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This position is located in the Office of the Director, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Public Affairs and Media Relations Group.
The Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) communicates information about the activities, programs, research results and policies of the National Science Foundation. OLPA employs a wide variety of tools and techniques to engage the general public and selected audiences including Congress, the news media, state and local governments, other Federal agencies and the research and education communities. Incumbent is an expert in developing and formulating communication strategies to promote NSF’s science, engineering and education activities.
-Producing comprehensive well-researched written materials that facilitate understanding and support of NSF sponsored research and development activities and programs by a variety of constituencies and publics that have limited understanding, differing views, or are opposed to these programs.
-Serving as spokesperson on any negative or misinformed public comments regarding NSF's program activities.
-Seeking out opportunities to publicize newsworthy NSF-sponsored research through aggressive media relations efforts and strategies.
-Developing and managing a national media contact program that includes ongoing coordination and contact with media outlets, publishers, and journalists.
-Overseeing of all media events including the formulation and execution of a budget, rehearsing of subject matter and talking points with interviewees, and written and visual materials for the events.
-Developing and implementing long-range national and localized strategic communication plans and milestones in order to dissiminate science education information within the NSF public affairs program.
-Creating programs with key public affairs staff at colleges and universities to encourage local and/or national news coverage to enhance public's understanding of NSF projects and programs.
-Developing and implementing campaign strategies on current issues affecting federal, corporate, Congressional or state level policy or initiatives targeting various audiences.
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Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
To qualify at the GS-14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.
Examples of specialized experience include:
-Developing communication strategies and products for an organization
-Writing and editing press releases, articles and other written communication materials concerning scientific subjects related to the organization's programs
-Writing and editing speeches and talking points for public events, press conferences and other such appearances
-Providing authoritative advice to senior management for improving the delivery of program information
-Experience using the Internet, social media, and/or web pages to communicate information to the public and media.
In addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements described above, all candidates must also identify in their resume experience which demonstrates that the candidate meets the following selective factor. Candidates who do not show such experience on their resume will no longer receive consideration for the position.
Selective Factor: I have experience as a senior public affairs/communications campaign strategist working on current issues affecting federal, corporate, congressional, or state level policy or initiatives targeting different audiences.
Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire. All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent Federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense. NSF is the only Federal agency whose mission is to provide research support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except medical sciences. NSF has a highly ded...icated workforce made up of permanent and temporary Federal civil service employees; rotating employees from Federal, non-profit, and academic environments; and contractors and grantees. NSF is consistently ranked among the top Federal agencies for employee satisfaction. NSF's goals--discovery, learning, research infrastructure and stewardship--provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge, cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens, build the nation's research capability through investments in advanced instrumentation and facilities, and support excellence in science and engineering research and education through a capable and responsive organization. We like to say that NSF is "where discoveries begin."