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    This position is located at the U.S. Census Bureau's Chicago Regional Census Center, located in Chicago IL.

    You must reside in the Chicago Metropolitan area to be considered for this position.  This position is responsible for planning and implementing external communications outreach in support of the Decennial Census

    The Media Specialist is responsible for developing partnerships with state, local, tribal governments, community-based organizations, faith-based groups, schools, media outlets, businesses, and other grassroots' entities in communities within the regional office area.

    This is a Time-Limited Appointment, initial appointment is not to exceed (NTE) 2 years. This appointment may be extended an additional year at management’s discretion.

    A trial period may be required

    This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.

    Relocation May be paid.

    The work schedule for this position is Mixed-Tour. With a Mixed-Tour work schedule, an employee may be changed between full-time, part-time and intermittent work schedules to accommodate fluctuating workloads and is subject to a signed agreement.

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    The individual selected for this position will:

    • Establish partnerships with local affiliates of national media organizations, placing a high emphasis on building and solidifying partnerships with news media. 
    • Ensure that partnership agreements with media outlets are monitored and nurtured and that the commitments are carried out and fulfilled by media partners. This includes addressing questions and concerns, resolving problems, and renegotiating partnerships as needed.
    • Work independently and with teams to plan and implement communications outreach.
    • Arrange editorial board meetings and participating in local and regional journalism conferences and conventions.
    • Distribute video and audio news releases linked to key operations conducted over the course of the census (e.g., the communications campaign, recruitment, questionnaire delivery and mail-back, among others).
    • Coordinate all external media inquiries, requests and accesses to Census events and develop creative ways to keep the public informed and updated on the locations and hours of Census operations.
    • Write and edit technical information about statistics and federal programs into clear, concise text for media, the public and/or internal audiences.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Position requires approximately 25% local and 25% overnight travel.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All qualified United States citizens.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499767700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.