Public Affairs Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 15, 2022
Jan 19, 2022
Full Time

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Office of Public Affairs (OPA) located in Sterling, VA or Washington, DC. The position will support BOEM's Office of Strategic Resources.

At the full performance level (GS-14) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Coordinates communication and outreach activities on complex and highly visible topics related to BOEM's offshore oil and gas, marine minerals and environmental science to achieve a clear, coordinated and consistent message.
  • Effectively engages media and the general public, using social media, BOEM's website, interviews with subject matter experts, and other means.
  • Writes and/or edits a wide range of information pieces that present the various scientific, offshore oil and gas and marine minerals projects carried out by BOEM.
  • Evaluates the impact and effectiveness of communication efforts and advises the Public Affairs Chief and Media Relations Manager if efforts should be modified.
  • Works with subject matter experts to develop background and briefing materials for senior management and/or staff prior to their participation in an interview with media representatives regarding the bureau's program activities.
  • BOEM has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.
    GS-14: 126,233 - $164,102 per annum.

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen
    • You will be subject to a background/ suitability investigation/ determination
    • Your will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
    • 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. See


    Minimum Qualification Requirements:
    To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.

    Specialized Experience
    To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: Must meet all.
  • developing and managing communication strategies including social media to support the organization's mission and goals;
  • writing and reviewing press releases, website information and/or exhibit content to audiences including media or the general public;
  • advising senior management with feedback on agency/bureau communication efforts and their effectiveness; and
  • serving as point of contact to news media and stakeholder groups regarding the organization's projects and issues.
  • Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.