Instructional System Specialist

Department Of Veterans Affairs Birmingham , AL 35202

Posted 2 months ago

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Summary

The purpose of this position is to plan, develop, implement and consult on a variety of training projects to accomplish results-oriented outcomes and promote the values and goals of the department; provide expertise and guidance to EES clients related to training approaches to enhance quality of care for veterans or improve business practices throughout VHA.

This position is a temporary promotion NTE 120 days with option to extend or make permanent in the EES E-Learning Division.

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Responsibilities

This is a temporary promotion NTE 120 days with the option to extend or make permanent.

This announcement is restricted to current/permanent EES employees and CTAP eligible.

Duties will include:

  • Planning, promoting, and developing educational design strategies for educational projects/programs and training solutions.

  • Leading and contributing to effective Integrated Product Teams, providing clear direction.

  • Promoting, coordinating, managing, and improving education policies, programs, standards, activities, and opportunities.

  • Designing and improving major educational projects/programs in VHA by analyzing audience needs, determining training gaps, and budget availability.

  • Serving as the national authority in educational program/project planning and development affecting sizable populations on a national scale at over 150 remote training locations, with large and complex issues and problems.

  • Conducting training system analysis, including - training analysis and needs assessment analyses; applying Science of Learning, educational theories, and knowledge of cognitive/interactive team skills; problem analyses, training situation analysis, and job-task analysis, etc.

  • Directing/coordinating/preparing/developing and use of educational materials.

  • Conducting market research and performing life cycle management of training solutions for projects/programs and courses.

  • Evaluating and developing effective instructional materials for subject matter experts and providing advice and assistance in the implementation of educational training solutions.

  • Serving as a national authority for leadership and direction in implementing educational programs/projects of major size and/or complexity.

  • Establishing the standards by which the education program and/or project will be evaluated on.

  • Evaluating programs and courses, designs, and reviewing methods to measure quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of programs and instructional techniques.

  • Assisting with the development of strategies for effective communication of program information.

  • Developing planning and budgeting information to identify resources and may be assigned as Contracting Officer Representative (COR) or Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) to monitor and document contractor performance.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm Mon-Fri.

Compressed/Flexible: Available

Telework: Available

Virtual: 100% remote option available

Position Description/PD#: Instructional System Specialist/PD02125A, PD02124A, PD02123A, and PD02122A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/21/2021.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 1-5 days per year for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

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1750 Instructional Systems

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to background/security investigation

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: You must first meet Basic Education Requirements for this position as described below. Transcripts are REQUIRED.

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. The course work must have included study in at least four of the following five areas:

  • Learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology: Study of learning theories as they relate to the systematic design, development, and validation of instructional material.

  • Instructional design practices: Study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness.

  • Educational evaluation: Study of the techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of instructional/educational programs, including developing written and performance tests and survey instruments, and determining reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.

  • Instructional product development: Study of the techniques appropriate for developing training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objectives, applying training strategy, validating training materials, and evaluating training.

  • Computers in education and training: Study of the application of computers in education and training, including selecting appropriate computer software.

In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must also meet the specialized experience requirement.

GS-9 Qualifications

Specialized Experience: 1 year of Specialized Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties related to the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least GS-7 grade level.

Examples of Specialized experience are: Experience conducting training analyses or needs assessment analyses with supervisory instruction; ability to develop and implement instructional design and strategies using a variety of appropriate modalities; experience with professional standards and results of analyses, e.g., problem analysis, training situation analysis, and skill analysis with supervisory instruction; knowledge of instructional design and strategies for education programs and projects;; and experience in assisting in the presentation of information to groups of any size.

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Education: Successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree, two (2) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

OR

Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

GS-11 Qualifications

Specialized Experience: 1 year of Specialized Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties related to the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least GS-9 grade level.

Examples of Specialized experience are: Experience providing technical support to others responsible for conducting education and training analyses or needs assessment analyses; experience assisting in providing technical support to others responsible for performing problem analyses, training situation analyses, or job-task analyses to support the functional design and development of training systems to solve training problems; experience providing administrative support to others responsible for documenting to professional standards the results of analyses, e.g., problem analysis, training situation analysis, and skill analysis; experience providing administrative support to others responsible for monitoring subject matter experts' (SME) development of content material or developing assessment instruments; experience assisting others responsible for developing or creating instructional design and strategies in any education field; experience providing technical support to others responsible for developing and applying new instructional design and strategies for education programs and technologies; knowledge of processes and/or technologies associated with the development of on-line educational products; and experience in presenting or reporting on education programs in formal or informal setting or assisting in making presentations to groups of various sizes.

OR

Education: Successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

OR

Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

GS-12 Qualifications

Specialized Experience: 1 year of Specialized Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties related to the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least GS-11 grade level.

Examples of Specialized experience are: Experience assisting others with conducting health care education and training analyses and needs assessment analyses; experience performing problem analyses, training situation analyses, and job-task analyses to support the functional design and development of training systems to solve training problems; experience providing administrative or technical support to others responsible for developing or creating instructional design and strategies in any education field.; knowledge of processes and/or technologies associated with courses, online or asynchronous learning, etc.; experience assisting in making presentations to small groups; experience assisting others in developing and applying new instructional design and strategies for education programs and technologies; experience documenting professional standards the results of analyses, e.g., problem analysis, training situation analysis, skill analysis, and development of statements of work; experience providing technical support in the development of storyboards used in the production of educational products under supervision; experience assisting in the development of statements of work; and experience researching and providing information to others in order to help implement instructional design and strategies, education programs, projects and/or activities.

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GS-13 Qualifications

Specialized Experience: 1 year of Specialized Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties related to the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least GS-12 grade level.

Examples of Specialized experience are: Mastery of a broad functional or specialized area of instructional systems development in order to apply and develop criteria or requirements for testing and evaluating new approaches and concepts for major education or training programs; professional knowledge of instructional methods, instructional systems design, educational testing and measurement, evaluation of education programs, task and learning analysis, and conduct of training and education; experience conducting health care education training analyses and needs assessment analyses; knowledge of the technology associated with delivering web-based education; knowledge and experience in planning educational programs to include long-term planning, development of goals and objectives, development of policies and programs, and evaluation of program effectiveness; experience making presentations or reporting on health care education programs to groups of various sizes; experience providing technical support in the development of storyboards used in the production of web-based or game-based learning products; experience in the development of statements of work; and experience providing technical support to others responsible for developing and applying new instructional design and strategies for education programs and technologies.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

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