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External Affairs Specialist

Company: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Location: Atlanta
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

Overview

  • Accepting applications
    • Open & closing dates
      04/01/2021 to 04/20/2021
    • Service
      Competitive
    • Pay scale & grade
      GS 14
    • Salary
      $114,717 to $163,559 per year
      Salary is based on location and is within the range.
    • Appointment type
      Permanent
    • Work schedule
      Full-time Duties Summary

      Who May Be Considered:
      • U.S. Citizens
      • Status Candidates
      • Veterans
      • Land Management Eligibles under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
      • View common definitions of terms found in this announcement. Responsibilities

        Joining CISA means being part of the team focused on securing the Nation's physical and cyber infrastructure against threats to public health and safety, economy, and national security; we Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow. Within CISA, the Office of External Affairs provides communications strategy, message coordination, analyses and guidance, relationship-building and decision-making support on Agency policies, plans, programs, key initiatives and actions across all external stakeholders, including the media, Congress and industry.

        Visit to learn more about CISA and how you can be part of the team to Defend Today; Secure Tomorrow.

        In this position, you will serve as an External Affairs Specialist .Typical work assignments include:
        • Coordinating with public affairs, public engagement, digital media legislative affairs and strategic communications to plan and execute communications strategies.
        • Interpreting, developing or analyzing policy/program issues related to stakeholder engagement or external affairs in support of accomplishing the critical infrastructure security and resilience mission.
        • Coordinating on conference planning and management, involvement and outreach efforts to Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, academia and other partner groups, as well as, the media.
        • Writing correspondence, memoranda, talking points, web content, brochure copy, external affairs guidance, policies, concepts of operation, standard operating procedures and other documents relevant to communicate CISA activities and operations.
        • Conducting research on initiatives and issues and briefs senior executives on findings of significance related to stakeholder perspectives and concerns, outreach strategies and communication initiatives and proposals. NOTE: Relocation expenses will not be paid. You will be limited to selecting two of the four locations advertised.
          • Atlanta, Georgia
          • New York, New York
          • Dallas, Texas
          • Seattle, Washington Travel Required
            Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for up to 5 nights per month for this position.

            Supervisory status
            No

            Promotion Potential
            None

            Requirements
            Conditions of Employment
            • You to apply for this position.
            • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
            • Selective Service registration required.
            • You must be able to obtain and hold a Secret security clearance.
            • New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
            • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position. After appointment, you may be subject to periodic random drug testing.
            • Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
            • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
            • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
            • This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. 7 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).
            • Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. The interview process may consist of a in-person or phone panel interview. Qualifications
              You qualify for the GS-14 grade level (starting salary $114,717.00) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level performing the following duties:
            • Executing communication strategies to ensure the effective implementation of organizational programs and activities;
            • Coordinating with personnel across an organization on external affairs strategies to support communication initiatives with external stakeholders;
            • Writing communication products used to communicate an organization's mission and programs to external partners; and
            • Working with the media to implement communication activities and messaging consistently for an organization.National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

              Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

              Qualifications Must Be Met
              The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

              NOTE: Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire, the qualification and time-in-grade requirements. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.

              Time-in-Grade Requirements: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying).

              NOTE: Current and former employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include appointment, reassignment, with-in grade/range increase and promotion actions). Please note : Pay adjustments and awards do not include the length of time in your current position, therefore, they are NOT acceptable . If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment.

              You MUST meet all qualification requirements, including Time-in-Grade, by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification AND time-in-grade claims will be subject to verification.

              Education
              This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

              Additional information

              Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

              Merit promotion and/or non-competitive referral lists may be issued based on the needs of the agency.

              More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

              Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.

              DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

              If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment..... click apply for full job details

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