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    This position is located in the Office of the Director, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.The Office of Legislative and Public Affairs develops information programs that communicate the mission, goals, policies, and accomplishments of the National Science Foundation in science and engineering research and education to specialized audiences, including Congress, other Federal agencies, state and local governments, research and education communities, the news media and the general public.

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    The employee serves as a Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) under the Public and Media Affairs Branch.  The employee serves as the first-level supervisor for the team and performs all functions of a supervisor such as planning and assigning work; evaluating performance; providing advice/guidance; performing hiring functions; resolving complaints; performing disciplinary actions, when necessary; identifies training needs and increases productivity.

     Other duties include:

    • Overseeing the development of broad and in-depth program-specific public outreach, educational and media relations programs requiring the employee to develop new approaches to the NSF's most difficult and complex public affairs problems and issues that arise in these endeavors.
    • Serving as subject matter expert responsible for guidance, advocacy, and articulation of the agency position in the development and revisions of NSF communications with the media.
    • Managing the responses to national and local media inquiries based on direct contact as well as calls/emails fielded through the media line and inbox in a timely manner.
    • Directing and managing all national-level media strategies that include ongoing intense coordination and contact with media outlets, publishers and journalists.
    • Encouraging the development of opportunities to tell the NSF story with print and broadcast media including behind the scenes access in the field to highlight NSF activities and funded research.
    • Designing communications strategies by analyzing trends in public opinion to determine media relations program needs and assessing the impact of proposed and/or ongoing activities.
    • Managing the flow of national and local-level news releases.
    • Ensuring that media relations team members are focused on building relationships with reporters.
    • Overseeing the development of public affairs guidance (PAGs) for key media topics to include background, talking points and Q&A. Maintains the PAGs in coordination w/ public affairs.
    • Responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunities (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employee practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.


    1. Technical Competency –  Public Affairs/Media Relations
    2. Technical Competency –  Analytical and Evaluative Skills
    3. Supervision
    4. Communication
    5. Collaboration

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional Travel is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1035 Public Affairs

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