Visual Information Specialist
Department of the Army - Lincoln, NE

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The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest-enduring institutions. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense. We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your States and your community!

Nebraska National Guard

THIS POSITION CLOSES AT 11:59 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME.

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.

FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING ELIGIBILITY TO JOIN THE MILITARY (NEBRASKA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD) PLEASE CONTACT THE LOCAL RECRUITING OFFICE AT 1-402-309-7151.

NOTE: MUST BE ABLE TO OBTAIN AND MAINTAIN THE LEVEL OF SECURITY CLEARANCE/BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED.

This position is located in an information management organization. The purpose of the position is to plan, program, coordinate, and direct visual information through consultation, analysis, design, development, procurement, production and/or reproduction of Visual Information (VI) products and services. May direct work to be accomplished by a Photographer and an Illustrator. Visual information consists of visual materials such as pamphlets, graphs and charts, diagrams, models, slides, live or video recorded speeches or lecturers or web page designs.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION OF POSITION: G6, Lincoln, NE

PD# D589000

APPOINTMENT FACTORS: This is a Permanent Dual Status (Excepted Service) Enlisted position only.

INDIVIDUAL SELECTED AS A GS-9 TRAINEE MAY BE PROMOTED TO GS-11 UPON COMPLETION OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS: (1) AT LEAST 12 MONTHS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE POSITION; (2) COMPLETION OF AN INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, AND (3) COMPLETION OF A CLASSIFICATION REVIEW. INDIVIDUAL MAY BE PROMOTED WITHOUT FURTHER COMPETITION WHEN QUALIFIED AND RECOMMENDED BY THE SELECTING OFFICIAL; HOWEVER PROMOTION IS NOT GUARANTEED.

FOR G6 POSITIONS, NOTE: MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF A SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE TO BE CONSIDERED QUALIFIED. MUST MAINTAIN A SECRET CLEARANCE THROUGH OUT EMPLOYMENTS. YOU WILL NEED TO ADD TO REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MEMORANDUM FROM YOUR SECURITY MANAGER SHOWING PROOF OF CURRENT SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADD QUESTION TO ASSESSMENT ASKING THE QUESTION SEE (AR-12-083).

FOR ARMY ONLY

In order to comply with United States Department of Defense (DoD) requirements and ensure the safety and security of the missions, programs, property and personnel of the Nebraska Military Department and Nebraska National Guard, employees must obtain the appropriate background investigation and maintain the level of security clearance assigned to their respective work.

Failure to obtain and maintain the designated type of security clearance/background check required for the respective work, may result in a job offer being rescinded, separation of employment, and/or other actions as may be deemed in the best interest of the agency.

Prior to appointment individuals must meet the security clearance requirements for the position or submit the required documents of the Nebraska National Guard, Personnel Security Manager for processing the appropriate investigation. Required forms - SF 86, PSIP Initiation Form, Birth Certificate (or other proof of citizenship), Fingerprints, OF 306 and Application/Resume.

Nebraska National Guard Personnel Security Manager - dennis.j.hartman.mil@mail.mil ; 402-309-8145.

Open Area of Consideration: 1, 2
DEFINITION OF AREA(S) OF CONSIDERATION:

Area 1 - Current permanent and indefinite bargaining unit Technicians of the Nebraska Army and Air National Guard and

Area 2 - All members of the Nebraska Army National Guard and personnel eligible to become members of the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Referral of Applicants: Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official in the following order:

1. Fully qualified Area 1 applicants.

2. Fully qualified Area 2 applicants.

3. Trainee qualified.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Military membership in the Nebraska Army National Guard is mandatory.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Individuals with military incentive bonuses may be subject to recoupment.
  • Permanent Change of Station Benefits will not be paid.

DUTIES: (1) Plans and administers the state's VI program. Oversees the development of immediate and long-term plans. Develops policies, directives, and standard operating procedure (SOP). Manages the state's VI architecture, ensuring all changes are properly documented. Maintains close liaison with Department of Army, Department of Air Force, National Guard Bureau (NGB), federal and state agencies, business leaders, joint staff and operational personnel to ensure efficient VI operations. Forecasts and executes the state's VI budget, to include procurement of equipment and supplies.

(2) Coordinates all activities related to the full range of VI products and services for the state such as photography (photo-chemical and digital video), manual and computer-generated graphics, presentation services (conference rooms and classrooms), VI equipment and product loan, video (acquisition, production, post-production and duplication), audio (production and duplication), video teleconferencing, closed circuit television, and master antenna and cable television. Coordinates with various outside agencies/contractors on projects that may involve research, procurement and installation of contract services.

(3) Directs design of unique projects from inception to completion through application of innovative solutions in the use of multimedia technologies. Accepts or rejects customer produced or procured materials. Analyzes statistical information, personnel data, or general descriptions of information to be visually depicted. Selects appropriate visual media for the project that will best represent the information to be presented. Manages production of electronic and printed material in the form of slides, displays, newsletters, pamphlets, web pages, posters, and leaflets for various activities. Directs pay layouts allowing for line art, photographs, graphs and other graphics.

(4) Provides higher-level management with VI products, services, consultation, facilities (studio or presentation room) and equipment to support functional areas, to include command and control, training, logistics, medical, personnel, special operations, engineering, and public affairs.

(5) Manages the state's Visual Information Support Center. Responsible for training and coordinating equipment usage. Manages stock videos, audio computer graphics, slides, photographs, line drawings and hardcopy clip art libraries (to include manuals, CD ROMs, videotapes, video disks, etc.). Maintains the state's defense visual information activity number (DVIAN) account. Coordinates VI usage logs and submits required reports.

(6) Manages the installation, set up, and technical support of the state's Distributed Training Technology (DTT)/Distance Learning Network (DLN). Serves as a member of the state DTT/DLN Advisory Board.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be qualifying, experience must have been progressively responsible with increasingly difficult and complex duties. Experience must have been at the next lower or second lower grade or its non-federal equivalent.

*CREDITING EXPERIENCE: NATIONAL GUARD SERVICE MAY BE CREDITED AS FULL-TIME EXPERIENCE WHEN EVALUATED AGAINST THE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A MILITARY TECHNICIAN POSITION. EXPERIENCE MUST BE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE POSITION AND MUST BE DESCRIBED IN THE WORK EXPERIENCE SECTION OF THE APPLICATION AND/OR RESUME. THE LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE IS DETERMINED BY THE ACTUAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES PERFORMED. BE DESCRIPTIVE, A SIMPLE LIST OF JOB TITLES AND DATES WILL NOT SUFFICE.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience, education or training in a variety of principles of visual design. Knowledge of various methods of visual display and the ability to present information in a visual form that will convey the intended message to, or have the desired effect on, the intended audience. Experience using computer and automation systems.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

GS-11 must possess at least 36 months of specialized experience, education, or training involving a thorough knowledge of visual information and other means of communicating through information management. Experience which provided a broad knowledge of principles and techniques associated with complex visual design, specialized fields of illustrating, photography and exhibits. Experience forecasting appropriate visual media for projects being represented to the public. Experience consulting with official to determine concepts, visual direction, and transmission of information conveying organization's message.

GS-9 must possess at least 24 months of specialized experience, education, or training determining the best method and media to accomplish a design and to develop and produce a variety of requested visual products. Experience planning and managing the preparation and use of photographs, illustrations, drawings and various kinds of visual material for use in communicating information through visual means.

KSA'S:

1. Thorough knowledge of visual arts, video graphic, and photographic methods and techniques as well as thorough knowledge of the subject matter supported.

2. Knowledge of and skill in applying current Internet technologies, standard Internet protocols, Internet server operations and operating systems.

3. Knowledge of Internet security principles and protocols, usability concepts, i.e. navigational aids, site architecture, knowledge of management and information delivery systems.

4. Knowledge of current Web-based application and accessibility technologies, U.S. copyright laws, accessibility factors.

5. Knowledge of standard database management principles and methods, and programming and scripting languages.

6. Ability to determine the most appropriate methods for delivering information via the Internet, design and develop Internet applications that meet the state's electronic requirements for services to internal and external audiences.

7. Comprehensive knowledge of web design, dynamic web pages and an understanding of graphics as they related to web design.

NOTE: REGARDING QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE: Length of time is not of itself qualifying. Candidates' experience should be evaluated on the basis of duties performed rather than strictly on the rank of the individual; however, established compatibility criteria/assignment must be followed. The applicant's record of experience, training, and education must show possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to fully perform the duties of the position to be filled.

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: A maximum of 12 months of the required experience may be substituted by successful completion of undergraduate study in an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester hours for 12 months of specialized experience. The education must have been in fields directly related to the type of work of the position (i.e., art, design, art history, visual communication, etc). College transcripts MUST be submitted for professional positions or when substituting education for experience. NOTE: If you are using education as a substitution of experience OR education is a mandatory requirement to meet qualification, YOU MUST SUBMIT copies of college transcripts when required. Failure to provide college transcripts when required will result in an ineligible rating. NOTE: The Nebraska National Guard HRO has a document entitled "Secrets to Getting a Technician Job"; you are encouraged to follow the link provided if you are interested. http://ne.ng.mil/ArmyGuard/Tech%20Branch%20Documents/SecretstoGettingaTechnicianJob1.pdf

REMEMBER: Military training directly related to the type of work of the position may be substituted on a day for day basis.

To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications. Your document(s) can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of612.pdf

MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Selected candidates will be required to be in a compatible military grade and assignment prior to the effective date of placement.

MILITARY GRADES: Maximum Military Grade E7; Minimum Military Grade E4 ; Military grade inversion within the full time work force is not permitted. The military grade of the full time supervisor must equal or exceed the military grade of the personnel supervised.

Compatible Military Assignments: Enlisted - 25B, 25M, 25R, 25V

Individual does not have to be currently assigned to one of these career fields to be considered for this position; however compatibility requirements must be met prior to appointment to the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

BENEFITS: The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Main New Employee Website - http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

OTHER INFORMATION: 1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the National Guard Human Resources Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resources Office can only process materials received through USA Jobs.

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