Public Affairs Specialist

Environmental Protection Agency | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 11/08/2019
Description

This position is in the Region 3, Office of the Regional Administrator, Office of Public Affairs, Communications Branch.  If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.  

About Region 3:  https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-3-mid-atlantic.

You will:

- Identify channels to disseminate information about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs (e.g. communications plans, newspapers, radio, television, internet, social media, etc.);

- Maintain effective relationships with media representatives and groups specific to a particular program area (e.g. water, air, superfund, etc.)

- Evaluate the effectiveness of communication plans in furthering EPA goals.

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently as your career progresses.

You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as advising management on the use of social media, radio, television, newspapers, fact sheets, and/or the internet within an organization; analyzing the effectiveness of communication plans; and communicating organizational programs, activities and functions to general and/or specific audiences; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., in an academic discipline related to this position.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as advising senior management on the use of social media, radio, television, newspapers, fact sheets, and/or the internet within an organization; analyzing the effectiveness of communication plans, taking into account legal/policy requirements; and providing innovative approaches used to communicate complex environmental programs, activities and functions to specific audiences.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Ability to identify appropriate social media channels, techniques and strategies to solicit public input; 2) Skill in written communication; 3) Skill in disseminating information on environmental programs and activities to groups or individuals interested in the agency’s programs; 4) Ability to analyze media and public perceptions; 5) Knowledge of environmental programs; 6) Skill in developing relationships with media representatives, regional managers and program staff; and 7) Skill in oral communication;

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

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