*QUALITY RANKING FACTOR (QRF):
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.
*QRFs are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. QRFs 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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
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):http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp .
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.