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    This position is located in the Headquarters Office in Beltsville, MD of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). As Director of the ARS Office of Communications, the incumbent serves as the top public affairs advisor to the ARS Administrator and manages the public affairs program for Agricultural Research Service. The Director has responsibility for planning, designing, and executing programs to inform and educate the public, news media, stakeholders, and other specialized audiences about agricultural and science programs, and to communicate from the Administrator across the Agency about Agricultural Research Service programs, successes, and Agency goals and initiatives.

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    Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • Provides National leadership for development of information programs designed to achieve a variety of objectives specifically in agriculture and science.
    • Leads, supervises, and develops the skills of a staff of professional and support employees and manage an efficient and effective public information program.
    • Informs and educates the public, news media and specialized audiences about agency research results pertaining to agriculture and science.
    • Represents the Agency in public affairs dealings with the National news media, other Federal agencies, the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Mission Area and the USDA Office of Communications.
    • Participates in planning with the Agricultural Research Service Administrator and leadership team to establish priorities for the Agency's public affairs program, and determines how the ARS communication program can most effectively support and contribute to these initiatives.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

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    1035 Public Affairs

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