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    Summary

    (Please note that Amtrak OIG is not a federal agency; this is not federal government positions. Pay Plan/Series/Grade information is provide as a point of reference only)

    Join with the Inspector General to help make America's railroad operate more efficiently and effectively. We are seeking talented professionals who want to make a difference. By conducting or supporting independent, objective audits and investigations of the programs and operations of the National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), you could directly contribute to our mission of providing independent, objective oversight of Amtrak's programs and operations; preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse; and providing Congress, Amtrak management, and Amtrak's Board of Directors with timely analysis about Amtrak's programs and operations. Join us as we continue to build a model OIG centered on independence, teamwork, diversity, work-life balance, and value-added oversight. Next stop?the Amtrak Office of Inspector General!

    The Congressional and Public Affairs Officer is responsible for planning, directing, and executing public affairs activities, Congressional and intergovernmental outreach, and internal and external communications. The Congressional and Public Affairs Officer will develop and implement comprehensive communications plans; establish and maintain productive working partnerships with media; direct and manage the production of external OIG speeches, presentations, briefings, and special reports; and analyze feedback from the media, program officials, the public, and stakeholders.

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    Responsibilities

    • Develops and coordinates public relations and public information programs in accordance with established Amtrak and OIG policies.
    • Functions as Congressional Liaison, serving as the primary coordinator for all communication with Congressional offices. Maintains positive working relationships with Congressional staff, members of the media, and interested public accountability organizations. Handles all incoming requests for reports, interviews and background information involving the OIG senior management. Maintains a record of communications with Congressional and media contacts.
    • Collaborates with the Senior Director for Quality Assurance and Internal Affairs and the executive team (as appropriate) to define and implement a strategic communications agenda that enables the OIG to disseminate information in order to increase awareness, understanding and relevance of the OIG with key audiences, and to facilitate partnerships with external stakeholders.
    • Plans and executes program to inform Congressional offices, the media and the general public about OIG's various roles, activities, and results. Coordinates all requests for information or briefings from Congressional members and staff related to completed, ongoing or requested OIG programs, audit and investigative projects and activities. Provides legislative tracking, research and analysis, particularly with regard to annual and supplemental appropriations.
    • Coordinates all public affairs activities, to include pre-publication reviews, speaking engagements, and responses to media inquiries. Oversees the design, development, and dissemination of information to stakeholders using the full range of media and communication methods. Provides assistance and consultation to OIG management in drafting and reviewing written material such as published articles, public statements and speeches, Congressional testimony, media quotes, briefing documents, and press releases to ensure consistency and appropriateness of message.
    • Plans and facilitates public appearances and responses by OIG executives. Appearances or responses may involve the media, policy groups, the Executive Branch, and other external stakeholders.
    • Monitors and analyzes media mentions and trends using web traffic data and related data analytics. Provides daily media articles and items of interest to OIG management and senior staff, as well as real-time information on current news, events and media reactions of interest to the OIG. Provides quality and insightful advice when a response is appropriate. Maintains awareness of public, media, and community relations; marketing and outreach; and congressional affairs.
    • Coordinates proactive and reactive media coverage. Oversees relations with the media and broader public, promoting public understanding of the impact of the work of the OIG.
    • Conducts intermittent coordination/communication with Amtrak's VP of Government Affairs and Corporate Communications, as required.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    1035 Public Affairs

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Resume and Cover Letter (See How to Apply)
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    • United States Citizens

    PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

    • Master's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Public Policy, or other related field.
    • Familiarity with the accountability community (e.g., OIG, GAO).
    • Familiarity with passenger rail operations and/or transportation operations.

    Qualifications

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
    • Must have at least seven (7) years of experience in managing and coordinating Congressional relations and/or public affairs.
    • Knowledge of public information and government relations concepts, principles, methodology, and techniques.
    • Strategic and operational understanding of federal government procedures and processes.
    • Experience working with Congressional members and staff to provide information about or advance an organization's interests affected by legislative process.
    • Experience preparing speeches and briefing papers for senior officials; managing and overseeing production of written communications (e.g., articles, briefings, news releases) to convey technical and non-technical information; and developing, implementing, and evaluating communication strategies.
    • Experience in planning, developing, and communicating programs, policies, and activities to the public.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Able to maintain composure in stressful situations and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
    • Ability to work across organizational boundaries to reach mutual goals.
    • Ability to work independently in a deadline-sensitive environment.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and social media.
    • Ability to multi-task with attention to detail.

    Education

    EDUCATION:

    • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Public Policy, or other related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and work experience.

    Additional information

    You will be eligible to participate in most Amtrak Benefits. Amtrak OIG is not a federal agency, and this is not a federal government position.

    Veterans' preference, as codified in Title 5 of the U.S. Code, does not apply to this position. Amtrak OIG is not a federal agency, and this is not a federal government position. However, Amtrak OIG proudly supports and encourages U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

    Amtrak OIG is committed to equal employment opportunity for all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or other protected characteristic.

    Pre-employment drug test required, as well as successfully passing a background investigation.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based on the information you provide in the Amtrak Careers Portal, your cover letter and resume. We will consider the quality and extent of your accomplishments, experience and education.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    Resume and cover letter only - This is not a Federal Job. Please DO NOT submit other documents including Federal forms, diplomas, transcripts, certificates, etc.

    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.

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    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.

    https://careers.amtrak.com/index.html

    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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    How to Apply

    Please submit your resume and cover letter only. Other documents such as federal forms. Diplomas and certificates will not be reviewed.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Submit your application on the Amtrak Jobs Portal.
    1) Go to the Amtrak Jobs Portal. https://jobs.amtrak.com/
    2) Search for Job and complete the application process.

    Agency contact information

    Michelle Buckmire

    Address

    Amtrak Office of Inspector General
    10 G Street NE
    Suite 3W-300
    Washington, DC 20002
    US
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    Next steps

    1. You will receive a confirmation e-mail following successful application submission through the Amtrak website. If you do not receive an email, please review your submission to make sure that you completed the final step.
    2. Resumes will be screened and qualified candidates will be submitted to the hiring manager for further review.
    3. If you are among the qualified candidates selected by the hiring manager, you will be contacted regarding the next steps in the recruiting process.
    Due to the high volume of applicants, we respectfully request that you refrain from contacting us to follow up on your application.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476464100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.