Visual Information Specialist (Recent Graduate)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Denver, CO

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 924239
**Only the first 50 applicants who apply for this position will be given consideration.**

Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans .

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Come to the Mile High City and join the Chief Business Office Purchased Care team in Denver, CO. Denver is where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. It stands at the threshold of the Rocky Mountains and serves as the obvious point of arrival for travelers heading into the mountains.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
Selectees are subject to fingerprint and background investigation.
Selectees may be subject to a one-year probationary/trial period.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Federal employees must meet the necessary time in grade requirements DUTIES:

This position is located at the Chief Business Office Purchased Care (CBOPC), Communications department in Denver, CO. The incumbent will serve as a Visual Information Specialist and works for the Supervisory Visual Information Specialist and supports the Visual Information Team. Some of the major duties for the Visual Information Specialist are:
Assisting in planning and designing a wide variety of artwork or exhibits;
Assisting in producing complete, accurate, complex, high level, visual information products using highly sophisticated and dedicated computer graphics systems and programs;
Ensures that any publications placed online in electronic format are accessible and in compliance with all guidance, policy, laws and regulations;
Assists the Visual Information Team in maintaining all photo archive pages on the CBOPC Local Page to include all special events, as well as, "New Employees" and "Promotions".
Edits electronic photograph files with Photoshop Camera Raw plug in for use in both print and electronic media.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (40 hrs/week); between 7am-5pm based on organizational need
Position Description Title/PD#: Visual Information Specialist, PD#02272X
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all the requirements by Monday, July 29, 2013

GS-07: Minimum Qualifications:
To qualify for this position candidates must possess an *Undergraduate
Degree with Superior Academic Achievement or a Graduate Degree in at least one of the following major fields of study: Commercial Art, Fine Arts, Art History, Industrial Design, Architecture, Drafting, Interior Design, Photography, Visual Communication , or other fields related to the position.
  • Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) - To qualify you must
meet at least one of the following SAA criteria in a qualifying field of study
as listed above.

1. CLASS STANDING - You were in the upper third of the
graduating class in your college, university, or major subdivision (e.g.,
College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration) based on
completed courses.

2. GRADE-POINT AVERAGE (G.P.A.) -

a. You have a
grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your
official
transcript, or as computed based either on 4 years of education or on the courses you completed during
the last 2 years of your curriculum.

b. You have a grade-point
average of 3.5 or higher (out of a possible 4.0) in the required courses you

completed in your major field or the required courses you completed in your major field during the
last 2 years of your curriculum.

Note: You should round your grade-point average to one
decimal place. For example, 2.95 would be rounded to 3.0 and 2.94 would round
to 2.9.

3. ELECTION TO
MEMBERSHIP IN A NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC HONOR SOCIETY - You are a member of one of
the national scholastic honor societies listed below. Membership in a freshman
honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

Alpha Chi; Alpha Delta Mu; Alpha Epsilon; Alpha Epsilon Delta; Alpha Kappa
Delta; Alpha Kappa Mu; Alpha Omega Alpha; Alpha Phi Sigma; Alpha Pi Mu; Alpha
Sigma Mu; Alpha Sigma Nu; Beta Gamma Sigma; Beta Kappa Chi; Beta Phi Mu; Chi
Epsilon; Delta Epsilon Sigma; Delta Mu Delta; Delta Phi Delta; Delta Sigma
Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha; Delta Tau Alpha; Eta Kappa Nu; Gamma Sigma Delta; Gamma
Theta Upsilon; Iota Sigma Pi; Kappa Delta Pi; Kappa Gamma Pi; Kappa Mu Epsilon;
Kappa Omicron Nu; Kappa Tau Alpha; Lambda Iota Tau; Mortar Board; National
Collegiate Players; Omega Chi Epsilon; Omega Rho; Omicron Delta Epsilon;
Omicron Delta Kappa; Omicron Kappa Epsilon; Order of the Coif; Phi Alpha Theta;
Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Sigma; Phi Sigma Iota; Phi Sigma Tau; Phi Upsilon Omicron; Pi
Alpha Alpha; Pi Delta Phi

Pi Gamma Mu; Pi Kappa Lambda; Pi Mu Epsilon; Pi Omega Pi; Pi Sigma Alpha; Pi
Tau Sigma; Psi Chi; Rho Chi; Sigma Delta Pi; Sigma Gamma Epsilon; Sigma Gamma
Tau; Sigma Lambda Alpha; Sigma Lambda Chi

Sigma Pi Sigma; Sigma Tau Delta; Sigma Theta Tau; Sigma Xi; Tau Beta Pi; Tau
Sigma Delta; Theta Alpha; Kappa; Xi Sigma Pi

**TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED 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 on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp .

APPLICANTS PLEASE 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.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation .

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs 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. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide
eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection
priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be
qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found
well-qualified (meets minimum qualifications, any selective factor and
demonstrates ability to satisfactorily perform the duties of the
position upon entry) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and
CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...