Public Affairs Specialist (recent graduate) job Anchorage municipality Alaska
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Public Affairs Specialist (recent graduate) Job



Employer Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District SpiderID: 9128152
Location: Anchorage municipality, Alaska Date Posted: 11/15/2019
Wage: $46,859 - $57,3193 Category: Public Relations
Job Code: GS-1035-07 / GS-1035-09
Number Of Openings: 1

Job Description:
Recent graduate sought for journalist vacancy

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District is recruiting a public affairs specialist to plan and execute its command information program. The person selected for this civilian employee position will serve as a journalist and web content manager assigned to the Public Affairs Office. The ideal candidate will possess the skill and experience to write articles, take photographs and develop multimedia products as well as manage information on the organization’s websites and social media pages.

Position: Public Affairs Specialist (recent graduate), GS-1035-07 or GS-1035-09

Salary: GS-07: $46,859 / GS-09: $57,319

Cost of Living Allowance: 3.27%

Location: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska

Point of Contact: Mr. Tom Findtner, 907-753-2522 / Tom.Findtner@usace.army.mil

Deadline: Resumes will be accepted until Dec. 8, 2019

Required Documents:
* Resume – Any format
* Transcripts – Unofficial copies are acceptable. However, if selected, official transcripts must be provided.
* Veterans Preference – For verification purposes, candidates MUST submit supporting documents.


Job Requirements:
Who May Apply: Recent graduates who have completed a qualifying bachelor’s, master’s, professional or doctorate degree from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years. Preference-eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to a military service obligation begin their two-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years from the completion of their degree or certificate.

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen

Qualifications: The vacancy is for a GS-07/09 career ladder position. This advertisement is written for the GS-09 level. A candidate’s qualifications for the GS-07 and/or GS-09 grade will be determined by their resume and transcripts. If hired as a GS-07, the individual will be required to remain at that level for a MINIMUM of 12 months before becoming ELIGIBLE for non-competitive promotion to GS-09. To qualify, applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work performed through national service programs (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc.) and other organizations (professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social, etc.). Candidates will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer work. Resumes must clearly describe relevant experience. To qualify based on education, transcripts are required in the submission package.

Specialized Experience for GS-07: One year of specialized experience that includes: 1) assisting with the creation of news releases for print or electronic use; or 2) gathering and evaluating information from various sources for use in communication products; or 3) assisting with the planning and coordination of communication campaigns; or 4) leveraging social media to disseminate information. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).
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Education: One full year of graduate-level education in a field that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position – such as public relations, marketing, advertising, print journalism, broadcast journalism, creative writing, technical writing, communications or English studies.
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Superior Academic Achievement: Earned during the successful completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree. To be creditable under this provision, superior academic achievement must be gained in a curriculum that qualifies for the position to be filled, such as those specified in the “education” category cited above. Superior academic achievement is based on:
* Class Standing – Applicants must rank in the upper third of their graduating class in the college, university or major subdivision – such as the College of Liberal Arts or School of Journalism and Public Communications – based on completed courses; OR
* Grade-Point Average – Applicants must earn a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher ("B" or better) on a 4.0 scale as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on four years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher ("B " or better) out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final two years of the curriculum.; OR
* Honor Society Membership – Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies cited by the Association of College Honor Societies at: https://www.achsnatl.org.
Note: Grade point averages will be rounded to one decimal point. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0, and 2.94 will round to 2.9.
Note: If more than 10 percent of a candidate’s undergraduate coursework (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, a claim of superior academic achievement will be based on class standing or membership in an honor society. Evidence must be included with the application.
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Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100To determine the percentage of the requirements possessed by an applicant, divide the total months of experience by 12. Next, divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Then, add the two percentages.
Note: Selected candidates must pass the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) assessment. For details, please visit: https://www.opm.gov/faqs/topic/assessment/index.aspx?cid=1e3d1ba5-11cf-48c5-8b18-2dff8ea28536

Specialized Experience for GS-09: One year of specialized experience that includes: 1) developing and disseminating written or oral information to audiences through mass media outlets (publications, websites, social media, radio, television, etc.); 2) writing, editing and/or designing newsletters, brochures or other information products; and 3) assisting with the execution of advertising, promotional or public affairs activities for an organization. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).
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Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in a field that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position – such as public relations, marketing, advertising, print journalism, broadcast journalism, creative writing, technical writing, communications or English studies.
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Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To determine the percentage of the requirements possessed by an applicant, divide the total months of experience by 12. Next, divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Then, add the two percentages.


Job Criteria:
Start Date: January 2020
Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
Years of Experience Required: Entry-Level
Education Required: Bachelors
Overnight Travel: Less Than 25%
Vacation Time: 2 weeks / year


Job Benefits:
Health/Dental Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Paid Holidays, Vacations, and Sick Leave, Life and/or Disability Insurance

Company Profile:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District provides vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen national security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters in Alaska and the Indo-Asia Pacific Region. Major programs include military construction, civil works, environmental cleanup, interagency, international, regulatory permitting and emergency management.

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Tom Findtner Company Type: Employer
Company: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District
City: Anchorage
State: Alaska
Zip: 99506-1518
Web Site: https://www.poa.usace.army.mil

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