Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Washington D.C.
Mar 19, 2018
Mar 19, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
  • You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing
  • You qualify at the GS-14 level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 level or equivalent performing duties such as:
    • Providing leadership and direction in the area of public affairs, including integrated communication, strategic messaging, media relations, social media engagement;
    • Planning, designing, and implementing creative and effective public affairs plans, campaigns, projects, and/or studies to convey complex information concerning policies, operations and programs;
    • Preparing communication plans, briefings, and speeches for senior executives on complex and controversial subjects;
    • Advising in high-level policy making meetings and conferences; and
    • Developing, implementing and reviewing individual and organizational performance measures.
    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.

    You must:
    • Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
    • Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 03/20/2018.
    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.

    Probationary Period: Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible. Information about CTAP eligibility can be found here. To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position.

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an online self-assessment questionnaire that is based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. You will receive a score ranging from 70-100 based on your responses. Your entire application package will then be reviewed. The final determination will be based on all the information provided in your application package.

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see

    • Ability to supervise and plan public affairs work to be accomplished by subordinates
    • Ability to plan, organize, manage, and coordinate complex projects and campaigns to meet the communication requirements, and objectives/goals of the organization
    • Knowledge of the principles, policy, doctrine, methods, practices and techniques of news media engagement and social media engagement on behalf of an organization
    • Ability to communicate effectively on behalf of an organization including on camera, print and radio interviews dealing with complex and controversial policy, operations and programs

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