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Visual Information Specialist Graphic Artist GG-1084-12 Census-DOC-VMM

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U.S. Census Bureau

Washington, DC

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This vacancy is for a Visual Information Specialist (Graphic Artist)

position in the Field Division

located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line - Suitland Station.

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Please read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see FLD-2018-0057, Visual Information Specialist (Graphic Artist), GG-1084-12, CENSUS-DOC-VMM.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Visual Information Specialist (Graphic Artist)

, GG-1084-12

positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

This is a competitive temporary promotion opportunity not to exceed (NTE) 09/30/2020

. This temporary promotion may be extended or terminated earlier at management's discretion. At the conclusion of the temporary promotion, the employee will return to their position of record.

A probationary period may be required.

This position is ELIGIBLE

for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).


unit position.

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The individual selected for this position will:

Ability to design and develop a wide variety of creative visual products and materials.

Ability to utilize various computer graphics software and equipment, design layout, picture or clip art usage, and placement of typographical text through use of font styles, types and colors.

Ability to effectively create and develop types of graphics items that will inform, promote awareness and motivate cooperation from a variety of audiences in support of a program.

Ability to maintain graphic materials and products for distribution to a variety of agency related events and to the general public or special interest populations as needed to support an outreach plan (i.e., the Community Partnership and Engagement Program).

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current Department of Commerce employees (includes any Bureau under Commerce) on a permanent competitive appointment; Current Department of Commerce employee (includes any Bureau under Commerce) on a term, temporary or excepted service appointment with reinstatement eligibility; and Surplus and displaced Commerce employee (CTAP).

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

1084 Visual Information

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Conditions of Employment

U.S. citizen.

Suitable for Federal employment.

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the announcement closing date.

Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Specialized Experience:

For the GG-12, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes planning the preparation and use of photographs, illustrations, drawings, and other art work, charts, diagrams, dioramas, maps, slides, overlays, and other kinds of visual material for use in communicating information through visual means. Examples of such work include: Experience in using and applying related creative design illustration, layouts and formats, experience using graphic and layout software packages and equipment such as Photoshop, GIF, JPEG and similar file formats, experience creating layouts, design and other graphic and visual materials such as photographs, illustrations, and graphic clip art, experience in maintaining a supply of graphic materials and products for distribution on a local or national level for internal and external customers (i.e., customer portal, online fulfillment center, website pages containing visual products, etc.) experience in developing weekly, monthly, or annual newsletters, poster or flyers, to inform and distribute information internally or externally; includes performing visual inspection for quality assurance.

Education cannot be subsituted at this grade level.

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; religious; 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.


Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.


The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

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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.

Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR § 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

Knowledge of utilizing a variety of visual and creative arts methods, techniques and materials.

Skilled using various computer graphic, equipment and photo editing software including but not limited to: Microsoft, Adobe, Photoshop, GIF, JPEG, layouts, Macromedia or other similar file products.

Skilled in creating and/or proofreading items e.g., brochures, posters, flyers, handouts, pamphlets, toolkits, newsletters, social media and digital content, and presentations for a variety of programs, events, and audiences.

Skilled in creating a physical and/or digital content library using SharePoint or other authorized software to maintain a catalog and/or retrieval system for ordering graphic materials; includes archiving materials during post-closeout.

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

To preview questions please click here .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Applicable


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