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Grade: 03
1.AP-1084-3: I have the following work experience and/or eduction:
  1. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower GS grade level (GS- 8). that is cited below and/or in the vacancy announcement text
  2. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g. Band 2) that is cited below and/or in the vacancy announcement text .
  3. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower comparable pay band in another pay system that is cited below and/or in the vacancy announcement text.
  4. I have a master's or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education with a Major study in commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields closely related to the position.
  5. I have a combination of experience and education that meet the qualifications for AP Band 3 (GS-9) Ex: An applicant has 9 mos. of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 and less than 2 years, but 1 1/2 or more years of creditable graduate education (closely related to the position). The 1/2 year of graduate education beyond the first year needed to qualify for GS-7 and the 9 months of specialized experience together meet or exceed the total requirement.
  6. I have a combination of pay band and GS experience that meets the specialized experience requirements
  7. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level of the following: I have Non-Federal (private sector) or a combination of Non-Federal and Federal (GS or pay band) experience that meets the specialized experience requirements that is cited below and/or in the vacancy announcement text. I understand that my resume must clearly reflect this experience, including the number of months of full-time work or percentages for combinations of work that clearly show that I meet the specialized experience requirements.
  8. None of the above for this band (AP Band 3, GS-9/11 equivalent).


AP-3: Knowledge of visual design and technical characteristics associated with visual display, digital file format and conversion; evaluation and analysis of visual illustrations and computer graphics; knowledge of art media, equipment, graphic terminology, screen printing, illustration development (die-cut, etc), pre-flighting files, dimensional layout preparation and graphic software i.e. Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, as well as PowerPoint and Microsoft Word; application of concepts, practices and principles in relation to automation, operations and maintenance of printers and other equipment. This may also include 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. Knowledge of visual methods and materials including a range of communication concepts, principles, and practices needed to conceive, plan and exercise a wide variety of complex visual requirements. Use sound judgment in design application, evaluate alternative design measures and make necessary recommendations. Knowledge of scanning, retouching and resizing images for framed or mounted image posters or pictures; knowledge of creating interactive CD’s for training, and formulating table displays for exhibits.

Grade: 04
1.AP-1084-4: I have the following:
  1. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the AP-03 level (or the GS-11 level) or higher in the Federal Service that is cited below and/or in the vacancy announcement text.
  2. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower GS grade level (GS-11). that is cited below and/or in the vacancy announcement text
  3. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower comparable pay band in another pay system that is cited below and/or in the vacancy announcement text.
  4. I have a combination of pay band and GS experience that meets the specialized experience requirements
  5. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level of the following: I have Non-Federal (private sector) or a combination of Non-Federal and Federal (GS or pay band) experience that meets the specialized experience requirements that is cited below and/or in the vacancy announcement text.
  6. I do not meet the requirement as stated below.


AP-4: Expert knowledge of visual design and technical characteristics associated with visual display, digital file format and conversion; independent evaluation and analysis of visual illustrations and computer graphics; expert knowledge and skills of art media, equipment, graphic terminology, screen printing, illustration development (die-cut, etc.), pre-flighting files, dimensional layout preparation and graphic software including Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, as well as PowerPoint and Microsoft Word; independent application of concepts, practices and principles in relation to automation, operations and maintenance of printers and other equipment. This may also include independently 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. Expert knowledge of visual methods and materials including a wide range of communication concepts, principles, and practices needed to conceive, plan and exercise a wide variety of complex visual requirements. Independently use sound judgment in design application, evaluate alternative design measures and make necessary recommendations. Knowledge of scanning, retouching and resizing images for framed or mounted posters or pictures; skill in creating interactive CD’s for training, and experience formulating table displays for exhibits.

Grade: All Grades
* 1.I have planned and led a visual-information program.
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the position you held when you administered a program, the dates of employment, and describe the scope of the program you administered.

       Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  2. No


* 2.I have developed policies, directives, and standard visual information operating procedures.
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please describe a visual information operating procedure you have developed.

       Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  2. No


3.I am proficient in the use of the following:
  1. Still photography (photo chemical and digital)
  2. Manual and computer-generated graphics
  3. Presentation services for use in conferences and classrooms
  4. Video (acquisition, production, post-production and duplication)
  5. Audio (production and duplication)
  6. None of the above


4.I am proficient in the use of the following:
  1. Adobe InDesign
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Adobe Acrobat
  4. Illustrator
  5. Adobe Flash
  6. Microsoft PowerPoint
  7. Microsoft Word
  8. Microsoft Excel
  9. Graphic terminology (such as Pre-Flight, CYMK, RGB, EPS, and TIFF)
  10. None of the above


5.Directed design of unique projects from inception to completion through application of innovative solutions in the use of multimedia technologies.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


6.Accepted or rejected customer produced materials.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


7.Selected appropriate visual media for the project that will best represent the information presented.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


8.Managed production of electronic and printed material in the form of slides, exhibit displays, newsletters, pamphlets, web pages, posters, flyers, and leaflets for various activities.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


9.Directed page layouts allowing for line art, photographs, graphs and other graphics.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


10.Provided higher-level management with visual information products and services to support functional areas.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


11.Managed visual information usage logs and submitted required reports.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


12.Interfaced with staff offices to collect data and relevant information in an electronic format to organize and create CD's and DVD's with interactive links to educate targeted audience.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


13.Ensured all images presented was in compliance with copyright requirements, maintained security of such images and that design is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for accessibility.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


14.Developed a thorough knowledge of visual arts, video graphic and photographic methods and techniques as well as a thorough knowledge of the subject matter supported or depicted to create visual products and services that interpret subject matter content.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


15.Developed original designs, concepts, or visual styles for publications, exhibits, or press material that present to the public the ideas of image desired, evoke certain view response or reduced the cost of production or visual product.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


16.Created visually stimulating designs from verbal or written descriptions of the item.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


17.Skilled in organizing work, setting priorities, determining resource requirements, monitoring progress and evaluating outcomes of all assigned programs.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


18.Knowledge of software and illustration development design principles and methods.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


19.Knowledge of current intranet/internet technologies and standard internet/intranet protocols.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


20.Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


21.Ability to understand and exhibit superior customer service in person and on the phone to staff, visitors, the public, etc.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


22.Ability to communicate and interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions in a public health environment.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


23.Ability to function independently in a Visual Information Specialist role.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


24.Ability to complete multiple tasks efficiently, and within required time lines.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


25.Use visual means to communicate program objectives and technical and general information.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


26.Use a range of appropriate scanning hardware and software to digitize slides and print photographs.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


27.Utilize digital imaging software such as Photoshop, for cropping, sizing, correcting color, contrast and density, and retouching of images if necessary.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


28.Use a variety of digital and film cameras to capture images including indoor and outdoor subjects, stills, live-action, and more.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


29.Catalog images into digital library using appropriate software.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


30.Operate a variety of printers for proofs and final products.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


31.Provide quality and timely customer service for internal clients requesting design services.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.






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