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Job Title:Visual Information Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agriculture, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Job Announcement Number:NFCR-13-053-JBD

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Thursday, December 13, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
New Orleans, LA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The mission of the National Finance Center: To design, develop, implement and operate, cost-effective, financial, administrative, and management information systems and services supporting missions of the USDA and its customers.

This position is located in the Office of Chief Financial Officer, National Finance Center (OCFO/NFC), Government Employees Services Division (GESD), Client Services Directorate (CSD) in New Orleans, LA.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional similar positions.

Veterans Preference:

CTAP/ICTAP Preference:

NOTE: The full performance level of this position is GS-11.



  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Relocation expenses and recruitment incentives will NOT be paid


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The primary purpose of this position is to design the graphical interfaces for the Internet and Intranet services. 

As a Visual Information Specialist, you will be responsible for the following:

•  Assist in providing graphical design of internet and intranet sites.
•  Design and produce color presentations in multiple media including print and web.
•  Utilize graphical software and equipment, including Adobe Creative Suites.
•  Develop displays, brochures and posters for organization-wide activities.
•  Design and develop diversified and sometimes complex forms.
•  Assist in determining project requirements and designing the visual material to best meet the requirements.


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A QRF has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position.  The QRF for this position is “recent experience with Adobe Creative Suite(s) 5.0 or higher, large format printers, and lamination to design and produce visual information materials”. 

*QRF’s are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job.  QRF’s will NOT BE USED FOR SCREENING, but may be used as ranking criteria.  Applicants with higher proficiency levels or recent experience, may rank above those with lower or less recent experience on a QRF.  In order to receive credit for this QRF,  this competency or recent experience MUST be clearly demonstrated in your resume.

At the GS-07 level:
You must have one year of experience directly related to the occupation equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal sector; or equivalent combinations of experience and education that equip you with the particular competencies to successfully perform work involving a full range of graphics services. Your experience must include: 1.) Knowledge of the principles of artistic design as they apply to the creation of a wide array of visual materials for print, marketing and Web. 2.) Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suites graphical software package to include (DreamWeaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), as well as, other related software packages such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc. This experience must be clearly demonstrated in your resume.
At the GS-09 level: You must have one year of experience directly related to the occupation equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal sector;  or equivalent combinations of experience and education that equip you with the particular competencies to successfully perform work involving a full range of graphics services. Your experience must include: 1.) Skill in the principles of artistic design as they apply to the creation of a wide array of visual materials for print, marketing and Web. 2.) Skill in the Adobe Creative Suites graphical software package to include (DreamWeaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), as well as, other related software packages such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc.  3.) Experience in evaluating emerging technology developments and trends in graphic arts. This experience must be clearly demonstrated in your resume.



At the GS-07 level: 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement (SAA) will make you minimally qualified.

At the GS-09 level: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related will make you minimally qualified.

Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education in excess of one year and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation by clicking here. All education claimed by the selected applicant will be verified before an appointment is made to this position.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here.

Approximate percentages of time must be identified when positions held involved the performance of more than one type of work (e.g., secretarial and accounting, truck driver and warehousing, clerical, etc.). (Required for All Candidates)

Candidates must meet qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. All candidates' eligibility must remain active to receive further consideration throughout the employment process. Qualification standards are found in the Operating Manual of Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions which is published by the Office of Personnel Management. You may review these operating manuals in their entirety (see the following link): .


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.  You are NOT required to respond to these separately.
•  Skill with web page design principles and methods, multimedia principles and tools, file formats, usability standards to lead the design of internet site(s).
•  Skill in the use of graphical design software, specifically Adobe Creative Suites 5.0 or higher and a variety of equipment such as large format printers and laminators to design and produce visual information materials effectively.
•  Skill in the use of photographic equipment.
•  Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with all levels of personnel and management to gather project requirements, convey recommendations and designs, provide guidance on new technology and methodology.
•  Ability to prioritize frequently shifting work requests.
•  Ability to operate various computer hardware and software, including but not limited to Word, Excel, WordPerfect, Access, etc.
•  Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with a variety of people from different backgrounds and different levels of understanding.

CATEGORY RATING: Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. The HR Office and/or subject matter experts will review your resume and responses to the narratives. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into one of the 3 categories as described below:

-  Best-Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates experience as an expert in the field or recognized as a senior specialist, team lead, etc.
-  Well-Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.
-  Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to occupational questionnaire.

Once the application process is complete, a quality review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. If your resume is incomplete, or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be adjusted. 

Application of Veterans Preference: Category rating and selection procedures do not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but does protect the rights of qualified preference eligibles by placing them ahead of qualified non-preference eligibles within each rating category. Additionally, qualified preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent who meet at least the Qualified category requirements will be automatically included in the Best Qualified category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b), are satisfied.


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This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

This position maybe eligible for Alternate Work Schedule, Flexible Work Schedule, and/or Telework assignments.


CTAP/ICTAP: Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program, to be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Submit copy of RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action. For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible please click here.
Selective Service:   If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Click here for more information.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your résumé . Your veterans preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
• For 5-point veterans preference, please provide your DD-214 Member-4 copy or a copy which indicates your character of service (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
• For 10-point veterans preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

Some positions within this series may require the selectee to obtain/maintain a high-level background investigation and/or security clearance. Failure to obtain/maintain the appropriate background investigation and/or security clearance may serve as the basis for termination of employment.

Survey: In order to determine if the recruitment efforts of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer are reaching the broadest possible spectrum of America's population, we request that you complete the Demographic Information on Applicants form available by clicking here and then print and submit the form along with their application. Submission of this form is entirely voluntary and your replies on it are highly confidential.  Your completion of the form will not impact your chances of selection but will; instead, assist us in improving our recruitment efforts in the future.


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Note: Please refer to the Required Documents section below to complete your application package regardless of which option you use to apply.

OPTION A - Electronic submission
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 13, 2012 which includes the documents listed below in Required Documents:
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 798512. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

OPTION B – If you cannot apply online
Occupational Questionnaire must be submitted as follows:

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

B. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and

C. Fax 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. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring all faxed documents are transmitted and received in the system.


The following documents are required and must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) Thursday, December 13, 2012:
1. Your Résumé (We encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to speed the application process. Although we do not require a specific format, certain information is required to determine if you are qualified, i.e. hours worked per week for each job listed and indicate month/day/year employment began and ended).
2. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents: (See below)

NOTE: If you are found qualified, referred to the selecting official, and selected for interview, you will be REQUIRED to submit a portfolio with your graphic design artwork and/or visual information material for review.


The following supporting documents are ONLY required if applicable to your personal qualifications or status in how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. These documents must be submitted as part of the complete application package.

3a. Veterans Preference Documentation: DD-214, SF-15 and VA Letter, if applicable (Further explained under Other Information).
3b. College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education. Copies of transcripts may be submitted with application; however, upon selection official transcripts will be required.
3c. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: Reduction in Force (RIF) separation notice and/or SF-50 Form that documents the RIF separation action.
All candidates interested in consideration must submit the appropriate legible forms as required by the type of consideration for which eligible. Failure to submit required forms will ultimately result in elimination from consideration.

WARNING: All submitted documents (application/resume, college transcripts, etc.) must support each other. Any exaggeration or misrepresentation of your experience or education, or attempt to conceal information, is cause for not hiring you, removing you from a Federal position, or barring you from Federal employment in the future. Prior to appointment or promotion, you will be asked to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment. You will also be asked to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application.


Janet Dawson
Phone: (504)426-0272
Agency Information:
USDA OCFO National Finance Center
13800 Old Gentilly Road
New Orleans, LA


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Occupational/Assessment Questionnaire

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 deadline for applications.


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