3 Dec 2013

Full-Time Sign Language Interpreter

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Posted by adminGreenbelt, Maryland, United States

NOTE: This job listing has expired and may no longer be relevant!

Job Description

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:Goddard Space Flight Center

Job Announcement Number:GS14B0006

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 to Thursday, December 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time – Term Appointment Not to Exceed 2 Years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Greenbelt, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to all qualified U.S citizens. This announcement combines a merit promotion and a competitive announcement in one advertisement. Applications will be accepted from status and non-status candidates. Status candidates, including NASA term employees eligible for conversion under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, will be considered under merit promotion procedures. Non-status candidates will be considered under competitive procedures.

JOB SUMMARY:

NASA, the world’s leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That’s what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The Equal Opportunity Programs Office (Code 120) is seeking a highly qualified individual to provide a full range of interpreting/translating services for the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) deaf/hard of hearing employees.

COMMENTS:

The previous announcements, GS13B0094 and GS13B0105, have been cancelled and are being re-advertised; ALL applicants that applied under the previous announcements must reapply to be considered

Applicants must possess the required Selective Factor indicated in the Qualifications section below.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

Please be sure to review your resume on the Resume Review page once you have transferred to the NASA site. Ensure that the correct copy of the resume you have selected has been transferred from your USAJOBS account. If you fail to validate the information in your resume, you may not be appropriately evaluated for this position. Also, please be sure to review and complete the Supplemental Information questions.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as ‘resume received – complete.’ If your status is ‘Application Started,’ you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

If you are an individual with a disability and have questions regarding the Federal special hiring authorities for individuals with disabilities or would like to request a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager by email at gsfc-disability-programs@mail.nasa.gov. Goddard Space Flight Center offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities including onsite sign language interpreters, readers, and is a participating agency with the Computer Electronics Accommodations Program.

(NOTE: For additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website, https://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp)

KEY REQUIREMENTS

 

  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by appointment date
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Occasional travel may be required

DUTIES:

Back to top

As an American Sign Language Interpreter, the incumbent is principally responsible for providing a full range of interpreting/transliterating services for Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) deaf/hard of hearing employees.

Interprets/transliterates in a variety of communication modes for agency-wide work related events such as special programs, formal conferences, EEO complaints, etc. These situations require simultaneous interpreting, consecutive interpreting, oral interpreting as well as gestured communication. The interpreter must be able to adapt to accents and regional differences in both English and ASL. Requires relatively uninterrupted platform interpreting/transliterating for high level staff and/or dignitaries who are present as special guest speakers.

Assists in the coordination of interpreting service requests. Interprets for visitors to the GSFC who are deaf or hard of hearing, so they can fully and equally understand NASA¿s mission, its functions, and receive technical assistance. Maintains statistics on interpreting service usage, records of budget and procurement documentation for report purposes. Acts as information specialist to the Center regarding the availability of state-of-the-art deaf/hard of hearing telecommunications (i.e., TTY¿s, closed captioned television, etc.)

In addition to sign language interpreter duties, provides information on rights and responsibilities of employees, supervisors, and witnesses in informal claims of discrimination. Typical assignments include interviewing parties to a complaint and summarizing information obtained, instructs employees on the process for filing a formal EEO complaint, searching files and records for evidence relevant to a particular case, analyzing employment statistics and preparing narrative summaries, writing replies to correspondence, or answering factual questions from the general public, agency employees, or others concerning program objectives or procedures.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience is interpreting/transliterating in a technical or scientific/engineering environment for such meetings as special programs, formal conferences, ceremonies, employee/supervisor sessions, etc.

Applicants must also possess the following Selective Factor to receive consideration for this position and should ensure that their resume reflects possession of this required Selective Factor:

A recognized certification by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) such as NIC, CI, CT, CSC, IC, TC, NAD, etc.

 

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Announcement will be used for both internal and external applicants.

Internal (Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows:
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category – Tentative meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category – Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category – Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA’sApplicant Guide..

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.

External (Non-Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows:
Same process as Internal (Status) candidates, with the additional procedures related to Veterans:

The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.


BENEFITS:

Back to top

NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See ‘How You Will Be Evaluated’ for definition of well qualified.Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position.

The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume. NASA’s Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

This appointment may be extended beyond the initial appointment date, for a period not to exceed a total of six years.

Under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, individuals appointed under this announcement may be converted to permanent appointment, either non-competitively or through internal agency competitive placement procedures. Conversion is not guaranteed, and term conversion eligibility is contingent on the employee meeting all legal requirements.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY:

Back to top

This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. 

In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site.When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces.You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJobs' document attachment feature. 

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. 

You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. For more information, see the Applicant Guide. 

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements

If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested. 

All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide

Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Talent Acquisition Office
Phone: 301-286-3691
Email: GSFC-TAO@mail.nasa.gov
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL
35812
US
 

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. 

At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

Job Categories: Administrative Jobs. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: communication jobs, nasa communications, sign language, and translator job. Salary: 80,000 - 100,000.

Apply for this Job

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *