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Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Full-time
$122,907 – $159,776 Per Year
Closing on Aug 14, 2023

About Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Location:
Georgia, Atlanta
Requires Relocation:
No
Start Date:
03/08/2023
End Date:
14/08/2023
Offering Type:
Permanent
Hiring Paths:
Federal employees - Competitive service Internal to an agency - appears on USAJOBS Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Service Type:
Competitive
Travel Percentage:
25% or less

Job summary

The ideal candidate for this position will be Excellent oral and written communicator. Knows roles of federal, state, tribal and local government in delivering emergency management assistance and has experience as a supervisor leading Essential Functions operations. This position starts at a salary of $122,907 (GS-14) Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region 4 within FEMA. View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Major duties

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS. When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information. EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions. In this position, you will serve as Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist. Typical assignments include: Assisting the FEMA External Affairs Director in planning, directing and executing national and regional campaigns to convey complex information concerning Agency initiatives, programs, activities and services. Developing and disseminating public information and special campaigns to promote and explain the full range of Agency programs to the public through the news media, state and local public or private agencies or directly by FEMA. Conceiving, developing, and implementing external affairs campaigns to prepare for, mitigate against, or lessen the effects of disasters and other emergencies by utilizing all forms of communications (print, voice and electronic) to obtain effective public attention and retention. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with key representatives of the print and broadcast media, and regional and national organizations having a stake in FEMA programs. Composing speeches for officials, press releases for the organization, and other forms of both oral and written presentations.

Requirements

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Public Trust/Moderate as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined, a review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs (please visit: Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies for additional information). For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit OPM Investigations. Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.

Qualification

Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. You qualify for this position at the GS-14 level (starting salary $122,907) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13) in the Federal Service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of specialized experience. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience developing and implementing external affairs plans, initiatives and outreach strategies for stakeholders; AND Demonstrated skill in completing written products and delivering oral messages; AND Experience as a supervisor to achieve organizational goals. 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. NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide federal grade levels to positions listed in Federal Government; the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information will result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here. Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Evaluations

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies needed to perform this job: Communication Customer Service Representing the agency Technical Profiency Teamwork and Cooperation If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not eligible. View information about CTAP eligibility on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and, 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or eligibility (see “Required Documents” section of this announcement). Well-Qualified is defined as those applicants who are rated with a minimum score of 85.00 for this position. Interview Requirement: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. (Remove if N/A) You may preview questions for this vacancy.