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Job Title:Supervisory Information Technology Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agriculture, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Job Announcement Number:NFCR-13-057-LAS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$96,690.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 9, 2013 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




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


United States Citizens


Join our team!

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. Live and work in America's most unique city when you join our New Orleans-based team.


The position serves as Branch Chief in the Information Systems Security Branch (ISSB), Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) at the National Finance Center (NFC).


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


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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Branch Chief in the Information Technology Services Division, (ITSD), with delegated responsibility for directing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating assigned ITSD programs and activities.

As a Supervisory Information Technology Specialist, you will be responsible for the following:


    Provides leadership in the formulation, development, and implementation of plans, systems, and procedures that directly impact assigned programs and that support the accomplishment of ITSD/NFC long-term and short-term goals.


    Provides leadership and guidance to assigned taff in establishing priorities, developing plans, meeting established deadlines, and resolving problems.


    Maintains appropriate liaison with colleagues in ITSD and within NFC and with outside contacts in Federal agencies and with contracted resources. Coordinates program efforts with managers, supervisors, and staff of other internal activities.


    Participates with ITSD managers and supervisors, other NFC managers, and technical specialists in management, planning, policy, and decision-making sessions regarding the impact and operational implementation of legislative and technological changes and developments, and changes in Government policies and procedures that impact assigned responsibilities.


    Reviews recommendations proposed by technical specialists throughout the NFC. Assesses the impact of proposed changes on assigned responsibilities and develops a recommended plan of action for implementing appropriate changes. Manages and allocates the financial and material resources necessary to support assigned program responsibilities within the budgetary process.


    Develops policies related to assigned program responsibilities and ensures that assigned branch staffs follow established industry, NFC, ITSD, and Branch information technology standards and policies.


    Serves as a senior member in Division strategic planning activities and plays a key role in developing the Information Resource management plan, annual performance plan, and the requirements for the Division capital and operational budget.

    Acts as team leader in directing multi disciplinary Division and NFC-wide projects, ensuring all requirements are met, and the projects are completed on time and within budget.


    Serves as NFC's authority on assigned program responsibilities and represents ITSD and the NFC in meetings and conferences.

    Assures employees are effectively and efficiently utilized, developed, and receive fair and equitable treatment by: (1) delegating work among subordinate staff; (2) reviewing performance appraisals and assuring appropriate rewards or disciplinary action are recommended; (3) assuring individual capabilities and needs are assessed and counseling and career development opportunities are provided; (4) resolving conflicts and morale and organizational climate issues; and (5) promoting an effective equal employment opportunity climate.


    Assures programs and policies are implemented and that appropriate results are being achieved by monitoring work status through formal and informal means; diagnosing and consulting on problem areas relating to implementation and goal achievement; evaluating technical and non-technical program outcomes and impacts; and assessing overall effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of the Branch.

    Assures that internal controls are developed, maintained, evaluated, and improved as necessary, and reported upon in accordance with applicable internal control guidelines.


    Actively supports equal opportunity and civil rights policies; performs assigned duties in full compliance with the letter and spirit of equal opportunity and civil rights laws and regulations; assures bias-free written and oral communications; respects and values

    differences of other employees and clients and treats all employees with dignity and respect.


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Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience that must have been at least equivalent to the (GS-13) level of specialized work experience in the Federal service, that included: supervisory experience in an IT data center environment handling all aspects of employee performance, employee selection and hiring, leave administration, task assignment and project oversight, experience developing and implementing security policies and programs for all types of security disciplines to ensure and protect the integrity and confidentiality of automated systems, networks and data, monitor and evaluate systems' compliance with IT security requirements, plans and conduct tests and exercises to ensure disaster recovery efforts are effective and secure, applying expertise involving NIST, FISMA and OMB guidance. (Note: This experience must be demonstrated on your resume/supporting documents.)


Failure to address Specialized Experience in your resume will result in disqualification from employment consideration.


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.

It is not possible to qualify for this position on the basis of education alone. For more information on qualifications, please visit:


Candidates must meet time-in-grade and 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.


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.




You are being evaluated ont he following KSAs but do not need to respond to these directly:


Skill in analyzing complex technical information and guidance to develop implementation plans for a complex IT related organization.

Skill in analyzing complex IT-related issues, assessing effectiveness and providing guidance to leadership on changes.

Ability to manage multiple projects which impact IT Security Operations.

Ability to provide leadership duties in an IT operational environment.


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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 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:

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

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 at the following link,, 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.


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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 Tuesday, January 22, 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 817791. 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 – 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.


The following documents are required and must be received by Tuesday, January 22, 2013:

  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).
  1. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire
  1. 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. 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.


Phone: (504)426-0272
Agency Information:
USDA OCFO National Finance Center
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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