This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (Systems Administration)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:NISTITL-2013-0011

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013




Competitive Service: - TERM NTE 4 YRS




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


All qualified U.S. citizens.


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

This position is for an IT Specialist(System Administration) in the Information Technology Laboratory.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for selective service (see Other Information).
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.


Back to top

The incumbent will manage, develop administer and otherwise support information technology (IT) systems and services for the Information Access Division (IAD), National Institute of Standards and Technology. Primary responsibility is to apply knowledge of IT principles, concepts, and methods in data storage, software applications, backups, printing and networking where systems and services include automated acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, assurance, or reception of firmware, services, and related resources. Responsible for system administration duties, setting system installation, upgrades and patches.

Lead R&D supporting equipment purchases and development of plans for new testing lab(s), build system clusters, RAIDS, and data servers, and support web sites following industry best practices. Troubleshoot the IAD staff’s non-ITAC supported computer problems and will address issues identified on IAD’s vulnerability scans.


Back to top

One year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-9/Pay Band II level 

performing networked system administration, Information Technology infrastructure planning and upgrade implementations, and expert knowledge of applications, operating systems, and system environments; Information Technology security requirements and secure configuration guidelines; Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, Network File Servers, SAMBA HTTP, etc.


Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

This position allows you to qualify and be considered based on your education. To receive this consideration, please submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. However, 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 -
. 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.

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 DocumentsHow 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;

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:
VRAVEOA30% or more Disabled VeteranPeople with DisabilitiesCTAPICTAP


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:
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 Information Management Systems Development
•     Knowledge of a wide range of applications, operating systems, and system environments.   
•     Knowledge of IT and Data Security.  
•     Skill in oral and written communication of complex information.  
•     Knowledge of hardware configuration and troubleshooting.

"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.  

To preview questions please click here.


Back to top
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 dex.htm. The following web address is provided for you to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To learn more please click on: /ei61.asp.


A trial 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

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.


Back to top
You MUST apply on-line. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, you may mail your application package. Your complete application package will include: 1. Your resume; 2. Your answers to the job self-assessment questions; and 3. The supporting documentation required. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this announcement. Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to providing any missing information. Veterans (Preference Eligible): If you are entitled to veterans' preference, indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim with this application. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: ns/jobs.asp. ON-LINE APPLICATION: To apply on-line you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of the screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. You will be able to upload documents in both Word and PDF formats. To return to your saved application, go to the "My Applications" link in your USAJOBS account. Select the position and hit the "More Info" button to update or edit responses. MAIL: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET and would like to mail your application along with the required documentation, please contact: (insert contact name and phone number) 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.


You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any of the following methods: - Upload your 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 EST on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. CTAP and ICTAP 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. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: x.asp. CTAP/ICTAP applications MUST submit the following documents with this application: 1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; 2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 3. A copy of your last performance appraisal; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. Veterans' Recruitment Authority (VRA), VEOA, disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and other applicants eligible for non- competitive appointment under special appointing authorities, must indicate eligibility and submit proof of eligibility with this application. For more information please go to: http://www.opm .gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6. Status applicants and those with reinstatement eligibility must submit a copy of an SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," indicating your current series, grade, and status with this application. Education: If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript with this application. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to 04.asp for more information. 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 The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST. Status of Your Application: You will receive a notice generated by the USAJOBS System that you have successfully transmitted your application. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."


Crystal Reeves
Phone: 301-975-3045
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
100 Bureau Drive
Stop 1720
Gaithersburg, MD
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be sent notice that your application has been received. After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and may interview the best-qualified applicants. If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment(OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. You may be required to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.). A final job offer for this position is usually made within 40 days after the application deadline.

Back to top
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:


Control Number: