Visual Information Specialist, GS-1084-9
Department Of Homeland Security - Anniston, AL

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply
  • All U.S. Citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here
  • This position opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and at the GS-9 grade levels. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-11959-NLF-87832MP for additional information.
This position is ideal for a professional who has experience producing original graphic artwork, drawings, and other visual displays that supports learning objectives and training environments. This position starts at the salary of $47,448.00 (GS-9 step 1). Full performance level of the position is at the GS-9 grade level. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the National Training and Education Division for the National Preparedness Directorate.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL : Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions. Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a (Public Trust) security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.

DUTIES: In this position, you will become a key member of the Center for Domestic Preparedness which provides specialized training to state, local, tribal, federal, international and private sector emergency responders to prevent, deter, interdict, and respond to terrorist acts involving toxic weapons grade chemical agents, biological agents, radiological materials and other hazardous materials. You will serve as an integral member of the curriculum design and development Integrated Product Team (IPT). Typical duties include:

· Produces video and audio elements to be used in the communication of information. Designs the placement and appearance of visual and audio elements in relation to text to accomplish desired effect.

· Designs and lays out product illustrations in the form of charts, graphs, diagrams, maps, viewgraphs and overlays using both traditional technologically advanced media and computer generated outputs.

· Ensures course materials are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508, before they are provided to instructors, participants, and others in an electronic format (CD, web site, etc).

· Assists the Supervisory Instructional Systems Specialist and relevant curriculum staff in determining the types of multimedia production work required by analyzing and developing project goals and storyboards for effective interactive multimedia design.

· Performs administrative tasks to include timely reporting, maintenance of records and files concerning production, equipment, and supplies.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You qualify for this position at the GS-9 level if you possess one of the following:

One full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-7 federal level. Specialized experience is described as experience designing and creating multimedia elements depicting technical subject matter for instructional materials; utilization of web-based delivery systems, social networks, media production tools, and alternative multimedia-inspired methodologies; relevant laws and regulations, including copyright use of materials; identification of established program goals and objectives that result from experience with the concepts of instructional systems design and quality training delivery.

OR

Have successfully completed the requirements 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 to the position, which may be substituted for the specialized experience.

OR

Have a combination of specialized experience as defined above and education as defined above that when combined will total one full year.

Selective Placement Factor: None
The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

In addition to the qualification requirements above you must also have the following: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position that have provided you with the knowledge, skill and abilities of this position.

OR

Specialized Experience: Experience in the actual type of work for which application is made. Unpaid experience is creditable, provided the work done was of a quality level and demonstrated the ability required for the position. This includes planning the preparation and use of photographs, illustrations, drawings, and other art work, charts, diagrams, dioramas, maps, slides, overlays, and other kinds of visual material for use in communicating information through visual means.

Advanced training in a vocational school, technical institute, or art institute above the high school level in one of the fields listed above is not creditable as specialized experience.

Background Investigation : 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 Public Trust security clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

1. Comprehensive knowledge of the design and creation of multimedia elements depicting technical subject matter for instructional materials.

2. Comprehensive knowledge of the capabilities and utility of web-based delivery systems, social networks, and media production tools, in addition to alternative methodologies required to inform and entertain.

3. Knowledge of relevant laws, regulations and policies including accepted copyright use of materials in the adaptation of multimedia techniques for the improvement of an assigned curriculum.

4. Ability to identify major issues, program goals and objectives and work processes while effectively and efficiently promoting the concepts of instructional systems design and quality training delivery.

5. Ability to effectively communicate in writing.

Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

2. Well-Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

3. Qualified : Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

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 here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well 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 : Veterans with 5-point preference 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 considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here .

BENEFITS: 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; uniform allowance; 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.”

OTHER INFORMATION: This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

VETERANS INFORMATION, EEO POLICY, AND REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE can be obtained utilizing the links at the bottom of this announcement.

CITIZENSHIP: Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: For more information, please see the link at the bottom of this announcement and www.opm.gov/disability/reasonableaccommodation.asp .

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