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Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist Communications Director

Company name
U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management

$103,106.00 to $134,038.00

Salt Lake City, UT

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$103,106 to $134,038 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 14

Work schedule

Full-Time - full-time.

Appointment type

Temporary - Full-time


1 vacancy in the following location:

Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City, UT

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered. To view FAQs regarding PCS, copy and paste the following link in your web browser: and then press enter.

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Land & base management

Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

Federal employees - Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.

Internal to an agency

Current federal employees of this agency.

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For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website

This position is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Information about Salt Lake City and the surrounding area can be found at Salt Lake City, Utah

Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary. Occasional travel is required utilizing government vehicles and commercial or chartered aircraft. Writing and editing assignments require a degree of concentration and often include working under extremely tight deadlines with considerable outside pressure.

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in an office environment in an urban setting. Occasional field assignments are required to gather information and carry out the communications program.

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This position is the Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist (Communications Director) for the BLM-Utah State Office. The incumbent is responsible for the development, direction, oversight, and management of a comprehensive communications program that includes media relations, digital communications, congressional and elected official relations, public participation, internal communications, public education, multi-media productions, and correspondence and printing management. Major duties include but are not limited to:

Serving as the principal adviser to the State Director regarding communications strategies for informing the public about relevant BLM-Utah policies and practices, enhancing BLM-Utah's image, and monitoring public attitudes towards BLM-Utah in order to provide appropriate recommendations.

Serving as the official spokesperson for BLM-Utah and ensuring agency policies, programs, and actions are appropriately communicated to other federal, state and local government agencies; interest groups; members of Congress and local elected officials; national, regional, state and local media outlets; and agency employees—often in an atmosphere of conflict and criticism.

Managing and supervising the preparation of press and informational releases for distribution to news media and to the public, including articles, op-eds, social media content or feature items on both technical and non-technical subjects.

Developing proactive and reactive communication strategies to disseminate information about controversial or complicated programs that may be of national significance, correct misconceptions and enhance public understanding of BLM policies and actions.

Developing internal and external communication work plans taking into consideration specific topics or aspects to emphasize the most effective media to use in communicating with intended audiences and the kind of information required by target audiences.

Developing, implementing, and evaluating policies for communications materials and ensuring compliance with BLM and Government Printing Office standards, including oversight of Federal Register notices and quality control of all significant printed publications.

Serving as the supervisor and adviser on matters pertaining to operations and program management; performing overall work planning, establishing work schedules and setting priorities to meet program requirements. This effort includes public affairs, the BLM-Utah youth program, and the BLM-Utah FOIA program.

If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - At times, travel for field work, meetings and/or training may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All current DOI agency employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).

CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area are also eligible to apply.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

Job family (Series)

1035 Public Affairs

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Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.

Be sure to read the How to Apply and Required Documents Sections.

You cannot hold an active real estate license; or

have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.

Direct Deposit Required.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirements in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. Time-in-Grade requirements for the GS-14 level is 52 weeks at the GS-13 level.

Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. This position is under the Administrative and Management Qualification Standards.


Specialized experience requirement: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. This experience must also be documented in your resume.

In addition to the time-in-grade requirements, to qualify at the GS-14 level you must meet the following:

Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level that demonstrates a mastery of the principles, practices and techniques of public affairs and communication to include the development and execution of plans for dissemination of written and oral information; evaluating, advising and planning for implementation of policies and decisions on management of the public lands and their resources as well as controversies and public interest associated with land management decisions; skill in developing written materials designed to encourage the public to adopt positions on a variety of issues regarding the management of government programs related to natural resource management; and supervision or team leadership of staff involved in public relations, communications, and legislative liaison.

There are no educational substitutions at these grade levels.

Please see “Required Documents” of this announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.


Additional information

If you are contacted for an interview, you may be asked to provide examples of your written work.

The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450

within 30 days of reporting to duty. You will be required to provide this information annually

If tentatively selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit an OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the position.

Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System


Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP

. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 90 on the rating criteria for this position.

Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

After the vacancy closes, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet all the qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position are:

Knowledge of organizational leadership and management requirements in order to effectively lead, motivate, supervise, and manage the communications staff, and to provide effective input into management team deliberations and decisions.

Skill in overseeing the development and execution of effective communication strategies involving complex natural resource programs and public land issues to be delivered to both supportive and hostile audiences.

Thorough understanding of the methodologies used in evaluating the effectiveness of communications programs including analyzing feedback from the media and the public and developing recommendations for improvement.

Ability to serve as the official spokesperson and press liaison for a large resource organization with a complex mission.

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others, inside and outside an organization, some of whom have conflicting points of view from the organization.

On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.

To preview questions please click here

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms as applicable. Failure to provide the applicable required documents will result in no further consideration for this vacancy:

Current DOI career or career-conditional employees: You must provide a copy of your last or most recent non-award SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to indicate your current DOI status. In addition, you must submit an SF-50(s) that clearly demonstrates that you have spent 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in order to meet the Time-in-Grade requirement. For additional information on Time-in-Grade, please click here

or visit the “Requirements” section in this announcement.

CTAP: If you are claiming CTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options. Only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

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.



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

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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.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:

1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; AND 2. Your resume; AND 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button Apply Online and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the Did you forget your username and/or password link from the right side menu. Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

Agency contact information

Sheramie Nelsen Sheramie Nelsen







Bureau of Land Management

Utah State Office (UT953SN)

440 West 200 South, Suite 500

Salt Lake City, Utah

United States

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Next steps

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification will be sent to the email address you provided to notify you of your status. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management
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Company Profile
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created in 1946 through a merger of the General Land Office (GLO) and the U.S. Grazing Service, has roots going back to the creation of the GLO in 1812. In celebration of 200 years of land management, the BLM presents this website -- a collection of the stories, traditions and heritage that make up our unique history. BLM employees, current and retired, have contributed to this labor of love and many more will continue to add their unique histories over time.

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