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Job Title:Pathways Recent Graduate Interdisciplinary

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Information Systems Agency

Job Announcement Number:DISA-838545-13JH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$35,657.00 to $70,236.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 08, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0854/0855/1550-05/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Recent Graduates

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Fort Meade, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Individuals who have graduated recently from a qualifying educational institution or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within 2 years of completing their academic requirements for degree or certificate completion, except for Veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to 6 years after completing their academic requirements for degree or certificate completion. Students may apply if they are within 9 months of graduating.

JOB SUMMARY:

Positions for this vacancy announcement are located at the following site: Ft. Meade, MD. Salary may vary depending on the position series. 

If you want to do interesting and challenging work and to make a contribution to national defense, DISA is a great place for you.

 

DISA provides secure and reliable communications and computing support that enable the President and our military forces to communicate globally through voice, video, and data transmission. DISA is a leader within the Federal Government in implementing "people programs" and offers a broad range of quality-of-life and training programs. Go to www.disa.mil for more information. Successful applicants will be placed in a dynamic, career development program.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation required.
  • Program Participant Agreement required.
  • Unofficial transcripts and enrollment verification required.

DUTIES:

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·       Incumbent serves an advance level trainee in the field of engineering or computer science responsible for performing as part of a multi-disciplinary team working on projects in the area of database development, strategic planning, performance measurement, acquisition management, internal management controls, and logistics analysis. 

·       Applies the application and knowledge of Unix operating systems, graphical user interface development, Oracle, and programming languages such as Visual Basic and C.

·       Participates in the work of the team by either planning or personally carrying out an individual, minor segment of a larger project.

·       Plans project details on the basis of precedents established in related projects.

·       Position and duties will be developmental in nature.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirement:

You must show successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, physical science, life science, or mathematics.

 

The Engineering series - GS-854 Computer Engineer and GS-855 Electronics Engineer- require a degree in Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum. (See link to OPM Qualification Standards for complete standards). 

 

A. Degree: Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics. 

 

OR

 

B. Combination of education and experience-college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 

 

·       Professional registration- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. 

·       Written Test- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

·       Specified academic courses- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A. 

·       Related curriculum- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

 

The Computer Scientist series - GS-1550 requires a Bachelor's in computer science or a Bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have been in any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. (See link to OPM Qualification Standards for complete standards). 

 

Specialized Experience:
For the GS-05 grade level: you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-04 if outside the Federal service, is required.

Specialized experience is defined as experience with data processing functions and general management principles to automate a work process.

 

For the GS-07 grade level: you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-05 if outside the Federal service, is required.

Specialized experience is defined as experience assisting with developing new and improved concepts, principles and techniques that will advance the body of knowledge of computer science, and adapting and applying advanced computer science methods and techniques to solve complex computer processing requirements.

 

For the GS-09 grade level: you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-07 if outside the Federal service, is required.

Specialized experience is defined as experience developing new and improved concepts, principles and techniques that will advance the body of knowledge of computer science, and adapting and applying advanced computer science methods and techniques to solve complex computer processing requirements.

 

Education Requirement:

Recent Graduate Interns qualify based on their educational achievements.   

 

For the GS-05 grade level: Completion of all requirements for a Bachelor's degree.

 

For the GS-07 grade level: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision after completing a Bachelor's degree.

 

For the GS-09 grade level: Completion of all requirements for a Master's degree or equivalent degree.

 

STUDENTS MAY APPLY IF THEY ARE WITHIN 9 MONTHS OF GRADUATING FROM THE DATE OF APPLICATION.


In order to qualify for this position you will need to submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts. Failure to provide this documentation, will result in objection to your qualifications, and removal from consideration.

 

You will be required to submit a copy of your official college transcript if you are selected.

Background or Security Investigation:

The individual selected will be subject to an investigation in conjunction with granting of a security clearance prior to appointment.  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance. For more information about receiving and maintaining a security clearance, please click here.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the qualifications for this job. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and may be interviewed prior to selection. You will be notified of the outcome.

 

1. Qualified Category. Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to required assessments.

 

2. Highly Qualified Category. Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to required assessments.

 

3. 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. 

 

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible's within each category. Preference eligible's who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.


BENEFITS:

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These benefits generally apply if you are selected for a permanent or term appointment:

·       The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program has many plans to choose from, all at very reasonable rates, which can be paid from pre-tax income.  

·       The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is one of the premier retirement programs in the Nation. The program features three components: a retirement pension; the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP, an employee controlled investment program); and social security.

·       Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) offers numerous life insurance policy options covering federal employees and dependents.

·       For more benefits information please visit:       http://www.disa.mil/careers/benefits.html



OTHER INFORMATION:

·     U.S. Citizen or U.S. National with the ability to furnish proof of citizenship upon agency request.

·     TDY Travel: OCCASIONAL

·     A one year probationary or trial period may be required.

·     Management has the prerogative to select at any grade level.

·     Applicants selected from this job opportunity announcement may be non-competitively converted to a competitive service appointment after completing all requirements of the Pathways Program.

·     This recruitment provides promotion opportunity to target position without further competition when selectee is eligible and recommended by management. However promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of a promotion is implied.

·     Selectee of this recruitment will be required to sign a Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement.

·     Selectee of this recruitment will be required to provide official transcripts and enrollment verification. (You will be required to submit a copy of your official college transcript if you are selected.)

·     We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.

·     Moving costs MAY be paid--however--moving costs must be paid if a DISA employee is selected for the position.

·     Recruitment, relocation, or retention incentives MAY be authorized.

·     For more information on veterans' preference click     here   

·     Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (to verify your registration status click        here).  

·     Retired Civil Service Employee: Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance.  (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives).

·     For more information regarding qualifications requirements please click     here.

·     You may submit a cover letter which will be forwarded to the selecting official with your resume. Your cover letter will not be used to verify your qualifications or eligibility.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume

NOTE: Your resume must include the following information for each job listed:

Job title; duties (be as detailed as possible); month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); and full- time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other required supporting documents: (SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS)

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

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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 838545. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
3. PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.

4. 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

FOR THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED AS THEY APPLY STATED BELOW AND MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLOSE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

1. Transcripts - To be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, you will need to submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts and enrollment verification. The absence of this information will result in an ineligible rating. You will be required to submit a copy of your official college transcript if you are selected.

2. Veterans Preference Documentation (If applicable):

·       For Five Point Veterans Preference: DD-214 (Member Copy 4), or, if you are CURRENTLY serving on active duty, a statement of service from your unit which states the date you entered on active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received. For those supplying the statement of service, preference will be verified by a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) upon separation from the military.

·       For Ten Point Veterans Preference: DD-214 (Member Copy 4) and Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with documentary proof as required on the SF-15.  Click here for a copy of the SF-15.  Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA letter dated 1991 or later.

 Your complete Application Package (containing the above required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on  Friday, February 22, 2013.
FAILURE TO SUBMIT A COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKAGE INCLUDING ANY REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION BY THE CLOSE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING AND/OR A LOSS OF CONSIDERATION.

NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed are received, legible, and accurate.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jennifer Homola
Phone: (317)212-2406
Email: JENNIFER.HOMOLA@DFAS.MIL
Agency Information:
DISA
Apply Online or by Fax Only
Indianapolis, IN
46249

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

For any further questions please contact:

Jennifer Homola 
Phone: (317)212-2406
Email: JENNIFER.HOMOLA@DFAS.MIL


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Job Announcement Number:

DISA-838545-13JH

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