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Job Title:  IT Specialist, ZP-2210-2/3 (DE/CR)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NSDIS-OSPO-2013-0020

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$45,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013
Competitive Career/Career Conditional - Permanent-Full-Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Suitland, MD, USView Map

All qualified United States citizens.


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! NESDIS is looking for great people to manage our world-class operations.  Our satellites monitor US and global weather conditions and we also have three world-class data centers.  The data from NESDIS satellites help save lives and resources.  Come be a part of NESDIS!

This position is located in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) in Suitland, 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-2 is equivalent to the GS-7/9 and the ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12. This position is also being advertised as an IT Specialist ZP-2210-2/3, under vacancy announcement number NSDIS-OSPO-2013-0014 (status).  You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

Salary ranges: ZP-2 is $45,872 - $73,917  ZP-3 is $62,467 - $97,333

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

A one-year probationary period may be required.

This is a non-bargaining position.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Must be suitable for federal employment.


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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Coordinate planning, acquisition and ordering of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery for operational use at the National Ice Center (NIC);
  • Plan, schedule and track SAR data acquisitions from multiple satellite ground stations; maintain a database to reflect status of imagtes ordered and received;
  • Ensure all procedures, documentation, and backup plans supporting emergency satellite data acquisitions are in place;
  • Plan and implement emerging computer and communication technologies related to SAR and maintain an updated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the SAR data order desk;
  • Serve as Contracting Officer Representative (COR) to execute government contracting processes—from defining initial requirements for SAR data to effective post-award performance management of SAR contracts;
  • Work with NIC Ice Analyst to successfully order geographically acceptable SAR imagery for meeting NOAA’s mission objective of distributing real-time ice information products and services to customers.


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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:

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.  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. 

Education may be substituted for specialized experience as listed below for each ZP level.  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.


Specialized experience for the ZP-2 (GS-7) position is defined as: Experience using satellite planning software such as Swath Planner or other Acquisition Planning Tools (APT); Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tools; spreadsheets for data tracking and reporting of expenditures; developing detailed statistical information; and communicating to gain information, exchange information, and/or resolves problems.

OR one full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.


Specialized experience for the ZP-3 (GS-11) position is defined as: Experience working with multiple commercial satellite or Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data providers to ensure satellite telemetry output data meet near real-time operational imagery requirements; use of spreadsheets for data tracking and reporting of expenditures; reviewing contract proposals for data volume, and communicating information in writing.

OR 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.


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.  If substituting education for specialized experience, 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 more information about the qualification requirements for this position:


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:

  • Ability to use satellite planning software such as Swath Planner or other Acquisition Planning Tool (APT).
  • Ability to use data tracking spreadsheets to track and report expenditures.
  • Ability to carry out roles and responsibilities for data volume contracts.
  • Ability to work with internal and external customers.
  • Ability to effectively communicate information in writing.

For more information on category rating, please go to:

To preview questions please click here.


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


More than one selection may be filled from this announcement.


The first 50 applicants who apply, may be considered first.  Thereafter, applicants will be referred on an as needed basis in groups of five based on the date that they apply to the job 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: - VRA - VEOA -30% or more disabled veteran - ICTAP


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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 ( 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.


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 Qualification Standards for more information.

Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. You must provide all the required documents by the closing date of the announcement or you may lose consideration for this vacancy.


* 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.


Diana Cordell
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E 12th Street
Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


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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