Public Affairs Specialist

USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service - Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education

About the organization

The position is located in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education (OPACE), Food Safety Education Staff (FSES). FSES conducts the Agency's consumer education programs. The staff develops and conducts a variety of targeted and general food safety campaigns intended to educate consumers, producers, distributors, and food handlers on the prevention of food-borne illness. FSES operates the Meat and Poultry Hotline and Ask Karen systems.


•Plans, develops, and coordinates a broad and comprehensive communications and educational program that will promote public understanding and acceptance of Agency programs, policies, and decisions.
•Analyzes consumer concerns and needs, and recommends appropriate action.
•Prepares suitable informational strategies and materials.
•Selects appropriate methods for communicating program goals and accomplishments.
•Participates in the development of educational programs including: preparation, editing, and issuance of consumer food handling publications and webinars; and issuance of consumer press releases and other print and broadcast media outreach.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions and education &/or specialized experience, as defined below.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-09 is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-11 level. One year at the GS-11 is required to meet time-in-grade requirements for GS-12 level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education for the respective grade level in which you are applying:


Specialized Experience: Must have at least one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service performing duties which included: Contributing to talking points and press releases on the topics of food safety, agriculture, or public health;
Developing media contact lists by establishing contacts with members of the media;
Pitching food safety, agriculture, or public health stories to members of the media;
Drafting written responses to media, stakeholder, & Congressional inquiries, including constituent inquiries as necessary about food safety

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1.Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment & duties performed.
2.Other supporting documents:
Current & former Federal employees: Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade held (or promotion potential) on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade &
Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute.

Current permanent FSA County employees must submit your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series & grade & most recent performance appraisal.

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