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Job Title:IT Specialist, ZP-2210-3 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:SO-CAO-2013-0014

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 to Monday, March 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-2210-3

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Career/Career Conditional. - Permanent; Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

3

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine resources...it's all in a day's work at the  NOAA!  Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the
economy.  A career that makes a world of difference!

This position is located in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer in Silver Spring, MD.   This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12. This position is also being advertised as an IT Specialist ZP-2210-3, under vacancy announcement number SO-CAO-2013-0012 (status candidates).  You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized. A one-year probationary period may be required. This is a non-bargaining position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Must be suitable for federal employment.
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Support the Lead Information Technology Specialist for the Office of Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO), with responsibility for supporting development and deployment of new business systems across OCAO, as well as coordinating OCAO's presence on the NOAA intranet and NOAA Public Website;
  • Provide technical oversight and direction in supporting the development, testing and operation of new and improved applications and systems, designed to more effectively and efficiently support OCAO programs, principally in the facilities program;
  • Provide technical assistance to business users in identifying business systems requirements, analyzing alternative solutions including commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology and government off-the-shelf (GOTS) technology, identifying the most cost effective systems solution, and managing acquisition, development, testing and operation of improved business systems solutions consistent with NOAA IT architecture and standards;
  • Advise the OCAO Lead IT Specialist and OCAO management on new and emerging information technology issues and requirements, and proactively identifies alternatives and preferred solutions to ensure continued compliance of OCAO websites with current and emerging standards and requirements;
  • Provide direct project management oversight of new applications across OCAO to ensure applicable IT Security and interoperability standards and requirements are addressed, while ensuring timely and effective development and implementation of business applications to advance OCAO programs;
  • Perform studies, including requrements analysis and market analysis to ensure the effective implementation and maintenance of website content (intranet and internet).


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on OPM's website at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications


There are no minimum education requirements for this position.

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service (ZP-2 or GS-9).

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such experience is typically gained in the IT field or through the performance of work where the primary concern is IT.

Specialized experience for the ZP-3 position is defined as: Experience maintaining websites for organizations; advising managers on automated solutions to complex business challenges; leading projects or teams to implement automated solutions (including web-enabled solutions) to improve the organization presence on the web.(GS-11 equivalent): Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

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.

If qualifying by education alone, transcripts must be provided. * You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement. Individuals who are selected must be prepared to provide official transcripts.  * If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken. 

For all grade levels, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating:
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 judgement to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
For more information about the qualification requirements for this position: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs2200/2210-AltA.asp

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories.  These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze."  However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility:  Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.  Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. 

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Knowledge of performing customer needs analyses for the purpose of defining new or improved automated solutions.
  • Ability to manage web application development.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations governming the acquistion, management and use of information technology resources.
  • Ability to lead projects designed to improve business operations or an organization's presence on the web.

For more information about Category Rating, please go to: Category Rating


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Benefits.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: • VRA30% or more disabled veteranPersons with DisabilitiesICTAP



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at (mgshelp@monster.com) or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the Human Resource Specialist listed in this announcement.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following:
• Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
• Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: Veterans
• Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
• Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If the education requirement includes a specified number of credit hours in specific disciplines, your transcript must reflect the required coursework. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Application of Standards for more information.

Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

*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- Foreign Credentials. 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 by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Janet Rizzi
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: janet.l.rizzi@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E. 12th Street
Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
64106
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Application Status". The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)' and
4. Selected or Not Selected.
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. 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.).

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Job Announcement Number:

SO-CAO-2013-0014

Control Number:

339190200