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    This position is located in a Forest Service R5-Regional Office, Public Affairs Staff, located in Vallejo, CA.

    Incumbent is responsible for developing creative methods/techniques to communicate the Region's programs, policies and activities to key news media, congressional members and their staffs, other interested parties, as well as internal audiences.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Joseph Navratil at 707-562-9105 or



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    • Provide leadership for planning, designing, and executing a comprehensive public affairs program.
    • Serve on communication task group(s) or ad hoc team(s) to develop or review broad strategic or focused tactical communications plans relative to news media and congressional staff needs.
    • Coordinate methods with internal managers to enhance two-way communication between employees and management.
    • Participate in the formulation of creative methods and techniques to communicate programs, policies and activities to key news media, congressional members and their staffs, other interested parties, as well as internal audiences.
    • Direct public affairs support for natural resource program areas, include media, national organizations, partners, and Congress/internal customers (oversight, direction/clarity in advice, and policy implementation) on complex public affairs issues.
    • Advise on existing and emerging issues and their implications for management and policies.
    • Identify and analyze target audience identification, media and message strategies.
    • Maintain knowledge of the most current and effective communication methods and techniques to carry out duties of the position.
    • Analyze issues and public reaction to recommend methods for minimizing misconception and improving understanding of policies to anticipate and address critical issues.
    • Prepare briefing papers, issue summaries/talking points, fact sheets, and news releases for public notification.
    • Formulate plans for a wide variety of outreach strategies for effective contact and positive relationship with the public, partners and employees in connection with issues and activities of a national/regional nature for the leadership team.
    • Analyze and evaluate public affairs programs to assist in achieving the public relations objectives.
    • Coordinate with appropriate staff to ensure employees understand policies and positions so they can speak with ?one clear voice? in their external contacts and relationships.
    • Represent the agency in meetings and discussions involving individuals, groups, and organizations working in support of, or opposing, the policies, programs and work of the organization.
    • Implement strategies, techniques and goals for communicating with the regional media and congressional contacts for the purpose of explaining policies, programs and activities.
    • Identify public reaction to recommend news media, congressional forums, partner venues and opportunities to gain increased public support and enhanced two-way communication/understanding between agency and the needs of the public/employees/partners.
    • Working relationship with official/employee level of the org/news media representative(print/broadcast/tv); State/local/Fed Gov't official/congress delegation/staff/private org/special interest group/legal counsel/representative interest/public.
    • Assure the delivery of new initiatives or programs through public affairs delivery programs, such as graphics, speeches, and communication plans.
    • Prepare in-depth analyses and other information needed in developing strategy for addressing critical and complex issues.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for meetings and/or training and visits to field locations.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1035 Public Affairs

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