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    FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.

    This position is located in the Office of the Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration(FRA), in Washington, DC.  The candidate works closely with FRA Administrator and other high-level executives, managers, and staff in serving as an advisor on public affairs activities and programs. Uses expert communications skills to proactively engage with a range of media and external stakeholders to communicate and distribute data and information about the agency's mission, vision, organizational structure, operations, strategic goals, policy objectives and priorities, program activities, decisions, and actions.

    The ideal candidate has proven media relations experience and served as a spokesperson for a governmental agency, corporation trade or industry association, or worked for a public relations firm or an elected official.  He/she is motivated, a self-starter, uses sound judgment, able to work under tight deadlines and multi-task, and is a skilled writer who can distill and explain complex public information.

    This position is eligible for ad hoc telework (on a supervisor approved intermittent basis) in accordance with FRA’s Telework Policy (FRA Order 3600.3b) and implementation plans.

    PLEASE NOTE: A writing sample will be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the selecting official.

    This Vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

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    As a Public Affairs Specialist, you will:

    • Serve as an official spokesperson for the organization who responds to day-to-day media request for information, data and moment.  Develop and transmit informational materials by a variety of communication channels to public and diverse stakeholder, to promote and enhance understanding and acceptance of FRA programs and activities.
    • Monitor press coverage and current affairs of interest to FRA. Draft, edit and review written materials including press releases, talking points and statements, intended for various constituent audiences.  Examine and review documents, correspondence, memoranda, and other draft materials submitted by other FRA offices for accuracy, completeness and conformity with the request made and directives issued.  
    • Participate in meetings as a representative of the Agency or Office and keep accurate records of such proceedings.
    • Plan, develop, coordinate and implement wide-ranging, short and long-term FRA public information, programs, projects and events, as well as related internal communication materials. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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