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Job Title:  Visual Information Specialist
Agency:  National Transportation Safety Board
Job Announcement Number:  RE-1074511-DM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$63,091.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 14, 2014 to Monday, April 28, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates
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NTSB: Independently Advancing Transportation Safety.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. Federal agency responsible for investigating significant accidents in the various modes of transportation--aviation, railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. The NTSB determines the probable cause of each accident investigated and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents.  


Since our inception, we have investigated over 100,000 aviation accidents and surface transportation accidents and over 80% of our safety recommendations have been implemented. A career at NTSB offers the opportunity to contribute to advancing public transportation safety. Become a member of a unique and dynamic organization where you can make a difference in the transportation industry! 


This position is located in the Office of Research and Engineering.

WHO MAY APPLY:  U.S. citizens, current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities. Before applying, please read the entire announcement and follow all instructions in the How to Apply section.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience/eligibility requirements (see Qualifications in Tab 3)
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • Financial Interest in transportation enterprises is prohibited
  • Bargaining Unit Position (If applicable)


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Typical duties may include:

  • Conceptualizes and designs effective visual communication for investigations of accidents in all transportation modes.
  • Creates graphics to portray accident circumstances or engineering concepts.
  • Uses computer graphic tools and digital video editing to create or utilize models of vehicles or vehicle components, geographic data and imagery data to depict aspects of transportation accidents.
  • Consults with and advises investigative staff on use of visual concepts.
  • Advises on the technical aspects of formats, styles, media, and products.
  • Stays current with state of the art animation technology and with industry standards.
  • Researches and applies new methods to depict and animate subjects under investigation.
  • Maintains laboratory software and hardware capability for engineering graphics.
  • Shares and facilitates knowledge and understanding of cutting edge techniques and tools with Board investigators and management officials.
  • Represents the Office and/or the Board through participation in intergovernmental or public meetings, work groups, or seminars.


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GS-12:   One year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level or equivalent is required.  Specialized experience is defined as extensive experience planning original visual treatments for animations or presentations; and extensive knowledge of and experience using computer-based graphics tools to create models, develop animations and edit video to present technical information to a general audience.

GS-11:  One year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level or equivalent is required. Specialized experience is defined as planning limited visual aspects of animations or presentations; and basic knowledge of and experience using computer-based graphics tools to create models, develop animations and edit video to present technical information to a general audience


hold a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.


Education may be substituted only at the GS-11 level as stated above.

Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Applicants meeting the basic qualifications requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire.  The Occupational Questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to critical competencies/ksas, such as:

  • Computerized Graphics Development and Manipulation
  • Technology Application
  • Currency with Technological Developments
  • Teamwork
  • Creative Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Advanced Written and Oral Communication


NOTE: We do NOT require a separate statement responding to each of these competencies.  However, your resume should CLEARLY show possession of these competencies.


For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens/Delegated Examining/Public: Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating System.  If you meet the eligibility and specialized experience requirements for this position you will be rated on your possession of the competencies listed above.  Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Screening Questions/Occupational Questionnaire for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience.  Based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training in relation to these competencies, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:


Highly Qualified – Applicants with a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all competencies.·

Well Qualified – Applicants with a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the competencies.·

Qualified – Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above and any education or selective factor if also required.


The Category Rating Method does not add Veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Documented Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.


For Merit Promotion Applicants/Career or Career Conditional/VEOA: If you meet the minimum requirements and your application is among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.


For Noncompetitive Applicants/Compensable Veterans/Schedule A: If you meet the minimum requirements and your application is among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. 

(For more information regarding eligibility status, review )


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You can review our benefits at:

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. A variety of work life amenities are offered such as alternate work schedules, telework, flextime, fitness benefits and transit benefits. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.



    • Moving expenses associated with permanent change of station (PCS) ARE NOT authorized for this position.
    • If you left Federal Employment and received a buy out and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the payment.
    • Multiple and subsequent vacancies may be filled from this announcement.
    • If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. 
    • Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans' preference. Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service or to internal agency actions such as a reassignment or promotion. When claiming preference, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10 point preference will need to submit Form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. If you have questions about the applicability of veterans' preference for a particular vacancy please contact the agency posting the announcement. To learn more about veterans' preference, special veteran appointing authorities, and other veteran related topics, please visit
    • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at .


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package (see the required documents section).The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 28, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

NOTE: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID TAG:1074511  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG: View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire :,
  • Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting document to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.  The following documents are required for a COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE:


To fully determine eligibility, all applicable documents listed below must be submitted. Failure to submit any of the below documentation may result in your disqualification from further consideration.

-- Resume

-- Responses to the questionnaire

-- Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent; SF-15 and VA Letter, if applicable).

-- A copy of your most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" listing your Position Title, Series and Grade and Step, Tenure and Position Occupied to verify eligibility (current or former Federal employee)

-- A copy of your most recent performance rating of record (current of former Federal employee)

-- Applicable Transcripts (if you are qualifying on the basis of education)

-- Other eligiblity documentation (for more information, review )


Human Resources Division
Phone: (202)314-6230
Agency Information:
NTSB Office of Administration
Human Resources Division
AD 30
490 L Enfant Plaza East SW
Washington, DC


After a review of your resume, required documents and occupational questionnaire is complete, you will be notified of your application status. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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