Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 22, 2022
Jan 27, 2022
Full Time

As a Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-15, you will perform the following major duties:
  • Supervise a team of public affairs officers ensuring timely and accurate dissemination of information and adherence to agency policies.
  • Develop and lead NTSB's public affairs strategy to inform and educate the public about the NTSB's mission, activities, and services.
  • Serve as an official, national-level, spokesperson for the NTSB in day-to-day operations and on scene at accident investigations.
  • Draft materials using plain language and Associate Press writing Style to ensure understanding by laypeople and experts.
  • Advise senior leaders and Agency employees in effective media relations or public communication techniques.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (see "How to Apply" section.)
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • Financial Interest in transportation enterprises will be evaluated on a case-by-case-basis.
  • Bargaining Unit Position: NO
  • Direct Deposit is required.
  • Supervisory Probationary period may be required.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level) by the closing date of this announcement. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • You may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, upon entering the position and annually.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


To qualify for this position, you must possess one year of Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience planning, coordinating, and implementing public affairs programs involving senior leadership for external audiences; collaborating with others and coordinate timely agency responses to local and national media during high pressure situations; acting as Agency spokesperson for local and national media; and adhering to strict deadlines while managing multiple priorities.

For more information see link: Public Affairs Series 1035 (

NOTE: IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must clearly show the specialized experience and competencies related to this position. Failure to demonstrate how you possess the education, specialized experience and/or competencies will result in an "Ineligible" rating.


There is no education substitution at this grade level.

Additional information

  • The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and various benefits as well as work life amenities such as alternate work schedules, telework, flextime, fitness and transit benefits.
  • Moving expenses associated with permanent change of station (PCS) ARE NOT authorized for this position.
  • Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) meet the basic qualification standards (including minimum educational and experience requirements; (3) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 90 and above on the rating criteria for this position; and, (4) submit the appropriate documentation ( to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit:
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at
  • Telework may be authorized on a case-by-case basis.
  • Multiple and subsequent vacancies may be filled from this announcement.
  • NTSB uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .