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Job Title:IT SPECIALIST (SA/AS) - Systems Acceptability Tester

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:13CE2-ITX0577-2210-11-12

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$59,339.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 08, 2013 to Tuesday, October 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

FULL-TIME/PERMANENT - CAREER/CAREER CONDTIONAL

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

10 vacancies in the following location(s):
Lanham, MDView Map
Detroit, MI, USView Map
Austin, TX, USView Map
Ogden, UT, USView Map
Martinsburg, WV, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens, No Prior Federal Experience is Required

AMENDED to include information regarding Veterans Sole Survivorship Preference

JOB SUMMARY:

WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

Veterans Sole Survivorship Preference: Veteran released or discharged under honorable conditions from a period of active duty from the armed forces, after August 29, 2008, by reason of a Sole Survivorship discharge (SSP), you may be eligible for Veteran's Preference. To receive credit, please update your application to indicate that you are a "5-point preference based on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (TP) and include documentation to support your claim. To update your application, sign in to your "My Account" in USAJOBS and EDIT PROFILE. All veterans preference questions are found in your "Hiring Eligibility" Update question #3 to show 5-point preference if you are claiming SSP. See the section entitled "How to Apply, What if I forgot to submit something" for instructions on updating your application and adding the necessary documentation for consideration.

This announcement is being used to create an inventory of qualified applicants for IT Specialist (SA/AS) Systems Acceptability Tester and will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies.  The following cut-off dates have been identified for order of consideration: 04/22, 05/22, 06/24, 07/24, 08/23, 09/23/2013. Eligible applicants will be considered as vacancies become available based on cut-off dates and date of application.  Eligible CP and CPS compensable veterans will be considered with the first group of certified eligibles referred after applications are received.  Applicants not meeting minimal qualification by any of the above cut off dates have the opportunity to submit updated information/documentation to support their eligibility at any time before the closing date of the announcement.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow. 

WHAT IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)?
The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.

WHAT DOES AN IRS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST DO?

An Information Technology (IT) Specialist (System Analysis/ Applications Software) uses a wide variety of information, knowledge, and tools to address complex system analysis and applications software assignments each day. In this role, you will be involved in conducting systems analysis to design, document, develop, modify, test, install, implement, and support new or existing applications software products within the IRS. Many of these assignments may be broad (possibly national) in scope, and/or involve difficult and complex issues. As an IT Specialist, you are responsible for the development of components of national projects and eventually, may be called upon to lead significant projects assigned to your unit. The position requires (extensive-depending on the level of position) experience in enterprise-wide application solutions based on the business and users requirements.

WHAT IS THE IRS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIVISION?
The mission of IRS Information Technology is to provide leadership in the delivery of information technology solutions that anticipate and meet enterprise-wide needs by empowering employees to deliver customer-centered, value-creating systems, products, services, and support.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

 

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KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Opportunities for a flexible work place may be available.
  • Moving expenses will not be authorized.
  • TOD: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • 6 month cut off dates: 04/22, 05/22, 06/24, 07/24, 08/23, 09/23/2013
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DUTIES:

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As an Information Technology Specialist (SA/AS), Systems Acceptability Tester you will:

• Plan, develop, schedule and conduct systems acceptability tests of modernization and production systems; including Tier I and Tier II applications for mission critical tax processing and internal support systems.

• Provide technical guidance during a significant project in designing, coding, testing, debugging, and maintaining programs; translating and interpreting functional requirements.

• Translate and interpret functional requirements involved with the local phase of national project.

• Apply computer assisted software engineering (CASE) tools to the design and development process.

• Test, install, implement, document and maintain software during a significant local project or as needed to support applications which have a broad impact.

• Provide guidance to less experienced coworkers in solving programming problems.

• Maintain source code; and modify and/or upgrade code as necessary as needed to support applications which have a broad impact.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATIONS/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the following eligibility and basic qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

 

GS-11 LEVEL:  A. one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level that demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques. For example, assignments would show, on the basis of general design criteria provided, experience in developing modifications to parts of a system that required significant revisions in the logic or techniques used in the original development. Accomplishments normally involve the following, or the equivalent:
  • Ability to work with program representatives to: Identify and specify requirements; Identify specific operations, processes, transactions, data, and work products adaptable to automation; and Develop specifications for inputs and outputs, systems interfaces, and other design features.
  • Using available tools, techniques, and standards to produce detailed systems specifications, prepare test plans, and define acceptance criteria.
  • Evaluating alternatives for application development (i.e., Contractor vs. Government performance) and recommend actions based on time, cost, and quality.
  • Participating in systems integration testing and applies test results to modify specifications and correct problems and faults as necessary.
  • Knowledge of the customary approaches, techniques, and requirements appropriate to an assigned computer applications area or computer specialty area in an organization;
  • 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; and
  • Adaptation of guidelines or precedents to the needs of the assignment.

  • Such skills are typically gained in the computer field or through performance of work where the primary concern was the subject matter of the computer application (e.g., supply, personnel, chemical process control), and computer related efforts were required to facilitate the basic duties.  Also, work in management analysis, program analysis, or a comparable field may have provided such skills. OR

    B. Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. OR

    C. Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. One year of graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. OR

    D. One year of experience and graduate level education equivalent to the amount required.


    In addition to the above, to be qualified for this position at this grade level you must have experience with software or web applications. Experience working as a team member while managing assigned tasks. Must have experience working independently, verbal/written communications, and creating/developing plans or presentations. Experience with two or more of the following: spreadsheets, MS Office, Oracle,DB2, Unisys, IBM z/OS, Solaris, Data Warehouse, ETL,SOA, SQL, XML, Informatica, data analytics, Rational, defect tracking and testing tools is required.

     

    GS-12 LEVEL:  At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 11 that demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge is generally demonstrated through assignments that required the ability to analyze a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning major aspects of ADP system design. This would include defining what system interrelationships must be considered, or what operating mode, system software, and/or equipment configuration is most appropriate for a given project. In addition, your experience must include planning and coordinating an agency-wide implementation of process improvement methods and concepts to improve the quality of software products; Serving as the principle advocate within the agency/organization for the application of process improvement concepts and practices; and Consulting with senior specialists and IT managers throughout the agency in the implementation of process improvement practices.

     

    In addition to the above, to be qualified for this position at this grade level you must have experience with testing large scale software & web applications, to include Agile software environments. Experience working as a team member managing multiple tasks with competing priorities. Experience preparing/reviewing/presenting project presentations; create test data, & developing/implementing test plans. Experience with three or more of the following: MS Office, Oracle, DB2, Unisys, IBM z/OS, Solaris, Data Warehouse, ETL, SOA, SQL, XML, Informatica, data analytics, Rational, defect tracking and testing tools.


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    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    1. Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience. You will respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following competencies: Customer Service; Planning and Evaluating; Problem Solving; Requirements Analysis; Systems Testing and Evaluation; Teamwork.
    2. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "NOT QUALIFIED" determination for this position. For tips preparing your resume click http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/ResumeTips.pdf. for cover letter tips click http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/CoverLetterTips.pdf.
    3. You will be tentatively assigned to a category group (A, B, C, etc.) based on your responses to the online questions. Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, etc.) Candidates will be considered in category group order. Preference eligibles who meet the 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 in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their responses to the questions and will be referred for selection before non-preference eligibles with the same category. Applicants are tentatively assigned to a category group pending qualifications validation and/or assessment results.
    4. Your final category assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position(s). Applicants are referred to the selecting manager in category order (A, B, C). You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or Category B or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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    BENEFITS:

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    We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and your family needs. We also offer challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards. For additional information view and learn more about our benefits package at: https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
    If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Danielle Hogan, at Danielle.M.Hogan@irs.gov. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 Personal Identity Verification); one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Undergo a pre-employment federal income tax verification. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification. IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.
  • “The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.”



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    The application process has 6 STEPS:
    STEP 1:  Create an account at: https://my.usajobs.gov .
    STEP 2:  Develop a Resume using the USAJOBS “Resume Builder” or “Upload” your Resume into USAJOBS.
    STEP 3:  Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements.  To find this announcement, go to http://jobs.irs.gov/USAJOBS , copy and enter the announcement number in the key word search field.  Select “Yes”, if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment.  Click “Search for Jobs.”  Click “Apply Online” on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click “Apply for this position now!
    STEP 4:  Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information.  Click “Apply to this Vacancy”.
    STEP 5:  Apply to the Vacancy.  Respond to the questions for each of the following sections:  Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions.
    STEP 6:  Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested.  Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided.  Next, review the summary of the application you completed.  Scroll down & click “Finish” at the bottom of the page.  You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application. 

    WHAT IF I FORGOT TO SUBMIT SOMETHING?

    1. Log into My USAJOBS at https://my.usajobs.gov with your user name and password.
    2. Click on "Application Status".
    3. Click "more information" under the "Application Status" column of the announcement.
    4. Click "Review and Update the documents if needed", on the "Application Detail" page.
    5. Select "Upload", "USAJOBS", "Fax", or "Reuse existing document" for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided. 
    6. Click “Finish” to save this change


    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education for training or experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree must be accredited (or pre-accredited) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please refer to: www.ope.ed.govaccreditation/search.aspx. Note: If the position has specific education requirements and you are not currently or have not previously been in the series to be filled, please submit a transcript demonstrating you have the basic education required. If you are qualifying based on foreign education you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to: www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a

    CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the click here. you must submit proof of eligibility.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION 
    For additional information see link at bottom of announcement.

    Sole Survivorship Preference: Veterans released or discharged under honorable conditions from a period of active duty from the armed forces, after August 29, 2008, by reason of a Sole Survivorship discharge (SSP), may be eligible for Veteran's Preference. To receive credit, please update your application to indicate that you are entitled to "Veteran's Preference by reason of Sole Survivorship Discharge" and include documentation to support your claim. See the section entitled "How to Apply, What if I forgot to submit something" for instructions on updating your application and adding the necessary documentation for consideration.

    NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION BY 11:59 P.M. EST ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    MARIA RODRIGUEZ
    Phone: 631 687-1636
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: HCO.ETE.ECE.Section.II@irs.gov
    Agency Information:
    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    1040 Waverly Avenue
    Holtsville, NY
    11742
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. If you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile. You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your "My USAJOBS" account and clicking on "My Application."

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    Job Announcement Number:

    13CE2-ITX0577-2210-11-12

    Control Number:

    341361700