Public Affairs Specialist (communications Specialist)

El Monte, CA, United States

Job Description


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Responsibilities


WHAT IS THE TAX EXEMPT & GOVERNMENT ENTITIES (TE/GE) DIVISION?
A description of the business units can be found at: https://www.jobs.irs.gov/about/who/business-divisions

The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Develops informational materials to assist management in attaining program goals by enhancing customers', employee and stakeholder understanding of organization programs. Uses a variety of methods and techniques in achieving communication goals including fact sheets, news releases, feature articles, personal appearances, exhibits, brochures, graphics presentations, and pamphlets, etc., in coordination with National Communications and Liaison (C&L) organizations and standards and guidelines, as appropriate.
  • Evaluates information problems encountered in communicating program goals. Advises on and recommends specific information activities designed to meet these problems. Analyzes information needs in terms of internal and external customers and provides advice on program information problems.
-Develops communication plans by considering such items as specific topics or aspects to emphasize, the most effective media to use in communicating with intended audiences, the kind of information needed, etc. -Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with National Headquarters Communications and Liaison, other Operating Divisions, and in coordination with National C&L specialized groups interested in organization programs, and other internal and external stakeholders.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Supervisory status
No
Promotion Potential
13

  • Job family (Series)

    1035 Public Affairs
  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
    • The salary range indicated in this announcement reflects the minimum locality pay up to maximum locality pay for all duty locations listed. The range will be adjusted for selected duty location. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages.
    • This is a Bargaining unit position.
    • Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
    • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • A 1-year probationary period is required.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.
    • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. These documents must be unexpired original or certified copies.
    - Relocation expenses - No

    Qualifications


    Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GRADE 11:To be minimally qualified for the GS-11, you must meet the basic requirements below. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field of study such as: journalism, communications, advertising, marketing, public relations, etc.

    OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a graduate degree in a field of study such as: journalism, communications, advertising, marketing, public relations, etc. One year of graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

    OR At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the GS-9 level that demonstrated accomplishment of public affairs assignments that required a range of knowledge of communication methods and techniques. Accomplishments normally involve the following, or the equivalent: Developing and disseminating information materials to the general public or specialized target groups. Writing and disseminating, to local and national print and broadcast media, news releases, feature articles, radio and television scripts, and other information material. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all media.

    OR At least 1 year of combined graduate education and experience as defined in paragraphs above.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GRADE 12:To qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 which is the next lower grade level of the normal line of progression of this position in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience that is related to the work of this position and has provided you with the competencies required for successful job performance. Qualifying experience is experience that demonstrates accomplishment of designing, planning, and directing or advising on the public affairs program in an agency or organization that requires a wide range of knowledge of communication requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge is generally demonstrated by assignments where you analyze a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning major aspects of the public affairs program.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GRADE 13:To qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 which is the next lower grade level of the normal line of progression of this position in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience that is related to the work of this position and provides you with the competencies required for successful job performance. Qualifying experience is experience that demonstrates accomplishment of developing and implementing a comprehensive public affairs program that involves public information, internal information, media relations and community relations that required a wide range of knowledge of communication requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge is generally demonstrated by assignments where you analyze a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning major aspects of the public affairs program.

    For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's Qualifications Standards.

    Education

    For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
    • Note: If substituting Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) for experience at the GS-7 level, please note that grade-point averages are rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. The Qualifications requirements above will reflect if SAA is accepted for this position and the online questionnaire will offer the option to select SAA as a qualifying response.

    A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.

    Additional information


    1 (One) vacancy to be filled in Tax Exempt and Government Entities, Shared Services, Communications and Liaison, Operations. in any of the following locations: Pittsburgh, PA, Mansfield, OH, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, El Monte, CA, Dallas, TX, Cincinnati, OH, Brooklyn, NY, Seattle, WA, Ogden, UT, and Washington, DC.

    How You Will Be Evaluated


    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

    Rating: You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):
    • Communications and Media
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Oral Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Writing


    Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of two quality level categories, CAT A/B, CAT C depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned quality group and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that quality group. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality group for this position. For scientific and professional positions Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category for this position, except at the GS-09 and above.

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. Candidates, if required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring practices), will be interviewed in quality group order. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a rating of category to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

    Background checks and security clearance


    Security clearance
    Not Required
    Drug test required
    No
    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)
    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness
  • Required Documents

    Required Documents


    The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice:
    • Resume - For qualification determinations your resume (uploaded or created in USAJOBS) must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume. (Cover letters are optional.) Please view Resume Tips.
    • Online Application - Questionnaire
    • Proof of Enrollment or Education - For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
    • Registration/License (IF APPLICABLE) - active, current registration/license
    • Veterans' Preference (IF APPLICABLE) - If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.
    • Military Spouses - You MUST submit verification of the marriage to the service member(i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage) AND (1) a copy of your spouse's active military orders; OR (2) verification of your spouse's 100% service-connected disability (e.g., VA Letter and/or DD-214); OR (3) verification of the service member's death while on active duty (DD-1300/Death Certificate). You are not eligible if you were not married to the veteran at the time of death or have since remarried.
    • Current and Former Federal Employees Documentation - It is recommended that you submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or equivalent personnel action form which shows your current grade and competitive service status.
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) (IF APPLICABLE) - IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area. Treasury CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within the commuting area. Find required documentation at: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP).
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) (IF APPLICABLE) - If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.
    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
  • Benefits

    Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits
    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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Job Detail

  • Job Id
    JD2513230
  • Industry
    Not mentioned
  • Total Positions
    1
  • Job Type:
    Full Time
  • Salary:
    Not mentioned
  • Employment Status
    Permanent
  • Job Location
    El Monte, CA, United States
  • Education
    Not mentioned