<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />As a Visual Information Specialist at the GS-1084-12, you will be part of National Background Investigations Bureau.The Visual Information Specialist conceives, plans, designs, and creates visual information products that are thematically appropriate, aesthetically arranged, and of high production value. Products may be still, motion, or animated in nature and distributed by print, video, or internet. Work performed supports the visual information needs of multiple offices in the bureau.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Consults with senior leaders, managers, training staff, operational staff, subject matter experts, partner agencies, and external customers to assess the bureau's visual information needs pertaining to communication of organizational goals.</li> <li>Conceptualizes, plans, designs, creates, and produces original artwork, graphics, videography, animation, and other visuals for use in policy handbooks, training manuals, forms, presentations, interactive multimedia courseware, promotional materials, briefings, conferences, etc.</li> <li>Chooses the graphics software used to create the product; designs screen layouts; selects stock graphics from clip art, photo houses, and other sources; edits existing graphics; converts different graphics file formats; produce original artwork such as logos, drawings, and buttons; ensures consistent graphics display across different computer platforms.</li> <li>Identifies existing sources for required sound elements; conducts recording sessions for narration, music, and sound effects; edit sounds by adjusting and correcting sound segments for length, pitch, and amplitude; mixes sound tracks; adds special effects; digitizes analog sound sources; selects and implements appropriate sound sample rates and compression strategies; selects and converts sounds to appropriate digital file formats; and evaluates proposed uses of sound.</li> <li>Develops and implements policies and procedures for integrating the role of Visual Information Specialist into existing workflows.</li> <li>Conducts market research for finished visual products or equipment sourced from third parties; prepares contract requirements for larger- scale, third party acquisitions; acts as or advises the COR for contracted work</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 12 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Must be a U.S. Citizen or National</li> <li>Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service</li> <li>Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation</li> <li>May be required to successfully complete a probationary period</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />For the GS 12: You must have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level or equivalent pay band in other pay systems in the Federal government, specialized experience must include:<br /> (1) Preparing photographs, illustrations, artwork, and other kinds of visual material for use in communicating information through visible means;<br /> (2) Conceptualizes, plans, designs, and produces original artwork, graphics, videography, animation, and other visuals for use in policy handbooks;<br /> (3) Applying interpretive best practices to ensure that interpretive themes, concepts and stories are easily understood by diverse audiences;<br /> (4) Applying universal design theories to all media in order to reach a diverse audience; <br /><br /><strong>Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.</strong>One year at the GS-11 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-12 level.<br /><br />You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.<br /><br />Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Relocation expenses will NOT be paid. <br /><br /><strong>The full performance level of this position is GS-12</strong><br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: http: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information <br /><br /><strong>Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)</strong>: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.<br /><br /><strong>Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities</strong>: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility<br /> requirements visit the following websites: <ul> <li> Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A </li> <li> Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans </li> <li> Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses </li> <li> Other Special Appointment Authorities </li> </ul> <strong>Males born after 12-31-59</strong> must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https: www.sss.gov/Home/Registration ) <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):<br /><br /><ul><li>Communications and Media</li><li>Design</li><li>Planning and Evaluating</li><li>Project Management</li></ul><br /> All qualified Non Competitive applicants and the best qualified Merit Promotion applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration.<br /><br /><strong>Career Transition Assistance Programs</strong>: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of <strong>85</strong> or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http: www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Top Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Credentialing , National security <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: <li>Your <strong>Resume </strong>listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.</li> <li>Other <strong>supporting documents:</strong> <ul> <li>Cover Letter, optional</li> <li>Your most recent Promotion, Within Rate Increase (WRI/WGI), or Appointment/Conversion SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a current or former Federal Employee) showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held.</li> <li><strong>Worker's Compensation Separation</strong>: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.</li> <li><strong>Disability Annuity Termination</strong>: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.</li> <li><strong>Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456</strong>: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held</li> <li><strong>Veterans Employment Opportunity Act, Veterans Recruitment Appointment, and 30% Disabled Veteran Eligible</strong>: DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days</li> <li><strong>Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment Eligibles</strong>: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing your eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).</li> <li><strong>Certain Family Members Eligible under E.O. 12721</strong>: Your most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.</li> <li><strong>Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473</strong>: Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to accompany the Military member to the new duty permanent station; OR verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); and/or verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage).</li> <li><strong>Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems Eligible</strong>: Documentation of eligibility as listed in each individual interchange agreement.</li> </ul> </li> <strong>Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.</strong> <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.