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Job Title:IT Specialist (INET)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agriculture, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Job Announcement Number:NFCR-13-071-JBD

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

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$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 07, 2013 to Monday, January 14, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
New Orleans, LA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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), Government Employees Services Division (GESD).


This vacancy may be used to fill additional similar positions.


  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Travel relocation and expenses will NOT be paid


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The purpose of this position is to provide Internet services that permit the publication and transmission of information about NFC systems and services to both internal and external customers using the Internet and intranet.   

As an IT Specialist (INET), you will be in a developmental position responsible for the following:

  • Design, develop, install and implement web sites using web development software tools and technologies such as
  • Javascript, XML, XSLT, Metadata, HTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Adobe Flash, etc.
  • Monitor functionality, security, and integrity of sites, troubleshoot and resolve technical problems with the design and delivery of web site services.
  • Update, modify and maintain existing web sites and analyze Internet service usage and performance statistics.
  • Monitor production sites and recommend changes to the team leader or supervisor that will enhance or streamline current site development processes.


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    A QRF has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position.  The QRF for this position is “recent experience providing web site development and design services”. 

    *QRF’s are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job.  QRF’s will NOT BE USED FOR SCREENING, but may be used as ranking criteria.  Applicants with higher proficiency levels or recent experience, may rank above those with lower or less recent experience on a QRF.  In order to receive credit for this QRF,  this competency or recent experience MUST be clearly demonstrated in your resume.

    At the GS-07 level:

    Qualifying experience for GS-07 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-05 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience applying web development and design principles, methods and practices, as they apply to the design and development of informational Web sites. You should have experience building and maintaining informational Web sites. Your experience should demonstrate knowledge and use of HTML and/or HTML5 to build informational Web sites. You should also have experience that demonstrates the use of Adobe Creative Suites 5.0 or higher (DreamWeaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop) to build Web sites. This experience MUST be clearly demonstrated in your resume to be found qualified.

    At the GS-09 level:

    One year of experience directly related to the occupation equivalent to at least the next lower grade level; or Ph. D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; or equivalent combinations of experience and education that equip you with the particular competencies to successfully perform work involving a full range of graphics services for this position. Examples of specialized experience include: 1.) Knowledge of the principles of artistic design as they apply to the creation of a wide array of visual materials for print, marketing and Web. 2.) Knowledge of various graphical software packages such as Adobe Creative Suites (DreamWeaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), as well as, other related software packages such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc. 3.) Experience to evaluate emerging technology developments and trends in graphic arts. This experience MUST be clearly demonstrated in your resume to be found qualified.
    The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for the Office of Personnel Management’s basic qualifications requirements, and the skills needed to perform the duties of this position as described in this vacancy announcement. Education can be substituted for minimally qualifying experience.


    To be found minimally qualified, education may be substituted for the specialized experience requirements at the following grade levels.


    At the GS-07 level:

    1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement (*SAA) may be substituted for the experience requirements.

    (*SAA is defined as a GPA of 3.0/4.0 for all courses or 3.5/4.0 for courses within the major field or standing within the top third of a graduating class or membership in a national scholastic honor society.)


    At the GS-09 level:

    A Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree may be substituted for the experience requirements.


    Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or 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.


    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.






    In addition to meeting either the specialized experience or education requirements listed above, applicants must also have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:


    At the GS-07 level:

    Applicants must have experience assisting team leads, supervisors, or managers performing IT-related duties demonstrating working knowledge of the four (4) IT Competencies listed below.


    At the GS-09 level:

    Applicants must have experience performing IT-related duties under close supervision demonstrating knowledge of the IT 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.

    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 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.




    You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.  You are NOT required to respond to these separately:

    •  Knowledge of web page design principles and methods and basic Internet server maintenance techniques

    •  Knowledge of emerging Internet technologies, Internet protocols, usability concepts, accessibility requirements.      
    •  Skill in a variety of web development programming/scripting tools/languages such as Java script, XML, XSLT, Meta data, HTML,, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, Design, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Flash, etc.  
    •  Skill in verbal and written communication in order to lead meetings and prepare comprehensive reports/procedures/presentations, etc. for diverse users and personnel at all levels.

    •  Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate emerging developments in the Internet services area to improve Internet service processes and resolve existing problem areas.  


    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.

    2. Well-Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.

    3. 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.




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    This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


    CTAP/ICTAP: Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program, to be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Submit copy of RIF separation notice 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.


    Special Hiring Authorities Documentation: If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 14, 2013, which includes the documents listed below in Required Documents:


    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 810728. 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.


    If you cannot apply online:


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


    The following documents are required and must be received by Monday, January 14, 2013:


    1. 1. Your Résumé (We encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to speed the application process. Although we do not require a specific format, certain information is required to determine if you are qualified, i.e. hours worked per week for each job listed and indicate month/day/year employment began and ended). 
    3. 2. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire
    5. 3. Other supporting documents: (See below)


    Other Supporting Documents:


    The following supporting documents are ONLY required if applicable to your personal qualifications or status in how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. These documents must be submitted as part of the complete application package.


    3a. Veterans Preference Documentation: DD-214, SF-15 and VA Letter, if applicable (Further explained under Other Information).


    3b. College transcript(s): if qualifying based on education. Copies of transcripts may be submitted with application; however, upon selection official transcripts will be required.


    3c. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 Form that documents the RIF separation action.


    All candidates interested in consideration must submit the appropriate legible forms as required by the type of consideration for which eligible. Failure to submit required forms will ultimately result in elimination from consideration.


    WARNING: All submitted documents (application/resume, college transcripts, etc.) must support each other. Any exaggeration or misrepresentation of your experience or education, or attempt to conceal information, is cause for not hiring you, removing you from a Federal position, or barring you from Federal employment in the future. Prior to appointment or promotion, you will be asked to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment. You will also be asked to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application.


    Janet Dawson
    Phone: (504)426-0272
    Agency Information:
    USDA OCFO National Finance Center
    Attn HRMS/CCRO
    13800 Old Gentilly Road
    New Orleans, LA


    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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