Visual Communications Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 08, 2019
Closes
Oct 16, 2019
Function
Communications
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Headquarters, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Washington, DC. Through audits and investigations, OIG works within DOT to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in departmental programs. The incumbent for this position serves as a Visual Communications Specialist under the Chief Communications Officer within the Office of Strategic Communications and Programs.

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Responsibilities

As a Visual Communications Specialist, you will:
  • Serve as a resource for graphical, visual, and multimedia presentation and communication of information and provides assistance and guidance to OIG management in drafting and reviewing written material used for publication internally and externally such as published articles, public statements and speeches, congressional testimony and regular reporting, media quotes, briefing documents and presentations, press releases, audit reports, investigations magazines, materials for internal events and functions such as the annual awards ceremony, OIG weekly newsletter, etc. to ensure consistency, appropriateness of message, and visual appeal.
  • Plan and produce basic new visual information for the OIG utilizing computer graphics, photography, video digital imaging, and multimedia and digital output equipment.
  • Perform regular assignments to design, develop, acquire, document, implement, and integrate visual information requirements using computer graphics, multimedia presentations and electronic digital photo imaging.
  • Assist in producing and coordinating specific applications of visual information products using graphics, photography or video digital processing. With guidance advises clients on the best methods of portraying information through a variety of media products or processes, including various formats, styles, color usage, special effects, infographics and the most appropriate treatment to achieve desired audience reaction.
  • Design/illustrate ideas and concepts and graphically depicts technical subject matter using charts, graphs, flow charts, and other infographics.
  • Perform a full range of project management specialties to include graphic art production, visual information design, publication design, and other technical multimedia items to support public affairs initiatives to include oversight, development, production and dissemination of OIG information products. Responsible for the creation and program management of a full spectrum of public affairs information materials, including templates, letterhead package, product packages, tri-folds, posters, booth displays, and illustrations, etc.
  • Advise clients on the best methods of portraying information through a variety of media products or processes, including various formats, styles, color usage, special effects, infographics and the most appropriate treatment to achieve desired audience reaction.
  • Research, design, select, and produce visual information material using the most appropriate and cost effective method to best portray the subject matter and meet necessary requirements.
  • Design/illustrate abstract ideas and concepts and graphically depict highly technical subject matter that often has no precedent, for use in visual presentations, infographics and publications to senior policy makers.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required as needed less than 25% of the time.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - The full performance of this position is GS-13.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 P.M. EST on the closing date.
  • This position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE or EDUCATION qualifications for the grade(s) at which you are requesting consideration.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

GS-11: To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service with the following:

Specialized experience for the GS-11 level: demonstrated experience and skill in designing materials including but not limited to reports, infographics, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, brochures; skill and experience with common information technology and graphic design tools; and experience with methods and techniques in printing and layout processes, desktop publishing, photographic techniques computer graphics systems, page layout and SharePoint design.

GS-12: To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service with the following:

Specialized experience for GS-12 level includes: applying advanced knowledge and skill in creating unique graphic design, still photographic and video products. Creates complex infographics, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, brochures; skill and experience with common information technology and graphic design tools; and experience with methods and techniques in printing and layout processes, desktop publishing, photographic techniques computer graphics systems, page layout and SharePoint design.

Education

  • GS-11: 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; Major study -- commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position; OR
  • A combination of graduate level education and experience. This will be calculated using your résumé and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application.
  • Unpaid experience that is pertinent should be credited based upon its relevance to the work of the Visual Information Specialist. To be qualifying, the work must have involved visual communication of information or the application of the principles of graphic design.
  • GS-12: There is no education requirement.


Additional information

Candidates will be asked to fill out a Declaration for Federal Employment (Optional Form 306).

Applications will not be accepted from non-status candidates. Non-status candidates are those individuals who do not have competitive status (e.g., reinstatement eligibility, transfer eligibility from another government agency, etc.) Except for disabled individuals, non-status candidates must be in the area of consideration. Competitive status is not required if applicant is a disabled individual who may be eligible for appointment under a special Schedule A appointing authority in the excepted service. Applicants who meet this provision may apply even if they are outside the area of consideration.

All status candidates must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, and/or a copy of the last SF-50 that indicates they have competitive status.

Any male applicant who was born after December 31, 1959, and who is subsequently selected for this position must certify that he is registered for the military selective service by the date he is to enter on duty. False certification may result in termination after appointment.

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

If selected for this position, you will be subject to favorable adjudication of an employment suitability determination.

Best qualified candidates will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel expenses in conjunction with any required interviews, unless they are already employed by the Office of Inspector General at the U. S. Department of Transportation.

THIS AGENCY PROVIDES REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS TO APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR ANY PART OF THE APPLICATION AND HIRING PROCESS, PLEASE NOTIFY THE AGENCY. THE DECISION ON GRANTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, UNION AFFILIATION OR NON AFFILIATION, MARITAL STATUS, NON- DISQUALIFYING PHYSICAL HANDICAP, OR ANY OTHER NON-MERIT REASON. THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL (OIG), U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or to find an individual unqualified, unsuitable, or unfit for employment based upon financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience should be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. Applicants who meet the qualification requirements will be further evaluated on their responses to the on-line announcement questions.

Your application will be evaluated based on the following competencies: (1) Writing, (2) Design, (3) Communication, and (4) Creativity and Innovation.

BASIS FOR RATING: Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your self-determined rating, narrative responses, resume
and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.

Applicants meeting minimum qualification standards will be placed in one of three groups (bronze, silver or gold) based on their substantiated level of education, experience, and ability, as it relates to the job requirements.

To be placed in the Gold category, you must be highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills and abilities of the job based on a complete review of your application.

To be placed in the Silver category, you must be competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills and abilities of the job.

To be placed in the Bronze category, you must have an overall basic level of knowledge, skills and abilities of the job.

The Category Rating Method does not add Veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

Documented Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS9 grade level or higher.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

RESUME- must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade or salary if applicable; 4) supervisors phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether we may contact for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications.

ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE

SCHEDULE A - To receive consideration for Schedule A appointment, you must submit your certification from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office or the Department of Veterans Affairs that you are likely to succeed in the performance of the position.

CTAP/ICTAP - If you are eligible under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), a copy of your certificate of surplus status, certificate of expected separation, or a specific Reduction-in-Force notice establishing your eligibility under CTAP/ICTAP. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must meet all qualification requirements for the vacant position to include any selective factors; meet the definition of best qualified; and be
able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry.

Supporting documents may either be uploaded or faxed to 571-258-4052. The requested information MUST be received by fax within 48 hours prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement (not including Saturdays, Sundays or government holidays). The requested information MUST be received by fax within 48 hours prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement (not including Saturdays, Sundays or government holidays).

NOTE: Applicants who fail to submit all the required documentation listed above, in addition to their resumes, will be considered ineligible for further consideration for this announcement.

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.