Public Relations Outreach Specialist

Washington D.C.
Nov 27, 2018
Nov 27, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - will be based on needs of the agency

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation and fingerprint check
  • •  May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

    •  Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

    •  E-Verify: Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    •   If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a public trust security clearance. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.

    Applicants must meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below. 
    For the GS-14 level:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 level) that demonstrates:

    • Developing and delivering in-person formal briefings to Congressional offices to keep them abreast of current regulatory issues and trends involving an organization.
    • Serving as a senior advisor, or in an expert capacity, in analyzing, editing and writing legislation introduced in Congress.
    • Analyzing and distilling legislation to determine the impact on organizational policies, programs, and procedures.
    • Researching complex technical/scientific information to advise on, write or edit testimony, talking points and press releases on technical/scientific topics including public health, food safety, or agriculture.
    • Collaborating with subject matter experts to translate complex scientific and technical terminology on public health, food safety, or agriculture into language that is accurate and understandable to the general public and industry audiences.
    • Serving as the spokesperson for a public official, agency, or large private sector company on the topics of public health, food safety, or agriculture; includes on-the-record experience with mainstream media outlets;
    • Quality Ranking Factor: Experience in analyzing legislation and developing news releases, briefings, talking points, and communications plans on the topics of public health, food safety and/or agriculture.

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:
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    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.

    Career Transition Assistance Plant (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors.  CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.  

    • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    • This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
    Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.

    • It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: CHCO Council.

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

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating.  Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of two or three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Category placement will be determined based on applicant's quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies: 

      • Oral Communication
      • Writing
      • Creative Thinking
      • External Awareness
      • Influence and Negotaiting
      • Reasoning
      • Legal Government and Jurisprudence
      • Decisivenes
    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions.  Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.  Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from Federal service.
    To view the application form, visit:

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    Drug test required No