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Public Affairs Specialist
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  Job posted:   Mon Mar 12, 2018
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Public Affairs Specialist
* Duties
## Duties
### Summary
**This announcement is limited to the first 50 applicants. If the applicant limit is reached prior to the closing date, the announcement will close at midnight EST on that day.**
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.
For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.
This position is located in Cheyenne, WY. Information about Cheyenne and the Location area can be found at Cheyenne, WY.
Physical Demands: The work is generally sedentary and does not require unusual physical effort. Most of the work is performed in an office setting. Driving a car or pickup truck is periodically required. The work often requires walking outdoors and travel in light aircraft, helicopters, and off-road vehicles. Long work days are occasionally required to meet deadlines and resolve specific problems.
Work Environment: Most of the work is performed in an office setting although travel to field sites or other BLM/government offices is often required. Attendance at meetings at night or on weekends is sometimes required. Incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer.
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### Responsibilities
Duties at the Full Performance Level GS-12: You will develop public affairs plans and public participation plans for major projects; prepare public affairs portion of annual work plan; advise management on strategies for future public contact activities; develop and assist in procuring and presenting interpretive materials and exhibits relating to multiple use management of public lands and special emphasis programs; produce, edit and ensure publication of brochures, maps, audio-visual materials, etc. for public information and education purposes; create and maintain a local public service and education program involving school systems, special community events and various special and public interest groups; serves as Wyoming State Office representative to various contacts in both formal and informal situations; serves as spokesperson for the BLM on pertinent issues. Assist in website development, create Social Media content and press releases, writes feature stories and coordinates media inquiries. Develop crisis and strategic communication plans. Duties at the GS-11 level will be less complex and with more supervision, while at the GS-12 level, duties are expected to be carried out independently and display high functioning communication techniques and strategy.
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional Travel will be required.
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
### Who May Apply
#### This job is open to...
All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), Veterans more than 30% disabled eligibles. Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals w/disabilities.
All former PLC members who within the past 2 Years have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.
Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.
* #### Job family (Series)
1035 Public Affairs
* Requirements
## Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
* U.S. Citizenship is required
* Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
* You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
* Have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
* Direct Deposit Required
* Background Investigation Required
**To qualify at the GS-11 level**, you must have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related or a combination of the education and experience described above.
**To qualify for the GS-12 level**, you must have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level. No education can be substituted at this level.
### Qualifications
**Specialized Experience Requirements:** In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.
**For GS-11 specialized experience is defined** as: Experience in advising management on policy formulation and the potential public reaction to proposed policy, where identifying communication needs and developing information materials is required. This experience could include planning, executing and evaluating the effectiveness of information and communication programs to meet agency goals. The work requires professional competence in the techniques of communication, knowledge of the broad scope of natural resource management programs, understanding of the interests of all segments of the public and skill in cooperative relations.
**For GS-12 specialized experience is defined as**: Experience in advising management on policy formulation and the potential public reaction to proposed policy, where identifying communication needs and developing information materials is required. Specialized experience also includes independently developing complex strategic and crisis communication tactics and products with minimal direction and supervision, as well as proficiency in using the range of communication platforms. Specialized experience also includes accurately identifying internal and external target audiences to share information and displaying exemplary writing skills in AP style. This experience could include planning, executing and evaluating the effectiveness of information and communication programs to meet agency goals. The work requires professional competence in the techniques of communication, knowledge of the broad scope of natural resource management programs, understanding of the interests of all segments of the public and skill in cooperative relations.
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 requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.
### Education
### Additional information
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 website.
May require completion of a 1-year probationary period.
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
**Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):** CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP 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/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used 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.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement #WY-DEU-2018-0056 which is open to all qualified persons. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
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.
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### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic 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.
*Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of public relations
*Knowledge of media format and protocols. *Knowledge of the news media and the preparation of materials for dissemination to the media.
*Skill in communicating to management and the general public both orally and in writing
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
* 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:
Copy of Transcripts or a list of ALL college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education
Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your "Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring" along with a copy of your "PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet."
Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.
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.
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.
* 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.
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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; 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 you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 307-775-6026 or 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.
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### Agency contact information
### HR Office
##### Phone
##### Fax
##### Email
##### Address
Bureau of Land Management
BLM Wyoming State Office, WY-953
5353 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, Wyoming
United States
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### Next steps
You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.
You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.
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* 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
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### 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 or how to contact an agency.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
* Financial suitability
* Social security number request
* Privacy Act
* Signature and false statements
* Selective Service
* New employee probationary period
This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 03/09/2018 to 03/22/2018
*Salary:* $61,218 to $95,388 per year
*Pay scale & grade:* GS 11 - 12
*Work schedule:* Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
*Appointment type:* Permanent - This is a permanent position.

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