Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-11/12

Department of State

About the organization

The position is located in the Global Engagement Center (GEC), Office of the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (R).

The incumbent serves as a Public Affairs Specialist who monitors ongoing foreign affairs issues and policy development as they relate to GEC’s mission. The incumbent evaluates past and present media interactions; develops and/or reviews alternatives for message delivery; assesses potential impact; and provides recommendation to achieve results consistent with GEC’s strategy.


Monitors media activity (e.g. wire reports, articles), identifying items of importance to GEC’s programs, policies and/or activities. Works directly with senior GEC staff to formulate/develop press guidance; interacts regularly with national and international media representatives, coordinating foreign press pools when special announcements are imminent; works closely with other Department staff as needed to support GEC messaging and, on a daily basis provides relevant press clips and transcripts of the Daily Press Briefing issued by PA.

Develops concise and accurate responses to media inquiries for the Special Envoy in the areas of intelligence, military, economic, or social issues pertinent to GEC programs. Prepares press guidance for and briefs the Special Envoy’s spokesperson and his/her staff, accurately, clearly, and succinctly articulating GEC policy within the GEC), and clearing
those responses with the relevant State Department bureaus (and interagency partners when appropriate).

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff throughout the Department, with representatives from other USG agencies, Congressional staff, members of civic organizations, representatives of the national and international media, special interest groups, and the general public.


Experience in writing announcements for the senior executive press briefings and drafting press guidance.

Experience in developing media strategy, responding to press inquiries and providing guidance on social media domestic audience and platforms.

Experience in serving as a press officer that monitors ongoing foreign affairs issues and policy developments.


$72,030 to $86,335

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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