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Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist - DEU

Agency:Federal Trade Commission

Job Announcement Number:OPA-2013-0002

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 06, 2012 to Wednesday, November 21, 2012




Full Time Competitive Service - This is a permanent appointment.




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


All Qualified Candidates


Please note:  If you would like to be considered under the Merit Promotion process, please apply to vacancy announcement number OPA-2013-0001.


OUR MISSION: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of Federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The FTC seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The FTC also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating marketing acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. The FTC conducts economic analyses to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Agency, the Congress, the Executive Branch, and other organizations.

This position is located in the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  OPA is charged with identifying opportunities and executing communication campaigns to promote FTC activities, programs and the work of its people.  Primary objectives are to develop sound strategies and practice effective media outreach across a broad spectrum of the American population about what the FTC does.  The incumbent serves as a senior public affairs specialist responsible for planning, designing and executing comprehensive, nationwide campaigns to communicate the FTC’s programs and cases in consumer protection and antitrust law.  The incumbent reports to the Director, OPA.


  • This position requires U.S. citizenship.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
  • This position is not in the bargaining unit.
  • Telework is available for this position.


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The incumbent coordinates all components of national media campaigns to convey complex information concerning FTC decisions, cases, programs, research and services.

Works on deadlines and in consultation with the OPA Director and bureau staff, creates multi-faceted press plans that include key messages, strategies and tactics, with particular emphasis on projects related to the technology industry, online commerce, privacy and identity theft.  Also, develops and writes materials designed to reach FTC audiences.

Agency expert on issues related to the technology industry, online commerce, U.S. patent law and policies, privacy and identity theft.  Possesses the ability to seamlessly transition from talking about these issues to using social media and cutting edge public relations’ tools.

Responsible for developing effective relationships with news media, specifically the technology, privacy and ID theft reporters and bloggers. 

Advises management on ways to improve communications between organizations and various FTC audiences.

Responsible for handling requests from the media and outside entities, and providing counsel to FTC bureaus and regional offices about the media, and the audiences of the FTC: the general public, specialized groups, as well as community and governmental entities.

Responsible for directing special events, ceremonies and other activities intended to develop interest in FTC programs.

As a public affairs expert, takes complex legal issues, and translates them into readable, engaging materials, including but not limited to: news releases, media advisories, fact sheets, media plans, statements and/or speeches.

Agency expert on writing about the technology industry, online commerce, U.S. patent laws and policies, privacy and identity theft, both for a general readership and for technology experts.

Responsible for communicating the FTC’s mission, accomplishments, policies, and rules.

Utilizes public relations tools including media research services such as Cision, television monitoring services like TV Eyes, and all modes of social media.


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Applicants at the GS 14 must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-13. Specialized experience is defined as experience which is directly related to the position being filled and which has equipped the candidate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. To be creditable, the specialized experience must demonstrate expert knowledge of technology industry issues such as online privacy and identity theft, as well as operations of a public affairs programs, evaluating the effectiveness of the public affairs program, analyzing feedback from the media, developing recommendations to improve the internal operation and enhance the overall public affairs program, and handling complex communications outreach programs that are directed at a variety of audiences.

All applications must be received on-line via


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The Federal Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package. For details please click the link below.Benefits Offered


Click here for Additional Information, information for Displaced Federal Employees, and information on Special Hiring Authorities.


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Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us. Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation: 1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below). 2. Your responses to the eligibility questions. 3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions. 4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting. You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process: STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account. Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided. STEP 2: After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions. The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application. STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions. Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application. STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary. NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.




To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you. APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST __ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen

__ Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).

__Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)

__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)

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___Certificates/licenses (current).

___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments

___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)

___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.


Alvina Brooks
Phone: 202-326-2323
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-326-3422
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000



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