To apply for this position, you must meet the following qualifications:
Candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a Visual Information Specialist. Qualifying experience includes:
GS-11: developing graphical elements using digital tools; planning and making decisions regarding the most appropriate graphics to use for a project; and developing web pages.
GS-12: creating communication products such as exhibit displays, videos, newsletters, fact sheets and posters; using desktop publishing tools; planning and identifying design elements, formats, media, and tools for use in meeting objectives; reviewing communication products for conformance with basic graphical standards; determining if products are consistent with communication objectives; developing web pages in a content management system; developing visual solutions and consulting with clients/leadership/customers to meet communication needs.
Note: Unpaid experience is creditable, provided the work done was of a quality level and demonstrated the ability required for the position. This includes planning the preparation and use of photographs, illustrations, drawings, and other art work, charts, diagrams, dioramas, maps, slides, overlays, and other kinds of visual material for use in communicating information through visual means.
A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED):
GS-11: Successful completion of at least 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree with major study in commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position, may be used as a substitution for experience to qualify for the GS-11 grade level.
NOTE: One full year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.
This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university. To qualify based solely on education alone, you must include a copy of your transcript with your name, name of school, degree earned and date, grades earned, credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking with your resume or application form.
GS-12: Not applicable at this grade level.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED):
GS-11: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience as described above may be used to meet total qualification requirements at the GS-11 grade level.
GS-12: Not applicable at this grade level.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
· Knowledge of the principles, methods and practices used in the design production and reproduction of visual products to plan the technical details of or produce aesthetically composed visual products in a timely manner.
· Knowledge in planning original visual treatment for the visual aspect of a design solution to include specifying appropriate typefaces and sizes, along with preparing layouts that convey the intended message and image.
· Skill in reviewing visuals and designs for accuracy, consistency, efficacy, and adherence to organizations established branding standards.
· Knowledge of webpages, design format, graphics and image software.
· Ability to plan visual products, interpret subject matter content, and transform spoken or written descriptions of items, information, processes, issues or events into well designed visual representations without the benefits of existing pictures, models or diagrams.
The work is of this position is primarily sedentary, and does not require any special physical effort. Some work may require walking and standing in conjunction with travel and attendance at meetings and conferences away from the worksite. You may carry light items such as meeting materials and a portable computer, and may be required to drive a motor vehicle relative to attendance at meetings. The work often requires long hours to meet project deadlines and to devise corrective action and solutions to unexpected technical and/or managerial crises resulting in sometimes highly stressful work situations. The work requires almost constant use of video display terminal.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is 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.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.