Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Beltsville, Maryland
Jul 26, 2018
Aug 13, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time

Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Open & closing dates: 07/24/2018 to 08/13/2018

Salary: $134,789 to $164,200 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 15

Work schedule: Full-time

Appointment type: Permanent

Position Summary

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency charged with finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. With a $1.2 billion fiscal year budget, ARS has 2,000 scientists and 6,000 other employees who lead and support 690 research projects at more than 90 locations across the U.S. and overseas.

The Agricultural Research Service is seeking a Director for its Office of Communications at its headquarters in Beltsville, Maryland, to serve as the top public affairs advisor to the ARS Administrator and to manage ARS’s public affairs program. This position develops and implements communication programs and products capturing the latest technologies and trends to inform and educate the public, news media, stakeholders, and other specialized audiences about ARS’s science programs and accomplishments, and to communicate within the agency ARS programs, goals, initiatives, and successes.

Duties include developing and managing an effective public information program to support ARS initiatives and disseminate the impact of ARS science research to the public, news media, and other specialized audiences; directing and supervising a communication staff and ensuring their skills are continuously updated to keep up with the latest technologies and trends; representing ARS vis-à-vis national news media, stakeholders, and other Federal agencies; and recommending to the ARS Administrator and other Agency leadership public information programs to achieve agency objectives in agriculture and science.

This position requires special supervisory/managerial competencies: (1) the ability to lead and accomplish work through others (i.e. team building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic thinking, technology management, and political savvy) and (2) the ability to communicate with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations.

This position is open to U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals only and is subject to satisfactory completion of a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period. Financial disclosure and successful completion and favorable adjudication of background investigation and fingerprints are required.

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This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Requests should be sent to the Agency contact.

Agency contact: Nicole Koniak,, phone 703-995-9611, TDD 202-855-1234.

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