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Public Affairs Specialist (Recent Graduate)

Must be a recent graduate - Applicants must have completed within the previous two years a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution; OR be a veteran, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108, who due to military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduate Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his/her release or discharge from active duty.

The incumbent of this position conducts a public affairs program for HHS OIG with responsibility for planning, and communicating the organization's programs, policies, and activities. Transmits informational materials to a variety of publics to enhance the understanding of certain attitudes and practices advocated by the organization.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with representatives of the print and broadcast media and national organizations interested in the aspects of the agency's programs. Analyzes work products, public engagements for content, accuracy, balance, placement, audience, source timeliness, message, frequency and subsequent related postings related to HHS OIG operations.

Maintains targeted outreach campaigns through research, planning, writing, production, and posting of content on digital media platforms to facilitate public understanding of the agency's work.

Uses a variety of methods and techniques in achieving communication goals such as producing news releases, broadcast scripts, feature articles, media interviews, news conferences, exhibits, brochures, pamphlets, social media content, etc.

Recommends specific information activities designed to meet these challenges. Analyzes information needs in terms of the stakeholder needs to be met and provides advice on program information problems to program staff.

Prepares plans for campaigns to disseminate information about organization's programs. Organizes campaigns to bring about timely and coordinated use of all tools and skills available in the organization, within the agency, and with cooperating State and other Federal agencies. Prepares basic campaign materials including fact sheets, news releases, feature articles, broadcast scripts, and other materials.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with federal and state officials, extension services and other cooperating agencies as well as with online, print and broadcast media, and industry organizations.