GS-07: IT-related experience (defined below) AND one year of specialized experience (defined below) equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal Service OR one full year of graduate level education in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management OR 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management, AND meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement based on one of the following as defined below: (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
GS-09: IT-related experience (defined below) AND one year of specialized experience (defined below) equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service OR master's degree (or equivalent graduate degree) or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education (leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree) in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management OR a master's degree (or equivalent 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.
IT-related experience: Experience must be IT-related experience in each of the following four competencies listed below which must be supported by the information contained in your resume and other application materials. Experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example IT certification).
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 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 judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Superior Academic Achievement: Education gained at the baccalaureate level may be used to qualify at the GS-07 grade level. Superior academic achievement (S.A.A.) is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
1. Class standing: Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university or major subdivision, such as College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
2. Grade-Point Average (GPA): Applications must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society: Applicants can be considered eligible on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies.
Specialized Experience: Experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of object-oriented programming languages such as C++, Java, and Visual Basic.
2. Skill in developing custom software applications, Apps, or simulation software.
3. Ability to install, run, and troubleshoot software on desktop and notebook PC's.
4. Ability to maintain, diagnose, and repair computer hardware.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.
If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.