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WHAT DOES A PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST DO? IRS Public Affairs/Media Relations Specialists are the designated spokespersons for the agency. Oral and written communication skills are essential for responding to reporters and other members of the media who make official inquiries, consulting with IRS leadership and informing the public (individuals, business and tax-exempt organizations) of key IRS messages regarding federal tax law, filing requirements and procedures. You will develop professional working relationships with reporters in your assigned area of responsibility. You will research nuances of the tax law, consult with IRS subject matter experts and respond to reporters. You’ll consult with internal customers; prepare communication plans to meet specific objectives; develop communication vehicles such as news releases, fact sheets, tax tips and web and social media content and then initiate contacts with print, broadcast and social media outlets using those vehicles to publicly place IRS messages. Field (regional) Media Relations Specialists have responsibility for local stories and events as well as crisis and disaster communications within their assigned territory. National Media Relations Specialists play a critical role in consulting, advising and supporting senior IRS executives in representing the agency on a national level with major national media outlets.
What is the Communications & Liaison Division (C&L) Division? The Communications & Liaison Division (C&L) works to support the IRS mission through information-sharing activities ranging from internal communications with IRS employees to external outreach and education with taxpayers, the tax professional community, partner groups, social and traditional media as well as Congress and state and local agencies.
As a Public Affairs Specialist (Media Relations Specialist) you will:
- Establish and maintain mutual communication between news media outlets, IRS leadership and the general public.
- Identify communication needs, develop informational materials and deliver key organizational messages that inform appropriate external audiences of the agency's policies, programs, services and activities.
- Serve as a communications subject matter expert advising on appropriate communication strategies and tactics.
- Write news releases, fact sheets, tax tips, FAQs, web and social media content and scripts for both audio and video products. Daily interaction with reporters responding to their inquiries and initiating contacts with them to execute media campaigns.
- Explain federal tax law in plain-English to reporters and the general public, based on your research of internal resource materials and information provided from interaction with subject matter experts.
- Represent the IRS as the designated official spokesperson in print and broadcast interviews, both live and recorded, on radio and television.
If you do not meet any of the categories listed above, you may wish to apply under announcement 21MEM-CLX0177-1035-13 which is open for any US citizen to apply. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov
Occasional travel - 0 - 2 Nights Per Month
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