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Job Title:Supervisory IT Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Job Announcement Number:NIFA-S12N-0021

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 01, 2012 to Monday, October 15, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S Citizens. Status Candidates, VEOA eligible's, reinstatement eligibles, and those eligibles under noncompetitive or special appointing authorities may apply to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement number NIFA-M12N-0022.

JOB SUMMARY:

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. To learn more about NIFA, please visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov.

This position is located in the Office of Information Technology and serves as a Information Technology Specialist responsible for directing and leading staff in carrying out applications assignments essential to database and information systems management, project management, system analysis, applications software, Internet utilization/infrastructure, e-government applications, and analytical support.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

DUTIES:

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This position has responsibility for the following:

 

  • Analyzes, defines, develops, and delivers essential data utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and architecture. Plans for anticipated changes in data capacity and ensures data information security.
  • Assures integration of NIFA application systems to enhance efficiencies, reduce duplication of efforts and clarify roles and responsibilities. Merges staff and expertise where appropriate to realize best structure for developing, implementing and maintaining NIFA mission-critical applications.
  • Manages procurement planning, source selection, and technical services including risk identification, scope management, and quality control.
  • Performs needs analyses and consults with customers to determine overall functional and system requirements and specifications. Develops cost/benefits estimates and ensures maximum integration of all system components.
  • Assures software and system quality and functionality of key agency teaching, research, and extension databases such as REEIS< CRIS, REEPort, FAEIS, C-REEMS, CDS, EFNEP, POW, CYFAR, and  web sites associated with such applications.
  • Communicates orally and in writing to present strategic and tactical approaches on projects.
  • Serves as chair of various working groups and committees related to applications development.
  • Assists with identifying needs by assessing existing and potential skill gaps in the IT capabilities in the employee population, and evaluating and recommending training strategies and mechanisms.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be minimally qualified for this position, you must meet the Basic Qualifications listed below.

 

EXPERIENCE
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 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.

 

PLUS

One year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-14 which is directly related to the work of this position.  Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: 1) applying knowledge of information systems application principles, theories, and techniques to accomplish various software development projects; (2) implementing new approaches to software development; 2) designing, developing, and maintaining software that increases the effectiveness and efficiency of critical databases; 3) managing allocated resources; 4) acquiring resources through federal acquisition contracting and estimating future needs; 5) establishing and maintaining close working relationships; and (6) communicating and instructing orally and in writing to a group of diverse people.

  


Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures.  Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire.  We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:  

    1. Knowledge of information systems application principles, theories, and techniques in order to implement new approaches to software development.
    2. Ability to design, develop, and maintain software that will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of databases of critical importance to the agency, and its partner institutions and other customers.
    3. Ability to manage allocated resources, knowledge of federal acquisition rules and regulations, ability to manage resources acquired through federal acquisition contracting and estimate future needs.
    4. Ability to establish a close working relationships and to effectively communicate and instruct orally and in writing to groups of diverse people.

    Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

    Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligible within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit 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.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  
    CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


BENEFITS:

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A benefits package is authorized for this position. CLICK HERE for more information concerning federal benefits.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.
CLICK HERE for further information.

Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment:
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.
CLICK HERE to access the Optional Form 306.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the
REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, October 15, 2012.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  https://applicationmanager.gov/.  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1.
Click here to print a fax cover page
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 743721.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the
1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire, and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
  • Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)


In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Veterans' Preference:  To determine your eligibility for Veterans' Preference, CLICK HERE.  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Eboni Wiggins
Phone: (301)504-1757
Email: EBONI.WIGGINS@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
800 9th Street SW
Washington, DC
20024

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

 

Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. 

 


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Job Announcement Number:

NIFA-S12N-0021

Control Number:

327067800