Thursday, 22 December 2011

IT Specialist (Network)

JOB POSTED ON:

Job Title:IT Specialist (Network)
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Agriculture, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Job Announcement Number:NFCR-12-072-GAP

SALARY RANGE:

$59,339.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 to Wednesday, January 04, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy(s) - New Orleans, LA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:



The mission of the National Finance Center: To design, develop, implement and operate, cost-effective, financial, administrative, and management information systems and services supporting missions of the USDA and its customers.
This position is located in the Office of Chief Financial Officer, National Finance Center (OCFO/NFC), Information Technology Services Division (ITSD), Network Services Branch (NSB).

This vacancy may be used to fill additional similar positions in ITSD.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Relocation expenses and recruitment incentives will NOT be paid
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

The purpose of this position is to function as a technical expert and project leader of complex network communications projects.
As an IT Specialist (Network), you will be responsible for the following:
  • Analyze and evaluate work concerned with integrated systems of computer programs or computer equipment.
  • Develop and maintain procedures and software for reliability and integrity of the computer system data.
  • Advise and provide technical consultation and guidance to IT operating and management personnel on issues related to optimization of software and hardware utilization, configuration, and new development and techniques with respect to assigned projects.
  • Coordinate team efforts in accomplishing the work, directing development of overall plans, criteria, and network specifications.
  • Evaluate software, hardware, and network performance using complex analysis tools in order to correct operational deficiencies.
  • Oversee/perform equipment installation or relocation, testing and acceptance processes. Responds to and resolves problems with software, hardware and network management. Integrates several hardware, software, or network related services to provide an integrated network system.
  • Ensures that state-of-the-art technology is maintained for all computerized resources outside of the main host computer environment.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:


At the GS-11 level: One year of specialized experience that must have been at least equivalent to the (GS-09) level of specialized work experience in the Federal service, that included experience as a Network Administrator which included responsibility for performing troubleshooting and analysis of network infrastructure deployment and configuration issues and experience defining network requirements and maintaining network infrastructure; configuring hubs, routers, and switches; analyzing network workload; monitoring network capacity and performance; diagnosing and resolving network problems; and evaluating current technology available in a variety of categories. (Note: This experience must be demonstrated on your resume/supporting documents). 

At the GS-12 level: One year of specialized experience that must have been at least equivalent to the (GS-11) level of specialized work experience in the Federal service, that included experience as a Network Administrator which included responsibility for performing troubleshooting and analysis of network infrastructure deployment and configuration issues and experience defining network requirements and maintaining network infrastructure; configuring hubs, routers, and switches; analyzing network workload; monitoring network capacity and performance; diagnosing and resolving network problems; evaluating current technology available in a variety of categories and serving as a technical expert in recommending products and services to meet a variety of needs. (Note: This experience must be demonstrated on your resume/supporting documents). 
Applicants must also have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:
1.       Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2.       Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
3.       Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
4.       Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.



At the GS-11 level ONLY:
A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree may be substituted for the experience requirements.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education in excess of one year and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation by clicking here. All education claimed by the selected applicant will be verified before an appointment is made to this position. 

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here.




Candidates must meet qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. All candidates' eligibility must remain active to receive further consideration throughout the employment process. Qualification standards are found in the Operating Manual of Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions or the X-118C, Federal Wage System, which is published by the Office of Personnel Management. You may review these operating manuals in their entirety at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp and all Federal personnel offices.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:


Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet minimum qualifications and your application demonstrates you possess the particular competencies for this position. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below:

  1. Best-Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates experience as an expert in the field or recognized as a senior specialist, team lead, etc.
  2. Well-Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.
  3. Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to occupational questionnaire.

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be adjusted and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

 

BENEFITS:


This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:


CTAP/ICTAP: Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program, to be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Submit copy of RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action. For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible please click here.

Selective Service:   If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Click here for more information.

Special Hiring Authorities Documentation: If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your résumé . Your veterans preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
·         For 5-point veterans preference, please provide your DD-214 Member-4 copy (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
·         For 10-point veterans preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.
·         To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either: a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service.
Survey: In order to determine if the recruitment efforts of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer are reaching the broadest possible spectrum of America's population, we request that you complete the Demographic Information on Applicants form available by clicking here and then print and submit the form along with their application. Submission of this form is entirely voluntary and your replies on it are highly confidential.  Your completion of the form will not impact your chances of selection but will; instead, assist us in improving our recruitment efforts in the future.
Some positions within this series may require the selectee to obtain/maintain a high-level background investigation and/or security clearance. Failure to obtain/maintain the appropriate background investigation and/or security clearance may serve as the basis for termination of employment.


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