media channels to enhance GPO's public image.

Looking for candidates who have social media and public relations experience in a U.S. Congressional office or committee, or at a commercial television broadcast network or affiliate, served as a professional reporter covering Congress, politics, or the Federal Government. Must be able to create and execute social medial campaigns, provide social media analytics, offer ideas of emerging platforms, write press releases and be able to research a variety of assigned topics.

This position is located in the Public Relations Office a staff office to the Agency Director. Under the direction of the Chief Public Relations Officer, the incumbent coordinates and performs a wide variety of duties designed to support agency public relations functions,

Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement.

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  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectees must pass a drug test prior to appointment.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure report required.
  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    To qualify for the Public Relations Specialist, PG -1035-11, you must meet the following requirements:

    Selective Placement Factor(s)
    This position includes Selective Placement Factor(s) (Skill, Knowledge, Ability, or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. The Selective Placement Factor(s) for this position are listed below:
    • One year of public relations social media experience in a Federal congressional office, and/or working closely with a Federal congressional committee; or for a commercial TV broadcast network or affiliate and/or print/digital media covering Federal legislative politics and policymaking.
    • One year of social media experience using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to communicate Federal legislative perspectives, policy, and/or other Federal legislative branch functions and work to organizational constituents, stakeholders, customers, and employees.
    • One year of experience using social media analytic tools and processes to gather and present data to enable informed and insightful information-driven decisions for Federal legislative perspectives, policy, and/or Federal legislative branch functions and work.

    In addition to the Selective Placement Factor(s), to qualify for this position at the PG-11 grade level, you must also meet the following specialized experience:

    Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience at the PG-09 (or equivalent) level or higher which is directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience includes performing work that involves the following: writing and editing a variety of professional internal and external media products for a Congressional office, Federal agency, organization or company. These included: news releases, scripts, talking points, feature articles, briefings, testimony, exhibits, and brochures, fact sheets that integrate an organization or Agency's themes and messaging; AND developing, researching social media content and managing social media platforms as an official representative of a Congressional office, Federal agency, organization or company. Platforms included Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other social media platforms.


    Applicant must possess a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree (or equivalent) degree in a field related to this position; OR LL.M., if related.


    Applicant must possess a combination of experience and education that equals at least 100% of the total requirement.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement(10/17/2017) to be considered.

    Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may/may not be used for this grade level.

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts which cites the name of the institution are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades and GPA, semester, year, and credit for the course. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    Work Life Balance:
    The GPO offers Transit subsidy for commuters using public transportation (Metro Bus/Rail, MARC, VRE, etc.).

    We will be offering Telework, Mass Transit, Flexible Work Schedules, and much more!

    Background Investigation:
    To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the GPO requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully completed a background investigation for a suitability. This review could include financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Depending on the type of background investigation required, the security process may take between 6 weeks to 12 months.

    Schedule A (Disability Appointment):
    Documentation of eligibility for employment under Schedule A can be obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. The letter must be printed on a "medical professional's" letterhead and signed.

    Reasonable Accommodation:
    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process you must contact the HC Specialist on the vacancy announcement at least seven business days before the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:
    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories; Best Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified.

    Candidates determined to be Best Qualified may be referred to the Hiring Manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
    If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be excluded from further consideration for this position.

    You will be further evaluated on the following Competencies required for the position:

    We DO NOT require a separate narrative statement responding to the competencies, however your resume must CLEARLY show possession of these competencies.

    • Communication and Media
    • Creative Thinking
    • Technical Competence
    • Writing

    If you meet the qualifications stated above and you are among the top candidates your application may be referred to the Selecting Official for further review.

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