Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.
Individual Occupational Requirements:
Applicants must meet one of the following in order to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Technical Writer and Editing Series GS-1083:
Have a total of 15 semester hours in an appropriate scientific, technical, or social science field(s), and at least one course above the introductory level in the field(s) (such as engineering, physics, chemistry, or life sciences) covered by the position. For technical manuals and specifications writers or editors, the equivalent of 15 semester hours may have been gained through vocational or educational training above the high school level at a public, private, or Armed Forces school. (Submit transcripts in order to qualify)
Experience that required substantial subject-matter or technical knowledge of the field. This experience must have demonstrated the ability to acquire and present technical information through independent reading, interviews with subject-matter specialists, observation of tests and experiments, interpretation of blueprints or diagrams, or other appropriate methods. Such experience may have been acquired as a writer or editor of technical reports, articles, manuals, or specifications.
In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Technical Writer and Editing Series GS-1083, to qualify for this position you must also possess one year of specialized experience in private industry, public service, non-profit or volunteer work that has provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
For the GS-12 Grade Level:
One year of specialized experience in a technical editing position (equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal government) performing work that involved all of the following: 1) write and edit technical manuals or scripts on scientific or technical subjects; 2) advise on technological capabilities of contraband detection systems in order to develop information for the intended audience; and 3) integrate information from a variety of formats, such as graphs, tables, and spreadsheets into a media presentation that is at a level appropriate for the intended audience.
For the GS-13 Grade LevelOne year of specialized experience in a technical editing position (equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal government) performing work that involved all of the following: 1) develop technically accurate technical materials in printed, electronica, video scripted, and/or computer based formats for publishing; 2) review written reports or presentations on the technological capabilities of contraband detection systems; 3) develop or implement a document delivery system within a highly technical activity; and 4) assist in managing a publishing project from inception to printing and distribution.
The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.
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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Special Instructions For 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, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SECRET SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this NONCRITICAL SENSITIVITY LEVEL position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to place you in one of the three categories based on your experience, education and training. The knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:
1. SKILLS IN OVERSEEING A DOCUMENT DELIVERY SYSTEM WITHIN A HIGHLY TECHNICAL ACTIVITY
2. SKILLS IN WRITING AND EDITING TO DEVELOP INFORMATION ON PROGRAMS, POLICIES, AND FUNCTIONS
3. KNOWLEDGE OF PUBLISHING CONCEPTS, PRACTICES, AND STANDARDS
4. KNOWLEDGE OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SUBJECT MATTER RELATED TO CONTRABAND DETECTION SYSTEMS
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
- Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
- Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
- Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the well qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. For information on veterans' preference, please click here.
On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). The VOW Act amended chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) by adding section 2108a, Treatment of certain individuals as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligibles.
This job opportunity announcement (JOA) include Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). Active duty service members who have begun their civilian job search prior to discharge or release from active duty will know how their application will be considered.
a. Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be conserved for competitive service positions and granted tentative veterans preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD-214, when applying to a federal job.
b. A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date of certification is signed.