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Public Affairs Specialist
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Department of Energy | Portland, OR
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Job Description

* Duties

HelpDuties Summary

A successful candidate in this position will also provide event planning, education and community relations strategic and tactical advice regarding use of events, processes or materials to further the agency's program goals. The specialist also will handle event logistics as well as design and coordinate BPA-wide education and community relations programs and will develop materials and curricula for external educators.

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As a Public Affairs Specialist, you will:

* Serve one of the BPA's major business organizations: Power Services, Transmission and Field Services, Environment Fish & Wildlife (EFW), Finance, Energy Efficiency (EE), Corporate Strategy, etc. As such, has a robust understanding of the critical missions of the assigned business line; provides ongoing communication advice and guidance, assists with the development of outreach products and activities; develops communication strategies that most effectively convey BPA messages.
* Create appropriate materials to brief senior managers on both upcoming and ongoing BPA outreach/communication activities. Also represent Public & Community Engagement (DKE) and the entire Communications Office in executive level discussions.
* Represent BPA's position on teams with outside state, federal and local agencies working on various programs and events such as the Federal Caucus, Columbia River Treaty, and Integrated Program Review, Transmission Infrastructure Program, rate cases and other various strategic regional conferences and symposia.
* Collaborate with executives, internal departments and team members to support and influence Public Engagement and Community Relations efforts and to vet proposed communication strategies.
* Perform other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

1035 Public Affairs

* Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a United States Citizen.
* This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
* Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

This is a temporary promotion, not to exceed one (1) year, may be extended up to five (5) years total; may be made permanent without further competition. Upon termination of the promotion, you will be returned to your original position of record, or to a different position of equivalent grade and pay. Temporary promotions may be terminated at any time based on the needs of management.

If you are currently employed at a grade equivalent to, or higher than the advertised position, the action will be considered a detail for processing purposes, and no salary increase will be associated with accepting the position. Details are processed in 120 day increments and may be extended up to two (2) years total; additional extensions may be approved at the discretion of the Human Resources Service Center Director. Upon termination of the detail, you will be returned to your original position of record. Details may be terminated at any time based on needs of management.


* When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. You must answer all of these questions completely and truthfully.
* A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.
* Physical Demands: The work is sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required in stooping, kneeling, bending, etc.
* Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. May require occasional travel.



A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level "GS-12" in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

Developing communication strategies, translating technical issues into layman's terms, and communication information to internal and external audiences utilizing a variety of mediums, including experience developing public involvement plans.

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-13 level.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies (KSACs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSACs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application.

* Client Engagement/Change Management - Knowledge of the impact of change on people, processes, procedures, leadership, and organizational culture; knowledge of change management principles, strategies, and techniques required for effectively planning, implementing, and evaluating change in the organization.
* Communications and Media - Knowledge of the production, communication and dissemination of information and ideas to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
* Multimedia Technologies - Knowledge of the principles, methods, tools, and techniques to develop or apply technology using text, audio, graphics, or other media.
* Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
* Organizational Awareness - Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how it's social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.
* Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
* Stakeholder Management - Knowledge of the concepts, practices, and techniques used to identify, engage, influence, and monitor relationships with individuals and groups connected to a work effort; including those actively involved, those who exert influence over the process and its results, and those who have a vested interest in the outcome (positive or negative).
* Strategic Thinking - Formulates effective strategies consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the organization in a global economy. Examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.
* Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

CTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



There are no specific education requirements or substitution of education for experience for this position.

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