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WHAT DOES A PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST DO? IRS Public Affairs/Media Relations Specialists are the designated spokespersons for the agency. Oral and written communication skills are essential for responding to reporters and other members of the media who make official inquiries, consulting with IRS leadership and informing the public (individuals, business and tax-exempt organizations) of key IRS messages regarding federal tax law, filing requirements and procedures. You will develop professional working relationships with reporters in your assigned area of responsibility, research nuances of the tax law, consult with IRS subject matter experts, respond to reporters, consult with internal customers; prepare communication plans to meet specific objectives; develop communication vehicles such as news releases, fact sheets, tax tips, web & social media content, initiate contacts with print, broadcast & social media outlets using those vehicles to publicly place IRS messages. Field Media Relations Specialists have responsibility for local stories and events as well as crisis and disaster communications within their assigned territory. National Media Relations Specialists play a critical role in consulting, advising and supporting senior IRS executives in representing the agency on a national level with major national media outlets.
WHAT IS THE COMMUNICATION & LIAISON DIVISION: Communications & Liaison Division (C & L) touches every aspect of the IRS mission through its information-sharing activities from communicating internally with IRS employees to communicating with taxpayers, Congress and state and local agencies. From handling thousands of media contacts and information requests to helping taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities, C & L is vital to IRS operations.
Positions are located in Washington, DC.
The anticipated start date is to be determined.
As a Public Affairs Specialist in Media Relations, you will:
- perform work involved in establishing and maintaining mutual communication between news media outlets, IRS leadership and the general public.
- You will be involved in identifying communication needs, developing informational materials and delivering key organizational messages that inform appropriate external audiences of the agency's policies, programs, services and activities.
- You will be called upon to write news releases, fact sheets, tax tips, FAQs, web and social media content and scripts for both audio and video products. You will have daily contact with reporters responding to their inquiries and initiating contacts with them to execute media campaigns.
- You will use internal resource materials and will have unique access to IRS subject matter experts to research technical aspects of federal tax law. You will then explain the law in plain-English to reporters and the general public.
- You will represent the IRS as the designated official spokesperson in print and broadcast interviews, both live and recorded, on radio and television.
- You will participate in meetings with operational components of the IRS as a communications subject matter expert advising on appropriate communication strategies and tactics.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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