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Public Affairs Specialist National Media Relations Specialist

Company name
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Location
Laguna Niguel, CA
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Public Affairs Specialist (National Media Relations Specialist)

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Laguna Niguel

California

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WHAT DOES A PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST DO?

IRS Public Affairs/Media Relations Specialists are the designated spokespersons for the agency. Oral and written communication skills are essential for responding to reporters and other external entities who make official inquiries, consulting with IRS leadership and informing the public (individuals, business and tax-exempt organizations) of key IRS messages regarding federal tax law, filing requirements and procedures. You will develop professional working relationships with reporters and other external entities in your assigned area of responsibility. You will research nuances of the tax law, consult with IRS subject matter experts and respond to reporters. You will consult with internal customers; prepare communication plans to meet specific objectives; develop communication vehicles such as news releases, fact sheets, tax tips and web and social media content and then initiate contacts with print, broadcast and social media outlets using those vehicles to publicly place IRS messages. Field (regional) Media Relations Specialists have responsibility for local stories and events as well as crisis and disaster communications within their assigned territory. National Media Relations Specialists play a critical role in consulting, advising and supporting senior IRS executives in representing the agency on a national level with major national media outlets.

WHAT IS THE COMMUNICATIONS & LIAISON

DIVISION (C&L;)?

*Communications & Liaison Division (C & L) touches every aspect of the IRS mission through its information-sharing activities from communicating internally with IRS employees to communicating with taxpayers, Congress and state and local agencies. From handling thousands of media contacts and information requests to helping taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities, C & L is vital to IRS operations.

1 position in C&L;, TX Outreach Partnership & Education located at 24000 Avila Road, Laguna Niguel, CA.

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Responsibilities

As a Public Affairs Specialist you will:

Establish and maintain mutual communication between news media outlets, IRS leadership and the general public.

Identify communication needs, develop informational materials and deliver key organizational messages that inform appropriate external audiences of the agencys policies, programs, services and activities.

Serve as a communications subject matter expert advising on appropriate communication strategies and tactics.

Write news releases, fact sheets, tax tips, FAQs, web and social media content and scripts for both audio and video products. Daily interaction with reporters responding to their inquiries and initiating contacts with them to execute media campaigns.

Explain federal tax law in plain-English to reporters and the general public, based on your research of internal resource materials and information provided from interaction with subject matter experts.

Represent the IRS as the designated official spokesperson in print and broadcast interviews, both live and recorded, on radio and television.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS?

If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at http://www.jobs.irs.gov/.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1 to 5 nights per month.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current IRS Internal/Agency Employees.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

#### Job family (Series)

1035 Public Affairs

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Public Relations Specialists

Specialists, Public Relations

Requirements

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Please refer to Conditions of Employment.

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IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments.

Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

GS-13 LEVEL

: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience that demonstrated mastery of communications methods and techniques to be able to function as the technical authority to plan, develop, coordinate and apply effective communication programs and enhance understanding; Skill in making oral presentation and conducting meetings to obtain customer input on program issues, and develop mutually agreed upon resolutions; Skill in development and dissemination of communication materials; Knowledge of applying a variety of approaches to help others in meet their business objectives through effective communication programs; Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships to enhance communication and dissemination of information and in analyzing and developing recommendations from a wide array of conflicting and divergent information to assist program officials in achieving the information objectives of their programs.

The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or VolunteerService. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.

To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable: You must have been at the GS12 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

Education

Additional information

POSITION DESCRIPTION 93250:

A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx .

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

This is a non-bargaining

unit position.

Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.

Rating:** Your application will be evaluated on the competencies of the position to be filled per the IRS Merit Promotion Plan in the following areas: Communications and Media, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communications/Speaking, Problem Solving, and Writing.

Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/

Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Referral: You will be assigned to one of three quality groups. Each group represents a quality level (i.e., Superior/Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified). Candidates will be considered in quality group order. If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We

will not

* reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the **Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

, you must receive a score of HIGHLY QUALIFIED

or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

Required Documents

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Required Documents

A complete application includes: 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents

. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants

are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips**

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) Documentation: If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP):

You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

Performance Appraisal/Awards: Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.

IRS Employees:

If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

Education Documentation: If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time

.**An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

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How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement

. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at

http://jobs.irs.gov/seasonal/reasonable-accommodation.html.

We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us Dewayne Lynch at 801-620-7627

if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

To begin,

either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts.

You will be re-directed to Treasury’s CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN).

* Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.

To complete

, you must click the “Submit Application” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status

link and then select the

* more information

* link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application

in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov

and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk

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Agency contact information

IRS Jobs Online Help Desk

Phone

866-743-5748 Option 1

Email

hco.ogdenemp3@irs.gov

Address

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

1973 N Rulon White Blvd

M/S 1513

Ogden, Utah

United States

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Next steps

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on “more information.”

Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/501844000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates:

06/11/2018 to 06/22/2018

Salary:

$98,747 to $128,323 per year

Pay scale & grade:

GS 13

Work schedule:

Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type:

Permanent

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The Internal Revenue Service is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress. The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. In fiscal year 2012, the IRS collected more than $2.5 trillion in revenue and processed more than 237 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

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