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    This position is located in the Sierra National Forest at Clovis CA..

    This position serves as a Public Affairs Specialist 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 Dean Gould at (559) 297-0706 Ext. 4800 and dean.gould@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 and primary contact for local and national media that require immediate responsiveness.
    • Coordinate effective employee and public meetings, workshops, field trips, or other forums designed to foster employee and public participation.
    • Direct public affairs support for all natural resource program areas on a unit, to include community relations; media operations and facilitations; information strategies; liaison between local organizations, federal/state/local government officials.
    • 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.
    • Ensure that employees are appropriately involved in decision making activities, using various tools and techniques to improve employee productivity and moral.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Develop a variety of materials designed to promote the Forest or provide information to the public on specific issues.
    • Provide input into the long-range planning, development and coordination of the overall Public Affairs program for the Unit.
    • Respond to media queries, including 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 program 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.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to do occasional travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    1035 Public Affairs

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