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1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and/or training related to the Qualification Requirements for a Public Affairs Specialist.
2. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and/or training related to the Additional Qualification Requirements for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12.
3. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and/or training related to the Additional Qualification Requirements for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-13.
4. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and/or training related to the Additional Qualification Requirements for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-14.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.
5. Provide media relations advice to officials and advise officials about newsworthy issues.
6. Advise high-level officials surrounding major communications challenges.
7. Respond to questions and/or criticism from members of the news media.
8. Translate complex medical/scientific data, studies, and information into formats and messages that are accurate and understandable to non-scientific audiences.
9. Initiate, create, write and edit materials, including news releases, about complicated public health and scientific subjects directed towards journalists and lay audiences.
10. Tailor communication approach to target audience and choose language appropriate for target audience.
11. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with the news media and other external stakeholders, and provide timely and accurate information.
12. Study the effectiveness of communications tactics, conduct assessments and evaluations to ensure objectives were met and identify quality improvements for improving effectiveness to leadership.
13. Use video, Real Simple Syndication (RSS), webcasting and podcasting to enhance delivery of web content.
14. Consult with photographers, illustrators, and audio-visual personnel to use photographs, illustrations, animation, and video and/or sound files to help explain scientific concepts covered in written material.
15. Arrange press conferences, media briefings, media availabilities, interviews and other news events.
16. Facilitate media interviews with officials and assist in providing guidance to interview subjects on advisable conduct during media interactions.
17. Use new media/social networking tools and platforms to communicate to lay audiences about programs, actions and accomplishments.
18. Set and adjust short-term priorities and prepare timelines for completion of work in coordination with leadership.
19. Devise improvements or solutions to communication challenges and take appropriate corrective action.
20. Work closely with individuals and groups to resolve problems, analyze alternatives, negotiate differences and make improvements.