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Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12/13 (DEU)

Agency:Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Job Announcement Number:OPIC-OEA-2013-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Friday, June 28, 2013 to Friday, July 12, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


This position is open to all U.S. Citizens.

This position is also being announced under the Agency's Merit Promotion Procedures.  If you wish to be considered for this announcement, refer to vacancy announcement, OPIC-OEA-2013-0002.


The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is the U.S. Government's development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guaranties, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds. OPIC projects have generated $75 billion in U.S. exports and supported more than 277,000 American jobs.

This position is located in the Office of External Affairs (OEA) of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The incumbent performs a variety of technical support tasks related to obtaining, developing, and presenting information about OPIC's mission to OPIC's stakeholders including the business community, Congress, media, development and foreign policy communities, along with general public audiences.

The successful candidate will be extremely motivated, proactive, detail-oriented and organized. The role needs exceptional writing skills (samples encouraged), in addition to solid editing and proofreading skills. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to work independently, identify and initiate projects, solve problems and produce results. We are looking for a team player with a positive attitude, who can effectively prioritize and handle evolving project criteria, multiple projects and tight deadlines.


  • This position is open to all U.S. Citizens.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


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This position calls for a well-rounded public affairs specialist who has extensive media relations experience working with local, state, national and international journalists and media outlets. This specialist will:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for media and other external inquiries
  • Help conduct outreach campaigns
  • Shape targeted effective messages
  • Support the agency’s legislative priorities in coordination with OPIC’s Congressional Affairs team

Media relations and related duties will include creating and editing content (e.g. optimized news releases, blog posts, multimedia, etc) that can be tailored and adapted to OPIC’s full range of communications channels. The role will require identifying issues that may affect the Agency; excellent writing skills and ability to tailor the message to a specific audiences; the ability to determine publicity opportunities (and conversely, when not to seek publicity); skill at reaching a diverse audience base through outreach campaigns; collaboration with OEA on all issues affecting the agency.

In this position you will also develop effective, audience-specific messaging to build and/or expand relationships with a diverse set of audiences including: news media (focused on the areas of business, trade and global development), associations and other key stakeholders, the business community (including clients), other government agency partners and Congress.

This position will also:

  • Establish and maintain a repository of talking points on various topics, organized and readily available in one place
  • Support relevant events through speeches, talking points, other materials
  • Draft materials such as fact sheets, position papers, tailored messages, talking points and testimony for specific OPIC audiences that support OPIC’s outreach priorities
  • Message train OPIC staff when needed
  • Research and analyze key policies and issues affecting the Agency
  • Proactively identify outlets (media, blogs, partner sites) and pitch OPIC materials
  • Work with OPIC finance and insurance officers, and customers on story ideas, educational opportunities about OPIC’s work, etc.


The successful candidate will have strong project management expertise and use their private sector marketing and/or public relations experience to assist this small government agency that works closely with U.S. businesses to gain footholds in emerging markets in ways that help solve critical development challenges.


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Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

To qualify for the GS-13 level you will need 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12.  

All qualification requirements must be m

Some examples of specialized experience are: Expert knowledge in the current media landscape and leveraging a variety of media channels to support organizational objectives. Expertise in creating and disseminating information through written and oral forms: media interviews, advisories, news releases, success stories, feature articles, talking points, Congressional testimony, speeches, scripts, remarks, presentations, etc. Establish and maintain cooperative working relations with writers, reporters, and editors in order to generate coverage with a wide variety of publics. Demonstrated background in using social media channels to achieve specific communication objectives. Cooperation with other government agencies. Proven ability to research and analyze issues related to policy and Congress.   

All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of closing date of announcement.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, based on your responses to the vacancy questionnaire, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories for purposes of referral and selection:

BASIS FOR RATING: The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who apply under delegated examining procedures and meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories:

Highly Qualified - applicants who exhibit a high level competency based on the evaluation factors.

Qualified - applicants who do not exhibit a high level of competency, but who clearly exceed a moderate level of competency based on the evaluation factors.

Within each category, veterans' preference eligible candidates will be listed at the top of the category.

For positions other than professional and scientific at the GS-9 level and above, compensably disabled preference eligibles (i.e., CPS and CP) are placed at the top of the highest quality category.

Responses to the online assessment demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Skill in writing a variety of materials including website copy, direct marketing pieces, speeches and other manuscripts.
  • Ability to create web-based and social media content.
  • Preparing press releases, op-eds and articles, talking points, presentations and generally interacting with the media.
  • Ability to research and analyze issues and policy, with understanding of how these apply to Congressional decisions.
  • Participate as a member of a team.
  • Manage projects effectively.
  • Skill in making oral presentations and the ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences including the business community, Congress and staff, other US Government colleagues, international publics, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to collaborate with other US Government agency personnel.
  • Demonstrated experience in emerging markets.
  • Travel in the developing world may be necessary.

 NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies listed above . However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

We will review your resume and transcripts (if applicable), to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and/or work experiences as it relates to the specialized experience and your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of two quality categories: Highly Qualified and Qualified. Names of candidates in the Highly Qualified Category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume, as well as provide the required supporting documentation. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above qualified non-preference eligibles in your assigned category. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category. For information on entitlement see Fedshirevet.
INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): Federal Career and Career-Conditional Displaced employees in the local commuting area who are rated well qualified, which is defined as one who meets the qualifications identified in this announcement and scores at least an 85, will receive special selection priority.

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Our career opportunities feature the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle.  Other benefits that may be available include a health and wellness programs, fitness center, telework, transit and parking subsidy, and emergency child care services.  For more information on federal benefits, please visit       
annual leave, life insurance, sick leave, health benefits.


More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

VETERANS INFORMATION, EEO POLICY, AND REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE can be obtained utilizing the links at the bottom of this announcement.

CITIZENSHIP:  Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:  For more information, please see the link at the bottom of this announcement and

All Federal employees are required by Public Law 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and must submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. Individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE - Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Individuals with hearing impairments may contact the Human Resources Office via the TTY (TDD) number that is listed in the contact information of the vacancy announcement, or via the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 (TTY/ASCII) or , or their state or local relay service.

All application materials become the property of the agency and will not be returned. Incomplete resumes or failure to respond to the assessment questionnaire will result in your application being disqualified from consideration. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

This position may require a one (1) year probationary period.

Periodically, the Office of Personnel Management conducts applicant satisfaction surveys. If you are selected to participate, we encourage you to provide feedback. It will assist both OPM and OPIC in making the online application process

Thank You!


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Before applying, read the entire vacancy announcement and ensure you are comfortable with the requirements.  If you are a new user to the USAJOBS site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account by clicking on the following link Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the button "Apply online" at the bottom of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the OPIC Enterprise systems application site. Once you have reached Enterprise, you will be prompted to enter (or update) your contact information on file with us. You can then begin answering the questions in the application. When you are done with all of the questions on a single page, click "Next" and proceed to the next page. If you experience any difficulties with the Enterprise application site, or you do not have access to a computer or the Internet to complete the on-line application, please contact the Human Resource Specialist listed on the vacancy.

All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature. To upload a document in USAJOBS: Log-in at MY USAJOBS. Click on the Portfolio link found under the tabs near the top. Click browse and select a file stored on your computer to include in your portfolio. Files must be less than 2mb and can either be jpg, doc, or PDF format. Once you have selected your file, enter a name for the attachment, making sure to be as accurate in your description as possible. For example, Undergraduate Transcripts versus Graduate Transcripts. Once selected and named, click Upload. After you have successfully uploaded a document, you can click to View or Delete your document(s) at any time. You may also use the direct upload feature through the OPIC Enterprise systems Supporting Documents page (instructions are listed on that page) or you may also fax documentation using the instructions provided in the Required Documents step of this job posting. If using the Fax method, please submit your documents to the phone number appearing on the system generated fax cover sheet. Supporting documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time by the closing date of this job posting. You can upload documents or generate the fax cover sheet(s) when you register or update your information on the OPIC application site which you access through the USAJOBS site. RETAIN THE FAX CONFIRMATION EMAIL AS PROOF OF SUCCESSFUL TRANSMISSION.


Documents you are required to submit online, include a: Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position); college transcripts; and responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire.  Eligible veterans must attach the latest report of Separation from Active Duty (DD-214) or other proof of honorable discharge or terminal leave status, when a DD-214 is not available.

Applicants claiming 10-point preference based on a compensable disability, receipt of a purple heart, or preference for a spouse, widow/widower, or natural mother must complete and attach the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required proof as listed on the backside of the SF-15.  The SF-15 is available at:  SF-15. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (at least "Meets or Exceeds," or equivalent), proof of eligibility, and your most current non-award SF-50.


Tawnya Lee
Phone: 202-408-6280
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
1100 New York Avenue, N. W.
Wshington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 45 work days from the vacancy close date. TO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION: Go to, and log in. Click on 'Application Status' to view the status of your online job applications. Find the job application you would like to check. If it does not display, click on the 'View All Applications' link. For the application of interest, click on the 'More Information' link under the 'Application Status' column. The Application Detail page will display containing information about your application. Click the envelope icon under the 'Email Me A Copy' column to email yourself a copy of your resume and on line assessment responses. TO SIGN UP FOR APPLICATION STATUS UPDATES VIA EMAIL: USAJOBS has added an automatic email notification option for you to receive application status updates. We will continue to update your status on-line as changes are made - please provide sufficient time after the job closes to receive notifications to view your updated status codes.

To activate the proactive notification emails from your USAJOBS profile: - Access  click on My Account and log in - Click on Application Status and click the 'Notification Settings' link located below your displayed applications - Select your notification preference and click 'Submit' (you may also select to unsubscribe) These alerts will automatically notify you that your status has changed and remind you to check your USAJOBS profile for the specifics.

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