TIME-IN-GRADE Requirements: Status applicants applying under the merit procedures must meet the following time in grade requirements: One year or 52 weeks at the next lower grade level.
Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to Former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
NOTE: You must provide a copy of a recent SF-50, "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, type of service (Competitive or Excepted) and career status (career or career-conditional).
Minimum Qualifications: To be considered minimally qualified for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level or comparable payband in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position to be filled.
At the GS-12 - One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience as a full-time designer and/or graphic artist well-versed in communicating information through visual means, including design and display, photography, graphics and illustrations for web and printed materials, developing original designs, concepts, or visual styles for publication, exhibits, and presentations. Proficient with using leading industry software to produce web and print content: web content management systems; photo editing; and the ability to create original art either electronically or by hand. Collect information and researches material to be used in art work, illustrations, charts, graphs and presentations.
At the GS-11 - One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level. Experience as a full-time designer and or graphic artist well-versed in communication information through visual means, including design and display, photography, graphics and illustrations for web and printed materials. Also requires use of the latest industry-standard software used to produce web and print content; web content management systems; photo editing; and the ability to create original art either electronically or by hand.
Documenting experience: In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description. Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.
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.
Conditions of Employment:
1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.
6. One-year probationary period may be required.
7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No
8. Bargaining Unit Position: No
9. Drug Screening Required: No
10. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Merit Promotion Procedures for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of two categories: Best Qualified or Qualified.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
1. Ability to use varied techniques to create rough sketches or layouts.
2. Ability to use Apple Macintosh and industry leading software.
3. Skill in planning and designing charts, info-graphics and illustrations for use in printed materials and websites.
4. Ability to use photographic equipment including digital cameras and lights.