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Public Affairs Specialist

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Location: El Paso TX

Company Name: US Department of Justice

Occupational Category: 27-3031.00,Public Relations Specialists

Date Posted: 2020-02-12

Valid Through: 2020-03-13

Employment Type: FULL_TIME




TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans.


This position is located in the El Paso Division, El Paso, TX.
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
• Plan and direct special outreach events, ceremonies, tours and other activities intended to develop public and media interest within the Division.
• Respond to requests from various news sources pertaining to agency operations while proactively generating positive coverage and exposure to agency successes.
• Develop and maintain relationships with local and regional media representatives to garner media placement and positive coverage of DEA.
• Plan, direct and execute liaison operations for critical Division-wide programs, with national or international implications.
• Coordinate local press conferences, statements and press releases with the appropriate partner agencies in the event of a joint law enforcement investigation.
• Create print, radio and broadcast news stories on drug diversion and abuse, prevention and drug abuse trends.
• Develop opportunities for the Division's enforcement, regulatory and community outreach efforts to be recognized through internal DEA communications channels to include "DEA Today" articles.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

• Job family (Series)

1035 Public Affairs
• Requirements

Conditions of Employment
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance
• Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
• Drug testing designated position
• Successful completion of an one-year probationary period is required (unless already completed).


This position requires a Selective Placement Factor. Selective Placement Factors are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of a particular position. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is a demonstrated Spanish language aptitude with at least a general professional proficiency (Reading 3/Speaking 3/Writing 3) or higher.

If indicated you possess the required language proficiency, you will be tested during the hiring process to determine level of proficiency. If you are unable to demonstrate the required level of proficiency, you will be considered ineligible for the position.

GS-12: Must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 Federal grade level performing the following duties: developing and administering a media relations program to increase awareness and support the organization's mission; developing relationships with local and regional media representatives; advising managers on interaction with media; responding to requests for information from the media; and executing an internal communications strategy.

Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competencies in the following areas:
• Communications and Media
• Foreign Language
• Interpersonal Skills
• Oral Communication
• Problem Solving
• Writing


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
A recruitment incentive may be authorized
All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position.
It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package. However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package, it will not disqualify you from the application process. You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer. Click here to access the Drug Questionnaire.
To submit your completed Drug Questionnaire please follow the instructions for uploading in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.
Click the below links for additional information.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
How to Claim Veterans' Preference
Selective Service: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
EEO Policy Statement
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement
In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage-paid Government envelopes.
The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
If you experience technical issues with completing your online application, you may review online help resources or submit a ticket to the Help Desk by accessing the 'Help Center' (upper-right of your screen, next to the question mark icon).

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories; Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligible.
Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category(i.e. Best Qualified).
Proficiency of Spanish language is required. Selectee must possess a general professional proficiency (Reading 3/Speaking 3/Writing 3). The proficiency levels are defined by the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level descriptions: Able to read within a normal range of speed and with almost complete comprehension a variety of authentic prose material on unfamiliar subjects. Reading ability is not dependent on subject matter knowledge, although it is not expected that the individual can comprehend thoroughly subject matter which is highly dependent on cultural knowledge or which is outside his/her general experience and not accompanied by explanation. Text-types include news stories similar to wire service reports or international news items in major periodicals, routine correspondence, general reports, and technical material in his/her professional field; all of these may include hypothesis, argumentation and supported opinions.
Applicants are encouraged to provide proof of Foreign Language Certification from an independent outside source. Applicants that do not provide a Foreign Language Certification will be referred for an oral/language speaking and writing test to determine foreign language proficiency.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret

Drug test required

• Required Documents
Required Documents

Failure to provide all required documents and information requested by the closing date will result in your application not receiving full consideration.
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
• Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
• Required Documents:
• Resume
• Other supporting documents:
• Cover Letter, optional
• College Transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
• Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
• Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job guide.
• Benefits

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