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    The Public Affairs Specialist position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General (VA OIG), Office of Public Affairs and Communications. This office is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures associated with public affairs and internal and external communications programs for the VA OIG.

    The Public Affairs Specialist position reports to the Director of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications (VA OIG). The incumbent supports the Office of Communications’ mission by providing a wide range of program support and public affairs activities for VA OIG. The incumbent’s activities are designed to increase awareness and utilization of the VA OIG’s oversight programs, products, and initiatives. The incumbent plays a significant role in developing and implementing the strategies for internal communications and external communications. In addition, the incumbent is an expert in communications tactics and aware of the strengths and weaknesses of various outreach techniques.

    As a Public Affairs Specialist, you will:

    • Oversee the identification of appropriate content and develop myriad types of communications and marketing efforts and initiatives. Maintain familiarity with communications and marketing techniques and practices commonly used throughout the industry. Based on progressive experience gained in a marketing or communications function within industry, other government agencies, or combination thereof, play a key role in increasing the demand for VA OIG's oversight products and services.

    • Possess excellent interpersonal skills sufficient to market VA OIG products and services; resolve conflicts and foster collaboration within and outside VA OIG. Organize and deploy exhibits and conferences; cultivate positive relationships with industry, VA, and VA OIG senior management and staff, Congress, Veteran Service Organizations, the media, and the public. Plan, design, develop, and execute comprehensive national external campaigns to convey information concerning the VA OIG’s oversight programs.

    • Serve as the main point of contact concerning the timeliness and quality of work products and assigned responsibilities for the VA OIG public affairs efforts. Ensure that public affairs functions are performed in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. At the direction of senior leadership, establish priorities, manage day-to-day operations, monitor workload, and ensure deadlines are met. Provide updates to keep VA OIG managers informed about current status of the Team's work products. Work closely with senior leadership to develop budget requests for contract services, travel, newsletters, publications, etc., used to support the VA OIG’s outreach activities.

    • Prepare oral written reports, Congressional testimony, Inspector General town hall narratives, and presentations and ensure that promotional materials are presented in a clear, concise, and effective manner for the targeted audience.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Occasional travel may be required 1 to 5 nights per month.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1035 Public Affairs

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/596543400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.