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Job Title:IT Specialist (Network)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:MN-NG-13-244

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$60,827.00 to $79,073.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Saint Paul, MN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD The purpose of this position is to serve as a project leader for major network projects relating to the Wide Area Network (WAN) and Local Area Network (LAN) systems.   The incumbent functions as the technical coordinator or technical specialist on issues relating to the WAN/LAN systems and their integration with the network.

UNIT:   JFHQ, J6, Saint Paul, MN

SELECTING OFFICIAL:  LTC Stefanie Horvath, 651-268-8888

 

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

This is an Excepted Service position that requires active membership in a compatible AFSC/MOS in the Minnesota Air/Army National Guard and wear of the military uniform. Acceptance of an Excepted Service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently enlisted in the Minnesota Air/Army National Guard must be eligible for immediate enlistment or appointment. For enlistment/appointment criteria, contact www.nationalguard.com (Army) or 651-268-8967 (Air Force).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Membership in the Minnesota National Guard is REQUIRED
  • This position will not be filled until current incumbent vacates
  • Officer, Warrant Officer or Enlisted (E7 or above)
  • Army Funded - Selected individual will not be required to change branches
  • Sensitivity Level 2

DUTIES:

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Responsible for ensuring the correct configuration of network devices.  Develops methods and procedures and coordinates corrective action to optimize network performance.  Researches, tests and evaluates software packages which provide performance measurements of the WAN.  Develops the standard configuration software loads for all network devices. Develops benchmarks and performance measurements and evaluation data to manage network servers and data communication devices to support normal and surge workload. Works with technical support personnel in resolving critical problems.  Uses remote management software tools to maintain and update configuration, protocol and user/system files.  Develops and maintains documentation regarding network configuration, operating procedures, necessary to maintain the reliability of the network. Coordinates appropriate action to ensure backup processes are completed.  Determines the use of network devices such as servers, workstations, and peripheral devices, and remote access systems.  Responsible for implementation of configuration management plans for complex LANs and WANs with supported elements to include; headquarters staff elements, tenant activities, state government, regional operating activities and national agencies.  Initiates appropriate measures to maintain network security.  Develops plans and procedures for remote installation of applications and upgrades using state of the art software distribution methods.  Oversees the distribution of applications and upgrades ensuring compliance with regulations and copyright laws.  Establishes procedures to maintain accurate records of authorized users of distributed software.  Instructs lower graded information technology (IT) specialists in the administration and maintenance of the installation’s network devices.  Establishes network trust relationships.  Recommends standard operating procedures for all devices on the network.  Prepares briefings and presentations on the complexities of the installation network.  Directs the analysis of equipment and software reliability and utilization reports to identify and define problem areas and to establish end-to-end systems performance levels.  Writes policy and plans for the installation continuity of operations plan (COOP).  Serves as network administrator responsible for configuring hubs, and switches, monitoring network performance, performing network diagnostics, analyzing network traffic patterns; and installing network software fixes and upgrades.  Gives on-the-job training to lower-graded employees.  Resolves simple complaints and grievances, referring the more serious ones to the supervisor.  Performs other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  Experience, education or training that has provided a basic knowledge of data processing functions and general management principles that enabled the applicant to understand the stages required to automate a work process.  Experience may have been gained in work such as computer operator or assistant, computer sales representative, program analyst, or other positions that required the use or adaptation of computer programs and systems. 


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  GS-11 and GS-12 positions require 36 months experience, education, or training that approaches techniques and requirements appropriate to an assigned computer applications area or computer specialty area in an organization.  Experience planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment where this entailed coordination with others outside the organizational unit and development of project controls.  Experience that required adaptations of guidelines or precedents to meet the needs of the assignment.   Experience preparing documentation on cost/benefit studies where is involved summarizing the material and organizing it in a logical fashion. 

COMPATIBILE MILITARY ASSIGNMENT:   OFF:  BR 25, AOC 53; WO:  MOS 250N, 251A, 254A; ENL:  MOS 25B/U/Z;  AFSC:  17DXX, 3D0X3, 3D0X1, 3C2XX

MILITARY COMPATIBILITY:   Upon selection, individual must be assigned to a compatible military position and must also maintain satisfactory membership in the Minnesota National Guard.

Upon selection, individuals will undergo a background check to validate suitability for employment with the federal government as permitted by law, regulation, Presidential order or other authority. Suitability is dependent upon the particular requirements for security clearance, sensitivity level,

and DOD IT network access.  Items checked include, but are not limited to all criminal history record information, employment history, education and fiscal accountability/responsibility.

EVALUATION FACTORS:   Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of appropriate education, experience, training, self-development activities, and special awards. Candidates are considered on the basis of available information on their current application and supporting information that has been provided to this office. To insure full consideration, applicants are urged to submit information about their training, self-development, outside experience, activities and awards. National Guard military (Part-time) service is considered as full-time experience when evaluated against the qualification requirements for a technician position. The applicant is credited with actual number of months the member has been in the National Guard if the experience is related.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

AREAS OF PRIORITY: In accordance with MN National Guard Regulation 690-335 (Army) or 36-1 (Air), applications will be forwarded to the selecting official to conduct interviews by area of priority listed below:

Area 1: Career/Career-Conditional technicians and Indefinite Technicians assigned to the Minnesota National Guard.

Area 2: Minnesota National Guard technicians who have not previously competed, and traditional Minnesota National Guard members.

Area 3:  National Guard technicians from other states and civilian persons eligible for membership in the Minnesota Air or Army National Guard.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

POSITION DESCRIPTION: D0259000

REMARKS: No PCS available.  Position will not be filled until current incumbent vacates.  Army Funded - Selected individual will not be required to change branches.  Sensitivity Level 2. 

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Officer, Warrant Officer or Enlisted (E7 or above)

 

Acceptance of a Technician position will result in the termination of your Selected Reserve bonus.

IAW NGR 600-25 AND AFI 36-101, grade inversion within the full-time workforce is not permitted.

To view ALL MN National Guard Vacancies, go to:  http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/careers/minnesota.php

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Should a position be announced at less than the authorized grade, the selected applicant may be non-competitively promoted when he/she meets all qualifications and is submitted for promotion by the supervisor.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful completion of technician pre-employment physical for certain occupational series.
  • Males applicants born after 31 December 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System in compliance with the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, Section 1622.

The Minnesota Department of Military Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the position without discrimination for any non-merit reason(s) such as age, race, religion, gender, ethnic origin or non-disqualifying disability. Pre-selection is not only counter-productive to effective recruitment and placement, but also violates Minnesota National Guard Merit Placement principles and will not be tolerated. If you have information or questions regarding this issue, please contact the Equal Employment Manager at 651-282-4472 or 651-282-4066.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You MUST submit a Resume or form OF 612.   It is highly recommended that you also submit the AGO 163 to accurately reflect your military experience.

The Minnesota National Guard Human Resources Office (HRO) DOES NOT accept hardcopy applications for a job announcement published on USA Jobs.  You must upload these documents after completing the TAG:Online Questionnaire or fax them to 1-478-757-3144 using the OPM supplied fax cover sheet  https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the Vacancy Identification Number 858647.

To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following parts:

  1. Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and
  2. Your supporting documents: Resume or OF 612.  It is highly recommended that you also submit the AGO 163 to accurately reflect your military experience.

OF 612 and AGO 163 can be downloaded from: http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/careers/assets/OF%20612%20and%20AGO%20163.doc

Use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire (Option A) for convenience and quickest processing.

Option A: Online Qualifications Questionnaire.

Tips for using the Online Qualifications Questionnaire:

  • Complete and save your supporting documents before starting the Online Qualifications Questionnaire and upload these documents online. 
  • You can upload or fax supporting documents during or after you complete the Online Qualifications Questionnaire process.
  • You must click Submit My Answers for your questionnaire to be processed.
  • You must complete the entire process by 11:00pm central time on the closing date --  Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
  • You can save your work and come back later. Just click both Save and Logout. (When you want to return, go to https://applicationmanager.gov/Home.aspx and log in using the User Name and Password you created.
  • Select the job you would like to update to complete the questionnaire or upload documentation.   It is important for you to complete this process in its entirety.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Option B: Paper Qualifications Questionnaire.

If it is not practical for you to use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

    1. You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.
    2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL http://www.opm.gov./Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 – after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.
    3. Complete the OPM Form 1203-FX using the information listed under  Questions to complete Paper Qualifications Questionnaire below. 
    4. You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume or OF 612, and any supporting documents by fax.  It is highly recommended that you also submit the AGO 163 to accurately reflect your military experience.  If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, you do not need a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here --  https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

Questions to complete Paper Qualifications Questionnaire

TAG:Text-Questionnaire

THE FOLLOWING FORMS TO SHOW EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION:

  • RESUME OR OPTIONAL APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT (OF-612)
  • MILITARY EXPERIENCE (AGO FORM 163)

Copies of OF 612 and AGO 163: http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/careers/assets/OF%20612%20and%20AGO%20163.doc

Your application must include the following information:

A detailed narrative of your work experience (paid or unpaid), training, education, and/or other information that relates to the specialized and general experience stated on the vacancy announcement. Include pertinent military experience and describe duties in detail. You may use continuation pages to include all related experience. Ensure that both military and civilian experiences are fully described, to include time frames.

Job Information:

  • Vacancy Identification Number ( 858647), title ( IT Specialist (Network)) and grade(s) for which you are applying.

Personal Information:

  • Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
  • Social Security Number. Giving your Social Security Number is voluntary. However, we cannot process your application without it.
  • Country of Citizenship.
  • If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.

Education:

  • High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
  • Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
  • Major field(s) of study.
  • Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

Work Experience:

For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

  • Job title.
  • Duties and accomplishments.
  • If assigned additional duties in a position, include percentage of time spent performing the additional duties.
  • Number of hours per week.
  • Employer's name and address.
  • Supervisor's name and phone number.
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
  • Salary.
  • Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

Military Experience:

Include all military experience that is pertinent to the position for which you are applying:

  • Starting and ending dates of assignment.
  • Duty title of position.
  • Description of duties.
  • MOSs/AFSCs.
  • Complete a separate experience block for each period of military service related to the position.

Other Qualifications:

  • Job-related training courses (title and length of course must be included).
  • Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
  • Job-related certificates and licenses.
  • Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.)

CONTACTING US : After you have read all the instructions in this vacancy announcement, if you still have questions about this position or the application process, you may contact us at (651) 282-4155.

ALL APPLICANTS ARE CONSIDERED WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, RELIGION, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, AGE (WITH AUTHORIZED EXCEPTIONS) OR ANY OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources Office
Phone: (651)282-4155
Agency Information:
Minnesota Army National Guard
Human Resources Office
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN
55155-2098

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your application status.


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Job Announcement Number:

MN-NG-13-244

Control Number:

339707500