Public Affairs Specialist (Communications Specialist)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 16, 2020
Closes
Sep 23, 2020
Function
Communications
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

WHAT IS THE TAX EXEMPT AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES (TEGE) DIVISION? Tax Exempt & Government Entities Division serves Employee Plans which examines the returns of qualified pension benefit plans compliance. Exempt Organizations ensures not-for-profit organizations meet tax-exempt status requirements. And, Government Entities ensures organizations meet their tax withholding and employment tax payment requirements.

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Responsibilities

WHAT DOES A PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST DO? As a Public Affairs Specialist you will be responsible for managing and developing all aspects of broad-based communication. In this position you will serve as an advisor and technical authority by providing guidance and expertise to employees and successfully leverage strategic communications expertise and leadership skills in helping employees understand and accept the business goals and objectives.

As a Public Affairs Specialist you will:
  • Recommend policies, programs, services, and procedures governing the dissemination of information to internal stakeholders (executives, managers, employees).
  • Advise on and recommend specific communications events and activities designed to meet challenges of diverse internal and external audiences with varying levels of information requirements and interests.
  • Develop effective communication programs that support the organization's goals.
  • Work on all phases of communications plan execution including delivery, measurement, reporting, and results.
  • Develop content designed to achieve organization-wide and department-level business goals.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with communications counterparts. Assist in the development of plans by considering such items as specific topics or aspects to emphasize the most effective media to use in communicating with intended audiences.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov .

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1 to 5 Nights per Month.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • IRS Employees with Career/Career Conditional Appointments


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Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

GS-13 LEVEL: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience that demonstrated mastery of communications methods and techniques to be able to function as the technical authority to plan, develop, coordinate and apply effective communication programs and enhance understanding; Skill in making oral presentation and conducting meetings to obtain customer input on program issues, and develop mutually agreed upon resolutions; Skill in development and dissemination of communication materials; Knowledge of applying a variety of approaches to help others in meet their business objectives through effective communication programs; Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships to enhance communication and dissemination of information and in analyzing and developing recommendations from a wide array of conflicting and divergent information to assist program officials in achieving the information objectives of their programs.

- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

You must have been at the GS-12 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

Education

Additional information

One (1) Position is located in Tax Exempt and Government Entities, Headquarters, Shared Services, Communications and Liaison, Operations. To be filled in one of the following locations: 915 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA (WA0101); 1100 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX (TX0284); 999 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC (DC0221); or 550 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH (OH0189).

POSITION DESCRIPTION: PD 93026
A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
      • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
      • This is a bargaining unit position.
      • Relocation Expenses: No
      • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
      • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements.
      • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating
: Your application will be evaluated on the CJEs of the position to be filled per the National Agreement Article 13. Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/ Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Referral:
If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips .

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION:
If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP):
You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS:
Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.

IRS employees:
If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION:
If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

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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