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    Summary

    This position is located on the Angeles National Forest in Arcadia, CA.

    Incumbent is responsible for providing leadership for planning, designing, and executing a comprehensive public affairs program for communicating the organization's programs, policies, and activities to the surrounding publics.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Jerome E. Perez, Esq. at 626-574-5216 or jerome.perez@usda.gov.

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    Responsibilities

    • Provide leadership for planning, designing, and executing a comprehensive public affairs program for communicating the organization?s programs, policies, and activities to the surrounding publics.
    • Serve as the sole official spokesperson/primary contact for local/national media that require immediate responsiveness. Coordinate effective employee/public meetings/workshops/field trips/other forums designed to foster employee/public participation.
    • Participate in the formulation of plans and policies by conducting research to assure direct consideration of public information and public relations implications of planned actions.
    • Direct public affairs support for natural resource program area, include community relations; media operation/facilitation; liaison local org, fed/state/local gov't official, special interest group, public; legislative liaison, tribal gov't, etc.
    • Advise on choice, timing and relative importance of information for dissemination to the general public using knowledge of general and specialized media.
    • Identify and analyze communication needs, concerns and attitudes of various publics as they relate to natural resource and environmental programs and policies.
    • Maintain knowledge of the most current and effective communication methods and techniques to carry out duties of the position and provide training in these methods for others as needed.
    • Evaluate trends in public opinion to determine public attitudes and perceptions as they relate to agency policies. Develop crisis and/or emergency communication plans during emergency events such as road closures, evacuations, fatalities, etc.
    • Prepare and/or coordinate speeches, presentations, and written and electronic information materials for general and targeted audiences. Develop a variety of materials designed to promote the Forest or provide info to the public on specific issues.
    • Prepare information material for dissemination to various publics regarding natural resource programs, issues and/or policy, assuring technical accuracy through coordination of reviews by appropriate staff or technical experts.
    • Responds to media queries, to include issues of a sensitive nature or that may be subject to misunderstanding if not properly explained, or that may draw adverse public attention.
    • Serve as the principal advisor and spokesperson for the unit leader and senior staff on all matters involving public issues and the creation of communication policy.
    • Provide management officials with advisory services in addressing and/or resolving public affairs problems in various resource program areas.
    • Initiate programs of action to earn community respect and confidence, taking into consideration the differing needs and goals of various publics.
    • Maintain effective working relationships with representatives of government members of Congress, civic organizations and other agencies, and with representatives of the media and special interest groups.
    • Coordinate with appropriate agencies prior to contacting and releasing information to representatives of news media on conditions that might result in favorable or unfavorable public reaction.
    • Create new and adaptive approaches to building understanding of and advocacy for agency policies and management practices. Plans work to be accomplished by the unit, assigns work to employees, and establishes production/quality standards.
    • Establishes and communicates guidelines and performance requirements to employees; conducts formal performance reviews; and identifies and provides for the developmental and training needs of employees.
    • Perform administrative and human resources management functions for the unit such as providing advice, counsel or instruction on both administrative and work matters.
    • Position supervises up to 20% of the time.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel for training and/or meetings. Also, project related work.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    1035 Public Affairs

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