Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 08, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Full Time


The Commission's primary mission is to work within the framework created by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) for the regulation of gaming activities conducted by tribes on Indian lands to fully realize IGRA's goals: (1) promoting tribal economic development, self-sufficiency and strong tribal governments; (2) maintaining the integrity of the Indian gaming industry; and (3) ensuring that tribes are the primary beneficiaries of their gaming activities.

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The incumbent serves as the Director of Public Affairs. Under the supervision and direction of the Office of the Chief of Staff, the incumbent is responsible for planning, coordinating and managing the agency's media relations, community engagement, internal information, legislative affairs and inter-governmental communications programs and activities. The incumbent is responsible for the coordination of daily activities and functions relating to the Division of Public Affairs, supervision of several staff members and collaborations with other division offices as necessary.
  • Serves as point of contact, both internally and externally, for all public and governmental communications and interactions; ensures that all such contacts are consistent with overall Agency mission, policy and protocol. Directs and oversees incoming written communications while working with the proper Agency department or division for adequate response.
  • Coordinates, on an agency-wide basis, the implementation of policies, criteria, and procedures governing media relations, community engagement, internal information, congressional relations, and other intergovernmental affairs.
  • On a daily basis keeps the Chief of Staff and other key NIGC officials informed on matters regarding media relations, community engagement, internal information, congressional relations, and other intergovernmental affairs issues that may impact the Agency or reaction toward NIGC programs and activities.
  • Develops, integrates, and monitors plans and programs and tracks associated budget.
  • Organizes the formulation, development and presentation of the public message of the NIGC, including preparation and release to the media of press releases, speeches, reports and policy statements.
  • Has extensive experience in the development of and understanding of social media and should be able to utilize multiple social media platforms to share and exchange Commission information.
  • Identify and attend tradeshows and expos to increase awareness and understanding of the NIGC and the mission, policies, and programs of the Commission.
  • Maintain a reputation as a respected and professional organization charged with part of the responsibility for Indian gaming regulatory compliance.
  • Monitors important legislative matters affecting NIGC functions and areas of responsibility or interest. At the direction of the Office of the Chief of Staff, routinely conducts outreach to Congressional staff regarding NIGC matters.
  • Coordinates the formulation, development and presentation of the legislative plan of the NIGC, including clearance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Agency submissions to Congressional bills, resolutions, reports, testimony and other statements on legislation.

This position is in the excepted service and not subject to competitive service procedures. Competitive Civil Service status is not acquired under this appointment. New appointees to the excepted service must serve a two year trial period. Merit Promotion procedures do not apply.

The NIGC has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework.

Travel Required

25% or less - Depending on the time of year, travel of 2-3 weeks per month could be expected. Other times there could be no travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .


Minimum Qualification Requirements:

You must meet both the education and specialized experience requirements.

(1) Basic Educational Requirements:

A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in public affairs, political science, public relations, communications, business administration, journalism, marketing or equivalent course of study from an accredited university or college is required.

(2) Specialized Experience

Serving as a senior public affairs official or manager with the responsibility for overseeing the development, implementation, and coordination of the public affairs program for an organization. Your experience must include at least one year providing recommendations to top management involving highly significant policy matters that led to the development of an organization's established precedents on public affairs issues.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

Additional information

Important Note : All National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-Form 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information will be required annually .

Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

This position is in the excepted service and not subject to competitive service procedures.

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES (political) employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.


A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the National Indian Gaming Commission. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau Security Office.
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NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at .

Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.(2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable;

NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, veterans preference, and/or Indian preference.

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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