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    Summary

    If selected for this position, you will serve on a SET WORK SCHEDULE which will include the hours 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Whether you are new to the Federal Government or an experienced professional seeking a career change, you can make history at the National Archives.  Our dedicated staff works across a variety of career fields to safeguard the records of the Federal Government - more than 10 billion of them.


    Visit our Employee Gallery at  www.archives.gov/careers to see the kinds of dynamic projects our staff are undertaking.  If you want a career where you can see the difference your work makes, then join the National Archives! 

    For more information visit:   http://archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park

    Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens.

    Note:  This position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion procedures.  Current federal employees and applicants under special hiring authorities (e.g., Disabilities Program, Peace Corps, Veterans Recruitment Appointment, Former overseas employee, Former National Guard Technician, etc.) who wish to be considered may also apply under Merit Promotion procedures, Job Announcement number JD1809335DAM.  Open: 9/23/16   Close: 10/7/16

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    Responsibilities

    Works with original archival records such as textual documents, photographs, maps and technical drawings, and historical artifacts. These records have a very high monetary and intrinsic value and are frequently in fragile condition. The work of the specialist requires excellent manual dexterity, skill and knowledge of appropriate handling methods to prevent damage or further deterioration to the records.

    Reformats original archival records and photographic intermediates using digital imaging technology to produce image files and various hard copy output such as facsimile prints on paper. Performs these duties in accordance with requirements that cover a range of imaging parameters, including color and tone reproduction, scanning resolutions, file types, image enhancements or modifications, outputs and quality control inspection.

    Works on a range of projects, including routine digitization, special requests, and complex and difficult projects. Encounters situations where no precedent or established guidelines exist.

    Creates administrative and technical metadata and may, in some situations, create descriptive metadata in accordance with archival standards; assists in identifying and defining metadata requirements for specific digitization projects; and conducts quality assurance and quality control inspection of work to ensure that lab standards are being maintained.

    Operates Macintosh and Windows computer based digital imaging systems using a broad range of hardware and software applications for scanning, calibration, image processing, hard copy output, and file storage/management in order to achieve a desired result. Operates digital cameras and digital copy systems.

    Collaborates with and assists the Supervisory Imaging Specialist in the research, selection, set-up, testing, and evaluation of hardware and software used in the Digitization Services Imaging Lab.

    Performs duties in accordance with specifications, policies, and procedures of the National Archives and Records Administration, the federal government; and industry standards relating to digitization.

    Keeps abreast of relevant developments in the digital imaging profession, as well as the hardware, software, and services provided by vendors. In addition, assists in examining current workflows and implementing adjustments as needed to maximize efficiency and make improvements to current practices.

    Demonstrates communication skills by providing internal digital imaging training and guidance to Digitization Services Branch and other NARA staff, and by their interaction with internal and external customers; represents the lab by participating in meetings and providing tours to lab visitors; demonstrates written communication skills by participating in the creation of standard operating procedures, guidance and documentation, communicating with lab customers and contacts via email, and by submitting administrative and technical reports. Interacts directly with customers and provides customer support, including ensuring scheduling and completion of work requests.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Background Investigation or Security Clearance
    • More may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 90 days
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • Designated and/or random drug testing required

      

    Qualifications

    GS-9 and GS-11: Candidates must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

    Examples of specialized experience for GS-9 include intermediate level activities associated with establishing scan production and quality control requirements for digitization projects; managing, implementing, or consulting on imaging projects to convert a range of paper document types and other media to digital formats; using color management software to produce custom profiles to calibrate scanners, digital cameras and printers; overseeing projects involving the preparation and converting of textual records, photographic materials,  microfilm, artwork and three-dimensional artifacts into digital formats; configuring, using, and maintaining digital imaging hardware such as computers, scanners, and recording devices; and a background with high-resolution overhead capture systems, including Hasselbad and Phase One.

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    A Master's degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education from an accredited educational institution leading to a degree that has demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

    Examples of specialized experience for GS-11 include activities associated with establishing scan production and quality control requirements for digitization projects; managing, implementing, or consulting on imaging projects to convert a range of paper document types and other media to digital formats; using color management software to produce custom profiles to calibrate scanners, digital cameras and printers; overseeing projects involving the preparation and converting of textual records, photographic materials,  microfilm, artwork and three-dimensional artifacts into digital formats; configuring, using, and maintaining digital imaging hardware such as computers, scanners, and recording devices; and a background with high-resolution overhead capture systems, including Hasselbad and Phase One.

    OR

    A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education above the master's degree from an accredited educational institution leading to a degree that has demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

    Note: If you wish to qualify for the position based on education, you must submit copies of your college transcripts.  Graduates of foreign schools must have their academic credentials evaluated through a recognized credential evaluating institution.

    Please refer to the Office of Personnel Management's, Operating Manual: Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions for further information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1000/general-arts-and-information-series-1001-two-grade-interval-positions/ http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp.

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    Additional information

    Applicants will be requested to submit a portfolio containing 10-14 images of two-dimensional and three-dimensional samples of work, during the interview process.

    Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.

    Probationary Period:  You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Veterans' Preference:   If you are a veteran with preference eligibility andyou are claiming 5-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other proof of eligibility (The member 4 copy of your DD-214, or other copies that indicate character of discharge is preferable).  If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see Veteran’s Information Page, USAJOBS - Veterans


    VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011:
      If you are an active duty service member of the armed forces, Public Law 112-56, ensures that certain individuals do not lose the opportunity to be considered for Federal service (and awarded their veterans’ preference entitlements if applicable) despite not having a DD form 214 to submit along with the application package (resume).  Service members must submit with their application a certification from the armed forces that certifies that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.  For more information on VOW, see Veteran’s Information page - http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.


    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program:
      If you are an eligible ICTAP applicant you may apply for special selection consideration.  You must meet minimum qualifications, including selective factors, experience, and education requirements (if applicable), and be rated well-qualified for the position (i.e., receive a score of 85 or above based on your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire).  You must provide a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel actions form with your application.  More information: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp. 

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Your resume must specifically and clearly show your possession of the required specialized experience and your possession of the required competencies. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position.

    The required Competencies for this position are as follows:

    • Problem Solving
    • Execution and Results
    • Customer Service
    • Leads Teams
    • Manages Projects
    • Utilizes Computer Technology
    • Digital Preservation and Access
    Based on the information you provided in your application package, you will be assigned to one of three quality categories – Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Those applicants who are determined to be best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Qualified veterans are placed ahead of non-veterans within each category. Qualified veterans with a service connected disability of 10% or more are placed ahead of non-veterans in the best qualified category. 

    NOTE: If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

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    Required Documents

    The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement: 

    ·       Resume - Relevant work experience must include: Job title, duties, hours worked per week, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), and salary.
    ·       Responses to Occupational Questionnaire
    ·       Copies of college transcripts - if substituting education for experience. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.)
    ·       Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 - member 4 copy or other copies that indicate character of discharge or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter as appropriate). 

    ·             Copies of a certification from the armed forces stating/certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of the certification is signed.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    NARA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information visit the following websites: http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp or https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 07, 2016 to receive consideration.

    §         To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    §         Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    §         It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    §         To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    §         To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

    1.    To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdfand provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1809740.

    2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 07, 2016 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

      1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire        View Occupational Questionnaire.

    2.    Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

    3.    Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    Agency contact information

    Denise G. Amsler

    Phone

    (314)801-0848

    Fax

    (314)801-0863

    Email

    DENISE.AMSLER@NARA.GOV

    Address

    NARA
    Office of Human Capital
    Staffing and Classification Br
    1 Archives Drive - Room 370
    Saint Louis, MO 63138-1002
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    You will serve as Digital Imaging Specialist, performing duties associated with the digitization and reformatting of original archival records and photographic intermediates for preservation and access, managing digital files, creating technical and administrative metadata, and producing physical media copies. These positions are located within the Office of Innovation, Digitization Division, Digitization Services Branch in College Park, MD and Washington, DC.

    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  We will review your résumé and transcript(s) (if appropriate) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.  A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.

     

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/451495800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.