When I read the job description for a Communications Specialist at TVA OIG, though I honestly didn't even know TVA had an OIG, it felt to me like the description had been written specifically for me or someone with my exact qualifications and experience. When I met the HR assistant, I was impressed with how warm, knowledgeable and helpful she was. Also, as it turned out, I was working with a couple of people at the time that knew the IG from a leadership group. They all had good things to say about him. After multiple interviews, including one with the IG himself, I had a good feeling about working here.
My role has shifted over the years. I started as a Communications Specialist who worked on both internal and external communications projects. Those projects included videos and newsletter articles for TVA employees and press releases for the media. My title changed to Public Affairs Officer after working in the office for a couple of years. It has now come full circle, and I am currently the Public Affairs Officer and Communications Specialist. My focus is primarily on OIG and TVA employee communications as well as on Congressional communications through writing and editing work on our Semiannual Report to Congress (SAR). The team we have working on our SAR is top-notch! If you haven't done so already, please check out our Semiannual Reports to Congress on our Reports page.
As a former newspaper journalist, or as I call it a "recovering reporter," I enjoy being able to work somewhere that allows me to practice my beloved craft of writing. It often feels like more of a calling than a craft, and it's a privilege to be able to tell a person's story, especially when that story may have the potential to teach and positively influence others. Also reminiscent of being a reporter, I've recently had the opportunity to conduct a number of intriguing research assignments. My research seems to have been well-received and helpful to coworkers and managers. I love to learn, and whenever you're researching a new topic, you're learning. I also enjoy being able to contribute to others in a meaningful way, especially when it makes their lives easier. When you have reciprocity around that intention, it's a "win-win" for all involved.
Since being hired in February 2007, our office has been through a lot of change. We have experienced a number of trainings, workshops, meetings and conversations designed to create an engaged and supportive "performance culture." I believe managers here are committed to having engaged employees. Our employees really understand how their individual contributions align with the bigger vision of our office to make TVA better, ultimately benefitting TVA stakeholders - including the 9 million people who call the Tennessee Valley home.
The TVA OIG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or age. Any applicant or employee who believes he or she has a discrimination claim - to include harassment or retaliation - must contact TVA's Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days in order to file a claim.