Job opening: Public Affairs
Salary: $52 527 - 83 523 per year
Published at: Aug 09 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/.
As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
This position is also being announced to All U.S. Citizens and Nationals under 23-MA-12042004-DE.
Typical work assignments will include:
Participates in planning, writing and editing news releases, feature and non-legal articles for publication for appropriate print media.
Develops written communication materials that convey information concerning a range of subjects related to US Attorney's Office (USAO) programs, cases, and priorities.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with groups, including the Massachusetts media market, interested in or affected by USAO priorities, programs and policies.
Assists in the research and preparation of talking points, speeches and other material for leadership in preparation for public appearances.
Assist with maintaining effective USAO social media presence.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. Continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
- You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
- If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
- Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.
- You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.
Applicants must possess and demonstrate in their application packages that they meet the following minimum qualifications:
To qualify for the GS-07 level, you must meet at least ONE of the following conditions:
Specialized Experience: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level.
Specialized experience is defined as: 1) assisting with composing and editing written material on routine events of non-controversial subjects; 2) experience developing new information materials including digital strategies campaigns, fact sheets, brochures, booklets, broadcast spots, etc., that increase communication with the agency's audiences; 3) conducting research, compiling data and correspondence; 4) developing or maintaining a professional relationship with an array of media sources.
Education: One full year of graduate education in a closely related field (e.g., Communications, Public Administration, Public Relations, Public affairs or Political Science) OR Completion of a full four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree AND meet one of the following superior academic achievement provisions: (1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for all completed undergraduate course work or for all courses completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; (2) a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all courses in the major field of study, or those courses in a major completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; (3) ranking in the upper one-third of a college, university, or major subdivision or (4) membership in a national scholastic honor society. In order to be creditable under this provision, superior academic achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualify for the position to be filled.
Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
To qualify for the GS-09 level, you must meet at least ONE of the following conditions:
Specialized Experience: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level.
Specialized experience is defined as: (1) planning, designing, preparing, editing and evaluating news releases; (2) using of a variety of research methods to prepare speeches and presentations on complex matters; (3) coordinating, organizing and planning media events; (4) developing or maintaining professional relationships with news media in a major media market; (5) experience developing digital strategy campaigns using diverse digital media platforms and tools (such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google Analytics, and content management systems) to drive public awareness, disseminate public interest and public safety information; (6) experience planning communication plans, events and outreach .Applicants may also qualify based on education.
Education: One of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Communications, Public Administration, Public Relations, Public affairs or Political Science): a Master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of 1 full year.
Writing sample may be required at the time of interview.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)- The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)-The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component 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. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) -VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.
Special Employment Consideration - Persons with disabilities, veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointments. For further information, click on the links provided below . You must specify in your online questionnaire under what authority you wish to be considered and submit appropriate documentation to verify your eligibility.
Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities Links:
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
. All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.
- Address District of Massachusetts
1 Courthouse Way
Boston, MA 02210
- Name: Lizzette Ospina-Yemo
- Phone: (617) 748-3353
- Email: [email protected]