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    This position is in the excepted service and not subject to competitive service procedures. Merit promotion procedures do not apply.

    This position is located within the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), Office of Communications, Education and Outreach in Washington, DC.

    Salary Information

    GG-14 ($112,021 – $145,629) per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

    The ACHP has determined that the duties of this position are eligible for ad hoc and regular/recurring telework after successful completion of a 1 year trial period.

    Please note that this is a senior position with the ACHP and, as such, candidates are expected to have extensive experience. While it is not required for consideration, the ACHP prefers candidates for this position to possess at least 10 years of professional experience in the public affairs arena.

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    The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

    1) conducts the public affairs and media efforts of the agency;

    2) plans, directs, and executes national publicity campaigns;

    3) serves as project manager and the authoritative resource for media;

    4) provides authoritative advice and consultation with regard to public relations and the media;

    5) researches, writes, and edits speeches and materials for leadership;

    6) writes, documents, and manages the interpretation of complex case information, and reports on existing, new and proposed legislation and regulations;

    7) works directly with program offices in the agency to coordinate, plan, and execute projects to convey information and to ensure awareness of projects/programs;

    8) co-manages the ACHP’s new media strategy, and manages the ACHP Facebook page and other platforms as needed;

    9) plans and directs special events, ceremonies, tours, and other activities, interacts directly with VIPs;

    10) co-manages the ACHP awards program;

    11) communicates with congressional staff and offices, leadership at federal agencies, and other organizations;

    12) serves as a project manager on Communications, Education, and Outreach initiatives, with ability to manage projects from start through deployment as requested by supervisor;

    13) establishes and maintains effective working relationships with editors, reporters, and other members of the media and specialized audiences interested in the ACHP’s work;

    14) responds to information requests from the news media and general public on the ACHP’s work;

    15) serves as agency spokesperson, engages the media, and supports public meetings as needed, and determines opportunities for and proactively places press releases, stories, op-eds, and media outreach;

    16) keeps agency management aware of comments, negative publicity, and criticism; and

    17) prepares articles for publication in various media and proactively brainstorms story ideas and ways to raise awareness of historic preservation.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Not to exceed 1-5 days per month.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    This position is open to all US Citizens.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.


    Minimum Qualification Requirements:

    To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.

    Specialized Experience

    To qualify for the GG-14, you must possess at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GG-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as: demonstrated experience in communications, marketing, and public relations; writing effectively in plain English and for specialized audiences; project management; excellent organizational skills, social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; photography and photojournalism; basics of public relations management and outreach strategies; mastery of the principles, methods, practices, and techniques of communication to function as an organization’s technical authority on all public affairs; responding orally to criticism of an organization’s functions or performance; evaluating the effectiveness of the public affairs program, analyzing feedback from the media and public, and developing recommendations to improve the internal operation and enhance the overall public affairs program; drafting/developing and managing communications plans; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals having opposing points of view and conflicting interests and explaining a position while not criticizing other views; and making on-the-spot presentations to audiences with opposing points of view or erroneous understanding of an organization’s positions. The incumbent also needs to have an understanding of historic preservation in general, and the National Historic Preservation Act, especially as it relates to the ACHP.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:


    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Again, please note that this is a senior position with the ACHP and, as such, candidates are expected to have extensive experience. While it is not required for consideration, the ACHP prefers candidates for this position to possess at least 10 years of professional experience in the public affairs arena.


    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your resume will be evaluated by an Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) subject matter expert in order to determine if you possess the necessary qualifications to be further considered for this position.

    Please note that all required documentation must be provided by the closing date in order to be considered for this position. If you do not provde the necessary documentation in time, you will not be considered.
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    Required Documents

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at


    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); and (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15 (if applicable).

    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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    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.


    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

    How to Apply

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

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    Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
    401 F Street NW
    Suite 308
    Washington, District of Columbia 20001
    United States
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    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background checks, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.

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  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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