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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:IT Specialist

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of the Census

Job Announcement Number:WA408374-S1

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,403.00 to $70,236.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 to Friday, March 30, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-05/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies - SUITLAND, MDView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Come join the Census Team, where everyone counts! The Census Bureau produces quality data that helps Americans better understand our country- its population, resources, economy, society and culture.

This announcement will be used to establish a standing inventory. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for vacancies as positions become available at the Census Bureau. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for vacancies until selected or their eligibility expires. For information concerning the period of eligibility, please see the "What To Expect Next" section of this announcement.

Applicants who previously applied do not need to reapply. Your application will continue to receive consideration under this announcement, provided your application is currently active and your eligibility has not expired.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Resume and supporting documents (see How To Apply section)
  • Registration for Selective Service

DUTIES:

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Application Software Specialization, GS-5 through GS-9
Duties include developing and testing software programs in a production environment that requires a good working knowledge of the syntax, capabilities and limitations of the programming language and operating system under which it operates.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All applicants applying for the GS-05 grade level or above must meet one of the following basic requirements:

A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in: computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management, OR you have a bachelor’s or higher 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; OR
B.
You have IT-related experience reviewing routine IT data; editing and disseminating written reports; providing standard IT products and services to customers; demonstrating attention to detail when performing work; working with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; orally expressing information to individuals or groups effectively; listening to others and responding appropriately; and identifying and evaluating problems and making recommendations to solve them.

Applicants applying for the GS-07 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (in addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above):

A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a bachelor's degree in one of the majors listed above and superior academic achievement. Superior academic achievement is generally defined by an earned grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0. For information on additional ways to meet the superior academic achievement provision, see http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp#e4f OR
B.
You have (or within 9 months will have) completed at least one year of graduate education in one of the majors listed above;
OR
C.
You have at least one year of specialized experience developing and testing software programs or portions of more complex systems using Java, C#, Power Builder and SAS. For further details, see
http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_app.html. You must also have experience editing written reports, providing standard products and services, solving routine problems and gathering and communicating basic ideas clearly.

Applicants applying for the GS-09 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (in addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above):

A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree, or completed two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree, in one of the majors listed above; OR
B.
You have at least one year of specialized experience writing software in a production environment that requires a good working knowledge of the syntax, capabilities and limitations of the programming language and operating system. For further details, see
http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_app.html. You must also have experience drafting and editing written reports, assessing customer needs and identifying products to meet them, explaining moderately complex information clearly, and resolving non-routine issues.


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show proof that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to verify that minimum qualification requirements are met. After this review is complete, you will receive a notice indicating your eligibility for the grade level(s) to which you applied. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): customer service; problem solving; oral communication; attention to detail; operating systems used for application development; writing, testing, debugging and documenting application software; configuration management; and independent software testing.
Once the hiring agency submits a request to fill a position, you will be placed in one of three pre-defined quality categories. The three categories are:

  • Gold - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria.
  • Silver - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria.
  • Bronze - Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above.

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documents, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans’ preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/).
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility can be found at
http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp. CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.      Your Resume

2.      A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.      Other supporting documents:
- College transcripts (must be submitted if qualifying based on education)
- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15 (revised December 2004 or later), etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements please visit:
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by Friday, March 30, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

https://applicationmanager.gov/

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 408374. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire:
View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire 
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1.      Your Resume

2.      A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.      Other supporting documents:
- College transcripts (must be submitted if qualifying based on education)
- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15 (revised December 2004 or later), etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements please visit:
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Washington Services Branch
Phone: (202)606-2575
Email: WASHINGTON@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
COMMERCE Bureau of Census
Please do not send mail
Washington, DC
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your eligibility and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION: Qualified applicants will receive employment consideration for a period of three months from the date their name is entered on the inventory. Applicants may request an extension of their eligibility by submitting a written request within two weeks of their expiration date to OPM’s email address: washington@opm.gov. Only ONE extension will be granted. Applicants who would like consideration beyond the six months period MUST reapply.


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Job Announcement Number:

WA408374-S1

Control Number:

306562900