Visual Information Specialist
Department of the Army - Portland, OR

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
This position is located at the Portland District of the U S Army Corp of Engineers, Information Product Services Division (IPSD). This this is a permanent career or career conditional appointment.

- Relocation Expenses will not be authorized

About the Organization:

ACE-IT (Army Corps of Engineers - Information Technology) is the provider of Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) support for USACE. The ACE-IT mission is to provide enterprise-wide IM/IT services for all information management functional areas to include Automation, Communication, Information Assurance, Records Management, Printing & Publications, and Visual Information. These services include local support activities, as well as enterprise services such as centralized AIS hosting, long-haul communications, e-mail support, service desk, and information assurance services. ACE-IT will provide these IM/IT services to all USACE CONUS offices.

Who May Apply:

Current Civilian Army employees serving on competitive career or career-conditional appointments within the LOCAL COMMUTING AREA
  • Business travel is up to 20%.


As a Visual Information Specialist, you will serve as a senior specialist performing front-end analysis on all work assigned establishing proper procedures through knowledge and artistic abilities. You will work with subject matter experts, and authors in determining themes and purpose of project depending one background of target audience. You will exercise judgment, imagination, and ingenuity in designing and selecting visual displays required for specific projects. You will develop your own ideas through study of proposed projects; Research, develop, design, and prepare original illustrations that enhance or take the place of portions of written text. You will break up "heavy" text in executive-literature, analytical studies, program plans, etc., by preparing art work to replace narrative and emphasize key points. You will determine whether it is best to illustrate subject matter in abstract, literal, photographic, or impressionistic form. As a senior specialist you will train and instruct personnel in the use of state-of-the-art graphics production software and in best methods for producing visual information products. You will maintain and operate all graphics section equipment; determine current and proposed need and, anticipate requirements for regular and special supplies and equipment.


Specialized Experience

In order to qualify for this position, you must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level of GS-9 or equivalent in other pay systems. Specialized experience is defined as work that involves: 1) Translate information into original illustrations without benefit of established formats or clear, unambiguous visual models or samples while ensuring targeted audience will be reached; 2) use art media, materials, and reproduction processes in order to review, analyze, advise, and execute work assignments; 3) identify printing processes required to determine the appropriate layout and design of executive publications; 4) visualize and conceptualize highly technical subject matter in order to perform work and/or provide guidance in the design of executive literature, analytical studies, program plans.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

· Visual Information

· Project Management

· Communication

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule GS-09 position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction.

Time in Grade Restriction: Must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the GS-09 grade (or equivalent).

All qualification requirements, including time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment (as applicable), must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

This announcement may be used to fill like vacancies for six months after the closing date.

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

Other Requirements:
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  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.

BENEFITS: The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

· Comprehensive health and life insurance

· Competitive salaries

· Generous retirement programs

· Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time

· Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules

· Paid employment related training and education

· Possible student loan repayment

· Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable

· Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

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• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

• In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

• Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

This position is Non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Nepotism: Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.

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