28403 - Senior Communications Officer GS-15

Reston, Virginia
Jan 19, 2021
Jan 26, 2021
Full Time


Position Information

This is an opportunity for:
  • An internal or external candidate to fill a GS-15 cadre position.
  • A Federal Government employee to serve on a two-year reimbursable detail assignment in the ODNI. The detail assignment may be extended an additional year if all parties agree.

Learn more about this agency


Component Mission

The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence community (IC IG) was established within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) by the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The IC IG's organizational divisions include Audit, Investigations, Inspections and Evaluations, Mission Support, the Center for Protected Disclosures, and Counsel to the Inspector General.

The Mission Support Division provides management and administrative support to the entire IC IG office. The Mission Support Division is composed of multidisciplinary officers who provide expertise in financial management; human capital and talent management; facilities and logistics management; continuity of operations; administration; classification; Freedom of Information ACT and Privacy Act requests; information technology; communications; and, quality assurance. The Division also provides executive support to the Intelligence Community Inspectors General Forum and its associated committees.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)

- Serve as the principal advisor to the Inspector General (IG), the Principal Deputy IG, and management on assigned communications support tasks.
- Lead the IC IG's media relations and outreach initiatives. Serve as one of the organization's primary spokespersons and work closely with all IC IG representatives to deliver the right message and ensure consistent branding.
- Strengthen the IC IG's brand equity across the Intelligence Community (IC) and in the public domain to elevate the organization's presence.
- Identify key strategic IC IG objectives and develop, implement, manage, and evaluate internal and external communication plans to actively engage employees and external stakeholders in the achievement of those organizational objectives.
- Advocate for improved communication practices and advise IC IG leadership on ways to improve employee and external stakeholder engagement and communication. Seek out and identify proactive engagement opportunities that promote open and honest communication.
- Research, write, review, coordinate and edit material proposed for public release to ensure accuracy, clarity, completeness, timeliness, and consistency with IC IG and ODNI policies.
- Manage the IC IG's public relations initiatives and work closely with the ODNI's public affairs office, as appropriate, to coordinate public affairs activities, including prepublication reviews, speaking engagements, email alerts, website content, and responses to media inquiries.
- Initiate, cultivate, and maintain productive working relationships with other communications organizations in the IC, and as appropriate, members of the media, community leaders, policy groups, and/or concerned constituencies to provide information about the IC IG mission, programs, and activities.
- Advise and assist IC IG staff members with preparations for public interactions; develop and implement training to inform IC IG staff on how to deliver the IC IG's message in a variety of contexts.
- Identify, implement, and enhance communication channels and methods to promote the IC IG mission, objectives, and successes, including a dynamic internet platform and website.
- Monitor and analyze public reaction and understanding of the IC IG and develop recommendations to more effectively communicate key messages to the public.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Who May Apply

Current GS employees at the same grade or up to one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply.
Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps.
  • For a cadre assignment:
    • Current ODNI permanent cadre.
    • Current ODNI Staff Reserve Employees. (A staff reserve employee who currently occupies this position may not apply.)
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees in the grades of GS-14 thru GS-15 may apply.)
    • Candidates outside the Federal Government.
  • For a detailee assignment:
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS in the grades of GS-14 thru GS-15 may apply.)


Mandatory Technical Competencies
- Broad knowledge of the mission, organization, and functions of the IC IG, ODNI, and IC.
- Ability to foster trust within the IC IG and with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to exemplify IC IG core values of Integrity, Independence, Commitment, Diversity, and Transparency.
- Experience working with the media, including general media (newspaper and television) and web-based outlets.
- Superior analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to think strategically, make decisions, and develop and disseminate informational materials to the general public, agency employees, and other stakeholders.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to conduct independent research, filter and synthesize data, and produce clear, logical, and concise products.
- Superior project management skills and demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task and manage numerous projects simultaneously with high-quality results.

- Strong interpersonal skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others with the ability to listen, clarify, and integrate to build upon diverse opinions and conflicting interests to obtain buy-in at all levels.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
    Experience: Applicant must have at least four (4) years of public affairs experience. GS-14 applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-15 grade in the Federal service. Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.


Education: Formal education in a communications related field.

Additional information

Salary Determination
  • The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current GS grade and salary.
  • For a selected non-Federal Government candidate, salary will be established within the salary range listed above, based on education and experience.
  • A current Federal Government employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the vacancy announcement. All applicants must address the Mandatory Technical Competencies and construct their resume to highlight their most significant experience and qualifications relevant to this job opportunity.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

All Applicants:


Your application MUST be received by midnight on the closing date of this announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be eligible for consideration.

All attachments should be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Applications submitted through the classified email system should NOT contain classified information above the TS//SI/TK//NOFORN level.

To verify receipt of your application package ONLY, you may call 301-243-1318

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