Communications Specialist

U.S Environmental Protection Agency

About the organization

This position is with the Communications Office in EPA's Office of Air and Radiation located in Washington, DC. The Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) has a position available for a talented self-starter in communications to work on a wide range of issues. OAR program areas involve but are not limited to the mandates of the Clean Air Act and other statutes and include the regulation of stationary and mobile sources of air pollutants, protection of the stratospheric ozone layer and indoor air, radiation protection and emergency response, and cross-cutting initiatives such as environmental justice and sustainability. The selectee will serve as a public affairs specialist and will provide staff support to the Immediate Office of the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. The position reports to the OAR Communications Director. More information about the Office of Air and Radiation can be found here https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-air-and-radiation-oar

Duties

You will acquire in-depth communications experience in areas such as public affairs, media relations, social media, Web site and press material development, event planning, and communication strategy. The selectee will act as a liaison between OAR programs while performing a variety of communications tasks and adding value to a diverse range of communications products.

Responsibilities include:
- Gathering and analyzing information to assist in the coordination and effective delivery of public relations materials and campaigns for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, particularly in relation to communications with stakeholder groups and the general public.
- Tracking priority issues and regularly briefing the Communications Director on activities and developments related to assigned OAR programs.
- Drafting and editing materials including talking points and speeches for OAR management.
- Developing initial drafts of press materials (press releases, statements, etc.) and online content (e.g., news articles, newsletters, emailed materials, webinars, and social media etc.).
- Assisting in preparing presentations on OAR programs for conferences and meetings at the agency, local, state, national and international level.
- Identifying opportunities for joint traditional and/or online communications initiatives with key partners and making recommendations on how to strategically advance these initiatives.

Qualifications

Applicant must have the following knowledge/skills:

- A Bachelor’s or equivalent advanced degree in communications, journalism, public/media relations, or a related field.
- Hands-on experience doing communications work such as drafting speeches or talking points, writing/editing press releases, website management or content development.
- Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.
- Demonstrated ability to research, write, fact-check, and edit a variety of communication pieces for target audiences with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines, handle simultaneous assignments, and work within a team setting.
- Some knowledge of air quality laws, programs, and policies.

To qualify for the GS-9 you must have:
- a Master’s Degree, or
- a Bachelor’s Degree, plus one-year of direct communication experience

Salary

GS-7/9 ($47,016 – 57,510)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

In applying for this position, please provide the following.
- a short statement of interest expressing why you are interested in this position (1-2 paragraphs is sufficient)
- your resume
- your educational transcript (unofficial is okay)
- Proof of Non-Competitive Eligibility
- a writing sample of 1-2 pages

I will be reviewing applications as they come in, so interviews may be scheduled prior to the closing date of the posting.

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