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    This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on NIFA-M19Y-0534. Disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities can apply to the Merit Promotion announcement if they meet criteria for the above and include supporting documents.

    Note: These positions may be relocated outside the Washington, DC area to a location to be determined

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    This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Office of the Director, Communications Staff, located in Washington, D.C.

    The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is looking for a candidate with strong public relations or communications management experience. If you enjoy building relationships with internal and external stakeholders and have creative and strategic ideas to spotlight programs or tackle a variety of public relations issues, then this is the job for you!

    The incumbent serves as the Director of the Communications Staff and a top advisor to the NIFA Director and Associate Directors with responsibility for planning, designing, and executing a strategic communication plan to inform and educate the public, news media, and specialized audiences about NIFA programs and outcomes.  The incumbent also supervises the NIFA Communications Staff so that their work advances NIFA’s mission and promotes its value to the public.

    Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • Planning and managing public affairs or communications programs involving issues that are controversial or of significant public or Congressional interest.
    • Designing media strategies to respond to issues based on analysis of local and national food and agricultural sciences news stories.
    • Drafting and editing written products (i.e., press releases, press statements, op-eds, remarks, talking points, publications, etc.) that define and explain new or substantially revised programs or policies.
    • Responding to media or government agencies about activities that could significantly affect public opinion or prompt legislative action.
    • Leading and supervising a team.
    • Managing and directing a staff performing public affairs operations.
    • Interacting with the following groups on food and agricultural science programs: federal government; state or local government; colleges or universities; public or private organizations; news media; and other communications organizations.
    • Representing the organization in meetings or discussions involving individuals, groups and organizations working in support or in opposition of the organization’s programs and policies.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - may be required for meetings or site visits

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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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/522851000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.