Public Affairs Specialist

Full Time
Entry Level

Public Affairs Specialist

Open: January 31, 2022

Close: February 14, 2022

Grade: CS-1035-12

Salary: 80,000 


Job Summary

This position is located in the Office of the City Administrator (OCA). The OCA has direct oversight over all executive-reporting agencies and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the District government, setting operational goals and implementing the legislative actions and policy decisions of the Mayor and DC Council. The City Administrator is also responsible for preparing the District's annual operating budget and providing direction to all agencies to ensure they are meeting the needs of District residents on behalf of the Mayor.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develops communication plans, including such factors specific topics and aspects to emphasize the most effective media to utilize in communicating with target audiences, etc. Identifies, summarizes, and analyzes public comments submitted to the organization.  Prepares articles for publication, and other informational materials and strategies for communicating activities to support the total management efforts. Develops informational materials, such as news releases, fact sheets, feature stories, and background statements.  Advises management on the possible public and media reactions to organization actions, as well as the information needs of the general public and various specialized groups. Advises top level staff on all controversial or sensitive correspondence and works with staff to ensure that communications distributed comply with governmental regulations and procedures.  Writes articles and speeches for organizational official(s) to specialized publics; prepares and publishes organization publications in keeping all internal personnel informed of programs, activities, and career information.

Writes public involvement plans for informing and involving the public on issue of local, state and federal significance, as appropriate.  Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with media representatives in disseminating information or answering inquiries about the organization's operations or activities. Arranges and conducts workshops, seminars, and meetings with various other organizations in stimulating participation in its own organizational activities; and in identifying their concerns.  Advises and assists the supervisor with implementing system(s) to track and address pertinent complaints, concerns and/or issues raised. Updates organization website, brochures, fact sheets, and other organization publications.  Coordinates the outreach and community relations program for the organization. May be required to process requests for information submitted under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which involves analyzing requests to determine applicability of the Act.

Qualifications and Education

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, the incumbent must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression.

Licenses and Certifications


Working Conditions/Environment

Work is performed in an office setting, and sometimes in various neighborhoods around the District of Columbia.

Other Significant Factors

Tour of Duty:  Monday-Friday; 8:15AM to 4:45PM

Promotion Potential: No known promotional potential

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not covered under a collecting bargaining agreement.

Position Designation: In accordance with Chapter 4 of the D.C. personnel regulations, Suitability, this position has been deemed Security-Sensitive. Accordingly, the incumbent will be subject to pre-employment checks (criminal background checks, consumer credit check, traffic record checks, and drug screenings, if applicable) as a condition of employment, and will be subject to periodic criminal background checks for the duration of your tenure.

Residency Preference: Applicants claiming “Residency Preference” will be required to maintain residency in the District of Columbia for a minimum of seven (7) years. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of employment.

Vaccination Requirement:  The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.


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