Instructional Systems Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 25, 2021
Closes
Sep 28, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Due to the Pandemic and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee's report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is determined by state and Federal officials that employees are allowed to report to the workplace where this position is located, on a regular basis.

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Responsibilities

This position is located in the Safety and Technical Training Service Unit, Technical Training Directorate, Air Traffic Technical Training Group (AJl-2400). This group is responsible for the administration and oversight of Air Traffic Technical Training to include identification of policies and requirements for air traffic technical training in support of the National Airspace System (NAS).

As a recognized expert in instructional system design, he/she applies knowledge of learning theory and the principles, methods, practices and techniques of instructional design to provide leadership for highly complex activities involving the instructional design standards and structure across the technical training curriculum for the Air Traffic Organization under the minimal direction of the Team Manager.

As a principal specialist, he/she uses experience leading/conducting technical training courses for a highly complex technical workforce to define and direct challenging projects, programs and activities. He/she uses skill applying instructional design principles, practices, techniques and tools to consult on technical training programs at Air Traffic Control facilities. Applies skill analyzing technical occupations or performing job task analysis to develop instructional methods, techniques and competencies for the ATC and ATSS workforce. Uses experience designing, developing and maintaining technical training material to improve instructional effectiveness.

He/she uses skill and experience applying new Instructional System Design Methods and technologies such as experiential learning (gaming/simulation); blended learning (e.g. Blackboard) to develop and/or maintain training material and curricula and to analyze and study technical training programs. Using skill and experience applying learning content management system software technology, he/ she revises existing instructional courses, and develops new training courses. He/she conducts studies, evaluates and recommends program improvements that impact a wide range of training activities. He/she develops innovative and effective methods to improve training programs and to ensure consistent high quality technical training to the FAA technical workforce. Demonstrates experience and uses skill developing technical training material and curriculum to prepare reports and recommendations on the use of new and/or improved teaching techniques. Analyzes and validates instructional content as required.

Researches and analyzes new technologies to evaluate their impact on FAA's short and long term training development. Incorporates existing and new emerging learning technologies to delivery training strategies. Ensures all training programs leverage appropriate adult learning principles. Uses experience applying project management principles to monitor and oversee the work of contract instructional designers tasked with developing ATC/ATSS training materials. Manages the overall training project list for training being developed by both contract and internal resources.

Contacts are internal and external and include representatives from all ATO service units, labor organizations, the military and aviation industry. He/she often represents the Service Unit as a principal point of contact to provide advice and guidance on instructional design standard development. Consults with subject matter experts to design and develop training materials. He/she frequently represents AJI on training committees and in meetings to discuss and implement technical training for the operational workforce. Develops briefings that explain new initiatives.

The selectee will be placed in AJI-2430

Travel Required

Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
NA

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


Qualifications

To qualify for the position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-I, FG/GS-13 level. This experience is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Specialized Experience is defined as:

Experience analyzing and validating instructional content for technical occupations to prepare reports and recommendations on the use of new and/or improved teaching techniques, AND;

Experience in applying project management principles to lead and monitor the work of contract instructional designers tasked with developing training materials.

Quality Ranking Factor (QRF):

Skill applying new Instructional System Design Methods and technologies such as experiential learning (gaming/simulation); blended learning (e.g. Blackboard) to develop or maintain training material and curricula.

You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

*Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position. *

Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

**All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. **

Education

This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

Basic Requirements:

Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. The course work must have included study in at least four of the following five areas:
  • Learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology: Study of learning theories as they relate to the systematic design, development, and validation of instructional material.
  • Instructional design practices: Study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness.
  • Educational evaluation: Study of the techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of instructional/educational programs, including developing written and performance tests and survey instruments, and determining reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.
  • Instructional product development: Study of the techniques appropriate for developing training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objectives, applying training strategy, validating training materials, and evaluating training.
  • Computers in education and training: Study of the application of computers in education and training, including selecting appropriate computer software.

  • Some positions in this series may specialize in one or two functional areas, where more specific academic preparation may be necessary. For such positions, agencies may require course work in the applicable functional area(s) as part of the above-required 24 semester hours

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    Additional information

    We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
    Position may be subject to a background investigation.
    A one-year probationary period may be required.

    The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies. www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/financial_disclosure_requirements

    The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

    1. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: http://iobs.faa.gov/FAACoreCompensation.htm.

    2. As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

    3. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (I) score order; (2) category grouping; (3) alphabetical; or (4) priority grouping, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

    4. Some, all, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

    5. This Level I (Low Risk) position requires favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment.

    This is not a bargaining unit position.

    Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    ALL applicants MUST submit the following:

    (I) resume with complete work history; and

    (2) a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action).

    For guidance on how to create a Federal resume, visit http://www.archives.qov/careers/iobs/forms/resume-guide.pdf.

    Failure to submit all required documents by the closing date will result in a finding of ineligible. We are not responsible for incomplete, illegible or missing documents.

    Please DO NOT email your application documents. We cannot accept documents received via the email system. Documents sent via email will NOT receive consideration.

    This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 1750 series.

    College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the, 1750 series with the FAA.

    College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying a 1750 series.

    If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.

    If you are a current or former Federal employee (including a current FAA employee), you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

    If you are a current Federal employee and need a current copy of your SF-50, please contact your personnel office. If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system https://eopf.opm.gov/dot/ . If you are a former Federal employee, you can obtain a copy of your SF-50 by writing the National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. Additional information is available from this link: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/ .

    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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