Air Force Base Sign Language Interpreter Positions
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A list of eligible candidates is being established and may be used to fill multiple vacancies for a period of 12 months (or more). Types of appointments may include: Full time permanent positions; OR full time term positions Not-to-Exceed 13 months, with extension possible; OR full time temporary positions not to exceed 1 year, with a 1 year extension possible. Term and Temporary appointments made from this register may be converted to permanent without further competition.
The position(s) covered by this vacancy announcement have transitioned from the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) to the DoD Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo).
DRUG TESTING: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN DESIGNATED FOR DRUG TESTING. IF YOU ARE SELECTED FOR THIS POSITION YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO URINALYSIS TESTING PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT AND YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO RANDOM URINALYSIS TESTING AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.
FOR THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED AND MUST BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT:
1. Online Application (Occupational Questionnaire)
2. Résumé, for each block of work experience you must include month/year (starting/ending dates), salary, hours per week, job title, supervisors name/phone number (may we contact statement).
3. Transcripts (unofficial), if qualifying based on education OR if this position has an educational requirement.
4. Veterans, if you are a veteran with preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (a copy stating character of service, Service-2, Service-7, Member-4, or etc.). If not separated you may provide a memo from your Military Personnel Office that includes your “character of service”. In addition, if claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a current VA letter dated 1991 or later stating your overall/combined percent of disability and a Standard Form (SF) 15 “Application for 10-pont Veterans’ Preference”. For more information on veterans’ preference see www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
- U.S. Citizenship or Naturalization required
- Position to be filled through Delegated Examining Authority
- Category rating and selection procedures will be utilized
- Travel and relocation expenses may or may not be authorized
- Veterans must submit required documents to receive veterans’ preference
As an Interpreter (Sign Language), NH-1040-02, you will serve as an interpreter in a variety of settings involving employees with hearing impairments and hearing persons who are not familiar with manual languages, spoken English into American Sign Language (ASL) Pidgin Signed English (PSE) or Manually Coded English (MSE). You will also:
-Interpret from manual languages into English as required.
-Instruct Edwards employees on using sign language.
-Train and assist in the administration of training programs for Edwards’ employees.
-Advise managers and supervisors on Deaf Culture.
-Research and compile statistics and background information to be used for management and advisory purposes.
GENERAL EXPERIENCE: You must have three years of general experience at a level close to the work of this position that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically, we would find this experience in work within this field that is closely related. To be creditable, one year of the general experience must have been equivalent to the next lower pay band (NH-01), grade level, or equivalent. General experience is described as progressively responsible experience communicating effectively utilizing English and American Sign Language (ASL), Pidgin Signed English (PSE) or Manually Coded English (MSE). This experience in speaking ASL was gained because it was the language (a) in which the applicant was educated (through the high school level), (b) of the household, or (c) in which the applicant worked for a long period of time, including the Armed Forces.
OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: Successfully completed education 4-years above high school level in the English language. This education has been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION IF USING EDUCATION AS A SUBSTITUTION OF EXPERIENCE.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE : Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION IF USING EDUCATION AS A SUBSTITUTION OF EXPERIENCE.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts on college letterhead are acceptable. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
ONLY EXPERIENCE OBTAINED BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the initial submission process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the minimum job requirements. Your résumé and supporting documentation will be reviewed and compared to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
If you meet the qualifications for this job, within 7 days your application will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the experience requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures, and you will then be placed in one of three rating categories:
-Qualified Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements of the vacancy announcement either through specialized experience or education.
-Highly Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements of the vacancy announcement and reported good experience that meets the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position.
-Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements of the vacancy announcement and has reported exceptional experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated “outstanding” proficiency in applying knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
Veterans’ Preference eligibles are listed ahead on non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more (CPS) and those with a compensable service-connected disability of more than 10% but less than 30% (CP) move from the category in which they were placed to the top of the highest quality category (except for scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification . If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your résumé, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Providing false information may be grounds for not selecting you or termination after appointment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas as reported on your résumé:
1. Knowledge of ASL, PSE and MCE to simultaneously transliterate (interpret from English to sign language, and visa versa) in a variety of settings, with little interruption of the speaker.
2. Knowledge of various manual sign languages in order to determine the most effective means of communication as they pertain to each individual with a hearing impairment.
3. Knowledge and understanding of English using correct idioms, grammar, syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation as well as knowledge of technical vocabulary in order to be capable of rendering grammatically correct interpretations.
4. Ability to develop training curriculum and to use teaching methods and audio-visual materials in the instruction of sign languages courses.
5. Knowledge and ability to apply the Interpreter’s Code of Ethics to specific situations.
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SECURITY CLEARANCE: INCUMBENT MUST BE ABLE TO OBTAIN AND MAINTAIN A SECRET LEVEL SECURITY CLEARANCE AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.
PHYSICAL EFFORT: At this level interpreters usually may sit comfortably to perform their duties. However, there may be some walking, and standing during training classes and carrying of light object such as reference books and papers.
WORKING CONDITIONS: The work environment involves normal, everyday risks or discomforts typical of such places as offices, conference rooms, and interpreting booths.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: If you are deaf or hard of hearing and need assistance, please contact your local Video Relay Service provider to contact Andrea Rathbun at (801) 586-1819 for assistance.
REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS : Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. For more information on this policy please go to http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDI140025-V300.pdf
ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated in the best qualified category, without veterans’ preference points, based on the answers provided to the questions contained in the Assessment Questionnaire and supporting application material, for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Best-qualified candidates are also required to meet any job-related personal, suitability, and/or medical requirements established for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a “Notice of Personnel Action” (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after “injury” compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Military Spouse preference applies to the wife or husband of an active duty military member of the armed forces, including a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, relocating because of service under a statutory tour. Applicant must meet all pre-employment criteria for suitability and citizenship. Eligibility does not extend to the spouse unless the marriage took place prior to the sponsor and the spouse relocating to the new duty station area. To be eligible for MSP, applicants must be ranked in the “Best Qualified” category, and be applying for a vacancy within the commuting area of the sponsor’s new duty location. NOTE: To receive Military Spouse Preference (MSP), please submit a copy of the sponsor’s orders showing your name as an accompanying dependent, along with your completed application.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Résumé
2. A completed Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 641749. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
4. If you are faxing any other documents, always use the official cover sheet which you may print using this link, http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf . The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.
PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
1. Please refer to the “Overview” Section of this announcement for other required documents.
2. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
DEO INQUIRY LINE
DEO EDWARDS ACQDEMO
DO NOT MAIL YOUR APPLICATION
HILL AFB, UT
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the initial online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful, if you provided an email address in your application.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures, and you will then be placed in one of three rating categories.
You will be notified via email regarding your qualifications and if you have been referred to the selecting official. Interviews may be conducted at the discretion of the hiring manager.
If selected for the position you will be contacted via email with a tentative offer. If you are not selected you will be notified by this office.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, MUST BE UPLOADED OR FAXED AND SUBMITTED PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT (11:59 EASTERN TIME). IF ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION IS NOT RECEIVED BY THE CLOSING DATE YOUR APPLICATION MAY NOT BE REFERRED TO THE HIRING MANAGER.
Electronic submission is the quickest and easiest option. Please ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and at least the last four digits of your social security number.
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