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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:IT Specialist (DATAMGMT)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Agricultural Statistics Service

Job Announcement Number:NASS-M13N-0045

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Current Federal employees with competitive status, VEOA eligibles, reinstatement eligibles, and those eligible under noncompetitive or special appointing authorities may apply. 

Applicants NOT in these groups should apply to the Delegated Examining vacancy announcement: NASS-S13N-0031

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is the data collection and dissemination arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NASS gathers and publishes a vast array of information on every facet of U.S. agriculture, including production, economics, demographics, and the environment.

 

The incumbent in this position serves as an Information Technology Specialist (Data Management) in the Data Services Branch of the Information Technology Division. He/she will serve as a team member with primary responsibility for providing a range of technical functions relative to the administration, support, and operation of the Agency's enterprise databases.

 
SPECIAL NOTE: This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a full background investigation. Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check. Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation.

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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The incumbent is responsible for a variety of duties including: Database Administration (DBA); Database software license management and installation, patch and version upgrades; Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) programs; perform quality assurance and control of the enterprise databases. He or she will be performing duties associated with centralized database platforms such as: Sybase and IBM’s Red Brick on UNIX/Linux operating systems.  In addition, the incumbent will be collaborating with application developers in NASS to provide advice and expertise in Database Design, Database Performance and Tuning, Metadata Standards, Database Security and Access, ETL programs and SQL query support. Moreover, the incumbent will work closely with business sponsors, team members, and UNIX/Linux staff to ensure server performance is optimized, and database environments are running well.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for the GS-12 grade level, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Examples of such experience would include evaluating and providing recommendations on new database technologies and architectures.

To qualify for the GS-13 grade level, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Examples of such experience would include leading various database administration functions to develop enterprise database strategies.


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

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.  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.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  1. Knowledge of database administration (DBA) for Sybase ASE and/or Red Brick databases.
  2. Knowledge of database administration (DBA) for Sybase replication servers.
  3. Ability to develop, test, and deploy applications and scripts to Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) data.
  4. Knowledge of UNIX, and Linux Operating Systems.
  5. Knowledge of Software Development Life Cycle, server side programming, and SQL.
  6. Ability to quickly analyze problem situations, implement solutions, and provide timely responses to data users.
  7. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing to convey instructional and technical information.


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, January 30, 2013.  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
825567.  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 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kyisha Cannady
Phone: (301)504-2381
Email: KYISHA.CANNADY@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
National Agricultural Statistics Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD
20705

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:

NASS-M13N-0045

Control Number:

335704900