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Job Title:IT Specialist

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of the Census

Job Announcement Number:WA861072

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, April 03, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Suitland, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Come join the Census Team, where everyone counts! The Census Bureau produces quality data that helps Americans better understand our country- its population, resources, economy, society and culture.

This announcement will close on September 30, 2013. This announcement will be used to establish a standing inventory.

Qualified candidates will continue to receive consideration for vacancies as positions becomes available at the Census Bureau until March 31, 2014. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for vacancies until their eligibility expires. For information concerning the period of eligibility, please see the "What To Expect Next" section of this announcement.

 

In addition to the competitive hiring (open to all US Citizens), the U.S. Census Bureau has Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) to recruit and appoint qualified Information Technology Specialists (Information Security), GS-9 and above. Positions may be filled through either the DHA or competitive hiring. DHA will only be used for the Security specialty. Please see “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for more information.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Resume and supporting documents (see How To Apply Section)
  • Registration for Selective Service

DUTIES:

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The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking persons to fill Information Technology (IT) Specialist positions in the following specialties and grade levels:

Systems Administration Specialization, GS-11 and GS-12
Duties include system administration in a Windows or UNIX environment, writing shell scripts, user account creation, backup/restoring data, and providing general support to system users.

Network Services Specialization, GS-11 and GS-12
Duties include LAN support in a Windows or Linux/UNIX environment, assisting users with network, hardware and software issues, and configuring, installing, and troubleshooting applications on a server.

Security Specialization, GS-11 and GS-12
Duties include applying IT security principles, methods, and tools, evaluating and defining IT security requirements and maintaining IT systems security documentation


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All applicants must meet one of the following basic requirements:

A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in: computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management, OR you have a bachelor’s or higher 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; OR
B.
You have IT-related experience reviewing routine IT data; editing and disseminating written reports; providing standard IT products and services to customers; demonstrating attention to detail when performing work; working with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; orally expressing information to individuals or groups effectively; listening to others and responding appropriately; and identifying and evaluating problems and making recommendations to solve them.

Applicants applying for the GS-11 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (in addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above):

A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or completed three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, in one of the majors listed above; OR
B. You have at least one year of specialized experience performing duties related to the specialty for which you are applying:

·   Systems Administration: one year in a Windows or Linux/UNIX environment providing support to users; a thorough knowledge of the above operating systems; and installation and administration of Web and Application servers. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_sys.html.

·   Network Services: one year of LAN support in a Windows or Linux/UNIX environment troubleshooting applications on a server; an understanding of telecommunications and related protocols; troubleshooting COTS software; and deploying installations/upgrades for 500+ users. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_network.html.

·   Security: developing, implementing and coordinating activities to ensure, protect and restore IT systems; interpreting IT policies; monitoring system compliance; and providing guidance on a variety of IT security issues. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_sec.html.

For all specialties, you must also have experience drafting and editing reports; identifying products to meet customer needs; resolving complex issues; and explaining complex information clearly.

Applicants applying for the GS-12 grade level must meet the following requirements (in addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above):

You have at least one year of specialized experience performing duties related to the specialty for which you are applying:

Systems Administration: one year in a Windows or Linux/UNIX environment maintaining a DNS/NIS environment or security software; posses a thorough knowledge of the above operating systems' capabilities; determining the source of system crashes; and writing complex shell scripts. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_sys.html.

Network Services: one year of LAN support in a Windows or Linux/UNIX environment managing servers; providing user training; coordinating multiple server installations for 1,000+ users; posses an expert knowledge of the above operating systems; and tracking enterprise-wide IT assets in excess of 10,000. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_network.html

 Security: developing, implementing and coordinating activities to ensure, protect and restore IT systems; interpreting IT policies; monitoring system compliance; and providing advice on implementing IT procedures to ensure protection of evidence in investigating computer crimes. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_sec.html.

For all specialties, you must also have experience drafting and editing reports; tailoring products to meet customer needs; resolving complex issues where no precedent exists; and explaining complex information clearly.


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show proof that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to verify that minimum qualification requirements are met. After this review is complete, you will receive a notice indicating your eligibility for the grade level(s) to which you applied. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): customer service; problem solving; oral communication; attention to detail; help desk administration; UNIX/Linux systems administration; platforms supported; IT security; and telecommunications and network support.

Competitive Hiring (Category Rating):
Once the hiring agency submits a request to fill a position, you will be placed in one of three pre-defined quality categories. The three categories are:

·        Gold - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria.

·        Silver - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria.

·        Bronze - Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above.

 

Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans’ preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

Direct-Hire Authority (IT-Security ONLY)
Candidates that meet the qualifications as described in this vacancy announcement and are determined as Best Qualified will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applicants and veteran's preference do not apply.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/).

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility can be found at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp. CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (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 including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential



HOW TO APPLY:

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

1.      Your Resume

2.      A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.      Other supporting documents:
- College transcripts (must be submitted if qualifying based on education)
- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable. 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 (revised December 2004 or later), Armed Forces certification letter specifying discharge or release from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements please visit:
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by Monday, September 30, 2013.

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 return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 861072. 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, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire 
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf and
3. 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:

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

1.      Your Resume

2.      A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.      Other supporting documents:
- College transcripts (must be submitted if qualifying based on education)
- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable. 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 (revised December 2004 or later), Armed Forces certification letter specifying discharge or release from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements please visit:
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Washington Services Branch
Phone: (202)606-2575
Email: WASHINGTON@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
COMMERCE Bureau of Census
Please do not send mail
Washington, DC
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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 eligibility and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION: Qualified applicants will receive employment consideration for a period of three months from the date their name is entered on the inventory. Applicants may request an extension of their eligibility by submitting a written request within two weeks of their expiration date to OPM’s email address: washington@opm.gov. Only ONE extension will be granted. Applicants who would like consideration beyond the six months period MUST reapply.


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Job Announcement Number:

WA861072

Control Number:

340002200