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The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless.
VA BHHCS is a multi-campus health care system, with approximately 1300 employees, providing primary care, acute medicine, surgery, behavioral health, nursing home and domiciliary care from medical centers located at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as a staffed Community Based Outreach Clinic in Rapid City and numerous contracted and staffed clinics in Western South Dakota, Northern Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming. The VA BHHCS is part of VA Midwest Healthcare System (VISN 23), which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
The work of this position involves the planning and delivery of customer support services. The primary duties and responsibilities include providing Point of Care Customer Service, resolving customer related technical software and hardware problems in accordance with established policies and procedures. The incumbent is also responsible for diagnosing and/or resolving problems in response to customer reported incidents via trouble tickets; escalating problems to the Lead or Supervisory IT Specialist as appropriate; overseeing Help Desk activities; and configuring devices and software applications following established procedures. Provides account management support, client connectivity support and client application support for various devices; and remains current with changing IT technologies via sponsored VA training and/or through personal education. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
*works on the development, implementation, and management of Information Technology (IT) processing systems, including mini and micro based computer systems networked together in local and wide area networks and interfaced to mainframe computers
*supports the operation of systems/pilot testing of new systems; to include: baseline compliance; patch management; studying documentation provided with new or revised software and taking steps to install software; monitoring the use of disk space; preparing routine workload reports showing system use and available capacity; submitting recommendations to improve the efficient use of the system; and responding to special requests for system data and similar
*reviews proposed changes to the client operating environment; suggests resolutions that are most likely to be used on a regular basis; trains lower graded IT Specialists in account management procedures; and evaluates usage patterns
*identifies and breaks down problems using structured problem resolution approaches; and works with network specialists, applications developers, system administrators and security specialists to prevent recurring problems
*maintains inventory of local application systems and software/hardware used; conducts physical inventory as required of IT equipment throughout the facility
*participates in OIT oriented emergency preparedness activities, and assists with Disaster Recovery Plans and/or Information System Contingency Plans updates and tests
*provides site support, to include racking/stacking/swapping and connecting equipment, monitoring status, and performing other physical actions on the equipment; manages and maintains patch cables in facility computer rooms and closets
*provides feedback on problematic trends and patterns in technical support; develops and maintains problem tracking and resolution databases ensuring accurate records are filed
*provides site support and assistance to telecommunications managers and IP telephones
Work Schedule: Normally 7:30 AM - 4 PM, Monday - Friday, Full-time, 40 hours per week. NOTE: This position supports 24/7 operations throughout the calendar year. Work is typically performed on the day shift; however, the candidate may be subject to overtime work, shift work and/or work on rotating shifts to include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: IT Specialist (Customer Support) / #15263A (GS-7), #15264A (GS-9), & #15265A (GS-11)
Location: Hot Springs, SD, VA Black Hills Health Care System, IT Service
NOTE: This position does not require a financial disclosure. This is not a virtual position.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required to other VA Black Hills sites
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
- 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
- Must submit proof of status eligibility such as DD214 or SF 50.
Physical Requirements: Work is both sedentary and active, requiring walking throughout the medical center. Duties will require lifting, carting and carrying computer equipment such as computers, monitors, scanners and printers weighing 20-40 pounds. Asking assistance from other specialists to help with lifting is encouraged. There may be limited crawling under desks and behind areas to gain access to equipment.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/01/2018.
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 7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 5 level. For a GS 9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 7 level. For a GS 11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 9 level. 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. 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.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
GS-7 Specialized Experience: Must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in Federal Civil Service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is in or related to the position to be filled at the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is described as: Applying IT principles, methods, and practices in the customer service and customer support area to identify and resolve issues and problems. Having a basic understanding of systems design and development techniques and knowledge-based applications to install, configure, upgrade, and troubleshoot any hardware and software components to report, respond to, and resolve customer requests. Working with office and data automation and communication hardware, software, and implementation techniques as well as those associated with LAN architectures. Working with systems analysis techniques to perform tests, evaluate test results, and make detailed technical recommendations.
GS 7 Education: Must have successfully completed 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. Education must demonstrate the competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
GS-9 Specialized Experience: Must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in Federal Civil Service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is in or related to the position to be filled at the GS-9 level. Specialized experience includes: Applying customer support concepts and methods sufficient to install, configure, and test software on customer workstations. Applying Information Technology methods and procedures for documenting resolutions, maintaining problem resolution databases. Using troubleshooting and data analysis techniques and coordinating customer support activities sufficient to receive, respond to and ensure complete resolution of the more complex Help Desk call. Providing comprehensive software, Information Technology systems or equipment guidance and/or training to enhance customer knowledge, as well as to prevent problematic recurrences of Help Desk Inquiries.
GS-9 Education: Must possess a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
GS-11 Specialized Experience: Must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in Federal Civil Service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is in or related to the position to be filled at the GS-11 level. Specialized experience includes: Applying customer support concepts and methods sufficient to install, configure, and test software on customer workstations. Applying Information Technology methods and procedures for documenting resolutions, maintaining problem resolution databases. Using troubleshooting and data analysis techniques and coordinating customer support activities sufficient to receive, respond to and ensure complete resolution of the more complex Help Desk call. Providing comprehensive software, Information Technology systems or equipment guidance and/or training to enhance customer knowledge, as well as to prevent problematic recurrences of Help Desk Inquiries. Evaluating and reporting on new information technology tools and trends related to customer support services; and recommending purchase of new tools to enhance the delivery of customer support services. Presenting alternative resolutions to complex problems; as well as develop clear and concise IT reports and documentation for senior IT management and other leadership officials at the facility.
GS-11 Education: Must have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent Doctoral Degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent Doctoral Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
AND, in addition to the experience/education described above, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below which must be supported by your resume and other application materials.
- Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
- 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.
- 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.
- Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
PLEASE NOTE: 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/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position you must submit a complete application package which, in addition to the on-line questionnaire, includes the following required documents:
1. Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. (required)
2. SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service). You must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted. (if applicable)
3. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Must be the Member 4 or Member 2 copy of the DD214 that shows Character of Service. (if applicable)
4. Documentation of Service-Connected disability: Service-Connected disability letter and SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (if applicable) http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf (if applicable)
Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted to support your status eligibility.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
- Cover Letter
- Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. For a short video with explicit instructions and guidance on how to apply online, please click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY5Z_pfFUK4&feature=youtu.be&list=
To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/01/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10129834.
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Agency contact information
AddressVA Black Hills Health Care System
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD 57741
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