Public Affairs Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 19, 2020
Full Time


The primary purpose of the position is to oversee the content of assigned OSMRE web products and publications; develop and implement procedures within the organization to create and approve website content.

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As a Public Affairs Specialist, you will: Plan and execute digital content for OSMRE's websites and social media accounts, Including generating and writing and editing articles, designing graphics, shooting and editing photos, and planning and producing web videos, slide shows and other multi-media products for the web.

Create and manage messaging guidance for all OSMRE local, regional and headquarters offices.

Optimize engagement on social media and the OSMRE website using metrics and analytics to track engagements and determine strategies to improve the effectiveness of future outreach.

As a team member, assist to manage and provide digital, print and video editing for OSMRE's Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards and OSMRE's Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards.

Perform highly advanced creation, editing, and production of photos, video, sound and graphics using Adobe based or other digital media software packages.

As a team member assist to prepare social media products in advance of potential crisis communications needs.

Evaluate the effectiveness of and propose recommendations to Improve information and communication programs.

Ensure that written material fulfills OSMRE public communications requirements inherent in disseminating policy decisions; and accurately reflects organization policies, programs, services and activities.

Serve as the point of contact within the organization for information and ideas regarding the web and social media and develops and Implements new ideas.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements. You cannot own any direct or indirect financial interest in a coal mining operation.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • You will be required to travel overnight away from home up to very few nights per month if any. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
  • You must be able to obtain and possess a valid drivers' license. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
  • Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.


You must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered to be qualified for the position.

Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position that are typically in or directly related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the same or next lower grade level in the Federal service, or comparable pay band system. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. Specialized Experience is defined as: At the GS-09 level: Specialized experience: at least one full year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience may include but are not limited to use of digital media production software including Adobe and other software packages; and basic skills to develop and post on social media, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, among others. Assist and prepare communication materials which transmit information concerning the nature and purpose of the organization's programs, projects, items of concern to the general public for strategic communications outreach.
Education: Successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL. B or J.D., related to the work of this position.
Combination of Education and Specialized Experience which when combined equal at least 100%. For example, completion of 27 related semester hours (1 and a half years or 50% of related graduate level education) plus having six (6) months, (50% of specialized experience) equals to 100% of the minimum qualification's requirement for this grade level
At the GS-11 level: at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position to include, (1), supporting comprehensive public affairs events integrating social media, (2), internal information and assessments and interacting with bureau and state level stakeholders, (3) helping to develop content from a wide variety of sources. Must meet all.
Education: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or have successfully completed three (3) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or possess a LL.M degree, related to the work of this position.
Combination of education and experience: the percentage of these requirements must be at least 100%. To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
At the GS-12 level: one year of specialized experience performing media relation duties that are equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service that include: (1), Developing and executing comprehensive public affairs campaigns utilizing social media, internal information and assessments, generally accepted public affairs tactics, techniques, (2) and procedures to support and amplify senior leaders' priorities, mission and organizational objectives; providing analytical support on the effectiveness of those campaigns, and reporting to director-level authorities on the campaigns and other products. Must meet all.

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You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies."

Time-in-grade restrictions apply. Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart 5. Time in grade not applicable to some of the specials hiring authorities.

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.

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.

IMPORTANT: Human Resources is not permitted to "read between the lines," make assumptions about, or infer what duties you performed in your work history. To ensure that we can credit your experience, we recommend that you update your resume to specifically address the duties described above. One year of experience refers to full-time work. Your resume must include the number of hours worked per week.


At GS grades 9 and 11: ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level GS-12 of this announcement.

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

REMOTE TELEWORK: OSMRE has determined that the duties ARE not suitable for remote work and requires the selectee to perform work at the duty location stated in this vacancy announcement.

TELEWORK: OSMRE has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework at supervisor's discretion.

E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP or ICTAP applicants must be determined to be well-qualified for this position in order to receive special selection priority. To be well-qualified, a CTAP or ICTAP applicant must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire.
CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.
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Financial Disclosure: Candidates for employment are required to submit a "Statement of Financial Interests." Selectee will be required to file Forms OGE 450 and DI 1993 upon entrance on the job and annually thereafter to avoid any conflict of employment and financial interests. Every OSMRE employee is prohibited from owning any direct or indirect financial interest in a coal mining operation, in accordance with 30 CFR 706 . The financial interest of an OSMRE employee's spouse, minor child or relative living with the employee is imputed to the employee. A new employee owning any interest in coal mining operations will be required to divest themselves of the interest.

Physical Demands: The work is mostly sedentary, with no special physical requirements.

Work Environment: The work is performed in a typical office setting. Some travel may be required to solicit feedback from web audiences and conduct training sessions.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Upon receipt of your completed application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following competencies required to perform the work of this position. You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Communications and Media
  • Multimedia Technologies
  • Oral Communication
  • Writing

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education training or that your resume /application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates (for full consideration you must include month/day/year) of experience and work schedule for each (e.g., part-time XX hours per week or full-time). 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. (cover letter optional)

SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action). If you are a current or former Federal employee, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), and any other SF-50 that verifies status, reinstatement eligibility, tenure and highest permanent Federal civilian grade held.

College Transcripts: If this vacancy announcement requires positive education to qualify or allows substituting education for experience, and you are applying based on it, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript or equivalent documents to support your education. Transcripts must include applicant's name, name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.
Veterans Documentation: Applicants claiming eligibility for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) MUST submit a copy of their DD-214(s) (Member #4 copy) showing their type of discharge and other supportive documents (if applicable) at the time of application or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15 . If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives .
  • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
  • If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15 , and if applicable, a completed SF15 . You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.

Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes ALL Appointment AND Termination SF-50s for EACH appointment as well as ALL performance evaluations, for each qualifying period of temporary employment claimed.
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Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority: Submit a Copy of your "Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring" along with a copy of your "PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet." For more information please click:

Special Employment Program Documentation: If you are applying based on eligibility for a special employment program/authority such as Severely Disabled, 30% or more compensable disabled veteran, VISTA, or Peace Corps returnee, you MUST submit supporting documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-15, Vocational Rehabilitation certification/medical documentation, certificate of program completion, etc.), in order to establish program eligibility.

Schedule A (Individuals with Disabilities):

Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers:

Performance Appraisals and Awards:
  • All applicants must submit their most recent performance appraisal showing the official rating of record and signed by a supervisor or, if one is unavailable, a statement as to why it is not available (including if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level).
  • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.
Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

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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