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    Steve Ressler

    Cool Job –

    Job Title: Public Affairs Specialist (New Media Specialist)

    Department: Department Of Homeland Security

    Agency: DHS Headquarters

    Job Announcement Number: DHSHQ11-503895-PA


    $51,630.00 – $67,114.00 /year


    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 to Monday, July 25, 2011




    Full Time Career/Career Conditional




    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC


    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion Eligibles)


    Secure the Homeland

    Proud to Protect

    We are looking for people who want to contribute their skills and talents to help preserve our Nation’s freedoms and secure our homeland. The mission of the US Dept of Homeland Security is carried out every day by the dedicated men and women who answer the noble calling of public service with courage and enthusiasm. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified effort to secure America. DHS fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility and innovation.

    In Headquarters, we coordinate, plan, and guide the Department’s work across all DHS components. You could enjoy a career that includes research, administration and management, legal work, budget and finance, cyber security, infrastructure protection and intelligence analysis. Our services touch every U.S. citizen, and our goal is to secure our country across land and sea. Come join the team that is “Proud to Protect.”

    The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a social media specialist and to support the Department of Homeland Security in accomplishing its mission through social media platforms. This task will be accomplished by ensuring social media content remains consistent, timely, of high quality, appropriate for intended audiences and accurately reflects DHS goals and priorities.

    This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Public Affairs (OPA), Office of the Secretary and Executive Management.

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Applications will be accepted from: Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees, Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan – ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Eligible Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: or


    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
    • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    Duties of a Public Affairs Specialist (New Media Specialist) include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Work to increase activity and readership of the DHS Blog as primary editor: schedule, write and post entries, coordinate editorial review, review and approve or disapprove comments
    • Manage and run DHS social media third party tools, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts along with open government platforms.
    • Lead and promote policy coordination, guidance and other governing documents for using social media in general and for specific tools, working with the Social Media Steering Committee members.
    • Develop and provide an accurate accounting of DHS’s social media audience and reach with procedures to collect and aggregate relevant information, traffic and usage statistics, and lessons learned.
    • Advise the Director of New Media and Web Communication, providing knowledge and expertise in the area of social media strategy and tactics and assist DHS communicators with the use of social media.

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