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Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-14/15

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Washington DC, DC
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Washington, DC
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Who May Apply:
US Citizens
Time Limit:
Permanent - No time limit
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Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement:

  • Are you interested in working for a cutting edge agency with a mission to improve public safety, and the fair administration of justice? If so, the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Communication (OCOM) is seeking a high performing individual to serve as a Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist (Deputy Director). This position is located in the Office of Justice Programs, Office of Communications. We seek a highly motivate, skilled and energetic communicator focused on customer information needs to advance OJP communications. The incumbent will identify and/or develop appropriate fora, audiences, and mechanisms to present messaging about OJP policies, programs, and achievements. S/he will conceptualize, develop, and execute outreach programs employing a wide variety of media including, but not limited to, news releases, documents, and reports in all formats. The incumbent will actively explore new and emerging media, and employ all available, appropriate, and cost-effective technologies in advancing OJP's message. The incumbent will oversee all drafts of speeches, articles, press releases, and other feature items on OJP programs and initiatives and ensure the highest quality and most compelling information tailored to stakeholder information needs. Essential to this role is the ability to critically assess current communication strategies and tactics according to customer feedback and to change strategies and tactics based on the assessment.


  • This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the closing date.

    Since this is an on-line application process, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may call the contact phone number listed on this announcement to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement, applicant qualifications form (Form No. F-15566-AVUE), and instructions for completing the form. No other form of application will be accepted. Applications made on line must be received by the closing date of this announcement. You can obtain this form by contacting Avue Digital Service at (800) 407-0147. This form must be received in the Human Resources Office by the closing date of the announcement. All other information requested in the vacancy announcement must be received by the Human Resources Office by the closing date of the announcement.

    The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has partnered with the Vida Fitness Center, which is conveniently located in the Verizon Center for your physical fitness needs. In addition, the Department of Justice (DOJ) offers on-site fitness centers at various DOJ locations within the downtown areas, most of which are located within walking distance. DOJ also offers credit union services; ATM machine is located on-site. We also have health unit and an on-site nurse for your usage and convenience.

    Transit Benefits: to defray your commuting cost, we are pleased to offer the Employee Transit Benefit Program which allows eligible employees to receive up to $125 per month tax-free.

    Employee Assistance Program: is a counseling, education and referral service that helps employees manage personal and professional responsibilities (e.g., adoption, adult care, legal services).

    Flexible work arrangements: DOJ offers various alternative work schedules, which varies from office to office. Alternative work schedule affords an employee the opportunity to work compressed or alternate work schedules.


    To receive consideration as a veteran, you must attach a DD-214 showing the type of discharge you received; to receive consideration as a disabled person you must submit a letter from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation or any other approved medical provider in the state in which you live, certifying your disability.

    If this is not possible for you to attach your documentation to your Avue application or to email them to, copies of documents can be faxed to 253-573-9869, or mailed to the following address: Office of Justice Programs, c/o Avue Technologies Corporation, ATTN: Avue Enterprise Direct, 1145 Broadway Plaza, Suite 800, Tacoma, WA 98402. All emailed or attached proof documents must be identified with applicant's name and vacancy announcement number by the closing date of the announcement.


  • Performs work related to public affairs program activities, such as coordinating news and information media interviews, developing communication plans, coordinating agency information programs, evaluating agency public affairs programs, etc. Evaluates impacts and effectiveness of public affairs programs.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with the general public, the news and information media, key officials, agency stakeholders, industry representatives, and/or community groups in order to communicate and disseminate program information which results in an understanding of the agency's mission and activities.
  • Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members; provides feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff members. Recommends or approves appointments, selections, or reassignments to positions appropriate to the selection authority delegated. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area.
  • Researches and/or analyzes problems, issues, or program requirements.

Contact Information:

Constance Jones

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