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Environmental Protection Agency Public Affairs Specialist in Lenexa, Kansas

Summary This position is in Region 7, Office of Regional Administrator, Office of Public Affairs. If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. About Region 7:https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-7-midwest Responsibilities You will: Serve as regional expert on the development of communication plans for specific communities or diverse audiences with different points of view. Establish relationships with media representatives and specialized groups to communicate new initiatives/activities that directly influence public knowledge and understanding of EPA policies and programs. Oversee the development or personally write, edit and issue press releases, fact sheets, media advisories, briefing documents, and internet articles. Requirements Conditions of Employment If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required. You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section. You must be a U.S. citizen. This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date. Qualifications We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below: To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as Collaborating with or creating partnerships with media representatives to facilitate effective joint communication related to environmental protection programs; briefing media representatives on environmental or public policy programs; and developing communication plans, taking into account specific communities or diverse audiences with varying points of view. Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: Ability to identify appropriate social media channels, techniques and strategies to solicit public input. Skill in written communication. Skill in oral communication. Ability to analyze media and public perceptions. Skill in developing relationships with media representatives, regional managers and program staff. Ability to identify appropriate social media channels, techniques and strategies to solicit public input 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.If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures. Education Additional Information Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures. 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. This position has portable work. If selected for this position, you may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager. Telework is available based on agency policy and/or applicable collective bargaining agreement which may not allow for full-time telework. NOTE: The agency is currently utilizing maximum telework flexibilities due to COVID. Once normal operations resume, you will be required to report to the location stated in this announcement. This position is in the bargaining unit. If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency’s workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance.At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visitEqual Opportunity Employment at EPA.