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This position is located in the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Communications (OC), Media Relations Group (MRG), Washington, DC.
WHO MAY APPLY: This is a competitive vacancy, open to all United States Citizens or Nationals, advertised under Delegated Examining Authority. Selections made under this vacancy announcement will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would therefore be given new appointments to the civil service; however, benefits, time served and all other Federal entitlements would remain the same. Click here for more information and definitions regarding applicants who may apply to this vacancy announcement.
This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement number CMS-OC-MP-17-1973733 under merit promotion procedures. If you wish to be considered under both announcements, you must apply separately to each announcement. In addition, applicants eligible under non-competitive appointment authorities (e.g., Schedule A, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans, etc.) who are interested in applying for this position, please apply under vacancy announcement number CMS-OC-MP-17-1973733 to be considered under non-competitive procedures.
Current Commissioned Corps Officers and boarded applicants interested in applying for this position must send their professional resume (not Curriculum Vitae) and cover letter to DSRWS-CC@cms.hhs.gov in lieu of applying through this announcement. You are to include the Job Announcement Number in the subject line and your current rank / application status in your email. Failure to provide this information may impact your consideration for this position.
NOTE: If selected for an interview, a writing sample will need to be provided at that time.
Working in the Media Relations Group (MRG), you will serve as a Media Relations Officer. You will serve as the Director, MRG and will be responsible for providing executive leadership in the dissemination of information to the news media across the country pertaining to all CMS programs. You will also provide technical expertise and assist with leading, directing, planning, and coordinating group staff and activities related to the monitoring, evaluation, and program integrity of CMS' media relations program. Specifically, you will:
- Guide CMS senior officials, Center and Office Directors, CMS Staff, and Regional Administrators on matters involving the news media, in regard to controversial implications of material.
- Attend CMS testimonies on Capitol Hill and respond to the media before and after these sessions to help field media questions.
- Work with the Deputy Group Director and other senior MRG staff to coordinate the work of the Group.
- Organize, arrange, and coordinate media interviews with CMS officials in central and regional offices.
- Plan and originate media releases to inform and educate beneficiaries, consumers, providers, contractors, and the general public.
Additional selections may be made from this announcement for similar positions within CMS in the same geographical location. For Central Office vacancies, the "same geographical location" includes Baltimore, Maryland; Bethesda, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.