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Job Title:Accessible Format Specialist

Agency:Federal Communications Commission

Job Announcement Number:DEU-CGB-2014-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, April 30, 2014 to Thursday, May 15, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC View Map
Washington DC, DC View Map


All U.S. Citizens


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About the Agency

This position is located in the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau / Web & Print Publishing Division.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • US Citizenship;
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation;
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable;
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position;and
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


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The incumbent works in the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, in the Web & Print Publishing Division. The incumbent has full responsibility for preparing and providing accessible formats of Commission documents for persons with disabilities.  Has expert knowledge of the accessibility needs of individuals who are blind or have low vision and is skilled in the creation, production, and provision of accessible format materials, including, but not limited to, Braille, tactile graphics, audio, electronic text, audio description/video description, and large print.  Responds to inquiries and requests from all sources related to the provision/production of accessible format materials.  Provides accurate and timely advice on procedures, document conversion processes, transcription requirements, and other matters necessary to implement the Bureau’s accessible format policies, directives, and instructions.  Familiar with the evolving Web accessibility standards as developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), requirements for compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), and has knowledge of the perspectives, techniques, and approaches used to address these requirements.


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Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  

Specialized Experience:  Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 in the Federal service.  For this position, specialized experience includes the following: 
GS-14 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING: 1) Skilled in transcribing, embossing, and proofreading English language materials into English Braille as well as translating Braille into written/spoken English 2) Knowledge of the Nemeth Math and Scientific Notation Braille Code, Computer Braille Code, and Tactile Graphics Design. 3)  Skilled in descriptive presentation of images, charts, graphs, and other visual representations using comprehensive understanding of audio description principles and techniques;4) Skilled in production of large print and audio versions of text documents;5) Conversant with the evolving Web accessibility standards with knowledge of the perspectives, techniques, and approaches.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions.  Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.


All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position.  The FCC determines the BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES based on the major job related competencies and evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and abilities reflected in your application and supporting documents using the CATEGORY RATING PROCESS. All eligible applicants under Delegated Examining (DEU) will be placed in one of the following three categories:

1.  Highly Qualified (Score 90-100) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of major job related competencies and possession of all evaluation criteria;
2.  Fully Qualified (Score 80-89) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of major job related competencies and possession of the evaluation criteria; and
3.  Minimally Qualified (Score of 70-79)- the applicants possessing only the specialized experience described in the vacancy announcement.

An automated score is administered based on the on-line application process used.  Eligible applicants will receive a numerical rating based on their responses to the job specific questions for this position.  

Application of Veterans Preference:  The category rating process 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.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have compensable service-connected disability at least 10 percent MUST 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.

A selecting official may make selection from the highest quality category ("HIGHLY QUALIFIED") provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in the same category.

Applicants under Merit Promotion will be considered in accordance with the agency's merit promotion plan and union agreement.

There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

1.  the core questions
2.  the vacancy questions
3.  supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts), if applicable; and
4.  your resume.

Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions, provide supplemental documents and submit resume.  For more information, please click on Rating Process.

You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):

  • Knowledge of accessibility principles, legal requirements, and production standards pertaining to accessible format materials.
  • Knowledge of perspectives, techniques, and standards used to ensure Web accessibility.
  • Skills in basic webpage editing and production for improved accessibility.
  • Skill in the production and provision of accessible format materials, e.g., text, audio, large print, English Braille, Nemeth Braille, and Computer Braille.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, on issues related to accessibility, accessible formats, and Web accessibility.

To preview questions please click here.


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To apply to this announcement go to the website:

Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents, registration information and answers to job specific questions must be received no later than midnight U.S. Eastern time of the closing date. For more information on applying federal jobs, please check this webpage

If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Federal Communications Commission's Human Resources Office at (202) 418-0130 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Qualified applicants may be further reviewed and rated by Subject Matter Experts to determine the validity of on-line question.


***Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Some positions require supplemental document(s).  All required supporting documents MUST be received in the FCC'S Human Resources Office by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents.  The fax number will be listed on this sheet.  If faxing, supplemental document(s) required should be faxed separately on the fax coversheet provided.  Once faxed, you should receive an email confirmation within an hour.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, your fax has not been successfully received and you should fax again.  If you are unable to fax the required documentation, contact the Human Resources Office at 202-418-0130 prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.***

Hardcopy Supplement Documents Required:

1.  When the area of consideration is "Government-Wide" or "All U.S. Citizens." current Federal employees, including those eligible for noncompetitive transfer or reassignment, must provide a legible hardcopy of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.

2.  ICTAP eligible candidates must submit a copy of their most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "Meets or Exceeds" or equivalent) and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM, or your agency documenting your priority consideration status.  You must be rated fully qualified (a score of 80 or above) for the position.

3.  If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided.

4. Veterans MUST submit form DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," or an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

5.  College Transcripts (For Positive Education Required positions and if qualifying based on education and or experience and education.), if applicable.


Larry Shields
Phone: 202-418-7537
Fax: 202-418-1498
Agency Information:
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-418-1498


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications to determine your ranking.  The best-qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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