Visual Information Specialist, GS-1084-11
Department Of The Interior - New Orleans, LA

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Office of Public Affairs is looking for a candidate with good communication skills and skill in using standard office and web-design software to upload content to, and maintain, a public web site.

If selected, you will serve as the Web Content Manager and will manage all aspects of the public facing the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Web presence under the direction of the senior public affairs specialist. You will provide leadership and technical direction nationwide for the BSEE web site including management of the content review and publishing process for the web site. Your focus will be on developing and delivering the public message of the agency through the Internet. An understanding of web design, layout, and formatting and familiarity with automated content management systems is required. Located in Jefferson , LA.

This is a permanent, full-time position.

This vacancy is also announced as (BSEE-CW-12-MM590111 (MP) ) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (applicants who have competitive status, i.e., are current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities). You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.


Applicants must be U.S. Citizens

This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation

Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized

Traveling is not required

You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit

The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Review materials proposed by program web page maintainers to be posted to the public web site through the content management system.
  • Provide quality control on all materials to be posted to the public web site.
  • Post materials to Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) public web site in support of BSEE’s program offices and office of public affairs. Materials include maps, charts, fact sheets, press releases, speeches, background materials and various other informational materials.
Specialized Experience Requirement:

To qualify for the GS-11 level you must at least have one FULL year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09). Specialized Experience is: demonstrated experience and knowledge of web design, layout, and formatting and familiarity with automated content management systems.

The following tasks are examples of work that meet the specialized experience requirement for this position:

  • posting a variety of materials (e.g., maps, charts, fact sheets, press releases, speeches, background materials and various other informational materials) to an organization’s public web site;
  • collaborating with others to maintain an organization’s public facing web pages;
  • using standard office software (e.g. Photo Shop, Page Maker, PowerPoint) and web-design software (e.g. FrontPage, Expression, HTML, DHTML, Javascript) to design web pages and ensuring web page design conforms to organizational guidelines and directives;
  • drafting detailed information pertaining to an organization’s public web site to be used in reports and evaluations for management;
  • developing information materials that enhance customer and stakeholder understanding of an organization’s policies; OR
  • posting data to an interactive data center, e-wells, and other databases

Substitution of Appropriate Education For Experience

You may substitute education (education that is directly related) for experience at the GS-11 level if you have achieved:

A Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement ( Monday, February 27, 2012 ) . Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at: .

Education : If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education : Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .

How You Will Be Evaluated : We will review your resume and transcript(s) (if applicable), to ensure you have met the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the questionnaire ( View Assessment Questions ). The questions evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences that enable you to meet the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the functions of this job. The questions are related to:

Web Management Skills
Technical Knowledge

Communication (Oral and Written)

The questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete View Occupational Questionnaire .

Selective Service : If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. .

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

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile

2. Your responses to the online questionnaire

3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement

Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

Veterans’ Preference : If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 , Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and all other required documentation.

The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most other organizations. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. This link also provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. .

Important Note : All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI (Office of the Secretary) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). Please refer to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement webpage for Ethics located at: for additional information. BOEMRE requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date.

Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES (political) employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

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