Media Relations Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 17, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Communications, News and Media Engagement Division (NI000), and is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and disseminating news and public information regarding NASA missions, activities, and functions that are released to the news media and public. Plans and conducts news events, and builds and maintains working relationships with members of the news media and producing media products.
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  • Produces electronic media or multimedia products. Serves as a spokesperson for the agency, and is authorized to speak on behalf of NASA to members of the press, the public and other groups.
  • Designs and manages the creation of complex multimedia applications in a variety of contexts. Ensures that the appropriate staff serve as point of contact for logistics, setting up meetings, and agendas.
  • Oversees the development of an integrated suite of news products intended to capture and communicate NASA's activities to a variety of news media, readers and viewers. Reviews, analyzes and make recommendations on program content and format.
  • Develops proposals for improving program content. Directs, coordinates and provides expert advice on a variety of special studies, surveys and projects related to the review and improvement of program content.
  • Manages, edits, and reviews material submitted for publication and coordinates the preparation of speeches and talking points covering various topics.
  • Reviews and evaluates existing strategies and communications plans for disseminating information to the public and arrange for mass dissemination of information materials.
  • Establishes and directs the implementation of policies, programs and procedures governing the conduct of all public affairs matters.
  • Develops strategic communications plans in support of specific program initiatives relating to media events such as press conferences, formal and informal interviews, domestic and foreign media.
  • Provides consultation to managers on developing public affairs activities and material for internal and external use.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation


You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience at the GS-12 is defined as experience in all of the following skill sets:

Skill Set#1) Experience conducting information media functions, programs, and/or operations; strategic
planning through audio and visual means;

Skill Set#2) Experience performing all phases of audiovisual production, programming, and editing; experience in multi-media production with understanding of the Internet and crafting materials intended specifically for the Internet; and

Skill Set#3) Experience in a newsroom environment using media related software.

Specialized experience at the GS-13 is defined as experience in all of the following skill sets:

Skill Set #1) Experience conducting communications strategic planning for communicating information through audio and visual means;

Skill Set #2) Experience designing and managing all phases of audiovisual production, programming, and editing from inception to completion; expertise in multi-media production with understanding of the Internet, and how to craft materials intended specifically for the Internet; and

Skill Set #3) Experience in a newsroom using advanced software to handle the development and distribution
of an integrated set of media products.



There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

Position may be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 grade level; full potential GS-13. Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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