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Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:13-063

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 07, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013




Full Time - Indefinite




2 vacancies in the following location:
Cheyenne, WY United StatesView Map


Only current members of the Wyoming Air National Guard will be considered for this vacancy.






WYOMING AIR NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the Wyoming Air National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants must currently be members in the Wyoming Air National Guard in order to be considered for employment.


Area 6:  Indefinite Job Opportunity Technician - Merit Promotion: All current military members of the Wyoming Air National Guard may apply.


Technician Info:

Tech Position #: 0103169334

Mil Position #: 0074739834 


FAC #: 104A00

Position Title: Public Affairs Specialist

Position Series/Grade: GS-1035-09/11

Position Location: Public Affairs Office, JFRC, Cheyenne, WY


  • Must be a current member of the Wyoming Air National Guard.
  • Must submit vMPF Rip with application.
  • Refer to "Required Documents" for additional details.
  • Must obtain a favorable (ANACI) National Agency Check within 1 yr of appt.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain and maintain SECRET security clearance.
  • Relocation Costs are not authorized with this vacancy.


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This position is located in the Joint Force Headquarters – State, Personal Staff, Public Affairs Office (PAO). The primary purpose of the position is to assist the state’s Public Affairs (PA) Officer at the strategic and operational level, with particular emphasis on developing segments of more complicated or sensitive communications campaigns and executing the National Guard Bureau’s (NGB’s) communication objectives.


(1) Assists the Public Affairs Officer in the formulation of long-range plans and policies to enhance public understanding, support and acceptance of Public Affairs programs and/or activities statewide.

(2) Researches and develops informational materials and complete communication campaigns for release to audiences through electronic and newspaper media.  Prepared materials explain or describe the mission of the NG, NG accomplishments, policies, programs or actions taken to ensure the NG’s compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements.  Written materials include news releases, display advertisements, fact sheets, feature stories, background statements, special reports, etc.  Coordinates the analysis of response data on communication campaign effectiveness with programs managers. 

(3) Responds to media requests for information of both a routine and controversial nature.  Prepares or assembles information kits, edits informational materials drafted by subordinate public affairs specialists or unit UPAR’s, releases photographs and/or feature stories to the news media, coordinates media interviews with NG subject matter experts and arranges photographic and electronic media coverage of newsworthy NG events. 

(4) Maintains close working relationships with officials of various civic, media and community groups and Department of Defense personnel, as well as state and national government officials outside the NG. 

(5) Provides training to UPAR’s on PA program policies, practices and processes.  Coordinates and evaluates the effectiveness of training and training materials and develops recommendations for program enhancement.  Reviews all press releases, feature stories, background statements, special reports, etc., developed by UPARs, prior to their release to the media.

(6) Creates new or adapts or modifies accepted communication campaign formats to reach a target audience with a specific message.  The selection of a communication campaign format is based on an analysis of targeted audience demographics and message content.  After an informational campaign has been implemented, solicited and unsolicited response data is gathered to assess campaign effectiveness in reaching the target audience.  If the campaign’s results do not meet expectations, the incumbent identifies issues of concern, develops alternatives and after discussing these with the appropriate administrative personal, implements the most appropriate option. 


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Work involves administering, supervising, or performing work in establishing and maintaining mutual communication between National Guard, general public and various other pertinent audiences including internal or external, foreign or domestic. Advises management on policy formulation and the potential public reaction to proposed policy. Identifies and carries out the public communication requirements inherent in disseminating policy decisions. Identifies communication needs and develops informational materials to inform the public. 



Must possess experience, education, or training in administrative, professional, investigative and/or technical work; experience evaluating information and/or utilizing analytical skills to disseminate effective communication; and experience using computers and automation systems. 



GS-09: Must possess at least 24 months experience, education, or training involving knowledge of writing, communication principles, methods and techniques that relate to the public affairs of an agency.  Experience in applying and adapting knowledge of strictly controlled situations of an agency.  Experience writing articles on routine events of non-controversial subjects.  Experience responding timely and appropriately to requests for information concerning agency programs and services.  Experience participating in meetings with specialized groups to listen to and understand feedback on agency programs that are of particular interest to public. 

GS-11: Must possess at least 36 months experience, education, or training involving a thorough knowledge of writing and communication principles, methods and techniques that relate to public affairs of the military.  Experience developing new information materials including news releases, fact sheets, brochures, booklets, broadcast spots, etc., that increase communication with the agency's audiences.  Experience making on-the-spot presentations to audiences with opposing points of view or erroneous understanding of agency positions.   Experience responding timely and appropriately to requests for information concerning agency programs and services.


NOTE: Specialized experience will be used to determine qualifications for the announced position.  Applicants must provide begin and end dates (DD/MM/YY - DD/MM/YY) with description of your specialized experience.


MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Selected candidates will be required to be in a compatible military grade and assignment prior to the effective date of placement.


Enlisted applicant’s military grade cannot exceed the maximum military grade authorized. Over-grade applicant must provide a written statement of understanding with application, willingness to be administratively reduced in grade (state specific grade) if selected for this position.


MILITARY GRADES: Enlisted and Officer

Enlisted   Min E5      Max: E7

Officer     Min:  O1      Max:  O4  (Dependent on unit availability)     

This is a Commissioning Opportunity



Enlisted:  3N0XX, Public Affairs

Officer:    35XX, Public Affairs Utilization Field


Must possess or be eligible to retrain into AFSC.


Must possess a minimum score of "72" on the General portion of the ASVAB.

Medical Profile PULHES must not be greater than 333333.

Must be able to lift 40 lbs. unassisted.


A maximum of 12 months of the 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 Public Affairs (i.e. public relations, journalism, information processing science, communications, English composition or other course where primary emphasis is on communications and writing skills).



-    Technicians are paid through Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT).

-    The Selected applicant must complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment" and "Declaration of Relatives in the Wyoming Military Department" prior to the appointment date.

-    Military Technicians are ineligible for military enlistment, retention, and student loan repayment bonuses. Acceptance of a Technician position will terminate these military incentives.

-    Acceptance of a permanent or indefinite position will cause termination from the Selected Reserve Incentive Program (SRIP).

-    Relocation expenses will not be paid by the Government unless noted in the Announcement.

-    Military Technicians in the excepted service will wear the appropriate uniform while performing as a Technician.

-    Veteran’s preference does not apply to National Guard Technician positions in accordance with Title 32 USC 709(f).

-    Indefinite employees may be terminated or displaced at management's discretion with a 30-day written notice.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.  Making a false statement in any part of your application may result in disciplinary action.


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This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to new/prospective employees.


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1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the Wyoming National Guard Human Resource Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resource can only process materials received through USA Jobs.


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To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following parts:

1.  Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and

2.  Your resume and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Use the Online way for convenience and quickest processing.


   Option A.  To Apply Online


To apply online, applicant must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at  Follow these steps to complete the online application:


·         Log into USAJOBS website and enter the job announcement number in the left hand box titled What:” ; enter Wyoming in the right hand box titled “Where:”,  then click on the SEARCH JOBS button.

·         Click on blue job title link.

·         Select the blue “APPLY ONLINE” tab in the right-hand column.

·         Follow/complete the prompts to sign into an existing USAJOBS account or to create a new account.

·         Use a resume previously loaded into USA Jobs or upload a new one.  Check the appropriate boxes and select “Apply for this position now!”; then “Take me there now”.

·         The system will take you to Application Manager, which is where you will complete the online occupational questionnaire and upload additional documents.

·         Complete the necessary blocks in “Biographic Information” section; then Next.

·         Complete the “Eligibility Information” section; then Next.

·         Complete the “Other Information” section; Under Job Related Experience, input a number greater than 0 for both Years and Months; then Next. 

·         The system will take you to the online occupational questionnaire, which is a required component of the application process.

·         Follow the instruction in the documents section of the application process for submitting all required documents.

·         You must submit your answers to be considered for this vacancy.  A “Confirmation of your Submission to USA Staffing® Application Manager” will appear.  Print for your records.

To return to a saved application, log into your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select “UPDATE APPLICATION” to continue.


If an applicant has questions regarding the online application, including problems submitting supporting documents, contact the point of contact located in the right column at the top of the vacancy announcement for assistance.  


All online applications and supplemental materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) onThursday, February 14, 2013.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications online using the application process outlined at


   Option B:  Paper Qualifications Questionnaire (Use if faxing application).

If it is not practical for you to apply Online, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.  Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline. Click here for the online questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

2.  Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 – after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents by fax.  

By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, you do not need a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.


For this job announcement the following documents are required: 

*** Records Review

Wyoming Air National Guard members must submit vMPF Personal Information Rip (All pages) with application.


*** Personal Resume

Include the following information:

* Announcement # and title of the position for which you are applying

* Your full name, mailing address, and phone numbers where you can be reached (must be on the resume)

* Your Social Security Number and birth date (must be on the resume)

* A narrative of your work (paid or unpaid), training, education, and/or other experiences that may be related to this vacancy

* Show actual begin and end dates (MM/YY - MM/YY) format for all work experience submitted

* List all pertinent military experiences

* Describe your duties (work experience) in your own words. Do not submit copies or official position descriptions.


*** College transcripts MUST be submitted when substituting education for experience. Unofficial copies will be accepted. 


NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Complete and accurate data is essential to ensure fair evaluation of candidates. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the data provided is accurate and complete. Only the experience, qualifications, and education shown on resume can be used to evaluate a candidate's qualifications for this position.


To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications. Your document(s) can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.


William E. Pacheco
Phone: (307)772-5289
Agency Information:
Wyoming National Guard
Human Resources Office
ATTN 1LT Melissa Smith
5410 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


Instructions for completing the OPM 1203-FX:  

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.View Occupational Questionnaire

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