PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 15, 2021
Closes
Jun 22, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days of the closing date.

This position is also being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures vacancy number: D21-SB-11135484-CMM. Applicants who wish to also be considered under DE must apply to both vacancies separately.

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Responsibilities

Due to the current events surrounding COVID-19, telework will be mandatory. When it is determined that EXIM will be moving to the reopening phase, the expectation will be to physically return to the office. Telework days and any waiting periods for eligibility will be determined at that time.

This position is in the Office of Communications and External Engagement/Press Secretary Unit, Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). The incumbent will be responsible for crafting and executing EXIM's communications strategies. The incumbent supports EXIM's public affairs across a number of functions, including creating owned content and written materials; drafting press releases and talking points; working with reporters; and other communications activities as needed.

The position demonstrates effectiveness in storytelling and managing public affairs campaigns, especially involving small business advocacy, economic policy. and/or financial services.

At the full performance level, duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Develops and implements proactive media engagement strategies and public relations campaigns, including drafting complex informational materials for the press, press releases, fact sheets, talking points and other background materials.
  • Interacts with the news media, providing information to the press, and shaping statements and/or responses delivered by senior officials or accurately communicating agency policies and priorities.
  • Develops, plans, and manages news conferences, prepares leadership officials and subject matter experts for media interviews, and moderates interviews.
  • Develops strategic communications plans highlighting agency programs, milestones, deliverables, and identify new and innovative ways to provide important information on agency objectives to the public and key stakeholders.
  • Creates and edits high quality written and graphic content, using a variety of methods and techniques, with input and engagement from subject matter experts, for EXIM's social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.
  • Directs, as assigned, the communications of EXIM's programs and policies to key regional and national press conveying EXIM's mission and role in supporting U.S. exports.
  • Performs other duties as required, including planning activities to support major bank related events.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background and Security/Suitability Investigation
  • You may be required to serve a one year probationary period
  • Specialized experience MUST be documented on your resume
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: If you are, or have been employed in the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.


Qualifications

Specialized Experience (Credit for Specialized Experience on resume must reflect 40 hours/Full-time per week for each period of work):

GS-12: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience includes:
  • Experience with outreach to members of the media, writing press releases and media advisories and providing communications and/or marketing support for a government agency, elected official, business group, trade association, or media organization;
  • Experience planning and implementing external and internal communications efforts to inform and educate specific constituencies and the general public about an organization's core mission and programs, including creating strategies for social and digital content;
  • Experience preparing written materials to promote the organization's position on a variety of sensitive, controversial and/or complex issues; AND
  • Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships at multiple levels within an organization in order to develop and disseminate coordinated messages that accurately address organizational programs.
Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-12 grade level.

For qualification determinations, your resume must contain the following for each work experience listed:
  • Organization/Agency's Name
  • Title
  • Salary (series and grade, if applicable)
  • Start and end dates (including the month and year)
  • Number of hours you worked per week
  • Relevant experience that supports your response to the specialized experience that is stated in the job announcement
If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

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.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. Please visit the following links for more information:
  • http://www.naces.org
  • http://www.fceatlanta.com
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 .

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined here .

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by 06/21/2021, the closing date of the announcement.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Current or Former Political Appointees: Pursuant to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) oversight authority under section 1104(b)(2) of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) and section 5.2 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, OPM requires agencies to seek their approval prior to appointing any current or former political appointee to a permanent position (without time limits) in the civil service. A former or recent political appointee is someone who held a political appointment covered by OPM's policy within the previous 5-year period. OPM's oversight in this area safeguards merit system principles as well as fair and open competition free from political influence. If you are currently employed, or have been employed within the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

Please visit the following link for the types of political appointments.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
  • Career Transition (ICTAP/CTAP)
  • Primary Appointing Authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments
  • Hiring Authorities for Veterans
  • People with Disabilities
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Ethical Standards/Financial Disclosure:

EXIM is committed to the highest ethical standards. As an employee, you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch. You will be required to complete new employee ethics training within 3 months of your appointment.

If this position is subject to financial disclosure requirements (either public or confidential depending upon your position), you will be required to complete a new entrant financial disclosure report within 30 days of your appointment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents) and the responses you provide on the application questionnaire.

If you are found qualified for this position and meet or exceed a predefined rating threshold from your questionnaire responses, a Subject Matter Expert (SME) will review your resume to determine if your technical competencies meet the proficiency requirements established for this position.

You will be notified by email if your application is forwarded to the hiring official for further consideration.

If you do not meet the rating threshold to move forward to the next evaluation stage or it is determined that your technical competencies do not meet the proficiency requirements for this position, you will be notified by email.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Your Resume (applicants are required to submit a resume with job title, series/grade (if federal employee), duties and accomplishments, employer's name, starting and ending dates of employment, number of hours worked per week, and annual salary). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
  • Copy of your most recent SF-50 which shows your position title, series, grade, step, salary, position occupied, and tenure to verify Time-in-Grade/competitive status. If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade and/or have promotion potential to the grade being advertised. Do NOT submit award SF-50s.
  • A recent Performance Evaluation (optional)
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if you are requesting a special appointment authority, such as VRA or VEOA, if applicable. If the DD-214 (Member 4 copy) is not available, other documentation listing the beginning and ending dates of active service and the type of discharge must be submitted to verify eligibility.
  • Proof of severe disability if you are requesting special placement consideration, if applicable.
  • Proof of eligibility for a military spouse appointment, such as a permanent change station military order, if applicable.
  • Proof of eligibility for any other special appointing authority not specifically mentioned here, if applicable.
  • Unofficial Transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
  • Special Priority Selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating), and your most current SF-50 position title, grade level, and duty location, if applicable.
  • Submission of any required documents listed in vacancy announcement, if applicable.
Please note that if you do not provide all required information/documents, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

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