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New job opening: come lead EPA’s social media!

I’m delighted to announce that we’ve just published our job opening to lead EPA’s social media efforts! The position is on my team. Many thanks to you govloopers who helped me think through the skills and experience needed to do this job well.

For those of you not familiar with federal hiring: there’s one job. But when hiring for a federal job, we publish two listings, and people apply depending on whether they’re affiliated with the federal gov’t in some way or are simply a US citizen. See the info below for eligibility for each listing.

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Position: Public Affairs Specialist (Social Media), GS-13 ($89K-116K) or GS-14 ($105K-137K)
Major duties:

  • Lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s strategic approach to using social media
  • Assess and further develop EPA’s use of social media
  • Manage specific social media tools (e.g. create new content and repurpose content developed for static web pages and offline use for social media outlets)
  • Facilitate the social media training program

At the higher grade level, your assignments may be more complex and/or you may need less guidance from your supervisor.


You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as advising senior management on the use of social media within an organization; analyzing social media policy, taking into account legal requirements; leading social media campaigns for particular projects; and evaluating the effectiveness of social media using metrics.

To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as leading social media use at the agency or corporate level; establishing and enforcing policy; developing strategy for using social media;leading and providing oversight for engagement efforts; and guiding implementation based on metrics.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of communication principles and strategy for the use of social media tools
  • Knowledge of current and emerging social media tools
  • Ability to analyze conflicting data and give consideration to various points of view
  • Skill in written communication
  • Skill in oral communication
  • Skill in establishing working relationships; and
  • Ability to create two-way dialogue.
You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.

How you will be evaluated

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the qualifications section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

Area of Consideration: All US Citizens
Announcement #: RTP-OA-DE-2011-0028
Open: 09/15 – 10/05/2011
To apply:

Area of Consideration: Current federal employees with competitive status; reinstatement eligibles; Veterans Equal Opportunity Act (VEOA), etc.
Announcement #: RTP-OA-MP-2011-0057
Open: 09/15 – 10/05/2011
To apply:


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