Visual Information Specialist

Arlington, Virginia
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Full Time


About the Position: Responsible for the design and development of visual materials such as reports, photographs, illustrations, diagrams, graphs, objects, models, slides and websites for the agency.
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  • Serve as a member of a research and analysis team that produces SIGAR's Quarterly Report (QR) to the U.S. Congress. The QR is a lengthy complex collaborative document that is regarded as an authoritative record of the U.S. reconstruction efforts and oversight in Afghanistan.
  • Work with subject matter experts to design visual information that accurately depicts the written word that it accompanies. The incumbent must select visual materials such as photographs, illustrations, etc. that will be used in the communication of information; design the placement and appearance of visual materials; design the placement of text in relation to the art; decide type styles and typographical effects; and plan effective use of color schemes, textures, and shapes considering the technical constraints of a particular method of communication. Incumbent must have knowledge of the overall mission of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
  • Turn ideas into graphics that work well with the written information, and be skilled in laying out complex documents in Adobe Creative Suites.
  • Work with the agency's other directorates to develop graphics to support their technical documents and publications. The same design and development processes used in the QR are followed when working with the Directorates. The incumbent must ensure that the visual support provided to the Directorates remain consistent with the style established in SIGAR's style guide.
  • Identify problems, initiating, and researching information on the subject.
  • Coordinate and validate technical information.
  • Develop art references to support articles.
  • Advise on format, layout, and extent of technical detail or art coverage.
  • Proofread and edit final manuscripts.
  • Answer reader inquiries and requests.
  • Work with a team on website design and updates.
  • Understand and continuously reinforce the branding of the agency. The incumbent must remain cognizant of this in all assignments and team efforts undertaken.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overseas travel to Afghanistan may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Required completion of SF312 Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement.
  • Obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.
  • Required to submit an Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure.
  • Position may be considered essential to the overall support of the SIGAR mission. Failure to meet emergency essential requirements may result in separation for the efficiency of the Federal Service (Ch. 75, title 5 USC; FPM Ch 752).


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe work which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: designing and developing visual materials such as reports, design decisions and techniques to be used, and transforming information into a visual product.

Knowledge Requirements:
  • Knowledge of visual and graphic techniques to:
(1) develop original designs, concepts, or visual styles for publications, exhibits, or presentation materials that present to the public the ideas or image desired by the organization, that evoke certain responses from viewers (e.g., excitement, pride), or that reduce the cost of production, installation, or maintenance of the visual product, and (2) transform spoken or written descriptions of items, processes, issues, or events into visual representations without benefit of existing pictures, models, or diagrams.
  • Knowledge of website design and maintenance.
  • Skill in laying out complex documents and must have experience with Adobe Creative Suites.
  • Ability to select visual materials such as photographs, illustrations, etc. that will be used in the communication of information; design the placement and appearance of visual materials; design the placement of text in relation to the art; decide type styles and typographical effects; and plan effective use of color schemes, textures, and shapes considering the technical constraints of a particular method of communication.
Key Requirements:
The purpose of this position is to design visual products, mainly the quarterly report, characterized by their novelty and unusual scale involving a variety of media or individual visual components. The products typically require specifying, accepting, and when necessary, incorporating custom-produced photographs, illustrations, murals, maps, or other types of visual information.
Designs are critical to the production of the information that has far reaching impact, including the U.S. Congress and other Federal agencies.

The incumbent is responsible for making decisions on design, techniques, precise subject matter content, and the aspects of the subject matter to be emphasized. Because there is no previous visual treatment of the subject matter due to its novelty or unique nature, the incumbent plays the major role in transforming ideas and information into a visual product. The employee typically decides what aspects of the subject matter will be depicted and emphasized as well as how each will be depicted.


Additional information

  • 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.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • This position may be considered essential to the overall support of the SIGAR mission. If considered emergency essential, failure to meet emergency essential requirements may result in separation for the efficiency of the Federal Service (Ch. 75, Title 5 USC; FPM Ch. 752).
  • This position may require travel to Afghanistan. In support of this travel, the incumbent will be required to meet minimum standards of fitness for deployment to the U.S. Central Command region to include the ability to wear personal protective equipment, including protective mask, ballistic helmet, body armor, and chemical/biological protective garments.
  • Must complete a Form SF312, Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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 .

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.

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