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Job Title:  Public Affairs Specialist
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  COPS-14-1163727-DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 14, 2014 to Monday, August 4, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!

The Department of Justice (DOJ) leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. As a Justice employee you'll be a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission.

This position is located in the External Affairs Division under the Management Services Directorate (MSD), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice. The COPS Office is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America's state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. The COPS Office does it work principally by sharing information and making grants to police departments around the United States.

This vacancy is also being advertised under Merit Promotion procedures as COPS-14-1156639-MPP.



  • Occasional Travel
  • If appointed to this position travel will be required.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must undergo a Public Trust background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You may be subject to pre-employment drug screening.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See how to Apply Section).


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The incumbent serves as the Senior Public Affairs Specialist responsible for planning, designing, and executing comprehensive nationwide media campaigns to convey information concerning the COPS Office and its programs to interested audiences. The incumbent reports to the Assistant Director for External Affairs.

At the GS-14 level, you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Develops and executes media relations plans to disseminate information about COPS and its programs. Works closely with the Assistant Director for External Affairs to formulate an annual communications plan for the COPS Office that encompasses all mediums and fits into the overall External Affairs Division strategy, and develops and implements a monthly media plan to execute the communications plan.
  • Strategizes, develops, and writes all manner of informational and public affairs materials, including speeches, statements, press releases, media advisories, talking points, background memos, op-eds, and letters to the editor, designed to inform the media, grantees, other organizations, and the public about the mission, resources, and accomplishments of the COPS Office.
  • Develops and employs distribution strategies to ensure timely and effective delivery. Plans and organizes press conferences; radio, television, and internet feeds; photography sessions, and other types of media events.
  • Presents information to media representatives, public affairs officials, grantees, COPS staff and management, and other DOJ components in a clear, concise, well-organized, and professional manner.
  • Represents the COPS Office at a variety of external engagements and events, responds to both routine and complex inquiries from a wide range of intergovernmental groups and media representatives, and hosts informational meetings with local law enforcement and other public officials.
  • Plans and tracks external engagements and events, including (but not limited to) conference participation, booth exhibition, grant announcements, outreach events, seminars, workshops, and other opportunities for COPS leadership.
  • Coordinates closely with the Assistant Director for External Affairs and COPS leadership for such events, including managing advance preparations for the event venue, executing the event schedule, providing logistical support, arranging speaking opportunities, organizing supplemental meetings, and quickly resolving problems while on-site during each event.


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In order to qualify for the Senior Public Affairs Specialist position, you MUST meet the requirements as defined.

For the GS-14: You must have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 or higher grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties: developing federal law enforcement informational and public affairs materials; planning and managing public relations programs involving community policing; presenting information to media representatives; and planning and executing media campaigns.

Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.


Substitution of education MAY NOT be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

You MUSTmeet all  requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


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. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under “How You Will Be Evaluated,” veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Best Qualified).

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

  • Ability to promote resources and community policing strategies to enhance public safety 
  • Ability to develop, strategize, plan, and implement media and public relations programs
  • Technical Competence: Knowledge of COPS’ resources and programs
  • Ability to develop, plan, and execute press events, including press conferences and grant announcements.
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication


If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.


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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:

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 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:



Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: 

NOTE: 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. (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you MUST submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you MUST submit Member Copy of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference" in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

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 apply through the USA Staffing on-line job application system at (, complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete Application Package MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on (Monday, July 28, 2014) to receive consideration.

  • 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.


  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows career or career-conditional tenure, if applicable. 
  • Veteran preference documentation, if applicable.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.

Submitting Documents

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you applied online and your application is complete, DO NOT fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s), you may fax your supporting documents by following the procedures outlined below:

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1163727.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, July 28, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


Lakeya Hunt
Phone: (202)514-6008
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. 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. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.


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