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    This position is in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA), External Affairs Group. The mission of the External Affairs is to develop communication strategies in support of NSF priorities while proactively engaging external audiences and identifying opportunities to showcase NSF activities and accomplishments. It employs a wide variety of tools and techniques to engage the public and stakeholders to include congress, media, government, industry and research and education communities.

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    The incumbent serves as a public affairs specialist in the External Affairs Program of OLPA with responsibility for formulating external affairs strategies around NSF activities and relevant issues.

    Specific duties include:

    • Establishes goals, strategies and tactics related to agency external affairs program and ensures evaluation and analysis of communication activities.
    • Develops national public campaigns to advocate for and increase awareness of the NSF mission while engaging a broader audience.
    • Monitors opportunities for proactive outreach and builds relationships with stakeholders to promote awareness of the agency mission and increase engagement with a wider audience.
    • Develops targeted strategies to reach specific audiences at the state/local level, intergovernmental, private/industry, universities/researchers and students/teachers to include highlighting NSF facilities, labs, centers, observatories, research vessels and others.
    • Identifies, develops and refines key messages and fact-based narratives in support of NSF priorities.
    • Plans, develops and coordinates key NSF themes and messages to communicate with external audiences.
    • Leads projects to include events, conferences, exhibits, press conferences, hill events and other opportunities to reach a large audience while showcasing NSF activities and research.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Any U.S. citizen and ICTAP/CTAP eligible employees.

    This opportunity is also open to current/former competitive service employees or those with status only under announcement LPA-2018-0014.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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    1035 Public Affairs

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/502117200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.