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Job Title:  Public Affairs Specialist-NICHD-MP
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NICHD-14-MP-102557

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$52,146.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 27, 2014 to Friday, January 31, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD View Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Not Applicable


The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

If you have experience in marketing and advertising that can assist with overall messaging and communications related to recruitment and retention in a longitudinal cohort study, AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Office of the Director, National Children's Study.  For more information visit NICHD at: http://www.


  • Not Required


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  • Time in grade met within 30 days of closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.


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As a Public Affairs Specialist, you will:

·        Function as a Public Affairs Specialist with responsibility for planning and coordinating the dissemination of information relating to the organization's programs, objectives and functions through the news media.

·        Develop and write information materials designed to reach national audiences through the news media such as wire services, radio, television, newspaper, etc.

·        Establish and develop effective relationships with media representatives and public affairs personnel of specialized groups, which currently give little or no coverage to organization programs.

·        Develop communication plans by considering such items as specific topics or aspects to emphasize, the most effective media to use in communicating with intended audiences, the kind of information various groups want or need, etc.

·        Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of communication plans and advises management if efforts should be discontinued, emphasis changed or coverage expanded in improving intercommunication between organization and various audiences through media utilization.


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You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS- 07 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector.   Examples of qualifying experience include:   Supporting public awareness campaigns by performing tasks such as monitoring the status of planned media events or conferences, developing proposed brochures, flyers, etc.; developing information used by higher graded specialist to brief member of the general public; developing and disseminating factual information concerning an organization's programs or projects.


Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.B or J.D., if related.


You must demonstrate in your resume at least one(1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector.  Examples of qualifying experience include: writing, editing and reviewing news advisories, releases, government/professional correspondence, talking points, or questions and answers; implementing communication plans for an organization; developing  written communication materials concerning a range of subjects related to the organization's programs; analyzing information program materials and making recommendations for improving the deliver of program information.


Completed a Ph.D, or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an L.L.M, if related.


You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following tasks: writing a variety of information materials designed to reach national audiences through the news media such as wire services, radio, television, newspaper, etc; evaluating the impact and effectiveness of communication plans and improving intercommunication between an organization and various audiences through media utilization; developing effective relationships with media representatives of specialized groups.

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If you qualify on the basis of education in lieu of experience, you must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


Evaluation Method


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee’s entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.  You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:


  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)



  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)


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Additional Information on How to Apply


Information on Reasonable Accommodation


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The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, January 31, 2014.

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.
  4. If submitting a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), or equivalent, submit one that shows the effective date of your current position and the full performance level. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL, 62295; FAX - 618-935-3014; Email CPR; or visit the National Archives Website.


Sherrie Palmer
Phone: (301)402-7375
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, January 31, 2014, you may check your status online at USAJOBS We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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