Visual Information Specialist
This position is in the Medical Media section at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS), Tucson, AZ. It is a general medical and surgical hospital highly affiliated with the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The training and research activities of this Medical Center are active and expanding with corresponding expansion of facilities and services offered to the professional and administrative staffs. This service provides all the audio and visual products for this Center and for the VA staff in their professional responsibility to the Medical School. The duties of this position are but not limited to the following:Must be able to work with physicians, medical researchers, and other professionals in the design of photographs, printed material, computer graphics and presentations.Work with the originator of the material to be photographed or produced in order to develop a mutual understanding of the information objectives and the nature of the audience.Plan and develop education programs that require a combination of graphics, photographs and video.Professional level of pre-planning and on site photography must be exact due to the impracticality of re-shooting sensitive situations.Serve as studio photographer and must be able to appropriately light and photograph studio portraits, environmental portraits, and small and large object photography in the studio.Working knowledge of video production and editing.Operate digital camera and lighting coordinator for video recording and editing.Must be familiar with various computer graphic systems.Able to use computer systems for basic graphic design and desktop publishing.Have knowledge of basic art and design, commercial art techniques, drafting, statistical charting procedures and printing process.Utilize creative design software for graphic design and desktop publishing. Should include such software as Macintosh software, Adobe Photoshop; Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Premier Creative Suite software.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm (Before or After tour hours may be necessary depending on the needs of the facility)
Position Description Title/PD: Visual Information Specialist, GS-1084-09, PD#04654A
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Friday, February 17, 2017
Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Planning the preparation and use of photographs, illustrations, drawings, and other art work, charts, diagrams, digital display materials, maps, slides, photo composites, and other kinds of visual material for use in communicating information through visual means.
Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-09 level: Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
If you are using education to qualify the Major study must be commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication or other fields related to the position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-09. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Physical Requirements: Stands and stoops for long periods of time. The work requires the ability to distinguish shades of color. Exhibit production and photography require lifting and bending. The use of computer terminals involves sitting and looking at CRT displays for long periods.
Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 level.
BENEFITSVA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp. VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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