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Job Title:Technical Information Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Job Announcement Number:NIFA-M13N-0008

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:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1412-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

This vacancy is open to current federal employees with competitive status, VEOA eligibles, reinstatement eligibles, and those eligible under noncompetitive or special appointing authorities in the local commuting area.

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 Planning, Accountability and Reporting Staff (PARS), Office of the Director. The Technical Information Specialist is responsible for the planning, development, coordination, and delivery of programmatic, accountability, and financial information from agency information systems. This information is a vital resource to the agency and is used in support of the President's budget, in reporting on agency funded activities to Congress and interested parties, for assessing agency programs, for national program leadership, and for management and oversight of agency programs. The position provides guidance for the direction and management of research, education, and extension information to serve the needs of scientists, educators, managers, and administrators of the Department, the Agency, and others within the Federal/State agricultural research, education, and extension system.

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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·       Plans and organizes the retrieval and delivery of programmatic, accountability, and financial information from agency information systems.

·       Prioritizes information requests, especially for those requiring a rapid response or assigned as high.

·       Provides search guidance and retrieval services to agency staff and other authorized users requesting information on work in progress.

·       Manages the indexing, review, and reporting on agency crosscutting information in consultation and coordination with agency staff and the Budget Office.

·       Provides guidance accessing and delivering agency scientific/technical information.

·       Plans, and coordinates with, the design, preparation, and dissemination of special programmatic, accountability, and financial information from agency information systems to serve the needs of the Department and the States

·       Provides technical guidance on agency information classification, vocabulary, indexing, and other systematic information retrieval tools and schemes.

·       Collaborates with other agency staff to ensure that scientific/technical terminology is consistent with current interests, accommodates international perspective, and incompatible with major national and international indexing languages and conventions.

·       Assists the agency Information Systems and Technology Management (ISTM) unit in developing and implementing specifications, standards, and protocols for information display, search formulation and execution, system access, retrieval, and delivery.

·       Manages NIFA's intellectual property reporting data contained in the iEdison reporting system and delivered by paper correspondence.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet both the basic requirement AND the specialized experience requirement described below:

Basic Requirement:

Education: A full 4-year course of study that meets all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with major study the subject-matter field of the position to be filled, such as agricultural science or related disciplines; OR Experience: Four years of experience that provided a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, and terminology of agricultural science or related disciplines; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; Such experience must have been equivalent to that which would have been gained through a 4-year college curriculum; OR a combination of education and experience as described above.

Specialized Experience:

To qualify at the GS-11 grade level you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined by the following: Analyzing and organizing miscellaneous science related technical information or materials; gathering information from a wide variety of sources; analyzing information and responding to inquiries from customers requesting technical information; applying subject matter knowledge in the field of agricultural and/or related sciences to respond to customer inquiries; and locating highly technical and specialized information presenting findings in reports, summaries, charts, or other formats; OR a 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) related to the position (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS) or a combination of specialized experience and education.

 

 

 


Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Merit Promotion.


Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

 

Please submit your most recent SF-50 indicating your grade and step. Preferably your most recent promotion or with-in grade increase SF-50.

Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  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. You will be evaluated based on the following compentencies:

  • Knowledge of Database Concepts, Principles and Practices

  • Skill utilizing search techniques associated with a wide variety of computer based information systems

  • Knowledge of the breadth and scope of agency agricultural research, education, and extension topics and issues

  • Knowledge of Federal Budget Process

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with others

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 Wednesday, December 12, 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 790873.  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 also 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.

Merit Promotion:  If you are a current or previous Federal employee with competitive status and would like to be considered for this position, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 and performance appraisal.  Additionally, if you are requesting consideration for non-competitive eligibility, but do not yet hold the full performance level of this position, you must submit an SF-50 that documents your full performance level.  Failure to do so may cause you to lose consideration for this position.

Special Hiring Authorities:  To be considered under special hiring authorities (e.g. Schedule A, VRA, 30% or More Disabled Veteran's Program, etc.), you must submit documentation that provides evidence of this eligibility.  For further information click here.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA):  If you are applying to this position based on your eligibility through the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, you must submit documentation to support your eligibility.  Generally, this will be your DD-214.

Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit 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:

Wahkeela Hines
Phone: (301)504-2373
Email: WAHKEELA.HINES@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-M13N-0008

Control Number:

331697400