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  1. Overview
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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Information Technology Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ARS-X13E-0096

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$45,192.00 to $70,236.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, June 03, 2013 to Monday, June 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Toledo, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens, current and former status applicants, VEOA eligibles and persons eligible under special hiring authorities

JOB SUMMARY:

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

The Application Technology Research Unit is seeking an IT Specialist to update, expand, and modify an existing software program designed as a decision support model for greenhouse production.  The program involves many aspects of production including energy, construction materials, environmental parameters, crop growth, and scheduling.

The incumbent works under the oversight of a Research Scientist and is located at the Toledo worksite on the main campus of the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Valid driver's license is required

DUTIES:

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Duties include, but are not limited to:

 

* Updates, expands, and modifies Virtual Grower software program.
* Uses object-oriented programming languages to modify, use and develop software programs and Web pages. 
* Develops custom software applications, Apps, and simulation software according to user need.
* Develops new computer science approaches to acquire research data; analyze and interpret the information to ensure data integrity and continuity; and incorporate the processed data into database management systems. 
* Designs and constructs circuits, computer software, and computer hardware systems to collect data, control experimental environments, and interface with off-the-shelf instruments. 
* Installs, maintains, troubleshoots, supports, and provides training on all agency or departmental software and hardware at the location.
* Operates agency vehicles as needed to observe off-site greenhouse situations and support educational programming related to software.   


Working Conditions and Other Considerations:

The incumbent may be required to travel off-sight to observe specific greenhouse situations and to support educational programming related to the software.  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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. 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment.  For further information click here.

Qualified candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) will be considered.  VEOA eligibles are preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of active service.  Veterans who are released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour are also eligible.   You must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214.

Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:  Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest.  If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation:  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements:  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, June 24, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.   Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note:
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page.
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 896525.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.   



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:
   - Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
   - Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)

Supporting documents (if applicable):
   - Transcripts or list of college courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking
   - SF-50 that includes title, series, grade and tenure (if you are a current or former Federal employee)
   - Most recent performance appraisal (if you are a current Federal employee)
   - Veterans' documentation (DD-214, SF-15, etc.)
   - Documentation providing proof of non-competitive eligibility
   - CTAP/ICTAP documentation

If your application package does not contain all required documents, you may lose consideration for the position.

Please do not include your Social Security Number (SSN) on your resume or supporting documents.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Heather Lee
Phone: (301)504-1410
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: HEATHER.LEE@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD
20705

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


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Job Announcement Number:

ARS-X13E-0096

Control Number:

344239700