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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Information Specialist, ZA-1001-II

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:NISTITL-2013-0018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,209.00 to $73,917.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

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

SERIES & GRADE:

ZA-1001-02

POSITION INFORMATION:

Career or Career-Conditional Appointment - Full-Time Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

03

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

"To learn more about working at NIST, please visit Careers at NIST

The incumbent will coordinate conferences, workshops, and technical meetings with government agencies and private sector; manage Cryptographic Technology group web pages and email list; manage Editorial Review Board process for Computer Security Division publications; maintain Computer Security Objects Registry; review public submissions to competitions, workshops, and call for comments.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (see Other Information).
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment.

DUTIES:

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The person selected for this position will serve as an Information Specialist for the Information Technology Laboratory. The duties of this position include:

  • Review and analyze public submissions and comments to NIST cryptographic competitions, workshops, and draft publications.
  • Perform conference planning, organization, and execution including budgeting and logistics for onsite and offsite workshops and conferences.
  • Manage the technical and editorial review processes for information security standards and guidelines.
  • Perform Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) Object Identifier registration processes.
  • Manage electronic mailing list.
  • Edit and maintain web content management for project websites and web content.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify at the ZA-II applicants must meet one of the following: 1) have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 (ZA-I at NIST) in conference budgeting, planning, and logistics, experience reviewing and analyzing standards and guidelines.

OR 2) 1 full year of graduate level education in a relevant field of study from an accredited college or university;

OR 3) attained Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) (see requirements below) Superior academic achievement: Must meet one of the superior academic achievement criteria (A, B, or C) described below and you must fax college transcripts prior to the closing date of this announcement:

A) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration based on completed courses. In order to be creditable under this provision, superior academic achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled;

OR B) Grade-Point Average (GPA) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of: a. 2.9 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on their official transcripts, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum; or b. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (B+ or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final two years of the curriculum;

OR C) Election to Membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society - Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements this provision. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


If qualifying for this position based on education, you must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

Applications must be received by the closing date.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and cover letter to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will then compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the job questionnaire (which will be scored) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. Your responses to the job questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category. More information about the three categories can be found at: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/staffing/categoryrating.cfm.
The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official. If you are applying as a MERIT candidate, we will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, operational cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview. ICTAP and CTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. The job questionnaire covers the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:

  • Knowledge of conference budgeting.
  • Knowledge of conference logistics.
  • Knowledge of off-site conference planning
  • Ability to develop, edit, and maintain web content.
  • Knowledge of ASN.1 Object identifier registration process.
  • Knowledge of electronic mailing list management.
  • Knowledge of document review processes.
  • Ability to review, categorize, and route public submissions to NIST announcements

"Your responses to the job questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance.  Please review your responses before submitting your application to ensure the responses are accurate."


NOTE:  Your resume must be complete, detailed and relevant to the position.  


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BENEFITS:

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NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking, transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistance programs, and free parking. Learn more about NIST's work-life programs by visiting http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/worklife.cfm The following web address is provided for you to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To learn more please click on: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/benefits/summarychart.cfm.

OTHER INFORMATION:

A probationary period may be required.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS).  This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grades with career paths and pay bands.  For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, visit http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/compensation/upload/nistscareerpathchart.pdf

If you are a male 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.  Please see http://www.sss.govfor more information.

At NIST we are striving to make the application process as easy and efficient as possible. With that in mind, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to.  Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Specialist identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact Office of Workforce Management via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

HOW TO APPLY:

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A complete application package includes the following: Your resume; Your answers to the job questions; AND The supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents). You MUST apply on-line through WWW.USAJOBS.GOV. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT). Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information. If you do not have access to the internet: You may mail your application package (please contact the HR Specialist identified for this vacancy). All mailed resumes and/or supporting documents MUST be received by the closing date of this announcement. Please allow enough time for United States Postal Service delivery. Problems Completing Your Application: If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at mgshelp@monster.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

What documents do I need to submit? In addition to your resume, the documents needed for this position are subject to how you apply. You must refer to the following site when determining documents required: REQUIRED DOCUMENTS How do I submit my documents: You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods: >Upload you file(s); >Download from your USAJOBS account; >Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet; >Mail your documents, ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS; All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. NOTE: Once a document has been uploaded or faxed to a particular cateogry (i.e., transcript), you cannot refax or upload additional documents to the same category (i.e., transcript) without overriding the original documents. In this case, please submit the additional documents to the "other" category. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: VRA VEOA 30% or more Disabled Veteran People with Disabilities CTAP ICTAP

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Crystal Reeves
Phone: 301-975-3045
Fax: 571-271-7777
Email: crystal.reeves@nist.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
100 Bureau Drive
Stop 1720
Gaithersburg, MD
20899
US
Fax: 571-271-7777

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed. By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed. In considering you for this position, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. Status of Your Application: You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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Job Announcement Number:

NISTITL-2013-0018

Control Number:

334990500