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Job Title:  Lead Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-13
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  LV-R10-MP-2013-0018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$87,306.00 to $113,496.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 15, 2013 to Friday, March 08, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Seattle, WA, USView Map
Current permanent EPA Region 10 employees with competitive status and CTAP eligibles.


Earth Day is every day at EPA! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment.  We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities.  See more about us here:

This position is located in Region 10, Office of Ecosystems, Tribal and Public Affairs, Community Engagement and Environmental Health Unit in Seattle, WA.  
For more information on this office, visit their website:


  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.


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You will:

- Serve as the Lead Community Involvement Coordinator.

- Lead the team to provide effective community engagement services, especially communication strategy implementation, for high-priority Superfund projects and other regional initiatives.

- Build team efficiency through individual and group coaching, mentoring and training.

- Plan, develop, coordinate, and implement public involvement & outreach initiatives and communication strategies.  Carries out both tactical and strategic tasks for a variety of projects that successfully adapt proven public involvement strategies or use innovative approaches to meet the distinct needs of the different communities that are affected by a wide variety of EPA actions. 

- Serve as a regional spokesperson and liaison or focal point with various governmental entities, academic communities or local and private organizations.


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You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as... Experience planning and implementing public involvement,  outreach initiatives and communication strategies AND Experience leading teams and/or groups to accomplish goals.


Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:   

Knowledge of  team building, communications, listening, and decision-making methods.

Ability to lead a team in assessing its strengths and weaknesses.

Ability to coach and mentor team members

Ability to apply facilitation techniques to lead teams, workgroups, committees, and task forces.

Knowledge of public involvement, outreach, and education methods.

Ability to develop and manage community involvement and outreach initiatives, and communication strategies  for complex and controversial projects or situations

Knowledge of public involvement requirements

Knowledge of methods for facilitating large public meetings, hearings, and complex multi-party collaborative processes

Knowledge of a wide range of written and web-based communication principles, concepts and methods

Ability to write news releases, factual materials, and issues papers.

Ability to communicate orally.

Ability to translate detailed and highly technical written and oral information, including information about health and environmental risks, to language easily understood and acted on by the public.

This position is designated as Low Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. NOTE:  We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).  However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

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Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.


Are you a Displaced Federal Employee?  If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment.  The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361. If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA.  Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.   To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcment.  All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature. If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement.
For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application
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Documents to be submitted on-line:

--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section.  In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.  
--Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire
--Displaced Federal employees under CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
--Current EPA Employees:  You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).  If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in e-OPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.

If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's web site:


Phone: 702-798-2401
Fax: 702-798-2416
TDD: 702-798-2421
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
4220 S. Maryland Parkway, Building A, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV
Fax: 702-798-2416


You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account.  You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational 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 check, 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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