Public Affairs Specialist (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Washington, D.C
Jan 15, 2022
Jan 22, 2022
Full Time

The Public Affairs Specialist:
  • Plans, coordinates, and interacts with stakeholders regarding FTA sponsored, co-sponsored or those transit-related industry conferences, meetings, public events and special projects in which FTA officials are participating to determine objectives and requirements.
  • Exercises a high level of independence in analyzing and evaluating current agency and departmental programs and initiatives. Firm command of event logistics.
  • Develops factually accurate and thoroughly researched communications tools, including reports, testimonies, speeches/remarks, fact sheets, policy documents, briefing papers, official written correspondence and various communication instruments including news releases and all forms of social media to ensure messages relating to FTA programs, policies, grants and initiatives are clear, convincing and meet FTA's quality standards.
  • Ensures the logic, clarity, consistency, grammatical accuracy, and appropriate tone of FTA written and digital products.

The ideal candidate will have experience working for or with a news organization or public affairs firm in developing and executing strategic communications.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.
  • TELEWORK: In response the COVID-19 pandemic, the employee in this position will remain in maximum telework status until the Department of Transportation returns employees to the workplace once public health conditions allow for a safe return. Once maximum telework ends, this position is eligible for telework at a minimum of 2 days per week. As approved by management, this position may be eligible for additional telework, up to 3 - 4 days per week.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

To qualify for the Grade 13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:
  • Experience in the use information channels, written and social media to disseminate public, congressional office, and policy-related material.
  • Experience writing and editing briefings, policy documents, public affairs-related documents, and other executive-level communications for internal and external audiences.
  • Experience researching and analyzing policy and programs to develop informational materials for dissemination.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Public Affairs Knowledge
  • Skill in oral and written communication

For all types of consideration, 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.

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All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Additional information

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Bargaining unit position represented by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 3313.

COVID VACCINATION: As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject only to exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

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