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Job Title:Instructional Systems Specialist, GS-1750-9/11 TERM NTE 24 Months

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1872-SE-AM-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, July 18, 2013 to Thursday, August 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1750-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a full-time position.
- This is a TERM appointment limited to 24 months.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Yorktown, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens and is being advertised under delegated examining procedures.  

For definitions of terms found in this announcement click here

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1872-SE-AM-M.  APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.  

NOTE:  YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DELEGATED EXAMINING VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.  WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT.  PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.  

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Coast Guard, Training Center Yorktown, Training Division, Performance Systems Branch, Yorktown, VA.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires occasional travel.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).

DUTIES:

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This role provides developing advanced distributed learning, e-learning, and/or web-based training as "a direct contributor for a variety of instructional design and development projects, producing resident instruction, non-resident instruction, e-learning, and performance qualification guides and plans".

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team.  Typical work assignments include:

* Using a systems approach, designs, develops, and/or revises innovative instructional materials for Training Division's schools and staff, e.g., advanced distributed learning, e-learning, and/or web-based training

* Assisting Training Division's branches in taking full advantage of Human Performance Technology principles, processes, procedures and tools to determine "right" performance  interventions; provides oversight to ensure rating reviews, front-end analyses, job task analyses and other task analyses have been conducted and provides the "right" performance interventions

* Ensuring standardized curriculum design/development processes, tools, and local SOPs are properly aligned with Coast Guard Training System policy and procedural SOPs

* Providing direct support to the development of Performance Qualification Guides (PQGs) and Service wide Examination development processes

* Providing systematic review of all curriculum outlines to ensure job aids, performance supports, simulations/simulators, and web-based applications are used to the fullest extent compatible with cost effective curricula

* Developing, maintaining, and managing a program for division staff to grow professionally at all levels within the Coast Guard Training System based on SOPs

* Coordinating key staff development programs which provide frequent opportunities for the staff to attend demonstrations or presentations that keep them apprised of emerging technologies

* Developing innovative and effective processes for evaluating Training Division curricula and performance supports in accordance with Coast Guard Training System Evaluation SOPs

* Assisting in the development and maintenance of Training Division guidelines and policy for conducting internal and external evaluations of new or modified instructional programs

* Designing and developing evaluation instruments using Headquarters recommended software/tools

* Reviewing and validating measurement instruments to assess student achievement


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Education Requirements: All applicants must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's or higher degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of courses appropriate to the work of this position. The coursework must have included at least four of the following five areas:(1)Learning theory, psychology of learning, education psychology: Study of learning theories as they relate to the systematic design, development, and validation of adult instructional material.(2)Instructional design practices: Study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness.(3)Educational evaluation: Study of the techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of adult instructional/educational programs, including developing written and performance tests and survey instruments, and determining reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.(4)Instructional product development: Study of the techniques appropriate for developing training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objectives, applying training strategy, validating training materials, and evaluating training. (5)Computers in education and training: Study of the application of computers in education and training, including selecting appropriate computer software.

GS-9: In addition to the Basic Qualification requirements above, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level (in the Federal sector). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line work. Examples of specialized experience include applying knowledge of appropriate commercial computer operating systems and hardware, and instructional media technology including hardware and software authoring systems to the extent necessary to estimate costs and assist in the development process as it relates to Instructional Systems Design, testing, evaluation and implementation. OR (a) Possess 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education, if related; OR (b) Have a master's or equivalent graduate degree such as an LL.B. or J.D, if related; OR (c) Possess a combination of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in or related to the work of this position AND some graduate level education that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position and experience. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at that grade level.

GS-11: In addition to meeting the basic education requirements above, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level (in the Federal sector).  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. Examples of specialized experience include analyzing performance problems to identify appropriate performance interventions; applying knowledge of instructional systems and performance technology which enhance training proficiency while minimizing time and cost; applying knowledge and skills of the latest developments of performance and instructional technologies to ensure organizational needs are met; functioning as an assistant designer, developer, and evaluator for evaluation systems; designing and developing plans to ensure timely introduction of new or revised procedures, techniques, or operational concepts into instructional systems, new course objectives and goals, new systems and new procedures in training, measurement, and evaluation. OR (a) Have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR (b) have 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. OR (c) Possess a combination of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of this position AND education  graduate level education that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position and experience. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at that grade level.


This position does have a positive education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

A copy of your unofficial transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted at the time of application. If selected, official transcripts will be required.  

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.              

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories.  The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:

1. Knowledge applicable to a wide range of duties in a broad functional or specialized area of instructional systems such as performance analysis, instructional design, instructional materials development, instructional program evaluation, professional development, etc.

2. Knowledge of computer technology, use, and word processing software needed to produce instructional materials

3. Knowledge of the Systems Approach to Training, Human Performance Technology, and of research in technical education methodology

4. Knowledge and skill to develop a substantial amount of background and source information and produce original material incorporating different developments or approaches into the work.

5. Skill in developing, designing, analyzing, evaluating, or revising instructional systems methods, products, or materials

6. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to a variety of individuals and groups in support of Branch projects and initiatives, preparing reports, presenting information and/or briefings.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1.     Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2.    Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3.    Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified.  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 or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.


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BENEFITS:

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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 www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will not be paid.

If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor.  However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources


More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

This is a term appointment not to exceed 2 years.  However, an extension is possible up to 4 years.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6287.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.  There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application

    Resume
    Responses to on-line core questions
    Responses to on-line self-assessment
    Supporting documents, if requested

High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.  

Applicants who are claiming 5-point tentative preference are encouraged to submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy at the time of application.  Claims for 5-point tentative preference will only be granted based upon documentation provided or if the claim is substantiated in your application.  If you are unable to provide the necessary supporting documents for veterans preference at the time of selection it may impact your selection eligibility.

Applicants who are claiming 10-point veterans preference are required to submit proof of eligibility.  Refer to "Required Documents" section of vacancy announcement.  

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

30% Disabled Veterans must submit an SF-15, DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service AND the VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.  10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.  If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

Other 10 point Veterans Preference Eligibles must submit a DD-214 which includes Character of Service (if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service), and an  SF-15 along with the documentation specified on the reverse side of the form. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.  If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

For more information about veterans preference click here.

CTAP or ICTAP Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility consisting of a copy of your agency notice and a copy of your most recent performance rating.  Applicants who have special priority consideration rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority consideration.  CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85 or above.

For more information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility click here.

A copy of your unofficial transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted at the time of application.  If selected, official transcripts will be required.  

All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must include the vacancy announcement number on the documents.  A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents.  The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement.  The mailing address is:
(Jobs) U.S. Coast Guard
Ofc of Civ Human Resources, CG-1211SE,
4200 WILSON BLVD STE 800 STOP 7130, ARLINGTON, VA 20598-7130

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: mgshelp@monster.com
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
4200 Wilson Blvd
Suite 800, MS-7130
Attn: Ofc of Civilian Personnel, CG-1211-SE
Arlington, VA
20598-7130
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your application and qualifications to determine your ranking.  The most qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."  You may also opt to receive email notifications of application status changes by logging into your USAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.   

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Job Announcement Number:

13-1872-SE-AM-D

Control Number:

347765100