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Visual Information Specialist (Production Designation) - MPP

19 days ago: Federal Trade Commission

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## Duties
### Summary
DCBE is a dynamic communications shop responsible for developing and marketing educational materials so consumers know their rights in the marketplace and to help businesses comply with the FTC laws and regulations. DCBE designs and produces a wide range of products, including websites like the FTC's Consumer Center and IdentityTheft.gov, email campaigns, consumer blogs, Twitter feeds, infographics, reports and print publications. The position reports to the Associate Director of the DCBE.
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### Responsibilities
The Visual Information Specialist (Production Designer) in DCBE helps create online and print materials for use in national and regional campaigns on consumer protection topics. The employee must demonstrate proficiency in design and illustration using a variety of software applications, including Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop) and Microsoft Office Suite, and works in HTML/CSS. Duties include:
* Serves as a print Officer, which includes working with the Government Printing Office (GPO), approved printers and fellow designers to prepare print and delivery specifications, verify accuracy of files, receive bids, awards jobs, prepare and deliver print-ready design files, review and approve proofs, maintain and update internal systems and records, follow up on jobs quality and completion, and suggest alternate printing techniques for common products.
* Designs, lays out, and produces a range of consumer and business materials in digital and print formats, including websites and pages, brochures, fact sheets, bookmarks, infographics, reports, email campaigns, logos, signs and posters, event materials, electronic presentations. Works closely with DCBE and Bureau staff to develop conceptual approaches for design of digital and print materials. Creates designs that accurately interpret and effectively communicate the subject in ways that clarify the topic. Uses a variety of sources to research subjects, and uses a variety of graphics and design software to design and produce visual material. Must be proficient in design and illustration using a variety of software applications, including Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop) and Microsoft Office Suite.
* Serves as a Drupal CMS editor for content websites, including loading and editing content, loading images, and troubleshooting formatting.
* Serves as content manager or backup for bulkorder.ftc.gov, where the public can order free copies of FTC print materials.
* Revises existing and develops new print and online materials in a collaborative environment. Works with content owners throughout the design process.
* Applies section 508 principles to all deliverables.
* Knowledge of UX principles and human centered design a plus.
* Establishes and maintains effective working relations with a variety of personnel inside the agency. When needed, helps clients define goals and requirements. Works under tight deadlines.
* Uses oral communication skills to develop and maintain effective relationships with diverse points of contact inside the Commission. Must be detail-oriented, highly organized, and a team player.
### Travel Required
Not required
##### Supervisory status
No
##### Promotion Potential
12
* #### Job family (Series)
1084 Visual Information
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## Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
* Relocation expenses will not be paid.
* May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
* Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
* Must be a U.S. Citizen
* Time in grade requirements must be met within 30 days of vacancy closing.
* Must submit a portfolio of work.
Applications must be submitted online via www.usajobs.gov
### Qualifications
You must meet the following Basic Requirements:
*Undergraduate and Graduate Education:* Major study -- commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position. Some positions may also require subject-matter knowledge of medicine, science, or technical equipment.
Advanced training in a vocational school, technical institute, or art institute above the high school level in one of the fields listed above is creditable as general experience on a month-for-month basis.
OR
Specialized Experience in the actual type of work for which application is made. Unpaid experience is creditable, provided the work done was of a quality level and demonstrated the ability required for the position. This includes planning the preparation and use of photographs, illustrations, drawings, and other artwork, charts, diagrams, dioramas, maps, slides, overlays, and other kinds of visual material for use in communicating information through visual means.
At the GS-09 level:
You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:
* Experience using Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Suite to design print and online materials to reach consumers;
* Working with printers to prepare print-ready design files, review and approve proofs, maintain and update internal systems and records, and follow up on job quality and completion
* Experience working with HTML/CSS; applying Section 508 principles to design; and working collaboratively with a variety of people
* OR have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree, in the fields of commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position,
* OR have 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
* Or have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
You must provide evidence of your experience in creating design and illustration using Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop) and Microsoft Office Suite. Please provide samples of your work (prints, designs, and other projects. You must include examples of your portfolio of work before the close of the announcement.
At the GS-11 level:
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the federal service performing the following duties:
* Using Adobe Creative Suite to design and develop a range of visual materials for publication, exhibits, and/or presentations;
* Using Government Printing Office and GPO-approved printers to prepare print-ready design files, review and approve proofs, maintain and update internal systems and records, and follow up on job quality and completion
* Using HTML/CSS and content management systems;
* Applying Section 508 principles to design
* Working collaboratively with a variety of people
* OR completed a Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree in the fields of commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position,
* OR have 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
* Or have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
You must provide evidence of your experience in creating design and illustration using Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop) and Microsoft Office Suite. Please provide samples of your work (prints, designs, and other projects). You must include examples of your portfolio of work before the close of this announcement.
At the GS-12 level: You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:
* Using Adobe Creative Suite to independently design and develop a wide range of visual materials for publication, exhibits, and/or presentations;
* Giving constructive design feedback to fellow designers;
* Working with the Government Printing Office and GPO-approved printers to prepare print-ready design files, review and approve proofs, maintain and update internal systems and records, and follow up on job quality and completion;
* Using HTML/CSS and content management systems;
* Contributing to the development and implementation of an organization’s digital strategy;
* Applying Section 508 principles to design; and working collaboratively.
You must provide evidence of your experience in creating design and illustration using Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop) and Microsoft Office Suite. Please provide samples of your work (prints, designs, and other projects. You must to present your portfolio of work before the close of this announcement.
Candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements within thirty (30) days of the closing date of the announcement.
### Education
*Undergraduate and Graduate Education:* Major study -- commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position.
Advanced training in a vocational school, technical institute, or art institute above the high school level in one of the fields listed above is creditable as general experience on a month-for-month basis.
### Additional information
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### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Not Required
##### Drug test required
No
* Required Documents
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## Required Documents
To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you.
Required Documents: Resume, Proof of your transcripts showing the major fields of study listed in the education requirements, Evidence of your design portfolio demonstrating proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop) and Microsoft Office Suite.
Your application may also include the following:
APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST
Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position
Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
Statement that you are a U.S. citizen
Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)
SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)
Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.
For each period of Work experience include:
Job title
Series/grade (if Federal employment)
Duties and accomplishments
Employer's name and address
Supervisor's name and contact information
Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
Number of hours worked per week
Salary
Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer
Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
Certificates/licenses (current).
Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)
Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.
#### 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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## Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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## How to Apply
Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online.
The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us. Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.
Requests for extensions will not be granted.
There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:
1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.
You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:
STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at www.usajobs.opm.gov and have at least one resume associated with your account. Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.
STEP 2: After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions. The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application.
STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions. Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.
STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.
NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
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### Agency contact information
### Corey Pickeral
##### Phone
202-326-3002
##### Fax
000-000-0000
##### Email
hcmoemployment@ftc.gov
##### Address
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, District of Columbia 20580
United States
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### Next steps
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.
After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.
You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration (this is NOT a guarantee that you will be contacted for an interview). If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.
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## Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
* An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
* Financial suitability
* Social security number request
* Privacy Act
* Signature and false statements
* Selective Service
* New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527354100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 03/14/2019 to 04/03/2019
*Service:* Competitive
*Pay scale & grade:* GS 09 - 12
*Salary:* $56,233 to $106,012 per year
*Appointment type:* Permanent - Permanent - Full Time
*Work schedule:* Full-Time - Career or Career-Conditional appointment
* DutiesHelp## Duties### SummaryDCBE is a dynamic communications shop responsible for developing and marketing educational materials so consumers know their rights in the marketplace and to help businesses comply with the FTC laws and regulations. DCBE designs and produces a wide range of products, including websites like the FTCs Consumer Center and IdentityTheft.gov, email campaigns, consumer blogs, Twitter feeds, infographics, reports and print publications. The position reports to the Associate Director of the DCBE.Learn more about this agency### ResponsibilitiesThe Visual Information Specialist (Production Designer) in DCBE helps create online and print materials for use in national and regional campaigns on consumer...