This series includes positions responsible for administering, supervising, or performing work involved in establishing and maintaining mutual communication between Federal agencies and the general public and various other pertinent publics including internal or external, foreign or domestic audiences. Positions in this series advise agency management on policy formulation and the potential public reaction to proposed policy, and identify and carry out the public communication requirements inherent in disseminating policy decisions. The work involves identifying communication needs and developing informational materials that inform appropriate publics of the agency's policies, programs, services and activities, and plan, execute, and evaluate the effectiveness of information and communication programs in furthering agency goals. Work in the series requires skills in written and oral communication, analysis, and interpersonal relations.
There is no special education experience needed for this position.
Within your application package, you must explain how you gained the specialized experience required for this position. Applicants applying at the GS 11 level must have 36 months experience.
Positions in the Public Affairs Series are primarily concerned with advising management on the formulation and articulation of agency policy and designing, executing, and evaluating the information programs that communicate agency policies, programs, and actions to various pertinent publics.
Public affairs positions work in and contribute to a variety of functional programs. The term functional program refers to the basic objectives of a Federal agency and its operations and activities in achieving them. A functional program may include the entire mission of an agency or any one of many programs administered by the department or agency. Positions in this series require a practical understanding and knowledge of functional programs to facilitate communication between an agency and its publics on program-related problems, activities, or issues. Much of this program knowledge is obtained from specialists in the functional program areas or through review of agency developed material, interviewing program specialists, or reading professional and trade publications. This series covers positions involving one or more of the following functions:
1. design, plan, and direct or advise on the public affairs program in an agency, or organization within an agency;
2. develop and disseminate informational materials to the general public or specialized target groups within a domestic or foreign setting;
3. provide information of particular value and interest to agency employees;
4. establish and maintain effective working relationships with all media, both foreign and domestic, and develop and disseminate informational materials to pertinent publics through the media.
Many positions in the series involve duties in all of these areas, especially in those organizations where the public affairs staff is small and everyone functions as a generalist. Some positions combine several functions, while others are assigned duties restricted to only one specific area. In addition to the kinds of duties encompassed by the four categories above, some agencies assign other types of duties to public affairs positions. Administration of Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act concerns, while not requiring communication or information skills, are found in some public affairs positions. Other agencies have placed this function elsewhere.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
SUBSTITUTION EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
A maximum of 12 months of required experience may be substituted by successful completion of undergraduate study in an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester hours for 12 months of experience. The education must have been in fields directly related to the type of work on the position.
(Proof of education must be submitted with application package)
Idaho National Guard Mission Statement:
The incredible versatility of the National Guard enables its troops to respond to domestic emergencies, combat missions, counter drug efforts, reconstruction missions and moreall with equal speed, strength and efficiency.
Whether the call is coming from the Governor of the State of Idaho or directly from the President of the United States, Guard Soldiers and Airman are always ready and always there.
Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Funds Transfer Program.
This is a dual-status position and membership in the Idaho Air National Guard is required. By submitting this application you are affirming to the validity of the information you have provided.
All male applicants born after 31 December 1959 will be required to furnish a statement of Selective Service registration status prior to appointment. (5 U.S.C. 3328)
Acceptance of any military technician position over 179 days will cause termination of entitlement and eligibility for all bonuses and student loan repayments effective the date of employment. This does not affect the Montgomery GI Bill eligibility. Payments of Selected Reserve reenlistment bonuses authorized in section 308b of title 37, United States Code, to Military Technicians (Dual Status) who become eligible for reenlistment while serving on active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn (in theater) are excluded from repayment. Acceptance of any military technician position may affect your incentive bonus. Check with your incentives manager to see if this applies to the incentive you received.
Applicants who feel they have reinstatement/restoration/re-promotion rights to this grade and position should contact the Human Resources Office.
The Idaho National Guard is an Equal Opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical handicap or age which does not interfere with job accomplishment or National Guard membership. Veteran's Preference does not apply to any National Guard position.