Job posting 20-39
Opening date: March 24, 2020
Closing date: April 7, 2020
TITLE: Public Affairs Specialist IS-1035, Grade 11; $71,274.00 to $92,655.00 /yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund-Indefinite
DIVISION: - Directors Office
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates residing within the commuting
area and who are eligible to work in the United States.
The incumbent of this position supports all press and media relations efforts by producing written and digital
content for marketing and media purposes, developing content and social strategy coordinating media request,
helping to manage branding and website redesign projects and organizing outreach events..
Writes and disseminates materials for use on website, social media, and cultivation materials. Edits scientific
writing for local and national print broadcast media representatives, news releases and feature articles
describing exhibitions, acquisitions, lectures, presentation ceremonies and related staff activities:
--Organizes and coordinates print and broadcast media interviews with staff members, and oversees all
arrangements with the media involving agency activities; provides photographs and other material as required;
--Establishes and maintains working relationships with science media groups and local media groups;
--Coordinates logistics for public events, including sharing information calendar, working with videographer
and audio professionals, coordinating with booksellers, sharing assistant duties, etc;
--Manages social media presence of the organization;
--Serves as main interface with the public, including managing Public Affairs inbox and telephone line and
fielding all requests and questions;
--Develops and designs presentations for use by senior officials;
--Manages procurement process for all vendors associated with external affairs, including processing
requisitions and contract management of all videographers, illustrators, website developers, etc;
--Processes travel and all other associated administrative duties relating to external affairs;
--Develops strategies and processes for external affairs, including process for filming and interview requests,
press options, and image permission use policies;
--Drafts, edits and reviews correspondence and gift proposals as needed.
Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements as described in the Office of
Personnel Managementís Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions.
These standards may be viewed at the following address on the web at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-
In addition to the required basic qualifications, you must have one year of full-time experience at the grade 9
level that is close or similar to the work of this job.
This experience would include activities such as planning, organizing, advertising, and executing public events,
and coordinating an organizations efforts to educate the public, media, and government officials about a topic
requiring specialized technical knowledge.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. To view the complete vacancy
posting, requirements and the procedures to apply, please visit: USAJOBS
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