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    Duties

    Summary

    Joining the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division, will allow you to work in a multi-media environment comprising a widely diverse staff of creative, scientific and technical professionals whose expertise span the fields of video and multimedia production, geospatial imaging, 3D modeling and simulation, forensic image and audio enhancement, and speaker identification.

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    Responsibilities

    The selectee will serve as a Lead Audiovisual Production Specialist in the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division. Typical work assignments include:

    • Conducting pre-production planning and scheduling when projects are approved; meeting with the client to discuss the scope of the production, the intended audience and the purpose of the production; planning the production timeline, estimating the shooting schedule, preparing the script and a storyboard to present to the client; and reviewing materials for issues such as inaccuracies in content.
    • Capturing good video in difficult lighting situations (i.e. low light, back light), and in fast-paced moving and changing conditions as well as recording good audio despite sound level changes; obtaining B-Roll, images/imagery; and creating supporting data needed to complete a project.
    • Researching and recommending vendors and equipment, coordinating equipment demonstrations; making purchase recommendations; troubleshooting equipment; and attending technical conferences and technology equipment and software demonstrations.
    • Editing difficult and complex professional video projects, such as multiple sound tracks, color correction, multi-camera editing, Chroma-key, nesting layers, key framing clips, image stabilization and tracking, captioning, using motion graphics like After Effects for complex compositing, and exporting and encoding project video.
    • Consulting with clients to define project goals, scope, audio/visual elements, budget, timeline, and priorities.

    Apply for this exciting opportunity to support the agency's protective and investigative missions. This Lead Audiovisual Production Specialist position starts at a salary of $121,316 (GS-14, step 1) with potential to $157,709 (GS-14, step 10).

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Domestic travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

  • Job family (Series)

    1071 Audiovisual Production

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. citizenship is required.

    Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Obtain and maintain a top secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page.
    • Submit to random drug testing while you occupy the position.
    • Work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, recovering, bending or stretching, and lifting of moderately heavy equipment.
    • Work requires occasional discomforts, such as working near loud weapons or outdoors in inclement weather, but is typically performed in adequately lighted office spaces and studios and usually requires no special safety precautions.
    • Domestic travel may be required.

    Qualifications

    Specialized Experience: 

    You quality for the GS-14 level starting salary ($121,316) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level performing duties such as producing multiple complex, large scale video productions;  implementing and recommending new video, multimedia, and geospatial imaging technologies; producing mobile and web-based multimedia products; performing advanced editing techniques; overseeing all aspects of the production phase of a project; and providing guidance and expert advice on complex technical issues.

    Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service.

    Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Education

    This position does not have an education requirement.

    Additional information

    Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:

    • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
    • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
    • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

    Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    This position is covered by Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) and additional compensation may be paid at the rate of up to 25% of the base salary.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three categories. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered.  If the one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • Knowledge of the principles and practices used in the production of video and multimedia programs in order to conceptualize, plan, schedule, edit and produce highly complex and large-scale projects.
    • Skill in acquiring, collecting, and creating video, images, audio and other types of data for various types of multimedia projects and site surveys.
    • Knowledge of high definition digital video and multimedia technology and its current and future applications toward all aspects of video and multimedia production.
    • Knowledge of advanced video and audio editing techniques, motion graphics, and captioning techniques for complex post production projects.
    • Skill in oral and written communications in order to interact effectively with clients, and draft proposals regarding the technical, financial and or aesthetic approach to projects.

    Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness, National security

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    Required Documents

    In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:

    • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
    • Are you a current U.S. Secret Service Employee? Submit a copy of your SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied and highest grade and step. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade and that supports your claim for time-in-grade.  Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards. PLEASE NOTE: If you are applying for a higher grade than the grade that you currently hold and the SF-50 you submit to support your eligibility claim has an effective date within the past year, it will not clearly show that you meet the one-year time-in-grade requirement. Be sure to provide an additional SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within Rate/Grade Increases (WRI/WGI), and appointment/conversion SF-50s with an effective date more than one-year old).

    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.

    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

    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

    This position is being advertised via SecretServiceHire which is an automated staffing system. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Instructions outlining the application process can be found at http://www.secretservice.gov/join/apply/. If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Talent and Employee Acquisition Management Division, Administrative, Professional, Technical Staffing Branch at hrsupport@usss.dhs.gov OR by calling (202) 406-6420 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Agency contact information

    TAD

    Phone

    202-406-6420

    TDD

    202-406-5390

    Fax

    999-999-9999

    Email

    hrsupport@usss.dhs.gov

    Address

    United States Secret Service (DHS-USSS)
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    Washington, District of Columbia 20223
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    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. Best-qualified applicants will be referred for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You may check the status of your application for this position by going to www.usajobs.gov. Click on the "My USAJOBS" tab, enter your user id and password, and click on "My Applications". You will also receive an email notification regarding your application status.

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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/585275300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.