Public Affairs Specialist jobs in the United States

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Public Affairs Specialist (TCF)
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Detroit, MI FULL_TIME
  • Summary

    This position is located in the Public Affairs, Communications and Community Affairs at the Detroit VA Healthcare System. This entry level Public Affairs Specialist position, applying the appropriate rules/regulations used in conducting Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) business as well as the Technical Career Field (TCF) program guidelines.

    The (TCF) is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions.

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    Duties

    • *THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION***

    The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the field. Individuals selected follow a formal training plan for two years during which they are trained, coached, and supervised by a preceptor.

    As part of the VA's succession planning, the Technical Career Field (TCF) training program was created to ensure individuals are trained in critical areas that have current or predicted shortages. The program is nationally funded to include salary, benefits and training/travel dollars. At the time of acceptance into the TCF program, trainees will be asked to sign mobility, training, and service agreements. Relocation expenses for acceptance into the training program or for placement are not funded by the TCF program. Please keep in consideration, the training program is meant for those individuals who plan on staying with the VA a minimum of 3 years after completion of their training program.

    Selectees will be required to complete and sign the following paperwork; Mobility, Training, and Continued Service Agreements.

    Although not guaranteed, with more than 150 freestanding facilities and hundreds of clinic locations, we will strive to place trainees in positions that will work for their needs and the needs of the VA.

    This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-11. At the GS-7/9 grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

    Major Duties:

    • Develops campaigns and communication strategies that convey information to various publics and the staff about the Medical Center.
    • Develops and disseminates a wide range of information and data concerning the nature and objectives of agency programs, employing all types of media, including radio, television, newspapers, magazines, professional and scientific journals, pictures, posters, and exhibits.
    • Coordinates news media interviews with staff and oversees arrangements with media representatives involving organization activities; provides supporting materials as required.
    • Establishes and maintains working relationships with local mass and specialized media representatives and with the special interest representatives concerned with veterans affairs within the geographic area.
    • Assists management in panning, developing, and implementing various programs and projects to meet special needs of veterans' organizations, affiliated educational institutions, and other audiences that require public relations intervention.
    • Maintains liaison with public affairs staffs of related health and educational organizations, service, civic and fraternal organizations on behalf of the Medical Center to maintain goodwill and information and facilitate joint projects or information gathering.
    • Develops and maintains an internal public affairs program designed to enhance employee knowledge of and pride in the Medical Center health care organization.
    • Calls news conferences and briefings after appropriate discussion and counsel; determines the best strategy to use when responding to negative media inquiries; and continuously evaluates campaign strategies and positions and monitors their effectiveness.
    • Initiates public affairs correspondence, prepares information packages, conducts tours and other related tasks for special visitors and dignitaries, organizes select ceremonies and writes speeches for the Medical Center Director.
    • Actively participates in appropriate management committees; conducts special projects and analysis involving specific problems; coordinates activities for special projects; and analyzes the impact or implications of events, proposals, or directives.
    • Performs all duties as assigned.



    Work Schedule:
    M-F (8am - 4:30pm)

    Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized



    Financial Disclosure Report:
    Not Required

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    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Training Service Agreement and Mobility Agreement required
    • To be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


    • Physical Requirements: Work is generally sedentary, with walking required during visits and tours of the Medical Center. Flexibility is required to accommodate events and activities occurring in other than normal duty hours. Mobility is required in terms of staging and assisting staff with equipment and other required materials.
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to background/security investigation
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications for GS-7:

    Superior Academic Achievement at the GS-7 level:(SAA) at the baccalaureate level in the coursework detailed above is fully qualifying. Applicants who wish to apply under this provision must submit proof from their educational institution that they meet one of the criteria listed below. To qualify for SAA, applicants must have completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled and meet one of the following:

    • Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university or major subdivision.
    • A grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
    • A grade point average of "B " (a GPA of 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
    • Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. For a list of recognized honor societies please visit http://www.achsnatl.org/quick_link.asp.

    For more information regarding SAA please visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp#e4f. OR

    Education: Possess at least one full year of graduate level study or possess a master's or higher degrees in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR

    Experience: Possess at least one year of work in using of oral and written mass communication principles and techniques with analytical methods and effective interpersonal practices; developing and evaluating new strategies to solve public affairs problems. OR

    Combination of Education and Experience: Possess a combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience as (described above) to meet total qualification requirements for the grade level. To be computed by first determining the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level of GS-7. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR

    Minimum Qualifications for GS-9:

    Experience: Possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully 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 next lower grade level of GS-7 in Federal service. Specialized experience is using of oral and written mass communication principles and techniques with analytical methods and effective interpersonal practices; developing and evaluating new strategies to solve public affairs problems; possessing of principles and techniques of visual, and personal communications to implement a comprehensive public affairs program involving public information, internal communication, and community relations. OR

    Education: Possess a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR

    Combination of Education and Experience: Possess a Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience as described above to meet total qualification requirements for the grade level. To be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grades GS-9. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR

    Minimum Qualifications for GS-11:

    Experience: Possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully 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 next lower grade level of GS-9 in Federal service. Specialized experience is using of oral and written mass communication principles and techniques with analytical methods and effective interpersonal practices; developing and evaluating new strategies to solve public affairs problems; possessing of principles and techniques of visual, and personal communications to implement a comprehensive public affairs program involving public information, internal communication, and community relations; designing and implementing a marketing plan for the medical center and coordinate slide shows, videotapes and other audiovisual products. OR

    Education: Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR

    Combination of Education and Experience: Possess a combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience as stated above to meet total qualification requirements for the grade level. To compute by first determining the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the grade level. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grade GS-11. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

    Education


    IMPORTANT:
    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.



    NOTE:
    Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.

    Additional information

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (313) 576-1000.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 80 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

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