Visual Information Specialist -DEU

U.S. Federal Government - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.3


Duties
Summary
This position is located in the Division of Consumer and Business Education (DCBE), within the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP), Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 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 Division of Consumer and Business Education.

Responsibilities
The Visual Information Specialist 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:
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.
Provides printing support, which includes working with the Government Printing Office, GPO-approved printers and fellow designers to prepare print-ready design files, review and approve proofs, maintain and update internal systems and records, follow up on job quality and completion, and suggest alternate printing techniques for common products.
Serves as a Drupal CMS editor for content websites, including loading and editing content, loading images, and troubleshooting formatting.
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.
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

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
U.S. Citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)
1084 Visual Information

Requirements

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
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 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,
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 may also be asked to present your portfolio of work after the close of this 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 may also be asked to present your portfolio of work after 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 may also be asked to present your portfolio of work after 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
Information on Displaced Federal Employees and Special Hiring Authorities can be found by clicking Additional Information .

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 Applicable

Required Documents

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.

Benefits

Benefits
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