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“We Train Those Who Protect Our Homeland.” The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is a unique inter-agency organization that prepares the next generation of law enforcement officers to meet the nation's most pressing security challenges. To see an informational video and learn more about the FLETC’s vital Homeland Security Mission, please click here .
This position is located in the Printing, Graphics, and CD/DVD Duplication Branch (PGB), Media Support Division (MSD), Technology Office (TECH), Innovation and Technology Directorate (ITD) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, GA. The selectee will be responsible for analyzing, developing, and preparing visual information products in support of the FLETC’s various training and administrative programs.
Applicable relocation expenses will not be paid.
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- You must successfully pass a background investigation.
The selected individual will be responsible for the following:
Planning and providing visual art and information products and services, including two and three-dimensional models, computer graphics/animation, print media graphics, and multi-media exhibits or displays for a divers group of clients to include the FLETC divisions, the FLETC Partner Organizations, the Department of Homeland Security, and a wide variety of other Federal agencies.
Providing consultation to clients, including senior management, regarding new designs involving various multi-media graphics products, print graphics, electronic and web graphics, and computer CD and DVD master design and duplication graphics.
Determining the most appropriate manner for presenting the material, taking into consideration the size and nature of the intended audience, and advising the client in the selection of the appropriate media and techniques used to achieve the desired viewing objectives.
Advising the Lead Visual Information Specialist and branch chief on each request for computer graphics/animation as to the complexity, necessary resources, time necessary to complete the request, and developing a course of action.
Producing two- and three-dimensional computer graphics models and animations in accordance with specified standards for television, computer based training (CBT), web-based training (WBT) and other print media and web/electronic graphics requirements.
Proficient in photography; having used the skill set professionally, not simply recreationally.
Administers blanket purchase agreements and contracts, to include ordering, checking invoices, resolving issues, adhering to the FAR and quality control.
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing date of the announcement.
For the GS-9 grade level:
Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service preparing visual information products that effectively depict the graphic communication desired by client
Successful completion for a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR have 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D., in commercial arts, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related.
An equivalent combinations of graduate education and specialized experience as described above (only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours will be combined with the specialized experience).
If this position is filled at the GS-9 grade level, the incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the GS-11 grade level without further competition when the supervisor determines that the duties of the higher grade level are being performed and all regulatory requirements have been met.
For the GS-11 grade level:
Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service analyzing, developing, and preparing visual information products that effectively depict the graphic communication desired by client.
Successful completion for a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
An equivalent combinations of graduate education and specialized experience described above (only graduate education in excess of the first 36 semester hours will be combined with the specialized experience).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements described in this announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be evaluated in addition to the online job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies needed to perform this job:
Plan and execute visual art and information programs including all aspects of graphic design in both traditional and electronic applications, especially as they apply to computer graphics, animation techniques and technologies.
Proficient in the use of a computer graphics hardware/software including all input and output devices, color copier, digital photography file formats and resolutions, color scanners, two- and three-dimensional models required in computer graphics software.
Design, format and execution of professional two- and three-dimensional computer graphics models, integration of them into a computer storyboard, and animating them for a variety of uses, including but not limited to computer-based training, video, and multi-media classroom presentation.
Methods, techniques, and current innovations and trends of visual art and information crossing specializations (e.g., printed materials, presentations, photography work, etc.).
Communicating and coordinating with contractors, vendors, and other non-federal employees and organizations.
Proficient in photography (traditional film as well as digital) having used the skill set professionally, not simply recreationally.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
Best Qualified: This is the highest category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates high proficiency in all of the critical competencies.
Well-Qualified: This is the next lower category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies.
Qualified: This is the lowest category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies.
If you are determined to be best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Graphic design and/or photography work and/or portfolios of both may be requested if you are scheduled for an interview If you are determined to be best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Graphic design and/or photography work and/or portfolios of both may be requested if you are scheduled for an interview.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the best qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Veterans: Preference eligible non-compensable veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. 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, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here .
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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; uniforms (if applicable); 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.”
To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for suitability as a condition of placement into this position. Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations. This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
Veterans , Peace Corps , VISTA volunteers , and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups and need more information, please click on the links above to determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application.
Physical Demands : Physical restrictions are few, but do include high manual dexterity, a tolerance to various chemicals used in graphic arts processes, ability to work at computer stations, discern various colors, and work in darkroom conditions. Requires ability to stand, stretch, lift and stoop when working with laminators, cutting graphics products, loading paper rolls onto large format printers, working on photography jobs, and when setting up and taking down graphics presentations.
Work Environment : To perform the functions required by this position, several different environments are encountered. About 80% of the time is inside an office or graphic production environment, and 15% taking digital photos at various environments.
Note: Extended work hours may be required.
All employees are required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer DD/EFT for salary payments .
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