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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:IT Specialist (Policy and Planning)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Job Announcement Number:NIFA-S12N-0024

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 18, 2012 to Thursday, November 08, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

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-0025.

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 an Information Technology Specialist responsible for various planning and policy activities associated with information and information systems including, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, budget planning, capital planning, and investment control; liaison with and advocate for NIFA employees, partners, and the administration; quality assurance; implementation of various laws, regulations, and policies governing information and information systems including OMB circular A-130, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Privacy Act, the Clinger-Cohen Act, and the E-Government Act; developing and implementing agency policies as required; and reporting as required on these activities to the administration and to Congress.

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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  • Assists in the development, maintenance, and monitoring of IT strategic and operational plans.
  • Gathers and analyzes data in order to support and maintain enterprise architecture reference models.
  • Assists with the NIFA Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) process to maximize the value and assess and manage the risks of the information technology investments of NIFA.
  • Analyzes and evaluates current OIT projects to assure stated objectives are being met, and develops life cycle cost analyses and performing cost benefit or economic evaluations, to provide funding recommendations.
  • Drafts policies related to a variety of information technology disciplines.
  • Develops templates and processes in support of OIT processes and deliverables.
  • Stays abreast of new IT developments, policy changes, applications; emerging technologies and their applications to business processes and advises senior leadership on potential impacts.
  • Serves as a Change Management Coordinator, monitoring and tracking system changes, assessing risks of system changes. Administers the change management software used to track change requests and releases.  

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

 (A) 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-09 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the following: (1) knowledge of information technology strategic planning processes, Federal enterprise architecture, and capital planning investment control; (2) knowledge of and experience applying change management processes like Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL); (3) knowledge of federal information technology policies; and (4) experience establishing close working relationships and effectively communicating orally and in writing, to groups of diverse people.

OR  


(B) EDUCATION

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. The degree must be in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management; OR the degree included 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.

NOTE: If you meet the basic requirements for (B), you are REQUIRED to submit a copy of transcripts with your application for the position.

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

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. 

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, and skill in applying advanced IT strategic planning in support of Capital Planning and Enterprise Architecture goals.

2. Knowledge of the various federal laws, regulations, and policy related to information technology.

3. Ability to manage information technology changes assess risks.

4. Ability to establish close working relationships and to effectively communicate orally 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 Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles 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 Thursday, November 08, 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 756282.  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.  

Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit a copy of transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information. CLICK HERE for more information on this topic.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to 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. There is normally a fee associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate education, visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

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.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

NIFA-S12N-0024

Control Number:

328302000