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Job Title:  Public Affairs Specialist
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  OPA-13-958754(WS)DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 to Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Join the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), ranked in the TOP 10 Best Places to Work for 2010

This position is located in the Department of Justice, Office Of Public Affairs (PAO) in Washington DC.


Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a top secret clearance/SCI.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation before reporting for duty.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See Required Documents Section)


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Serves as a Public Affairs Specialist and on the record spokesperson in the Office of Public Affairs responsible for guiding and coordinating the Department’s national security public information programs.  Performs work related to public affairs program activities, such as coordinating news and information media interviews, developing communication plans, coordinating agency information programs, evaluating agency public affairs programs, etc.  Evaluates impacts and effectiveness of the Department’s national security public affairs programs.


Conducts public affairs and media analysis of ongoing events involving or affecting the Department and the National Security Division.  Advises agency management on policy formulation and identifies and implements the public affairs objectives, themes, approaches and activities required to manage an issue or crisis.  


Plans, develops, and executes communication strategies.  Develops a comprehensive communications plan that conveys complex information.  Works under tight deadlines in high-pressure situations.  Establishes and maintains relationships with the general public, the news and information media, key officials, agency stakeholders, industry representatives, and/or community groups in order to communicate and disseminate program information which results in an understanding of the agency’s mission and activities.  Communicates with nationally or internationally known groups or individuals, such as prominent members of the news media, to explain, defend, or present agency position on important agency programs.


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In order to qualify for the Public Affairs Specialist position, you must meet the Specialized Experience for the appropriate grade level.


Qualifying experience for the GS-15 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-14 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples are developing new national security information materials including news releases, fact sheets, brochures, booklets, and broadcast programs involving issues that are controversial or of significant public or Congressional interest; recommending and formulating organization positions regarding difficult and complex criminal public affairs/media problems and issues; conducting media analysis from ongoing events; overseeing policies, programs and procedures governing information dissemination functions and Developing informational concepts designed to inform specialized groups.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).



If you meet the qualification requirements based on your online application and are found to be among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online 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.  If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies(knowledge, skills and abilities and other characteristics):

 Public Affairs Program Planning and Evaluation

Communication and Information Dissemination

Written Product and Material Review Work


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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


Conditions of Employment:

1. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.

2. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are requirement to havae Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

3. All Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see  If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.


Other Information:

The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications form persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to he hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department.  The Department of Justice also suggests eligible Schedule A applicants should submit their resume to, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  For more information, visit the website at


Veteran Preference:  If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé.  


• In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.


Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):  The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced  competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.  You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:


EEO Statement:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.






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You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/2/13 .
* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 958754.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


-  Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). 

-  SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows career or career-conditional tenure.

-  Veteran preference documentation, if applicable.

-  CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.





Willie Smith
Phone: (202)616-3742
Agency Information:
Justice Management Division
145 N Street NE suite 9W 300
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.  You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks). 

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