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Public Affairs Specialist

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Colorado Springs, CO

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Summary
This is a formal Air Force civilian training position, established under the PALACE Acquire (PAQ) program. It is centrally managed and funded by the Air Force Personnel Center, Force Renewal and Development Directorate and administered by the Public Affairs Career Field Team. This program is intended to develop broad-gauged employees who can deal effectively with change and complexity within the Air Force environment as it relates to their functional community.
Responsibilities
Plans, organizes, conducts and evaluates discrete, limited elements of a command information program that ensures the free flow of information to Air Force people and families to help maintain morale, readiness, productivity and retention. Plans, researches, writes, localizes, edits and produces news and feature articles, commentaries, fact sheets, biographies, newsletters, briefings, and other informational products as directed to support higher-level Public Affairs specialists. s provide Public Affairs support for commander's calls, town hall meetings and government access channel programs. With higher-level Public Affairs specialists, ensures all command information messages and products adhere to local and higher headquarters policy. s plan, arrange and support Defense Media Agency coverage.
Plans, organizes, conducts and evaluates discrete, limited elements of a community engagement program that helps tell the Air Force story to the American public and builds informed public support for the Air Force by creating mutual acceptance, respect, appreciation, and cooperation between the Air Force and the community.
Plans, organizes, conducts, and evaluates discrete, limited elements of a media operations program that ensures a free flow of information to the public through the news media, bringing Air Force issues to the public agenda and gaining and maintaining informed public support for Air Force policies, programs, activities, and issues.
Assists higher-level Public Affairs specialists in conducting Public Affairs strategic communication, operational, and resource planning; and performs special assignments in keeping with the formal training plan.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Supervisory status
No
Promotion Potential
11
Job family (Series)
1035 Public Affairs
Requirements
Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.
U.S. Citizenship is required
Males must be registered for Selective Service, see ****Total salary varies depending on location of position
Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
Employee must maintain current certifications
Disclosure of Political Appointments
This position requires a Secret security clearance.
Mobility - you may be required to relocate during or after completion of your training. (i.e., agreement to relocate to join and/or graduation from program).
Qualifications
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES ( KSAs):
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of communication principles, methods, and techniques to plan, conduct, coordinate and evaluate Public Affairs activities to develop communication between an organization and a variety of audiences that promotes the goals, values and priorities of the organization.
2. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with internal leadership and a variety of publics.
3. Skill in gathering, evaluating, and interpreting data to identify potential problems and opportunities, arrive at valid conclusions and offer meaningful resolutions and recommendations.
4. Skill in writing, editing, and presenting material to inform various audiences through print, broadcast, and new media.
5. Skill in planning, developing, executing, and evaluating community relations and civic outreach activities to gain and maintain public awareness and support and to establish mutual acceptance, respect, appreciation, and cooperation between an organization and local communities.
6. Skill in collecting, analyzing, preparing, and disseminating information through external news media to inform the public about the agency's mission; working with and responding to media representatives; and conducting security and policy review of information and materials proposed for public presentation.
This position has an education requirement. You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Degree Audits are not accepted. NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in non-consideration for applicable position. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. ****PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE:
Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:
Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Education
This position has an education requirement. You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Degree Audits are not accepted. NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in non-consideration for applicable position. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. ****FOREIGN EDUCATION:
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
Additional information
For Direct Hire (DHA) Positions:
This is a Direct Hire Public Notice, under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice and selections are made for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP ):
For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the Highly Qualified or Best Qualified Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
Employed Annuitants ( Reemployed Annuitants):
Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.
Temporary and Term Appointments:
If you are selected for a temporary or term position in the competitive service, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. Additionally, if you are serving on a term appointment in the competitive service, you may be converted to a career or career-conditional appointment without further competition. NOTE: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.
Selective Service:
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here .
Direct Deposit:
All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here .
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses will not be paid IAW JTR and Air Force regulations
Recruitment Incentive is NOT authorized.
Tax Law Impact for PCS:
On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for substantially all of the increased tax liability resulting from the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: ****Bulletin 18_05 Relocation Allowances_0.pdf
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire if applicable, to ensure that you meet the requirements to perform in this position satisfactorily.
If qualified, we will then place you in one of the three categories described below:
A. Best Qualified:
Master's or a Bachelor's degree with overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
B. Highly Qualified:
Bachelor's degree with overall GPA between 2.95-3.49
C. Qualified:
Associate's degree AND one year (12 months) of specialized work experience in planning for and determining current and future supply requirements; or planning and determining the distribution and position of supplies among major supply stations, stock points, or using activities; or preparing recommendations and directives for the procurement of material, indicating the types of items, quantities, and sources; or analyzing planned or scheduled material requirements and forecasts to determine categories and quantities of items as well as funds required. This experience MUST be equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in Federal service, which could have been obtained in the private or public sectors.
Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Secret
Drug test required
No
Required Documents
Required Documents
The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice:
Online Application - Questionnaire
Resume - must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period
Transcripts - if you are basing your qualifications on education or if the position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts
Registration/License - active, current registration/license if applicable for the position
Veterans' Preference - If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of Purple Heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).
ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS:
The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a certification of active service in lieu of a DD-214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of veteran under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The certification must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission . The certification must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid certification of service with their initial application will be found not eligible. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Benefits
Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
Review our benefits
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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