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    NSF is relocating to Alexandria, VA. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.

    NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the public and private sectors for its management best practices and stewardship of federal funds. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF.

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    This position is located in the Office of the Director, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Public Affairs and Media Relations Group.

    The Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) communicates information about the activities, programs, research results and policies of the National Science Foundation. OLPA employs a wide variety of tools and techniques to engage the general public and selected audiences including Congress, the news media, state and local governments, other Federal agencies and the research and education communities. Incumbent is an expert in developing and formulating communication strategies to promote NSF’s science, engineering and education activities.

    Duties include:

    -Producing comprehensive well-researched written materials that facilitate understanding and support of NSF sponsored research and development activities and programs by a variety of constituencies and publics that have limited understanding, differing views, or are opposed to these programs.

    -Serving as spokesperson on any negative or misinformed public comments regarding NSF's program activities.

    -Seeking out opportunities to publicize newsworthy NSF-sponsored research through aggressive media relations efforts and strategies.

    -Developing and managing a national media contact program that includes ongoing coordination and contact with media outlets, publishers, and journalists.

    -Overseeing of all media events including the formulation and execution of a budget, rehearsing of subject matter and talking points with interviewees, and written and visual materials for the events.

    -Developing and implementing long-range national and localized strategic communication plans and milestones in order to dissiminate science education information within the NSF public affairs program.

    -Creating programs with key public affairs staff at colleges and universities to encourage local and/or national news coverage to enhance public's understanding of NSF projects and programs.

    -Developing and implementing campaign strategies on current issues affecting federal, corporate, Congressional or state level policy or initiatives targeting various audiences.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Any US Citizen.

    This opportunity is also open to status candidates, veterans eligible under VEOA, and individuals eligible for a non-competitive appointment under a special appointing authority. Individuals who fall into one or more of these categories can apply under Announcement LPA-2017-0007.

    Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

  • Job family (Series)

    1035 Public Affairs

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474368100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.