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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration: Public Affairs Specialist

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

This is a Full-time position in Lubbock, TX posted July 7, 2021.

The Technical Career Field (TCF) is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions.

The Public Affairs Specialist (TCF) will perform work related to public affairs and communications activities such as responding to media inquiries, generating media interest, and coordinating agency information and outreach programs, etc.

[ ” The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the field.

Individuals selected follow a formal training plan for two years during which they are trained, coached, and supervised by a preceptor.

Preceptors are selected annually, through an extensive application process, for their technical expertise, their commitment to training and the suitability of their facility as a training location.

*Selectees will be required to sign Mobility, Training, and Continued Service Agreements.

This is a developmental position leading to a GS-11, performing assignments intended to broaden skills and provide practical experience leading to progressively more complex assignments performed under progressively less supervision.

The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.

Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

The duties and responsibilities of this position will require that the incumbent be trained to organize, coordinate, print, broadcast media interviews and news conferences with subject matter experts.

Use a variety of communication techniques and methods including print, broadcast, and electronic media to convey the VA mission and its role in the community to various stakeholders.

Write news releases, features stories, speeches, information packets, media kits, and fact sheets and produces various graphic materials such as newsletters, flyers, and brochures.

Independently plan, coordinate, execute, and evaluate special events for various audiences.

Establish, maintain, and update a facility events calendar.

Review news coverage on VA-related topics to keep staff apprised of relevant issues.

Provide news clippings to the Regional and VISN Public Affairs Offices, and other key VHA and VA officials in a timely manner.

Archive news clip files for use by the agency historians’ office and staff.

Incumbent also has significant responsibilities for supporting media, legislative, community, and staff relations.

Research, prepare and provide photographs, video or audio tapes, medical center operation data, publications, information papers, and other material as requested by media outlets or management staff.

Coordinate and develop comprehensive CBOC social media plans.

Facilitate all CBOC Intranet and SharePoint requests.

Develop an outreach plan to expand recruitment to AVAHCS CBOC enrollment.

Work schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm NTelework: Not Available NPosition Description Title/PD#: Public Affairs Specialist (TCF Intern)PD504-2187-0, 504-2186-0, 504-2185-0 NNote: This is Non-Bargaining Unit Position.” ]

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