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Public Affairs Specialist (Press Assistant)

Consumer Education & External Affairs - Public Affairs
Closing date:
Washington, DC
51, 52 See information on grades and base pay ranges
Who may apply:
Open to status candidates (Competitive service - Permanent)


This position is located in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Public Affairs. The incumbent serves as Press Assistant in the Media Relations Section, which is responsible for developing, managing, and communicating information to the news media and the public regarding the Bureau. Media Relations staff manage relationships with the news media, write and issue press releases, provide speech writing support for senior agency officials, and monitor media coverage.


The following are the duties of this position at the CN-52, broadly equivalent to the GS-12. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform the following duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Develops and distributes news clips to Bureau staff. The Press Assistant will use initiative and resourcefulness in monitoring electronic, broadcast and print media to develop press clips as needed and of interest to the CFPB. Independently creates, manages, and maintains a news clip repository to be used to track Bureau impact on the news cycle and as a critical reference resource for all Bureau staff.
  • Distributes press releases and other content for the news media. The Press Assistant will serve as the lead OPA contact to coordinate with Bureau Technology and Innovation staffs to stage press releases for publication in the CFPB newsroom and distribution through content delivery platforms, such as GovDelivery, to regional, trade and national media. The incumbent will review press releases for formatting, grammatical, and punctuation details before they are published or distributed.
  • Monitors and reports on press inquiries. The Press Assistant will monitor the CFPB Press mailbox to support the development of a daily media activity report for CFPB use. The incumbent will use research and judgment to support the development and clearance of responses to news media inquiry.
  • Coordinates logistical and operational functions. The Press Assistant will facilitate OPA logistical and operational functions necessary to amplify and conduct Bureau press announcements, which include distributing media advisories to news media, sending notifications to Bureau staff before press releases are issued, and arranging press calls. The Press Assistant contributes to standards for and engages in media prep and training of Bureau staff ahead of media engagements, such as Bureau press calls, interviews, and reporter meet-and-greets. Leads development of OPA after-action and other metric-based reports accounting for CFPB press activities, such as production of weekly, monthly, and ad hoc reports for senior Bureau staff consumption and to assess Media Relations program effectiveness.
  • Creates and provides continued maintenance for standard operating procedures. The Press Assistant develops job aids, such as those documenting process steps for clearing and issuing press releases, developing and posting speeches, and facilitating press engagements, to establish criteria for efficient workflows, measure program performance, and ensure program activities conform to Bureau policies, such as Section 508 compliance, priorities, and mission. Conducts research on relevant trends in public and private sector media relations to propose and develop new OMR methods, criteria, or policies.

Travel Required

  • Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 1-5 nights per month for this position.

Promotion Potential

  • 52

Supervisory Status

  • No

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Open to status candidates (Competitive service - Permanent)

Current Federal employees on career or career-conditional appointments and reinstatement eligible. Current federal employees on permanent competitive service appointments (including current CFPB employees on such appointments), or former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; or ICTAP Eligibles; or Eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individuals with disabilities, covered by an interchange agreement, or Eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act). Current CFPB employee should check their appointment type before applying to an announcement.

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