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Vacancy for Speechwriter at Food Safety & Inspection Service

Job Title: Public Affairs Specialist (Speechwriter)
U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service
SALARY RANGE: $74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 to Wednesday, April 25, 2012
SERIES & GRADE: AP-1035-04 (equivalent to GS-12/13)

DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in Washington, DC, US


JOIN A GREAT FSIS TEAM!! The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a public health regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Our mission is to protect consumers by ensuring that the commercial supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products is safe and correctly labeled and packaged. We offer opportunities for future merit-based promotion, career enhancement and professional development; flexible work schedules; and transit subsidies in some locations. For more information about the agency, visit www.fsis.usda.gov.

This position is located in the Congressional and Public Affairs Office (CPA) in the Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education (OPACE) at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The mission of CPA is to conduct the Agency’s public communications programs. CPA develops the agency’s messages to inform and educate a variety of audiences, including: Congress, the media, industry and consumers. CPA also coordinates internal employee communications.

The incumbent will serve as a Public Affairs Specialist. And while the central duties of the position will be to serve as a speechwriter for senior officials, other duties required for this position may include writing and editing articles for agency publications and initiatives, writing opinion and other editorial analysis pieces for outside publications, blogs, PowerPoint presentations, press releases when required, backgrounders, briefing materials and participating in other outreach efforts.


Duties will include: *Researches, writes and develops speeches, drafts talking points and blog entries, PowerPoint presentations and other materials for delivery by selected sub-cabinet and/or senior agency officials that effectively communicate the Agency’s goals and activities to a variety of internal and external audiences. *Also maintains liaison with speakers’ offices, CPA, USDA communications offices, program offices and event representatives to coordinate speaking requests, status, and logistics. *Regularly updates and monitors reporting systems designed to track speeches and/or presentations by senior officials. *Participate with CPA management to research, write and develop agency messages, feature articles, publications, podcasts, social media entries, public meetings, backgrounders and other tools that effectively communicate the Agency’s goals and activities to a variety of internal and external audiences. *Recommend and develop specific communication programs and other activities designed to meet the needs of the Agency and intended national or targeted audiences. *Remain abreast of complex agency and related USDA programs, issues, and developments as well as developing and maintaining effective relationships with program and other officials to ensure communications products are technically accurate, relevant and consistent. *Work with the Office of the Administrator and the Office of the Under Secretary and program officials to accurately publicize new activities, programs, and developments a variety of communications channels. *Advise CPA Management, Assistant Administrator of OPACE, and other Agency officials of the various audiences’ potential reactions with regard to Agency policies and programs and recommending appropriate actions. *Represent the Agency and CPA at meetings, forums, work groups and other special activities.

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