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Job Title:  Information Technology Specialist
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Mine Safety and Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  DE-13-CHI-MSHA-0045

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
SALARY RANGE:
$54,032.00 to $77,138.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 to Monday, March 11, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-2210-09/11
POSITION INFORMATION:
This is a full time position. - This is a permanent position.
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
12
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy - Vincennes, IN, US  View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the Vincennes, IN local commuting area.

JOB SUMMARY:

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position is located:
U.S. Department of Labor

Mine Safety and Health Administration

Coal Mine Safety and Health

District 8

Vincennes, IN

 

The incumbent of this position is responsible for a wide range of information technology assignments. The employee serves as the principal expert on information technology issues, projects, and problems. The primary purpose of this position is to manage, coordinate, and perform the work necessary to implement, maintain, and modify systems and hardware used for accomplishing work processes within MSHA, Coal, District 8. As the focal point for information technology activities and projects within the District, the incumbent advises managers, supervisors, and computer users on all technology matters. The incumbent of this position works under the technical and administrative supervision of the Staff Assistant in the District.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.

DUTIES:

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The work assigned to this position involves planning and coordinating the installation, testing, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of hardware and software systems and local area networks (LAN) for MSHA, Coal, District 8. Some of the primary functions commonly performed by the Information Technology Specialist include: Serves as the local area network administrator for the district's LAN operating system. Provides group and individual training on computer programs, hardware and applications, including training and trouble shooting for the IPAL program throughout the district. Plans and carries out complex assignments related to information technology implementation within the District. Provides advice and guidance on a wide range of technology issues, including the benefits of new office technology. Resolves hardware/software interface problems. Serves as the system monitor or troubleshooter who ensures that systems remain operational. Implements security policies and procedures. Provides guidance and assistance to managers, supervisors and employees in the incorporation of information technology into various work processes.

 

The duties and responsibilities for the GS-09 position are essentially the same as the GS-11 position but are performed with closer supervision.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification requirements:

In addition to the Basic Requirement of a degree as listed in the education section, the specialized experience requirements are:   

 

For GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level.

For GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level.

 

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

 

Examples of specialized experience for the GS-11 include: in addition to the experience listed below, setting up queries, retrieving data, and analyzing data. Examples of specialized experience for the GS-09 include: computer maintenance, setup, installation, and support with supervision. A basic proficiency in supporting Microsoft Office applications, and a basic proficiency in working with Excel, Access, Word, and Power Point. 


Basic requirement:  Undergraduate or Graduate Education:  Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

 

Education substitution: For GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

For GS-09: master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

 

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Categories
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Analysis: Ability to identify and evaluate District computer needs and participate in a variety of studies and surveys of District programs and procedures.

Technology:  Provides service that impacts the entire District in that nearly all of the district's technical and administrative work is processed via the LAN, including automated payroll and personnel services, electronic mail.  MSHA Standardized Information (MSIS), and Inspectors Portable Application for Laptops (IPAL), Electronic Procrurement System (EPS).

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.

Decision Making: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.

Teamwork: Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

 

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Delegated Examing Unit (DEU) Authorization No. DOL-1.

This position has promotion potential to GS-12.

This position is inside the bargaining unit, NCFLL.

Occasional travel by any means of government or public transportation may be required. 

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105.  Certain MSHA employees are required to file a financial disclosure report.  For questions, please contact the vacancy contact on this announcement.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Marie Prendergast
Phone: 312-353-1521
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-889-5627
Email: prendergast.marie@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
230 S. Dearborn Street
Rm. 1026
Chicago, IL
60604
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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