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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12 (LL-MPP)
Open Period:
06/21/2018 - 07/09/2018


GS - 1035 12
USD $81,548 - USD $106,012
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Service Center


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Internal to an agency (searchable on USAJOBS)
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This announcement has been extended to July 9, 2018.

Current Bureau of Reclamation Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:
Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the Western United States.

View our video titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Public Affairs Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

As a Public Affairs Specialist you will represent the agency as a liaison with Federal and non-Federal agencies, stakeholders groups and other non-Governmental agencies. Responsibilities include management of Relcamation public affairs program, including supporting the formulation and articulation of policy and the execution of media relations, audiovisual, and publications programs.

LOCATION: Public Affairs Group; Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs in Washington, DC.

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Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel maybe required.


For this position, the incumbent is responsible for the following job duties to include but not limited to:

Responsible for producing informational materials that inform Congress, stakeholders, Federal, state and local agencies, and the general public about Reclamation's mission. Writes, edits and reviews news releases, issue papers, letters, brochures and other materials. Responds to inquiries from news media and coordinates media interviews.

Qualifications and Evaluations

You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions, by the closing date of this announcement.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • Education Requirements:
    This vacancy announcement does not allow substituting education for experience.
    Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and supporting documentation, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

    Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questionaire.

    1. Skill in developing and writing a variety of materials including articles, news releases, speeches, communication plans and strategies, and memoranda with limited information.

    2. Knowledge and skill for speaking to groups in explaining Reclamation's programs and mission.

    3. Skill in conducting news media visits, press conferences, and public and news media tours to develop intercommunication between Reclamation and the public.

    Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

    GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience includes planning, executing or evaluating communications campaigns to convey information to an organization’s internal or external audiences; establishing effective working relationships with media, senior managers and subject matter experts to ensure an agency’s mission, goals and activities are clearly communicated; writing news releases, talking points, speeches, blog and/or social media posts or other content for media or the public; planning and executing special events; using digital communications tools; assisting with providing senior leadership and staff media training. Professional public affairs work experience includes verbally communicating, writing clearly and concisely, translating written public affairs content and interpreting oral communication.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. You may review the qualification requirements here. (Administrative and Management Positions) 

    Benefits and Other Info

    Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:
    Other Information:
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
    • All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page,Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
    • If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.
    • If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment. 

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page.

    This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

    As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

    Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to PO Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225-0007 -or- Hand-deliver to Denver Federal Center, Building 67, Room 348, Denver, Colorado. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
    Required Documents:
    To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months, schedule, i.e. hours worked, and grade if federal employment (demonstrating specialized experience and supporting responses to the online questionnaire)), completion of the online assessment, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

    --SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50s), verifying all of the following: highest rate of pay held, the full performance grade level obtained or competed for, and documentation of your current career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. This could result in more than one SF-50 to be submitted.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.  DO NOT SUBMIT AWARD SF-50s.

    --DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    --For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

    --For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.

    --CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

    --SPECIAL NON-COMPETITIVE APPOINTING AUTHORITIES: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit:
    Next Steps:
    After all application packages have been received, resumes and supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.