Visual Information Specialist

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 29

Position description

The Bureau of Global Public Affairs (GPA) carries out the Secretary's mandate to articulate the foreign policy of the United States and to communicate with and engage U.S. and global audiences. The Bureau communicates the American foreign policy around the world and informing domestic audiences about U.S. foreign policy priorities and the value of diplomacy.

Telework is at management discretion.


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  • Conceives and designs info graphics, story panels, and other visual elements that convey information about U.S. foreign policy initiatives and policies, and about U.S. society, culture, and life. 
  • Devises and applies layout styles and techniques tailored to enhance each project's effectiveness in engaging its intended audience, which may range from learners of English to foreign government officials and experts.
  • Assesses appropriateness of information and collaborates with other content producers and senior level officials to ensure information adequately addresses objectives.
  • Communicates visual requirements to others and coordinates work with any illustrators, writers, editors or contract personnel involved in developing presentations.
  • Utilizes Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent software and adds to PDF files metadata elements enabling access to graphics by visually impaired individuals employing special assistive technologies such as screen readers.
  • Designs books, posters, and magazines. 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

THE FOLLOWING SELECTIVE FACTOR IS REQUIRED:  The candidate must include in his/her resume links to a graphic design portfolio or to content showing graphic design ability.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following: Experience designing visual materials (infographics, story panels, etc.) and formatting layouts for print and electronic media with an emphasis on conveying an organization’s messaging in an international environment;  and experience managing the design and development and publication of content using Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress (or similar website builder).

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.

Note: Unpaid experience is creditable, provided the work done was of a quality level and demonstrates the ability required for this position. This 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.




See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Application instructions

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