For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices, visit http: www.justice.gov/usao/ .
As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
This position is also being announced to All U.S. Citizens and Nationals under 21-EDVA-10982381-DE.
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The Public Affairs Specialist is responsible for managing the public affairs program at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, which includes offices in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News. The incumbent is the primary advisor to the U.S. Attorney on all public affairs matters, including internal and external communications, media relations, and community outreach. The incumbent serves as an official spokesperson for EDVA, and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and disseminating public information relating to criminal prosecutions and civil litigation occurring throughout the district, both internally and externally to local, regional, and national media outlets. The incumbent is also responsible for responding to a high volume of media queries, and maintaining media contacts with local, regional, and national media outlets throughout EDVA.
The incumbent also serves as the chief communications officer to various law enforcement partners regarding all communications matters involving federal criminal prosecutions in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of ongoing law enforcement investigations, the incumbent exercises sound judgment and discretion in handling all inquiries.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as the incumbent gains experience.
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required
- You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
- If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
- Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.
- You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.
To be eligible at the GS-12 level you must meet one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level. Specialized Experience is defined as performing the following types of duties: developing news releases, fact sheets, talking points, and related materials for publication in printed media; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with media; and conducting workshops, seminars, and other meetings with various audiences.
To be eligible at the GS-13 level, you must meet one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level. Specialized Experience is defined as performing the following types of duties: establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with media; planning, coordinating, and disseminating information to print, online, and broadcast media; gathering and analyzing information and data from a variety of sources; ensuring accuracy of information.
Applicants should possess excellent communication skills (oral and written), sound judgment, and the ability to represent the Office effectively during interactions with the media relating to sensitive and complex matters of criminal and civil law.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)- The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)- The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .
Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.
The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
You will be rated on the following Competencies (see The Delegated Examining Operations Handbook, Appendix F for definitions):
Communications and Media, Decision Making, Oral Communication, and Writing
The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
Trust determination process
You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
-Required: Your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire (This is completed automatically during the apply online process).
-Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates (month/day/year) of employment and work schedule for each (e.g., part-time XX hours per week or full-time)(cover letter optional).
-Required if you are a current or former Federal employee: a recent copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing title, series, grade, and full performance level (FPL); AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. Please note your SF-50 must include your FPL in the remark section (e.g., appointment, reassignment, promotion actions), pay adjustments and awards do not include this information so they are not acceptable.
-Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
– Required, if applicable: VEOA documentation (your DD-214, Member Copy 4).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.