Public Affairs Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
Full Time


The position is located in the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters and is responsible for management and implementation of the Agency Speakers Bureau (SB) Program and the Astronaut Appearance Program. The SB purpose is to inform, engage, and inspire the general public on NASA's missions as defined by policies developed by Agency Management and the direction of the Office of Communications.
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  • Provides strategic leadership, management and oversight of an agency-wide SB Team responsible for identifying and coordinating with NASA subject matter experts in order to respond to individuals requesting NASA speakers.
  • Ensures that the SB Team is briefed on Agency, Office of Communications and Communications Coordinating Council (CCC) priorities, initiatives and activities. Addresses any CCC actions related to SB.
  • Manages a single agency-wide database which assigns requests to NASA Centers based on the location of the appearance. Addresses and resolves issues with the SB database, team members, requesters, speakers, scheduled events and legal questions.
  • Reports weekly metrics of SB appearances and records maintenance. Promotes the SB by providing accomplishments and achievements.
  • Facilitates regular teleconferences and/or ViTS meetings with the SB Team. Plans, organizes and implements annual meetings to identify training and development opportunities for the SB Team.
  • Develops and implements the strategic direction for an agency-wide Astronaut Appearances Program designed to communicate NASA goals and programs to a broad global audience which includes nontraditional to targeted regional and general public.
  • Plans, develops, and directs an agency-wide program of appearances by the Astronauts, both domestic and international, including the post-flight schedules to Headquarters.
  • Recommends to the Associate Administrator for the Office of Communications responses to requests from the White House, cabinet-level departments, members of Congress, defense, national and community organizations requesting participation in events.
  • Plans, directs and coordinates complex logistical details of appearances for assigned special projects, such as White House events, movie premieres, award ceremonies, NASA anniversary celebrations, planning ceremonies for national events.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13), which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience is defined as experience in the following skill sets:

Skill Set #1 - Managing geographically dispersed employees across an agency/organization, and external contacts;

Skill Set #2 - Planning, developing, and directing an agency-wide speaker's bureau program focused on internal and external employee and astronaut speaker appearances; AND

Skill Set #3 - Managing, directing, and planning agency/organization wide activities for public engagement programs and special events.



There are no educational requirements for this position.

Additional information

This position is being announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number HQ20C0001 open to status and certain noncompetitive candidates.

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

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. 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.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. 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.

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.

NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .

Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

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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