Visual Information Specialist - NIAID - MP

Vacancy ID: 811124   Announcement Number: NIH-NIAID-MP-13-811124   USAJOBS Control Number: 334153600

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1. Title of Job

Visual Information Specialist - NIAID - MP
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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6. Citizenship

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12. Special Knowledge

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Visual Information Specialist

21. Geographic Availability

300540081 Hamilton, MT

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in the Visual Information Specialist (GS-1084-13) position at our Agency. We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Your responses are subject to verification. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this questionnaire.

1. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the basic qualification requirements for a Visual Information Specialist at the GS-13 level as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-13 level because I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: designing and developing layouts of visual materials for publication, exhibits, and/or presentations; photographing, creating videos, or creating animation of scientific or technical subjects, translating scientific or technical concepts into original visual products or materials; and managing the workload, budget, and technical training for a visual arts program.
B. My experience and/or education do not match the choices above.

The following section is used to determine your eligibility for appointment.  Please respond yes or no to the following questions.  FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THESE QUESTIONS WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBILE RATING.  NOTE: You must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility as indicated.  Failure to provide the required documents WILL render you not eligible for consideration.

1. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Employee – I am a current permanent Title 5 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease employee.

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent competitive career or career conditional Standard Form-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis.

You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from the eOPF Page.

A. Yes
B. No

2. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) -- I am a current or former federal employee displaced from a position within the Department of Health and Human Services in the same local commuting area of the vacancy.  I have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or the equivalent. Applicants eligible under CTAP are provided priority selection for vacancies within the local commuting area for which they apply and are considered well qualified.

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit copies of the appropriate documentation, such as a reduction in force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area.  You must also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record.

For more information on CTAP, please visit OPM’s The Employee's Guide to Career Transition Page.  


A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

1. Develop plans, goals and objectives for a visual arts program.

2. Prioritize workflow for a visual arts program to ensure that assignments are completed and deadlines are met.

3. Identify industry trends, problems and decision points to ensure a visual arts program is on the cutting edge of advances in technology.

4. Manage the budget for a visual arts program.

5. Develop training programs for visual arts staff.

6. Develop and implement a visual arts customer service program.

7. Conduct briefings for high-level managers.

8. Collaborate with clients/subject matter experts to interpret the results of research and other technical information for presentation to the public.

9. Develop scientific figures, graphs and artwork for a variety of presentation formats and audiences.

10. Translate highly technical materials and abstract subjects into visual graphics.

11. Conceptualize and design graphics that enhance communications and/or convey specific messages.

12. Develop animation to document scientific results.

13. Collaborate with clients/subject matter experts and scientific publications to ensure graphics submitted meet criteria for publishing.

14. Use graphics software in the design of materials to be published.

15. Conduct animation projects from conceptualization to final production.

16. Use state of the art multimedia software to prepare artwork for publication.

17. Enhance and colorize images for displays and publication using advanced photographic image editing techniques.

18. Produce scientific photographs using advanced digital techniques in lighting and macro-staging.

19. Produce photographs of animal medical/research procedures that support scientific research.

20. Produce portraits and group photographs.

21. Produce architectural photographs.

22. Capture and edit digital audio.

23. Utilize highly technical digital equipment for capturing photographs of scientific research.

24. Edit technical writing for use in scientific and public presentation.

25. Use raw scientific data to develop visual products to convey information to researchers and the general public.

26. Use video and audio recording equipment to record and video footage to produce educational programs and for publication.

27. Prepare electronic information to be accessible to people with disabilities.

28. Develop new and innovative ways to display technical data and research findings to the public.

29. Develop and manage archival systems for photos and other historically important visual information.

30. Identify and prioritize critical content of scientific information to ensure that the appropriate message is delivered to the intended audience.

As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.

31. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding “No” to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.