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    Job Title: Public Affairs Specialist

    Agency: Securities & Exchange Commission

    Job Announcement Number: 11-514910-SB


    $96,590.00 – $173,674.00 /year


    Wednesday, August 03, 2011 to Monday, August 15, 2011




    Full Time Career/Career Conditional




    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC


    United States Citizens


    Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of life and a competitive compensation package? Invest in your career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

    The SEC’s mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber professionals who share the same values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.

    The SEC offers a number of enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits: paid dental insurance and vision insurance; Student Loan Repayment; increased agency subsidy for health insurance which supplements your health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage, and $50 for family coverage; and mass transportation subsidy up to $230 per month.

    To find out more, go to

    This position is in the Office of Public Affairs located in Washington, D.C.

    Salary Ranges

    SK-13: $96,590 – $151,254

    SK-14: $110,910 – $173,674


    • Applicants must be U.S. Citizen.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    Develops, writes, and disseminates medium-specific communication and outreach materials to print, broadcast, and digital news media to enhance public understanding of the Commission’s rulemaking, enforcement actions, regulatory activities, and investor education efforts. Analyzes and evaluates agency program needs to advise divisions and offices of the information that should be released publicly to advance program goals.

    Writes and produces written and graphic communications, such as press releases, speeches, talking points, newsletters, and other materials on investing, securities industry regulation and enforcement, financial regulatory reform, and market structure issues for dissemination to mass media audiences, including via blogs and social media. Develops and implements public affairs program activities related to investing, securities industry regulation and enforcement, financial regulatory reform, and market structure, such as coordinating news and information media interviews, communication plans and strategies, agency information programs, and agency public affairs programs, etc. Recommends, develops, and manages internet-based communication materials, including Web design, videos and interactive documents. Evaluates impact and effectiveness of public affairs programs.

    Establishes and maintains relationships with the general public, the news and information media, congressional and other government agencies, industry representatives, and/or community groups in order to communicate and disseminate program information to explain the agency’s mission and activities.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM’s web site at

    Specialized Experience

    Qualifying experience for the SK-13 level includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/SK-12 level that demonstrates media relations experience in the securities industry. Specifically, the applicant should have applied knowledge of financial and capital market formation or regulation; daily experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the financial media to disseminate information and answer complex media inquiries about securities industry regulation and enforcement, financial regulatory reform and market structure issues. The applicant also should have experience in developing communication plans on the above topics that emphasize the most effective media to use in communicating with intended audiences and the information needed by various groups. Additionally, the applicant should have experience in evaluating a public affairs program related to the financial services industry and recommending solutions to communications challenges.

    Qualifying experience for the SK-14 level includes one year of specialized experience equivalent at least to the GS/SK-13 level that demonstrates media relations experience in the securities industry. In addition to the requirements for the SK-13 level, applicants must have experience providing technical advice on the organization’s public statements, internal communications, and media relations; composing press releases, speeches, talking points, and other materials related to investing, securities industry regulation and enforcement, financial regulatory reform, and market structure issues; and preparing newsletters and other materials to keep internal personnel informed of programs and activities related to securities industry regulation.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Financial Security Expertise
    • Knowledge of communication and public affairs principles, methods, and techniques.
    • Regular and repeated experience working with major media outlets in the financial services area.
    • Ability to communicate in writing.
    • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
    • Knowledge of or exposure to SEC rules, regulations, and practices.
    • Experience collaborating on financial services regulatory issues with internal and external parties.

    Important Notes:

    1. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.

    2. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. For more information, visit

    3. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

    4. This position has promotion potential to the SK-14.

    5. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.

    6. SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.

    7. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving expenses are not authorized.

    8. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    9. This position is not in the bargaining unit.

    Information for veterans: You may be eligible to receive preference in appointment. For more information please visit:

    Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: For information on how to apply through the Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP) see To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the Well Qualified criteria of the rating scale for this position.


    BASIS OF RATING: Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to the Category Rating Procedures. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veteran preference. Generally, only candidates in the top quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.

    Individuals with veteran’s preference will be placed ahead of other applicants within the rating category to which they are assigned. Preference-eligible veterans who have at least 10 percent compensable service-connected disability, and who have met the basic qualification requirements, will be placed ahead of other applicants in the highest category.

    There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified.

    Benefits and Other Info


    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


    The SEC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, send an email to[email protected] or call 202-551-4158. To request sign language interpreting services for interviews, send an email [email protected] at least 5 business days before the date you will need this service.

    TTY/ASCII users should use the toll free Federal Relay Service number: 1-800-877-8339 and provide the SEC number of the office or individual you are calling. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service see:

    How To Apply


    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.

    All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, August 15, 2011 to be considered.

    Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting the Assessment Questionnaire, Résumé and Required Documents. Please read all instructions before you begin. You are solely responsible for the delivery of your materials. We cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc. Your materials will not be returned; therefore, do not submit original documents that you may need in the future (upload these documents from your files or submit copies instead).

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 514910. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and

    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    For this job announcement the following documents are required:

    1. Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

    2. Résumé

    3. For Veterans: DD-214 – For Disabled Veterans: DD-214, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later ( if you are claiming veterans preference).


    Stephen Brown
    Phone: (202)551-4215
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Office of Human Resources
    100 F Street NE
    Washington, DC 20549


    After a review of your résumé, required documents and assessment questionnaire is complete, you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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