Banknote Designer (Apprentice)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 10, 2021
Closes
Jun 18, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Product Design Division (PDD), Office of Product Development (OPD), Product Design and Development Directorate in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). The incumbent reports to the Design Manager. The incumbent of this position is an Apprentice for the position of Banknote Designer. The apprenticeship is of seven years duration and consists of supervised training in the various craft skills.

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Responsibilities

If you do not meet any of the categories listed above, you may wish to apply under announcement 21-BEP-134-P, which is open for any U.S. citizen to apply. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.

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Interview: If you are selected for an interview you will need to submit a design portfolio. A total of 6-8 pieces of artwork/designs which may include Product Designs, Architecture, Still Life, Portrait, Landscape and/or Typography, at least one of these should be a hand sketch or drawing. Your portfolio will be evaluated in the following areas: Composition/Layout, Draftsmanship, Rendering and Perspective.

The following are the duties of this position at the Journeyman level which you will have the opportunity to learn and perform during the seven (7) year, structured Apprenticeship training program. The growth & development into this

position will include being instructed in various processes listed, but are not limited to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the overall printing processes and ability to leverage new processes and/or equipment to better facilitate a design.
  • Develop design files using a variety of software applications.
  • Build strong collaboration with various offices across the organization to provide satisfactory design deliverables.
  • Develop an understanding of the limitations of manufacturing processes that may influence reproducibility, and use this data to incorporate technical information to enhance the manufacturability of the product.
  • Manage the balance between aesthetic and technical elements, as security drives banknote design.
  • Foster strong communication and teamwork skills in a dynamic and evolving environment that has high-levels of scrutiny and feedback that drive design decisions.
  • Appropriately interpret technical requirements to deliver a design that satisfies design achievable technical requirements.
  • Present design materials through informal and formal critique sessions using communication methods that foster constructive feedback and navigate various stakeholder reviews.

     


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Possibility of once annually.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
02

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
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  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."


Physical Requirements:

The work is both sedentary and physically demanding. Moderate physical effort is required. The work requires standing, bending, lifting, and reaching.

AND

You must show in your experience in online application that you possess the knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. Be sure all experience is documented in your resume by indicating place of employment, job title, length of time performing the duties, and the name and contact information for the supervisor. We must be able to verify this experience in your resume in order for you to receive credit.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for disqualification in the hiring process. The background investigation process conducted by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is very thorough. Therefore it is imperative that applicants exercise candor and honesty when answering background questionnaires, especially as it relates to arrest, employment, education, finances, illegal drug use, and/or other criminal history. Falsification discovered in security documents or during the background investigation process may result in an immediate negative suitability determination or immediate revocation of your interim clearance (if applicable).

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

You must meet the screen-out element Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision, normally addressed at the beginning of the online questions. In addition, you must also obtain an average score of two (2) for the following elements for this position as addressed through the online question in order to be considered minimally qualified. Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision, Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic), and Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprints).

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a bargaining position.
- The facility typically shuts down annually between Christmas and New Year's Day. As such, all BEP employees must take leave for work days during the shutdown period.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- Wear required safety clothing and/or equipment required by the position. This may include safety shoes, hard hats, hearing protection, gloves, masks, etc.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision, Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic), and Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprints). Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. A subject matter expert will be used in the evaluation. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

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Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

Interview: If you are selected for an interview you will need to submit a design portfolio. A total of 6-8 pieces of artwork/designs which may include Product Designs, Architecture, Still Life, Portrait, Landscape and/or Typography, at least one of these should be a hand sketch or drawing. Your portfolio will be evaluated in the following areas: Composition/Layout, Draftsmanship, Rendering and Perspective.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must in the top category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit:

Résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .

Appraisal: a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months, or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment:
- Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
- If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that. Also, you must submit a copy of your DD214 or other documentation showing dates of service and type of discharge and any other applicable documents such as SF-15, VA letters, etc.
- Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

If you are applying under a special hiring authority (e.g. Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement, VEOA, VRA, Schedule A Disability, etc.), please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be eligible under one of these authorities, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

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