Dear Colleague Letter - Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA), Office of the Director -
Employment Opportunities for Public Affairs Specialist
Date: February 11, 2013
The Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA), Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation
(NSF) announces an opportunity for a-strong writer, team players, and experienced media officer to serve as a
Public Affairs Specialist. Candidates should demonstrate experience with both print and electronic media,
strategic communications, and general public affairs experience.
The Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) communicates information about the activities, programs,
research results and policies of the National Science Foundation. OLPA employs a wide variety of tools and
techniques to engage the general public and selected audiences including Congress, the news media, state
and local governments, other Federal agencies, and the research and education communities.
The NSF Public Affairs Specialist will develop and formulate communication strategies to promote NSF's
science, engineering and education activities. Work includes: developing communications plans, writing press
releases, articles, scripts, talking points and other material to promote the research supported by NSF and to
support NSF's mission, initiate and oversee the design and production of multimedia products to support
science communications; develop strategic communications plans that include advanced metrics; collaborate
with communications colleagues at academic institutions, scientific and professional societies, and other
federal entities to promote the research supported by NSF; serve as an advisor to directorate staff; and serve
as an NSF-wide communications consultant in identifying content for communication products and services
consistent with NSF policies and views.
Qualifications requirements include developing communication strategies and products for an organization;
writing and editing press releases, articles and other written communication materials concerning scientific
subjects related to the organization’s programs; writing and editing speeches and talking points for public
events, press conferences and other such appearances; providing authoritative advice to senior management
for improving the delivery of program information; and experience using the Internet, social media, and/or web
pages to communicate information to the public and media. Other requirements include experience with a
science or engineering organization developing and implementing integrated communications strategies to
promote basic research about science, technology, and engineering to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.
The Public Affairs Specialist positions recruited under this announcement may be filled under the following
Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment. Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a
Federal agency include employees of State and local government agencies or institutions of higher
education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments
would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be
made for a period up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The
individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides funding toward the assignee's
salary and benefits. Initial IPA assignments are made for a one-year period and may be extended by
Should you or your colleagues be interested in this position, please contact Ms. Judy Hayden
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be reviewed immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
For additional information on NSF’s rotational programs, please see "Programs for Scientists, Engineers and
Educators" on the NSF website at https://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps/rotators/index.jsp.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume to:
Staff Associate for Operation
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1245
Arlington, Virginia 22230