Advanced Visualization Specialist
Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Posted on: November 22, 2021
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Advanced Visualization Specialists design,
produce, and finish technologically sophisticated animated and
interactive products. They use data extraction, image analysis, 3D
illustration, and advanced computer software packages to develop
and/or modify precision visualization products.
Additional Job Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(NGA) serves as the world leader in providing timely, relevant,
accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). NGA's
civilian, military and contract personnel evaluate imagery, maps,
charts, multiple layers of foundation data - such as terrain,
elevation and gravity - and the full spectrum of visible and
invisible light in order to help users visualize what is happening
at a particular place and time. Our intelligence officers go beyond
describing 'what, where and when' to revealing 'how and why.' our
work enables decision advantage for our policymakers, warfighters,
intelligence professionals and first responders.
NGA seeks Advanced Visualization Specialists who are experts in
visual storytelling to design high-quality products to support
missions such as National Intelligence, National Security, Military
Planning and Operations and Disaster Relief and Preparedness for a
diverse audience including the Department of Defense, the
Intelligence Community, and senior US policymakers.
Job duties may include:
* Work with complex GEOINT and non-spatial data.
* Take complex stories that are technical in nature and distill
them into easy-to-understand geospatially accurate, visually
realistic, animated, and interactive 3D visualization products.
* Create complex facilities and equipment in 3D modeling
* Apply realistic textures to 3D models.
* Create models with realistic environmental features (e.g.,
natural lighting, sky, or ground cover).
* Develop 3D models that explain customer issues quickly.
* Extract and attribute objects, entities, features, information,
and/or data from source material, to include imagery, using
appropriate techniques and methods.
* Analyze processes, services, and products to ensure that they
meet quality standards and requirements.
* Disseminate data, information, and analytical conclusions using a
variety of visual tools, techniques, and methods.
* Knowledge in safety of navigation, statistics, layout,
topography, color and composition and/or composition.
* Work with a multitude of services or data to include: 3D Terrain
modeling, Custom Visualization, Mapping and Charting data for Print
on Demand (PoD) production, and safety of navigation (SoN)
* Work closely with analysts to conceptualize visuals that clearly
and effectively communicate intelligence findings.
* Occasionally brief management, mission partners, and senior
Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete
one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit
this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments
may include but are not limited to:
1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to
describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other
are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this
job posting. The information you provide in this application you
must support the response you provide to this questionnaire. You
will receive an email to describe any additional assessments
Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as
soon as possible.
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job,
applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory
Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online
applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific
examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's
mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:
1. Demonstrated proficiency with Autodesk Maya and/or 3DS Max.
2. Demonstrated proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud,
3. Demonstrated proficiency in 3D modeling.
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are
required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the
employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework,
remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.
If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19
and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22,
2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after
November 22. The agency will provide additional information
regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how
you can request of the agency a legally required exception from
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an
accredited college or university in 3D Animation, Gaming,
Industrial Design, Architecture, Visual Arts, Multimedia, or a
related field. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A
minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area
listed in option A, plus experience in 3D animation, gaming, or a
related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform
the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester
(45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of
experience. Advanced training in a vocational school, technical
institute, or art institute above the high school level in one of
the fields listed above is creditable as general experience on a
month-for-month basis. Candidates should show that their
combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C.
Experience: A minimum of 4 years of professional experience in 3D
animation, gaming, or a related field that demonstrates the ability
to successfully perform the duties associated with this work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Distinguish principal colors and shades/hues
of principal colors; Near visual acuity of 20/20 or better with or
without corrective lenses; Stereopsis ability
Highly Desired Qualifications
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory
qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
1. Experience in Real-time, interactive 3D technologies
proficiencies - examples include gaming engines like Unity,
web-based libraries and frameworks (WebGL, three.js, etc.), and
Adobe Acrobat/3D PDF's.
2. Expertise in User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI)
3. Demonstrated experience with satellite imagery, image processing
and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
4. Experience with producing geo-referenced 3D scenes and terrain
5. Demonstrated experience in interfacing with customers at various
levels to meet their requirements.
6. Experience with modeling photorealistic 3D and producing 3D
animated movies that depict complex scenarios.
Additional Job Requirements
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security
clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In
addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph
examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information.
All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random
basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take
the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret
information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are
required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714,
on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility.
Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top
Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted
access to SCIFs.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at
all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions
do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will
emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess
how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the
knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for
successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Band 03 $65,597 - $134,798
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the
Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and
family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your
For more information on the array of benefits programs, please
Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire
cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the
Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit
will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not
required for employment consideration with the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their
narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional
Who may apply
External Applicants Only
How to apply
Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence
Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process.
ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
How will I be evaluated?
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this
job opportunity in three stages:
1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory
2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or
panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to
determine the best-qualified candidates,
3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through
an interview process.
Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the
180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will
provide additional information if applicable.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment
Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting
Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct
their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant
experience and education for this job opportunity. This description
should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the
performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education
information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed
as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an
institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by
the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code,
annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive
full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be
eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift
Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the
reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants
(i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title
5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may
elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment
as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or
NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you
need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and
hiring process, please notify us at email@example.com. The
decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a
Conditions of Employment
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for
employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
* U.S. Citizenship Required
* Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented
* Polygraph Test Required
* Position Subject to Drug Testing
* Two Year Probationary Period
* Direct Deposit Required
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian
Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees
are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope
of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within
their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A
performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a
potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's
annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance
pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not
eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10
U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans'
Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section
2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in
DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and
Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans'
preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must
self-identify your eligibility in your application.
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