Public Affairs Specialist (Community Involvement Coordinator) GS-07/09, FPL: GS-12

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 3)

About the organization

Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA. This position is located in Region 3, Office of Public Affairs, Community Involvement Branch, in Philadelphia, PA.

For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-3-mid-atlantic. This is a developmental position. Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

Duties

Are you seeking a new challenge and an opportunity to hone your communication and leadership skills? If you'd like a position that will address significant situations that arise due to immediate threats to public health and the environment; involves teamwork and collaboration; and allows for innovation in outreach, the Office of Public Affairs' Community Involvement Branch (CIB) has a position for you!

CIB is seeking a self-driven, results-oriented individual that would like to gain experience strengthening early and meaningful community participation during Superfund cleanups. The selectee would be responsible for planning and implementing communication and outreach strategies; serving as an agency spokesperson; analyzing the impact of program activities on the public and advising management/staff of possible alternative approaches; and developing and maintaining working relationships with communities and other stakeholders.

Specific duties include: preparing communication strategies and outreach materials including but not limited to fact sheets, newspaper ads, videos; conducting community interviews, public meetings/availability sessions, and workshops; developing and/or updating community involvement plans; responding to media, elected official and community inquiries; and maintaining and utilizing Superfund site websites and social media.

This position requires travel to sites and communities in Region 3. Travel may consist of an estimated 25% of time.

Qualifications

This position supports EPA's mission to effectively engage with and respond to the public about Superfund activities. The selectee should have strong oral and written communications skills; the ability to respond to time-critical projects and adapt to change; and experience leading teams and working collaboratively with states, local governments, interest groups, the public and other stakeholders.

To qualify for the GS-07 level, you need to have completed one full academic year of graduate level education; or a bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement. For more information on superior academic achievement, refer to this link: https://archive.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp#e4f

To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-07, defined as developing and implementing communication and outreach strategies; collaborating with or creating partnerships with federal, state, local officials and/or media representatives to facilitate joint communication related to environmental protection programs; and developing written materials to include press releases, news stories and fact sheets OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

This position has a full performance level of GS-12 whether a selection is made at the GS-07 or GS-09 level.

Salary

GS-07 ($47,484/year) or GS-09 ($58,803/year) DOE | Promotion Potential to GS-12 ($84,231-$109,505/year)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please send your application with the following documents to [email protected]
with Subject Line: "CIC Application":

1. Resume clearly stating your education and experience.

2. Cover letter stating your interest in the position.

3. College transcripts - you are required to submit either a unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.

4 .Description of Service (DOS) – Documenting your training start date; sworn in date; service end date; and a Director signature.

If you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here: http://epa.gov/careers/epa-job-vacancy-announcements-policies-and-procedures

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