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Job Title:IT Specialist (PLCYPLN)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agriculture, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Job Announcement Number:NFCR-13-045-LAS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
New Orleans, LA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 

The mission of the National Finance Center: To design, develop, implement and operate, cost-effective, financial, administrative, and management information systems and services supporting missions of the USDA and its customers.

This position is located in the Office of Chief Financial Officer, National Finance Center (OCFO/NFC), Information Technology Services Division (ITSD).

 

This vacancy may be used to fill additional similar positions in ITSD.

 

Please note that this position is only being recruited for at the GS 11 level. Full performance is at the GS 12 level.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)

DUTIES:

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The incumbent of this position functions as a technical specialist serving as a senior member of a staff of Information Technology (IT) specialists supporting IT capacity planning, resource utilization/ performance reporting, enterprise analysis, strategic planning, procurement acquisition planning, budget planning and execution, financial management and execution for the OCFO.

As a IT Specialist (PLYCPLN), you will be responsible for the following:

Manages senior level management activities in support of major IT projects and initiatives. Plans, executes, documents tracks and reports.

Controls formal definition and tracking of IT projects including budget, schedule and performance.

Drafts documentation and analyzes IT policy and procedures. Supports the planning and execution  of Project Management, Budget Management, Financial Management, Data Calls, Acquisition Management, Asset Management, Change and Configuration Management, etc.

Performs and develops analyses of alternatives including cost/benefit and budget/financial management.

Performs project management duties in accomplishment of branch level projects in support of IT resource and process administration.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience that must have been at least equivalent to the (GS-9) level in the Federal service. For this position specialized experience is administration and attendance of technical meetings including organization of technical and non technical documents, and development, coordination and publishing of agendas; working with senior staff to develop and maintain documents for large data centers; skill in PowerPoint and SharePoint, knowledge of Microsoft Visio and expert level skills in Microsoft Office.

 

FAILURE TO DIRECTLY ADDRESS THE ABOVE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE STATEMENT IN YOUR RESUME WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.

 

Applicants must also have 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 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.

 

Additionally, you will be evaluated on the following KSAs but do not need to address these directly in your resume:

 

- Skill in conducting technical meetings.

- Skill in the collaboration with technical and nontechnical staff in the development of formal work products

- Knowledge of IT operations in a large datacenter environment.

- Ability to use SharePoint and PowerPoint.

- Skill in using MS Office at an expert level.

- Skill in communicating complex technical concepts to a variety of audiences.

 


At the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree may be substituted for the experience requirements.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education in excess of one year and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here.

Approximate percentages of time must be identified when positions held involved the performance of more than one type of work (e.g., secretarial and accounting, truck driver and warehousing, clerical, etc.). (Required for All Candidates)

Candidates must meet  qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. All candidates' eligibility must remain active to receive further consideration throughout the employment process. Qualification standards are found in the Operating Manual of Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions or the X-118C, Federal Wage System, which is published by the Office of Personnel Management. You may review these operating manuals in their entirety by clicking here and at all Federal personnel offices.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet minimum qualifications and your application demonstrates you possess the particular competencies for this position. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below:

  1. Best-Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates experience as an expert in the field or recognized as a senior specialist, team lead, etc.
  1. Well-Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.
  1. Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to occupational questionnaire.

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be adjusted and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

 

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet basic qualifications and your application demonstrates you possess the particular competencies for this position. Your ranking is based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire and the documents you submitted. You must receive a rating of 90 or above to be initially referred for employment. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be adjusted and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


BENEFITS:

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This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/resourcecenter/index/interactive/benefits



OTHER INFORMATION:

OTHER INFORMATION:

CTAP/ICTAP: Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program. To be eligible to exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at least Well-Qualified, based upon the rating criteria for this position. Submit copy of RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action. For information on how to apply as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible see: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#intro

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 Member-4 copy(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.
  • Assessed applicants will be placed in the appropriate quality category and ranked according to veterans’ preference eligibility and non-preference eligibility. Within each category, all qualified preference eligibles are placed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Preference eligibles do not receive additional points under category rating procedures. For positions other than professional and scientific at the GS-09 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the highest quality category. For professional and scientific positions at the GS-9 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the appropriate quality category for which rated.
  • Below is the link to OPM's "Category Rating Fact Sheet" (answers questions regarding various hiring reform issues (i.e., the purpose of Category Rating, Veteran's preference and how it's applied under Category Rating, etc.): http://www.opm.gov/employ/category_rating/cr_factsheet.pdf

 

Survey: In order to determine if the recruitment efforts of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer are reaching the broadest possible spectrum of America's population, we request that you complete the Demographic Information on Applicants form available at the following link, http://www.nga.gov/pdf/app_bg_survey.pdf, and then print and submit the form along with their application. Submission of this form is entirely voluntary and your replies on it are highly confidential. Your completion of the form will not impact your chances of selection but will; instead, assist us in improving our recruitment efforts in the future.

Some positions within this series may require the selectee to obtain/maintain a high-level background investigation and/or security clearance. Failure to obtain/maintain the appropriate background investigation and/or security clearance may serve as the basis for termination of employment.

 

This position maybe eligible for Alternate Work Schedule, Flexible Work Schedule, and/or Telework assignments.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Note: Please refer to the Required Documents section below to complete your application package regardless of which option you use to apply.

 

OPTION A - Electronic submission

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, which includes the documents listed below in Required Documents:

1. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. You can store up tp five resumes in your USAJobs account. Choose (and review) the resume that you want to use and attach it to your application.

 

2. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

3. If you have applied for other jobs, you may be able to re-use documents that you have already uploaded. Once your occupational questionnaire is complete, you will be prompted to select or attach supporting documents.

(If you are unable to upload these documents due to technical difficulties, you can fax them by completing this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 797829. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. )

 

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

 

OPTION B – USE ONLY IF YOU CANNOT APPLY ONLINE.

Occupational Questionnaire must be submitted as follows:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and
  1. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
  1. 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. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring all faxed documents are transmitted and received in the system.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

CTAP/ICTAP: Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program, to beel eligible to exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at least Well-Qualified, based upon the rating criteria for this position. Submit copy of RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action. For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible please click here.

Selective Service:   If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Click here for more information.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your résumé . Your veterans preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

·         For 5-point veterans preference, please provide your DD-214 Member-4 copy (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

·         For 10-point veterans preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

Assessed applicants will be placed in the appropriate quality category and ranked according to veterans’ preference eligibility and non-preference eligibility. Within each category, all qualified preference eligibles are placed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Preference eligibles do not receive additional points under category rating procedures.  For positions other than professional and scientific at the GS-09 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the highest quality category.  For professional and scientific positions at the GS-9 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the appropriate quality category for which rated.

 Survey: In order to determine if the recruitment efforts of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer are reaching the broadest possible spectrum of America's population, we request that you complete the Demographic Information on Applicants form available by clicking here and then print and submit the form along with their application. Submission of this form is entirely voluntary and your replies on it are highly confidential.  Your completion of the form will not impact your chances of selection but will; instead, assist us in improving our recruitment efforts in the future.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

LAURA STANEK
Phone: (504)426-0272
Email: LAURA.STANEK@USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
USDA OCFO National Finance Center
Attn HRMS/CCRO
13800 Old Gentilly Road
New Orleans, LA
70129
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Occupational/Assessment Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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Job Announcement Number:

NFCR-13-045-LAS

Control Number:

332456900