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Public Affairs Specialist

The PRAC is seeking a highly qualified individual(s) to serve as Public Affairs Specialists on our Outreach and Engagement team. We're looking for creative communicators to help break down complex data and provide our external stakeholders including the public, the media, and Congress with important insights on the $5 trillion federal pandemic response. 

Duties

The PRAC Public Affairs Specialist reports directly to the Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement. Typical work assignments may include:

  • Supports communications and outreach goals, objectives, and plans to ensure Congress, the executive branch, the media, and the general public receives information about PRAC and partner OIGs’ work and operations
  • Writes content for and distributes a variety of communications for internal and external audiences, including content for social media, web, newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, text for graphics, presentations, talking points, and other items as needed
  • Writes content in plain language and proofreads the work of others
  • Researches, prepares and supports PRAC leadership and personnel for Congressional testimony and hearings, and for participation in media interviews and official public engagements, to include arranging for and assisting in briefings, interviews, and other engagements
  • Drafts reports, assists with preparing written testimony, talking points, statements, and other related documents for senior OIG leadership for use when addressing members of Congress and congressional staff or the media
  • Identifies, tracks, and reports issues of congressional, executive branch, media, and other public interest and activity to ensure PRAC and partner OIG personnel are kept appraised of legislative actions, congressional interests, and significant and/or emerging issues
  • Researches and identifies potential partnership opportunities for the PRAC to reach our outreach and engagement objectives
  • Develops and manages stakeholder listening sessions and events to promote public discussion of impact of pandemic response spending
  • Coordinates communications with and, responds to requests for information from the Congress, press, and public
  • Supports and executes PRAC digital communications activities, including writing for the web, email communications, and social media
  • Supports planning and implementation of new initiatives and projects that will enhance the effectiveness of oversight activities

Qualifications

Experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the following:

  1. Experience in coordinating congressional activities, such as responding to requests for information from the Congress, summarizing hearings, tracking and analyzing legislation
  2. Experience in coordinating media affairs, including responding to inquiries from reporters and writing press releases
  3. Experience in writing a variety of products (including brochures, fact sheets, flyers, letters) for external and internal audiences, including website and social media content

For immediate consideration, please email, in a single PDF file, a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and a resume to prac_jobs@cigie.gov with subject line: Public Affairs Specialist.

More about the Position

We are looking to fill multiple vacancies with this announcement. Position is open to various levels of experience. Salaries are administratively determined based on qualifications. The job is remote and full-time. 

The CARES Act created the PRAC, composed of federal Offices of Inspector General to "promote transparency and conduct and support oversight of covered funds and the Coronavirus response to (1) prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement; and (2) mitigate major risks that cut across program and agency boundaries." You will be part of an exciting mission with the opportunity to deliver an impact by planning, coordinating, and developing content to effectively communicate the agency’s mission to oversee more than $5 trillion in coronavirus relief spending.  

The PRAC encourages creative and practical problem-solving and insightful thought leadership, fosters collaborative professional relationships, and focuses on our core lines of business (Transparency, Oversight & Accountability, and Outreach & Engagement). To recruit and retain the best candidates, provide a positive work environment, and mitigate the risk of current and future pandemic-related workplace disruptions, the PRAC is organized and managed as a distributed workforce in a virtual workplace with a small physical footprint in Washington, DC. 
 

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