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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/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; identifying training needs and increasing productivity.

     Other duties include:

    • Overseeing the development of the annual strategic communications plan in consultation with the other branches within OLPA to define NSF communication goals, objectives, primary messages, strategies and tactics, as well as campaigns and communications plans for the agency.
    • Preparing and maintaining standardized digital content keyed towards target audiences and ensures a consistent message in alignment with the mission and vision of NSF.
    • Developing innovative methods and opportunities to share information about NSF activities with the public.
    • Ensuring consistency of messaging in NSF branded materials.
    • Providing editorial reviews and guidance/approvals of information to be released to the internal and external audiences as appropriate including presentations, videos, brochures, email lists and other NSF communications.
    • Serving as a Project manager responsible for strategic planning; advising and making recommendations to senior NSF officials; coordinating with internal NSF and external partner organizations; selecting activities and themes; identifying and inviting expert speakers and presenters; and identifying opportunities for NSF senior leadership to speak about the NSF mission.
    • Preparing talking points, briefing materials, presentations, and other communication products for use by management.
    • 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/Outreach
    2. Technical Competency – Analytical 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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