This position is located in the Office of Communications, News and Media Engagement Division (NI000), is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and disseminating news and public information regarding NASA missions, activities, and functions that are released to the news media and public. This position will plan and conduct news events, build and maintain working relationships with members of the news media and producing media products.
As a Media Relations Specialist, you will produce electronic media or multimedia products. You will serve as a spokesperson for the agency, and is authorized to speak on behalf of NASA to members of the press, the public and other groups.
You will design and manage the creation of complex multimedia applications in a variety of contexts. You will ensure that the appropriate staff serve as point of contact for logistics, setting up meetings, and agendas and following up on schedules, purchase orders and deadlines. You will oversee the development of an integrated suite of news products including print, video, Internet, imagery, animation, audio and background formation intended to capture and communicate NASA's activities to a variety of news media, readers and viewers.
You will review, analyze and make recommendations on program content, format, and other related factors in designated areas of current operations; develop proposals for improving program content; and direct, coordinate and provide expert advice on a variety of special studies, surveys and projects related to the review and improvement of program content.
You will manage, edit, and review material submitted for publication and coordinates the preparation of speeches and talking points covering various topics. You will review and evaluate existing strategies and communications plans for disseminating information to the public and arrange for mass dissemination of information materials.
You will establish and direct the implementation of policies, programs and procedures governing the conduct of all public affairs matters. You will develop strategic communications plans in support of specific program initiatives relating to media events such as press conferences, formal and informal interviews, domestic and foreign media. You will provide consultation to managers on developing public affairs activities and material for internal and external use.
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
Agency Employees Only: Current NASA civil service employees on career, career conditional, non-competitive, and NASA term appointments with conversion eligibility.
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Conditions of Employment
Occasional travel may be required
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
A one-year probationary period may be required
You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
For the GS-12 grade level
Skill Set#1) Experience conducting information media functions, programs, and/or operations; strategic planning through audio and visual means.
Skill Set#2) Experience performing all phases of audiovisual production, programming, and editing; experience in multi-media production with understanding of the Internet and crafting materials intended specifically for the Internet.
Skill Set#3) Experience in a newsroom environment using media related software.
For the GS-13 grade level
Skill Set #1) Experience conducting communications strategic planning for communicating information through audio and visual means.
Skill Set #2) Experience designing and managing all phases of audiovisual production, programming, and editing from inception to completion; expertise in multi-media production with understanding of the Internet, and how to craft materials intended specifically for the Internet.
Skill Set #3) Experience in a newsroom using advanced software to handle the development and distribution of an integrated set of media products.
No Education Required
For the 6th year in a row, NASA has been ranked the best large Agency to work for in the federal government by the Partnership for Public Service.
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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.
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