Public Affairs Specialist


Vacancy ID: 851259   Announcement Number: 13-EDVA-851259-DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 338864700

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Vacancy Identification Number

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1. Title of Job

Public Affairs Specialist


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:


001 Public Affairs Specialist

21. Geographic Availability

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510040510 Alexandria, VA

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in a position with the Department of Justice (DOJ). Your response to this assessment questionnaire, in conjunction with other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated in making screening decisions.

This is a DOJ job application system. Your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this application. Incomplete/incorrect responses may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration.

For each of the following questions, please select the response that best describes your education and/or experience. You may select only one response for each question. If you feel that your education or experience exceeds all of the descriptions for a particular question, choose the description that is the closest level to the experience or education that you possess. Failure to respond to these questions will result in an ineligible rating.

1. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that BEST describes the education and/or experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a GS-13 Public Affairs Specialist

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with media; planning, coordinating and disseminating information to print and broadcast media; gathering and analyzing information and data from a variety of sources; ensuring accuracy of information.

B. I do not have the experience as described above.

Identify the specific experience from your resume or cover letter that validates your response. Also list the name and contact information of someone who can verify your response.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Analyzes and recognizes newsworthy activities that have a potential impact on public attitudes.

3. Evaluates the impact and effectiveness of communications, deciding whether the communications should be modified, adapted, or expanded to better achieve desired results.

4. Organizes, coordinates, and/or participates in press conferences.

5. Ensures the public web site is informative, easy to use and kept up-to-date on issues of importance to the office.

6. Establishes and maintains effective and professional working relationships with the media.

7. Ensures that all information and materials prepared and released accurately reflect the policies, views and program initiatives of the office.

8. Plans, maintains, and updates a database of all press contacts enabling pinpoint targeting of case-specific information to it's specific audiences.

9. Obtains, collects and/or reviews all significant local, regional, and national newspapers, periodicals and national television broadcasts.

10. Responds to information requests from the news media and the public in written and oral form.

11. Represents the office before the media at supervisor's request.

12. Coordinates aspects of public appearances and press conferences, including notification of appropriate persons and confirmation of date, time, location, security, audience and subject matter.

13. Maintains contact with public affairs offices and public affairs personnel in other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

14. Determines the need for information materials (news releases, background information, biographical material) to support office programs.

15. Develops and writes the information materials to be provided through the news media and within the legal community.

16. Develops a consistent, dynamic and effective communications programs designed to communicate with targeted audiences the views, position, and priorities of the office.

17. Writes and edits selected articles and speeches. Advises, prepares, and briefs those office personnel who appear before the media for the best possible presentation.

As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy. Incomplete/incorrect responses may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration.

18. If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this program.

I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that I will not be considered for employment if I do not respond "Yes" to this certification item.

I understand a comprehensive background investigation, including a check of my credit history and a pre-employment drug screening, is required for this position.

A. Yes, I certify/understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.

You have submitted your answers for the Assessment Questionnaire. If you
provided an email address, you will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of the Assessment
Questionnaire. Please review the Vacancy Announcement to assure that you have submitted all
necessary supporting documents. Thank you for your interest in a position with the Department
of Justice.
Updated January 2011