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AF Recent Graduates Program (Public Affairs)

Air Force Civilian Service Langley Afb, VA

Job Description


This Recent Graduate position provides a learning opportunity to enhance their future goals and improve their knowledge with work experience in a working environment.

Plans, organizes, conducts, and evaluates discrete, limited elements of an internal information program that ensures the free flow of information to Air Force people and families to help maintain morale, readiness, productivity, and retention.  Plans, researches, writes localize, edits and produces news and feature articles, commentaries, fact sheets, biographies, newsletters, briefing and other informational products as directed to support higher-level Public Affairs specialist. 

Plans, organizes, conducts, and evaluates discrete, limited elements of a community relations program that helps tell the Air Force story to the American public and build informed public support for the Air Force by creating mutual acceptance, respect, appreciation, and cooperation between the Air Force and the community.  With higher graded Public Affairs specialist, actively works with local community organizations including chambers of commerce, civic clubs, schools, local governments and other community organizations on efforts of mutual interest.  

Plans, organizes, conducts, and evaluates discrete, limited elements of the media relations program that ensures a free flow of information to the public through the news media, bringing Air Force issues to the public agenda and gaining and maintaining informed public support for Air Force policies, programs, activities and issues. Informational products as directed.

Assigns higher-level Public Affairs specialists in conduction Public Affairs strategic communication, operational, and resource planning; and performs special assignments in keeping with the formal training plan.  Helps higher-level specialist ensure Public Affairs activities are conducted in accordance with applicable doctrine, policy, guidance, instructions, public law, and precedents.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-05) or equivalent.  Qualifying specialized experience is knowledge of communication principles, methods, and techniques to plan, conduct, coordinate and evaluate Public Affairs activities to develop communication between an organization and a variety of audiences that promotes the goals, values and priorities of the organization.


To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Pathways Guidelines.

Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities:

1. Knowledge of communication principles, methods, and techniques to plan, conduct, coordinate and evaluate Public Affairs activities to develop communication between an organization and a variety of audiences that promotes the goals, values and priorities of the organization.

2. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with internal leadership and a variety of publics.

3. Skill in gathering, evaluating, and interpreting data to identify potential problems and opportunities, arrive at valid conclusions and offer meaningful resolutions and recommendations.

4. Skill in writing, editing, and presenting material to inform various audiences through print, broadcast, and new media.

5. Skill in planning, developing, executing, and evaluating community relations and civic outreach activities to gain and maintain public awareness and support and to establish mutual acceptance, respect, appreciation, and cooperation between an organization and local communities.

6. Skill in collecting, analyzing, preparing, and disseminating information through external news media to inform the public about the agencys mission; working with and responding to media representatives; and conducting security and policy review of information and materials proposed for public presentation. 

ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS:  The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible.  A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  The service members military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of "veteran" under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1).  The "certification" must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission.  The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable).  Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD214 or other appropriate documentation.  Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.  Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible".  Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.

This position has an education requirement. You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in non-consideration for applicable position.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.




FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have six years after degree completion to apply. 



1. Travel by regularly scheduled commercial or military conveyance in according with Joint Travel Regulations may be required in performance of TDY.

2. May be required at times ID work other than standard duty hours.


3. Mobility is a condition of employment Employee must sign Air Force-wide mobility agreement.


4. This position requires a Secret security clearance.


5. Mobility - you may be required to relocate during or after completion of your training. (i.e., agreement to relocate to join and/or graduation from program).

6. If selected for a position, an official birth certificate, passport or Certificate of Naturalization will be required to verify citizenship prior to the day you report for duty or sooner.

7. Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.  In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Other Information

Selective Service Statement: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment.  For additional information or to register, visit: 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Employed Annuitants , (Re-employed Annuitants):Are NOT eligible for the Palace Acquire Program.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses are NOT Authorized.

recruitment incentiveS ARE not authorized.


Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Job Details

Date Posted July 12, 2018
Date Closes August 11, 2018
Requisition 457269000
Located In Langley afb, VA
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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