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

  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Occasional travel 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 was announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number HQ20D0001 open to all us citizens and U.S. Nationals.

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

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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