Public Affairs Specialist - Department of Defense


Organization Information

The Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs is the  principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Department of Defense public information, internal information, Freedom of Information, Mandatory Declassification Review, clearance of DoD information for public release, community relations, public affairs professional development, and audiovisual matters.   The Assistant to the  Secretary of Defense, ATSD(PA) has public affairs policy responsibility for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the military services, and the unified and specified commands.  Coordinates directly with the White House and State Department at the policy-making levels.

Location - 1 vacancy in the following location: Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Job Description

As a Public Affairs Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:

• Serve as Public Affairs action officer in assigned areas of responsibility.

• Develop, coordinate, and execute high-level and high-impact senior leader engagements to inform and educate the general public via various communication mediums about the Department of Defense programs, activities, and policies.

• Research, write, review and coordinate public affairs guidance and other public material to acheive campaign objectives.

• Ensure accuracy, clarity, completeness, timeliness and consistency with Department policies. 

• Evalute public attitudes and responses regarding actual Department activities and policy decisions based on an understanding of the news media environment.

• Plan, coordinate and execute public initiatives and special events through liaison with the Military Services, the Joint Staff, and Combatant Commands.

• Advise senior OASD (PA) leaders on potential public reaction to proposed policies, plans, and actions.

• Prepare and present various briefings.

• Work closely with members of the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense front office on matters related to travel and protocol and the preparation of communications plans that compliment the long range schedule of Department senior leaders.

• Prepare reports and responses to inquiries, justifications and background papers on the tehcnical aspects of areas of expertise and assignment.

• Research and determine or recommend appropriate actions or interpretation of issues impacting the organization.

Job Qualifications   

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See:  http://main.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1035/public affairs-series-1035/ 

For OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES  and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Tuesday, March 17, 2015

You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving 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.  Experience must be reflected in your resume.
Specialized experience required for this position at the GS-13 level is:

• Assist in the review and writing of public affairs guidance.

• Assist in the execution of public initiatives and special events.

• Advise leaders on potential public reaction to polices. 

• Assist in the prepartion and presentation on briefings. 

• Assist in planning public initiatives.

• Perform research to interpret issues.

Specialized experience required for this position at the GS-14 level is: 

• Review and write of public affairs guidance.

• Execute public initiatives and special events. 

• Advise leaders on potential public reaction to polices. 

• Prepare and present briefings. 

• Plan public initiatives. 

• Perform research to interpret issues.

• Participate in the development of goals and objectives relating to public activities

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described in REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration. 

To review the status of an application through USAJOBS:

1. Log into your USAJOBS account
2. Click Application Status within your profile to expand your application
3. Locate the job announcement and click the more information link under the Status column for this position. You will be routed to Application Manager. The Details tab displays by default. The Details tab displays comprehensive information about the selected Application Package including: assessment(s) and the status, supporting documents and their status, correspondence sent to you by the hiring agency, and your application processing status.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.  You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Required Documents

• Résumé: If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.

• Assessment Questionnaire


• Additional documents you may be required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying for one of the categories such as a veteran, a current or former permanent Federal employee, ICTAP, etc.).

PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide.