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Public Affairs Specialist Job Announcement

Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Closing date | January 1, 2022

The Public Affairs Specialist position (Job ID 15426) has been advertised on the District's Department of Human Resources (DCHR) website. The Grade 12 position has salary range of $85,209-$109,023 and is open to the public. The application submission deadline is Saturday, January 1, 2022.

To apply, visit DCHR's website. Search by Job ID "15426". 

General Job Information

Job Summary

This position is located in the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (hereinafter ABRA), External Affairs Division. The ABRA issues licenses to qualified applicants to serve or sell alcoholic beverages, monitor compliance with the District of Columbia's alcoholic beverage laws and regulations, and takes appropriate enforcement action when a business violates the District of Columbia's alcoholic beverage laws.

This position functions as Public Affairs Specialist with primary responsibility for communicating, collecting, assembling, preparing, and disseminating information to the staff and general public on issues and/or decisions as they relate to ABRA.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provides support in responding to media inquiries; develops and implements strategic media and public engagement initiatives; coordinates interviews; copyedits; drafts responses, statements, media advisories, talking points, speeches, collateral, and presentation slide decks. Serves as liaison in relations between ABRA and the media; and advises senior management of the developments in the areas of public information and community relations that impacts the agency. Monitors and tracks media coverage of interest to the agency. Maintains internal and external communications calendar for the agency including internal and external e-mails, mailings, trainings, events, and key deadlines and dates of note. Researches, drafts, distributes, and pulls metric reports for e-communications. Provides research support on topics of interest in the agency. Ensures and develops content for ABRA’s social media channels; responds to direct messages; and works to correct misinformation as appropriate.

Monitors select key vendor relationships and platforms including e-mail client and media listening tool. Manages website content, in coordination with IT Specialist, including drafting, preparing, and compiling information; recommending feature and usability updates; and monitoring usage. Facilitates the design, updating, and production of digital and print collateral including applications, info sheets, publications, video, podcasts, and signage. Establishes and maintains effective working relationship with members of the news media, specialized groups interested in ABRA programs, including industry association, other District Government offices and agencies, the Federal Government, and other jurisdictions. Reviews agency content for compliance with District Government and agency style guide and best practices. Represents agency at select events and meetings and on task forces and working groups. Provides backup support to the Community Resource Officer and FOIA Officer. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Education

This position requires at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, Journalism or related field, preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Minimum of five years’ experience in external communications, media relations or public relations, is preferred.

Licenses and Certifications


Working Conditions/Environment

Work is primarily performed in a controlled office environment and involves some exposure to moderate risk of accidents and requires following basic safety precautions.

Physical Demands: Work is predominately sedentary; however, some walking, standing, and bending are encountered. Carrying heavy and cumbersome documents is common.

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty: Monday- Friday 8:15 AM- 4:45 PM (Standard Tour of Duty)

Pay Plan, Series and Grade: CS-1035-12

Promotion Potential: No Known Promotion Potential

Duration of Appointment: This is a Career Services (CS) Appointment with a probationary period.

Salary Range: $85,209 - $109,023; based on funding

Collective Bargaining Unit: This position is in a collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Council 20 Local 2743 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee though direct payroll deduction.

Position Designation: This position requires a Pre-Employment Criminal Background Check. The incumbent of this position will be subject to enhanced suitability screening pursuant to Chapter 4 of DC Personnel Regulations, Suitability – Security Sensitive.

Vaccination Requirement: The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.